Young Tigresses beat India
Shorna Akter's blistering fifty helped Bangladesh Women's Under-19 team to clinch a three-run win over India in their final warm-up game at the St Stithians ground in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
Bangladesh, however, struggled after electing to bat as they lost two early wickets. It was Shorna's unbeaten 78 off 54 balls, a knock that featured seven maximums and two boundaries, that eventually saw Bangladesh post a challenging 121 for seven in the 20-over game.
Aside from Shorna, Afia Prottasha was the only other cricketer who managed to score in the double digits for Bangladesh. Prottasha scored 12 off 19 deliveries.
A tight bowling display from the young Tigresses saw them restrict India to 118 for the loss of two wickets.
For India, Trisha Gangadi top scored with 44 off 36 deliveries while Shefali Verma added 36 runs.
Deepa Khatun picked up one wicket after conceding 15 runs while leg-spinner Rabeya Khatun and pacer Marufa Akter remained economical, giving away 14 and 24 runs, respectively.
Bangladesh won both their warm-up matches ahead of the ICC Under-19 Women's World Cup. Disha Biswas and her troops beat host South Africa by seven runs via DLS previously.
The young Tigresses will begin their World Cup campaign when they take on Australia in the tournament opener on January 14 at Willowmoore Park in Benoni.