Bangladesh women’s cricket team’s campaign to win the gold got off to a great start as they romped to a seven-wicket win over fellow title-contenders Sri Lanka in the T20 competition in Pokhara yesterday. Opting to bowl first, Bangladesh restricted Sri Lanka to 122 for six, thanks to a four-wicket haul from spinner Nahida Akter.
Sanjida Islam’s unbeaten 51 and an unbeaten 18-ball 23 from Fargana Haque then propelled the women in red and green to the target with nine balls to spare.
Salma Khatun and Co will face Nepal today and Maldives tomorrow. The final, where the top two teams from the four-team round-robin stage will compete, will take place on December 8.
The men’s cricket team, meanwhile, will take on Maldives in their opening match in Kathmandu today.
Bangladesh are the defending champions in this event, with Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan the other teams who will play each other in a round-robin format.
Shooting brings two silver medals
Bangladesh won two silver medals in team events of shooting on the third day of the Games at the Satdobato Sports Complex in Kathmandu yesterday.
Bangladesh women’s 10m air rifle team, comprising Atkia Hasan Disha, Zakia Sultana Tumpa and Sharmin Akter Ratna secured silver.
However, they failed to win an individual medal in the same category as Disha finished fifth while Tumpa finished seventh. Ratna, Bangladesh’s most experienced shooter, failed to make it to the final round.
Bangladesh men’s team, comprising Abdullahel Baki, Mohammad Yousuf Ali and Shovon Chowdhury won silver in men’s 59m three-position event. Neither of them, however, managed to get a medal in the individual event.
Wushu yields a silver too
Bangladesh bagged a silver and a bronze medal in wushu. Omar Faruk won silver in men’s Chan Quan Thaulo category while Nur Nahar won bronze in the same category for women.
Men in kho kho final, women beaten in semis
While the Bangladesh men’s kho kho team made it to the final, where they will face India, the women’s team lost by a single point against Nepal in the semifinals. Bangladesh had secured the silver medal in both events of kho kho last time around.