Salma & co crushed to defeat again


Bangladeshi batters continued their woeful performance for the consecutive matches as they could only make 76-9 in 20 overs after England sent them to bat first at Gros Islet.
Despite losing two early wickets, England reached 64-3 in 9.3 overs before rain interrupted the game.
England were declared winners by D/L Method.
‘I think in the first match against West Indies, we batted very poorly. Second match today [Tuesday], I think we played little bit better – I think shot choice was not good, the batter is losing wickets cheaply,’ skipper Salma Khatun told reporters in the press-conference after the match.
Bangladesh innings was all about opener Ayasha Rahman, who struck 39 off 52 balls, amid free fall of wickets from the other end.
Top-order batters Shamima Sultana, Fargana Hoque, Nigar Sultana failed to open the scoring while Jahanara Alam and Rumana Ahmed made 12 and 10 runs respectively being the only other batswomen to reach double figure.
England’s debutant left-arm spinner Kirstie Gordon finished with 3-16.
Salma dismissed opener Danielle Wyatt (0) in the first ball of England innings before she removed Tammy Beaumont (two) in her second over to reduce England to 13-2.
However, wicketkeeper-batswoman Amy Jones (28 not out) and Natalie Sciver put up 38 runs for the third wicket to take them close to victory before Khadija Tul Kubra got rid of Sciver for 23.
England skipper Heather Knight then made unbeaten 11 runs to give her side their first win in the tournament after their first game against Sri Lanka was washed out due to rain.
Salma, who was the most successful bowler for Bangladesh with claiming 2-17, was however optimistic that her side would provide a much better performance in their next two Group matches in the tournament.
‘Last two matches were not our best, and I think we need to make a really good batting improvement for the matches against Sri Lanka and South Africa match. I hope we can play really good cricket,’ she said.
Earlier, Bangladesh lost their opening match of the tournament by 60 runs against hosts West Indies at Guyana. Bangladesh will now face Sri Lanka in their third match of the competition on Thursday at Saint Lucia.