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Tigresses lost to the Southern Stars

Staff Correspondent
Tigresses fought hard with a simple collection. Australia, which is at the top of the world rankings, fell into a catastrophe at the beginning of Salma Khatun's off-spin. However, in the midst of the disaster, Beth Mooney picked up an important half-century. The Tigresses had to accept defeat.

Bangladesh lost by five wickets to Australia in a 43-over match in the Women's ODI World Cup on Friday due to rain. After losing the toss at Wellington's Basin Reserve, they batted and scored 135 runs for 8 wickets. In return, the Souther Stars played 32.1 overs and secured the victory.

Australia lost 4 wickets for 41 runs in the 13th over. From that position, Mooney, the hero of the team's return to the winning orbit, 6 fours off 75 balls. She was accompanied by Annabel Sutherland, who came down in the seventh. She made an unbeaten 26 off 39 balls. Salma took 3 wickets for 23 runs in great bowling for Bangladesh.

Sutherland, however, survived two times. For the first time in 4 individual runs. Ritu Moni failed to catch her return catch. At that time Australia's collection was 79 runs for 5 wickets. If Ritu could have caught the catch, the chances of Bangladesh winning would have been very bright. Rumana Ahmed also dropped the return catch of Sutherland for 23 runs. When the Southern Stars victory was within reach, Mooney caught the ball by Nahida Akter and captain and wicketkeeper Nigar Sultana Jyoti.

Tigresses got off to a good start by batting. Murshida Khatun and Sharmin Akhter scored 33 runs without wickets in 8 overs. But after breaking the opening pair, the speed of the run decreased. Farzana Haque, captain Nigar, and Rumana - none of them could play. On the sixth wicket, Lata Mandal and Salma put on 36 runs off 47 balls. Lata made a maximum of 33 runs off 63 balls. Opener Sharmin played 56 balls to make 24. Salma remained unbeaten on 15 off 23 balls. Another opener Murshida scored 12 off 17 balls.

Chasing the target, Australia lost three top-order batsmen by 26 runs in the tenth over. Everyone is Salma's victim. Alyssa Healy was caught deep mid-wicket by Jahanara Alam. Captain Meg Lanning lost the stumps. She could not open the run book after playing 7 balls. Farzana Haque catches the catch of Rachel Hines.

After a while, when Nahida traps Talia McGrath in lbw, the situation is created for Bangladesh to do something unbelievable. She added 29 off 29 balls with Ashleigh Gardner for the fifth wicket in the counter-attack. After Gardner was bowled by Rumana, Mooney made an unbroken partnership of 66 runs off 87 balls with Sutherland for the sixth wicket. The game ends with this pairing. The Southern Stars secured the semifinals before finishing the group stage from the top, winning all seven matches.

This is Bangladesh's fifth defeat in six matches in the inaugural ODI World Cup. They have already dropped out of the event. Nigar-Salma will face the England girls in their last match in the first round. The match will be held next Sunday at 4 am Bangladesh time.
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