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Tigresses eliminated from Asian Games title race losing to India

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Two times Asian Games silver medalists Bangladesh women's cricket team was eliminated from title race of the 9th Asian Games Cricket losing to India by eight wickets in the first semifinal at the Zhejiang University of Technology Cricket ground in Hangzhou on Sunday, reports UNB.

Bangladesh will play Pakistan in a bronze medal deciding match Monday morning while Sri Lanka will face India in a gold medal deciding final match Monday afternoon at the same venue.

In the day’s 2nd semifinal, Sri Lanka eliminated Pakistan by six wickets in a low scoring match Sunday afternoon at the same venue.

Earlier, Bangladesh declared winner against Hong Kong in a rain-marred quarter final in Hangzhou last Friday (Sept 22) to reach the semifinal as their ICC ranking is higher than Hong Kong.

In the day's first semifinal, Bangladesh women's team opened the innings first after winning the toss and were bundled out cheaply for their ever- lowest total of 51 runs in 17.5 overs against superb bowling by Indian Pooja Vastrakar.

Indian reserve bench pacer Pooja, who got the chance in the day's match in place of injured Anjali Sarvani, made his career best bowling grabbing four wickets for 17 runs in four overs.

He made the major damage in Bangladesh innings dismissing two openers for just one run in the first five balls of the very first over and finally settled for four wickets for 17 runs.

Bangladeshi batters failed to recover their early collapse to suffer a huge defeat.

Captain Nigar Sultana was the only Bangladesh batter to reach the double figure of 12 runs off 17 balls with one boundary where five Bangladeshi batters back to pavilion with duck.

In reply, Indian women's faced no trouble to score the match winner 52 runs for the loss of two wickets in 8.2 overs.

Fahima Khatun and Marufa Akhter shared one Indian wicket each.

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