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Trishnas hat-trick goes in vain as Australia seal title 2-0

Published : Wednesday, 3 April, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 372

Trishnas hat-trick goes in vain as Australia seal title 2-0

Trishnas hat-trick goes in vain as Australia seal title 2-0

The Bangladesh Womens Cricket team suffered a 58-run defeat against their visiting Australian counterparts in the second of the three-match WT20i series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Tuesday, despite a hat-trick from pacer Fariha Islam Trisna.

Australia won the toss and chose to bat first but stumbled early losing the wicket of Phoebe Litchfield, who managed only two runs. Grace Harris filled in as a makeshift opener as Aussie skipper Alyssa Healy didn bat. However, Harris missed a fifty by just three runs, while Georgia Wareham, batting at one-down, picked up a fifty to guide the visitors towards a significant total. But after the departure of those two, Bangladesh bowlers found their rhythm to destroy the Australian middle order, with Ellyse Perry (29) and Tahlia McGrath (19) the only ones to reach double-digit figures as Australia stopped at 161 for eight.

Trisna claimed four wickets for Bangladesh allowing 19 runs, which is her career-best T20i spell, including a hat-trick. She dismissed Ellyse Perry, Sophie Molineux and Beth Mooney in the last three balls of the Australian batting innings to complete the hat-trick. Trisna, the third women cricketer in the world to achieve two hat-tricks, picked up her maiden hat-trick against Malaysia. Fahima Khatun is another Bangladesh bowler to have a WT20i hat-trick.

However, Nahida Akter and Fahima shared the remaining Australian wickets between them equally.

Needing 162 runs to win, Bangladesh started losing wickets at regular intervals, with Murshida Khatun (8), Sobhana Mostary (5) and skipper Nigar Sultana Joty (1) falling cheaply. Opener Dilara Akter (27), Shorna Akter (21), Fahima Khatun (15) and Rabeya Khan (14) were the only Bangladesh batters to show some resistance as Bangladesh managed 103 runs for nine wickets in the stipulated 20 overs.

Sophie Molineux and Ashleigh Gardner claimed three wickets each for Australia, while Megan Schutt and Wareham took the rest.
Georgia Wareham named the Player of the Match for her all-round performances.

The two sides will face each other in the third and final match of the series on April 4 at the same venue.

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