Bangladesh players celebrated the dismissal of a UAE batter on January 25 in Potchefstroom, South Africa, during their ICC U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup match. The Young Tigresses won the match by five wickets, achieving their target of 70 runs with 65 balls to spare. However, despite their efforts, they could not proceed to the last four as India and Australia advanced due to a superior run rate.
Despite defeating the United Arab Emirates by five wickets in their final Super Six match, Bangladesh could not advance to the South Africa ICC Women’s Under-19 T20 World Cup semifinals. Given their significant deficit in net run rate, Bangladesh’s chances of qualifying for the semifinals were slim before the match. Four teams from Group 1 had six points after the Super Six stage, including Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia, and India; however, only the latter two advanced due to a higher net run rate.
India, with a net run rate of +2.844, and Australia, with a net run rate of +2.210, took the top two slots to qualify for the semifinals. With a net run rate of +1.211, Bangladesh placed third in the group. South Africa (+0.387) ranked fourth overall.
The young Tigresses started the tournament on a high note, winning all three matches in the group stages, against Australia, Sri Lanka and the United States, to qualify for the Super Six.
However, Disha Biswas and company’s five-wicket loss to South Africa in their opening Super Six match may have cost them a spot in the final four. Bangladesh limited UAE to 69 for nine after 20 overs in their last Super Six match. Rabeya Khan took three wickets with his leg spin, while Marufa Akter took two. Bangladesh responded with five wickets and 10.5 overs remaining to reach the target. Shona Akter scored the highest score of 38 off only 19 deliveries, hitting two sixes and four fours.