Salma Khatun and Panna Ghosh, blazing a trail for Bangladesh

Bangladesh's mostly twenty-somethings crushed a team of UAE mothers and daughters (oldest 39, youngest 12 and the captain) in the opening fixture of the ACC Women's Tournament at the IPTI ground in Johor Bahru.

Putting the opposition into bat, Bangladesh's seamers ripped through the UAE line-up to inflict a 10-wicket defeat. It wasn't just the bowlers who did the work however, super ground-fielding (two run-outs) and faultless catching by the Bangladeshis preyed on all the UAE's weaknesses.

12-year old UAE captain Natasha Michaels, ("We're building for the future", says her manager Sheila Razdan) and her team-mates were up against a team fitter, hungrier and vastly more experienced (some of the Bangladeshi girls started playing seriously a year ago, many like their captain 29-year old Tajkia Akhtar had been involved in cricket since childhood.). But anyone would have struggled against Bangladesh's Panna Ghosh and Shamima Akter.


Ghosh, tall and lanky, bowled within herself in wet conditions underfoot following morning rain which delayed the start until 1 PM and yet had UAE in trouble from the start. Two wickets fell in her first over, and in her five overs she finished with 5-6. " I can bowl a lot faster, but I assessed the situation and decided to not bowl as quick as normal" she said afterwards.

From the other end, stockier and no less quicker, Shamima Akter bowled well to take 3-2.

Panna Ghosh in full flow

UAE played but three shots of aggression, one of which, a cut by Nicole D'Silva was brilliantly caught by Salma Khatun over her left shoulder, running backwards. Bangladesh's batting doesn't look quite as assured as their bowling but their openers Tajkia Akhtar and Chamely Khatun needed just 8 balls to knock off the 10 runs required for victory.


"We're delighted to have won so well and so easily" said Tajkia Akhtar afterwards. "We feel we have a good chance to beat anybody in this tournament."

ACC Women's Tournament
Bangladesh v UAE, IPTI Johor Bahru
July 11, 2007

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field
UAE: 9 off 10 overs (P. Ghosh 5-6, S. Akter 3-2)
Bangladesh: 10 for 0 off 1.2. overs


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Filed July 11 2007