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Monday, 31 March 2008

Hosts Bangladesh whitewashed Hong Kong in the four-match EBL Women’s ODI series 4-0 beating the tourists by comfortable 115 runs in the 4th and last match at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur Saturday, reports UNB.

Earlier, Bangladesh took a 1-0 lead beating Hong Kong by eight wickets in the 1st match, took 2-0 lead outplaying the tourists by 109-run in the 2nd match and won the series beating them by 71 runs in the 3rd match, all in the port city of Chittagong.

In the day’s last ODI, Bangladesh opened the innings first after wining the toss and piled moderate 211 runs for 9 in quota 50 overs. Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun, who was adjudged player of the match in the first two ODI matches, also contributed team highest 63 off 96 deliveries with the help of five fours.

Later, she was adjudged player of the series for her consistent performance. Vice captain Panna Ghosh (40), number five Chamely Khatun (23), opener Sathira Zakir (20) were the other notable scorers for the host side reaching the double figure while another 34 runs came from extras.

Hong Kong pacer Connie Wong, who did the major damage in the Bangladesh innings grabbing three wickets for 47 runs in 10 overs in addition to scoring 14 runs was adjudged player of the match although his team lost the match.

Betty Chan, who was named as player of the match in the 3rd ODI on Thursday, claimed two wickets for 35 runs in eight overs. Replying to the moderate target, Hong Kong batted cautiously to score 83 runs for 3 in 26.4 overs but surprisingly bundled out for just 96 runs in 40.3 overs due to batting collapse in middle and lower orders.

The last seven Hong Kong wickets collapsed in just 16 runs with eight players being back to the pavilion with golden duck. Hong Kong skipper Neisha Pratt fought hard single-handedly for their existence contributing a polished 63 off 105 balls featuring five boundaries apart from player of the match Connie Wong’s 14 runs.

Jahanara Alam bowled just three balls in the match and made hattrick grabbing three Hong Kong wickets without conceding any run.

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