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Bangladesh registered two milestones as they faced Australia in the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2022 at the Basin Reserve on Friday.
Fargana Haque became the first Bangladeshi woman to pass 1000 runs in ODIs and Rumana Ahmed became the first Tigress to take 50 ODI wickets with the dismissal of Ashleigh Gardner.
Bangladesh women’s team captain Nigar Sultana lauded the cricketers for their individual achievements.
“Obviously I am proud to have them in the team and they have played for Bangladesh for a long time and I guess we have a long way to go. I'm always proud of Fargana Hoque and how she has batted through, it was brilliant and how she actually performs for the team every time,” said Nigar.
“And Rumana Ahmed is a brilliant all-rounder that we have in our team and I think we have more opportunities to get all these kinds of milestones. So, I'm hoping there will be 1000 more runs for Fargana Hoque and 50 more wickets for Rumana” she added.
In chase of 136, Australia were in deep trouble after Bangladesh reduced them to 70-5 as Salma Khatun dismiss top-order trio Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes.
Then, batter Beth Mooney rescued the side, playing an unbeaten knock of 66 runs. After the match, Salma was showered in praise by Mooney.
“She was super impressive today. Obviously, she took three poles up front so whenever someone new came out, I said that she was the main threat that we had to nullify,” said Mooney.
“She is a crafty spinner, has a lot of changes and can really settle on a length, which is probably what we let her do a bit today - settle on us a little bit more than we would normally, with that wind playing a factor as well. She has been a very successful player for Bangladesh,” she added.