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The Bangladesh women’s team continued their winning run in the 13th South Asian games, defeating Maldives by a whopping 249 runs at Pokhara. With their third consecutive win of the tournament, Bangladesh also sealed their place in the final which will take place on Sunday. Before the latest win, they had defeated Sri Lanka and Nepal by seven and ten wickets respectively.

And on Thursday, they further proved their title credentials by blowing away Maldives. After scoring a mammoth 255 for 2 in the allotted 20 overs, Bangladesh bowled out their opponents for an unbelievable six. Shamma Ali was the top-scorer for Maldives after scoring two while only two others could open their accounts with both scoring one run each.

Interestingly, Maldives batted for 12.1 overs to score their six runs. For Bangladesh, Ritu Moni and Salma Khatun picked up three wickets apiece. Moni bowled three maiden overs and conceded only one in the other to finish with impressive figures of 1 for 3.

Earlier in the game, Nigar Sultana and Fargana Hoque scored centuries to take their team to the huge total. Bangladesh were off to a poor start as their openers departed for just 19 runs on the board. Shamima Sultana was run out for 5 while Sanjida Islam was boweld by Shamma Ali for seven. But from that point onward, it was just a one-way traffic as Sultana and Hoque took the Maldives bowlers to the cleaners.

Sultana remained unbeaten on 113 off 65 balls while Hoque scored 110 off 53 balls. The two joined hands to hit 34 fours and three sixes.

Biggest wins in T20Is:

In women’s cricket, Uganda hold the record for the biggest win for their 304-run win over Mali. No other team has managed to win by a margin of 300 runs or more in T20Is so far. Bangladesh’s 249-run win is now the third biggest win in women’s T20Is.

Here is a list showing the top ten biggest wins in women’s T20Is:

Winner Margin Target Opposition
Uganda Women 304 runs 315 v Mali Women
Tanzania Women 268 runs 286 v Mali Women
Bangladesh Women 249 runs 256 v Maldives Women
Rwanda Women 216 runs 247 v Mali Women
UAE Women 189 runs 204 v China Women
NAM Women 179 runs 211 v LES Women
Zim Women 163 runs 199 v MOZ Women
Brazil Women 162 runs 203 v Peru Women
Brazil Women 150 runs 169 v Mexico Women
PAK Women 147 runs 178 v Mal Women