Bangladesh women’s team
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Bangladesh women’s team suffered their fifth defeat in the ICC World Cup as Australia scripted a 5-wicket win over the defending Asian champions.

Beth Mooney scored an unbeaten fifty while the bowlers ended with low-priced bowling to power Australia women’s team a 5-wicket win over Bangladesh in the ICC World Cup at Wellington on Friday.

Beth Moony played a 66 off 75 balls to take the Aussies to 136-5 in 32.1 overs with 65 balls to spare.

Salma Khatun claimed 3-23 while Nahida Akter and Rumana Ahmed concluded with one wicket each.

For Australia Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen captured two each while Annabel Sutherland and Megan Schutt finished with one wicket each to halt Bangladesh to 135-6 in 43 overs.

For Bangladesh Lata Mondal scored the highest 33 while Sharmin Akter ended with 25.

Sent to bat Bangladesh lost their opener Murshida Khatun for 12 inside the powerplay that reduced them 33-1.

In the second wicket stand, Sharmin Akhter and Fargana Hoque added 15 runs before the latter was removed for 8 by Sutherland edging the 1000 run milestone as a first-ever Bangladeshi.

Sharmin Akhter who was directing the innings lone-handedly fell to 24 after Jess Jonassen trapped her leg before.

Skipper Nigar Sultana and Ruman Ahmed were dismissed for 7, 15 by Jess Jonassen and Ashleigh Gardner respectively to leave the side to a staggering 95-5.

In the sixth wicket stand, Lata Mondal and Salma Khatun formed a 36-run partnership to catapult 135.

Pursuing a paltry 136 Australia also made a stumbling start as they lost their top three batters for a stuttering 26.

In the fourth stand, Beth Mooney Taliha McGrath added 15 runs to rebuild the innings but they couldn’t go further as the latter was trapped leg before for 3 by Nahida Akter.

But Beth Mooney went big guns with Ashleigh Gardner and Annabel Sutherland in the next two stands, forming a run ball 29 and 66 of 87 balls respectively to reach Australia to the shoreline of victory.

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