Bangladesh and Hong Kong were considered the pre-tournament favourites for the ACC Women's Tournament in Malaysia, and they confirmed that status today with two crushing wins over the UAE and Malaysia respectively.
In a match reminiscent of Nepal's mauling of Myanmar in last years ACC Trophy, the UAE were bungled out for just nine runs in their ten overs, Panna Ghosh (pictured below) taking five wickets for six runs of her five overs. The chase was no problem for Bangladesh, and they knocked off the runs in eight balls.
Bangladesh beat UAE by 10 wickets
Johor Baru, Malaysia
UAE: 9 (10 overs, P. Ghosh 5/6, S Akter 3/2)
Bangladesh 10/0 (1.2 overs)
In the other match, hosts Malaysia took on Hong Kong, the most experienced side in the tournament. They won the toss and elected to field first. Hong Kong raced to 24 from the first two overs before rain interrupted play.
Despite 45 minutes being lost, there was no reduction in overs, and Neisha Pratt led the way for the visitors with 71 from 77 balls as Hong Kong reached 143/4 from their 30 overs. Malaysia were then bowled out cheaply (but not as cheaply as the UAE!) for 29 from 26 overs. Neisha Pratt took four wickets for four runs from her six overs, and was an obvious choice for player of the match.
Malaysia lost to Hong Kong by 114 runs
Johor Cricket Academy, Malaysia
Hong Kong: 143/4 (30 overs, N Pratt 71)
Malaysia: 29 (25.5 overs, N Pratt 4/4)
Photo courtesy of the Asian Cricket Council