Hong Kong Women are touring Bangladesh on their first international assignment since last year's ACC Women's Championship in which they were eliminated at the semi-final stage by Bangladesh.
They are playing four matches against the Bangladeshi women's national side, the first three in Chittagong before the fourth takes place in Mirpur. The first match today ended in a heavy defeat for the tourists.
Hong Kong have too often in the past been forced to rely on Neisha Pratt, who has played domestic cricket in her native New Zealand, and today was no exception. After they had been reduced to 16/3, Pratt managed to stay in for a while with Connie Wong, but once she was dismissed for 16, Hong Kong were left without any chance.
Not long after Pratt was dismissed, Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun ripped through the Hong Kong middle order with 4/9, including a hat-trick as Hong Kong collapsed to 38 all out.
Bangladesh then knocked off the runs casually inside 14 overs, Shathira Jakir the top-scorer with 22. Kahtun was the obvious choice for player of the match. The second match in the series will take place on Tuesday at the same venue.
Bangladesh Women beat Hong Kong Women by 8 wickets
23 March, Chittagong
Hong Kong Women 38 (22.2 overs, Salma Kahtun 4/9)
Bangladesh Women 39/2 (13.2 overs)