After a heavy and embarrassing defeat in the first match on Sunday, Hong Kong would have been hoping for a much improved performance in yesterday's second match. And whilst they again lost heavily, they didn't disgrace themselves as they did on Sunday.

Hong Kong won the toss and sent Bangladesh in. The home side lost their first wicket with just eight runs on the board, and Hong Kong had soon reduced them to 66/3. It took a 156 run partnership between Panna Gosh and captain Salma Khatun to provide the backbone to the home team's innings.

When Khatun was out for 86, Panna Gosh stayed in, scoring an unbeaten 80 as she guided her team to a total of 249/5 from their 50 overs. Connie Wong was the pick of the Hong Kong bowlers with 2/31, also getting a run out.

The target should have been out of the reach of Hong Kong after the way they batted on Sunday, but they managed to give the Bangladeshi players a scare with an opening stand of 89 before Connie Wong was dismissed for 26. Keenu Gill went for 62 three overs later, and the rest of the line-up collapsed.

Captain Neisha Pratt did her best to hold up the innings with 35, but the other Hong Kong players simply weren't up to the task, and they folded for 140, giving Bangladesh a 109 run win. Romana Ahmed and Shathira Jakir picked up three wickets each,

So an improved performance from Hong Kong, though the way their middle and lower orders collapsed will still be worrying. They need to continue this improvement as they look towards the third match in the series tomorrow.


Bangladesh Women beat Hong Kong Women by 109 runs
Chittagong, 25 March
Bangladesh 249/5 (50 overs, Salma Khatun 86, Panna Gosh 80*)
Hong Kong 140 (48 overs, K Gill 62, N Pratt 35, Romana Ahmed 3/30, Shathira Jakir 3/33)