Hong Kong Women have continued to improve on their tour of Bangladesh. Whilst in the second match their batting showed improvement, in yesterday's third match it was their bowling which improved.
After putting Bangladesh in to bat, the Hong Kong bowlers bowled economically and took wickets at regular intervals. No Bangladeshi batsman got a start and they were dismissed for just 158, Shamima Akhter being run out from the final ball of the innings. Betty Chan was the pick of the Hong Kong bowlers, taking an impressive 5/28.
But yet again, Hong Kong's batting let them down. The only substantial partnership was 44 for the third wicket by Connie Wong and Neisha Pratt. Once they were dismissed the rest of the order, as usual, folded and were dismissed for 87.
Bangladesh had won the match by 71 runs, though Betty Chan was awarded the player of the match award for her fine bowling performance. One more match in the series remains, in Mirpur tomorrow. If Hong Kong can get everything right, then they may be able to pull off an upset. One thing is for certain though, they really need to get their batsmen to stay at the crease.
Bangladesh Women beat Hong Kong Women by 71 runs
27 March, Chittagong
Bangladesh Women 158 (50 overs, B Chan 5/28)
Hong Kong Women 87 (50 overs, C Wong 36)