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[Watch] Bangladesh's Young Pacer Marufa Akter Dismisses Alyssa Healy

Alyssa Healy's poor run with the bat continues [X.com]Alyssa Healy's poor run with the bat continues [X.com]

Bangladesh's young women's team pacer Marufa Akter bagged perhaps the biggest scalp of her early international career by dismissing prominent Australian captain Alyssa Healy in the first ODI in Dhaka on Thursday (March 21). 

In her first assignment since the Women's Premier League (WPL) 2024 in India, Healy failed to leave her mark as she edged a rising delivery from the opposition right-arm seamer and was out caught off an out-swinger for a low-key score of 24 off 39 deliveries. 

On a challenging surface, where uneven bounce and turn disrupted the Australian batters' rhythm at the crease after Bangladesh opted to bowl first upon winning the toss, the visitors required their skipper to lead from the front and play a substantial innings. 

However, just when Healy was appearing set for a long haul, she was outdone by a skillful out-swinger by Akter. 

Young Marufa Akter Bags Huge Scalp Of Alyssa Healy 

Going for an extravagant stroke over the in-field by advancing well forward to the Akter, the right-arm medium pacer, Healy could only get a thick outside edge that comfortably flew into the hands of the wicketkeeper Nigar Sultana. 

It was a huge wicket in the context of 19-year-old Akter's career as she sent the popular Australian and UP Warriorz cricketer back in the shed at the historic Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur in the very first outing of the three-match ODI series. 

Healy would've been livid with herself after missing out on a rare start in what has been a challenging and unsuccessful period for the star cricketer with the bat. The veteran right-hander collected just 175 runs from her eight innings of the WPL 2024 at a woeful strike-rate of 117.45. 

She was also criticised for Warriorz's failure to qualify for the next round in the tournament, clinching just three wins in the league stage to end at the fourth spot in the five-team standings.