Sakshi Jain ∙ Oct 2 2022, 10:30 PM

Spin is enough to beat Pakistan: Rumana Ahmed backs Bangladesh Women

image-l8rr2xpoRumana Ahmed (PC: Twitter)

Bangladesh Women made a brilliant start to the Women’s Asia Cup 2022 by thrashing Thailand Women by nine wickets. The team is now hopeful of defeating Pakistan Women in its second game to occupy the top place in the points table. The two teams will be competing against each other at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Monday.

Pakistan Women will have an edge as they have lost just one of their 15 T20I games against the Tigresses. The only time Bangladesh Women manage to defeat the Green Army in the shortest format of the game was during the Asia Cup 2018. Despite the poor record, Bangladesh all-rounder Rumana Ahmed is hopeful of a terrific performance on Monday.

Rumana believes that her team has been playing good cricket for the past few months and they will be looking to back their strengths against Pakistan Women. The bowlers had won Bangladesh their opening game in the T20 event as they restricted Thailand to a score of 82 runs.

Rumana hails the spinners

Elaborating on her opinion on the Women in Green, the all-rounder reckoned that Bangladeshi spinners will be sufficient to tackle the opposition. The spin-friendly home conditions are likely to favor the team.

Speaking in the press conference ahead of the game, the all-rounder said,

"We know that they are good against spinners. But, we have attacked them with spin in the past. Our spinners have been doing well for a while, giving their best. I think spin is enough to beat Pakistan. We can feel it because of the wicket and the condition. At home, spinners have always done well for both the men's and women's teams.”

Further, the 31-year-old backed the ace spinner Salma Khatun to come up with a sensational spell on Monday. The spinner looked in a good rhythm in the game against Thailand as well. Khatun accounted for the wicket of opening batter Natthakan Chanthan while conceding only 18 runs in her four overs. Rumana also believes that anything above 140 runs will be more than sufficient for the Bangladeshi bowlers to defend.

Speaking of Pakistan Women, they were also good in their first game. They defeated Malaysia Women by nine wickets to occupy the top spot in the points table. Pakistan bowlers did wonders in the game by conceding only 57 runs in 20 overs.

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