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Nigar Sultana Joty and Fargana Haque Pinky shared a 236-run partnership

Cricket returns after 8 years in the South Asian Games which is currently taking place in Nepal. While the men’s tournament has featured under-23 squads from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and senior squads from Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal, women’s tournament has featured teams from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal.

We have seen a bunch of records broken and made in the series so far – be it Nepal’s Anjali Chanda’s world record or Nigar Sultana Joty-Fargana Haque’s first-ever centuries for Bangladesh.

By now we have known that Nepal’s Anjali Chanda scalped 6 wickets while conceding 0 runs against the Maldives where they were bowled out for mere 16 in the first T20I game of the South Asian Games 2019. Anjali finished with the figures of 2.1-2-0-6, surpassing Malaysia’s Mas Elysa’s record who took three wickets for six runs against China in January 2019.

Now, let’s have a look at other records:

Sri Lanka vs Maldives – Match 4 – December 4

Maldives won the toss and elected to field first where Sri Lanka’s captain Harshita Madhavi and Sathya Sandeepani added 221 runs for the third wicket in 15 overs. Madhavi smashed a 47-ball 106 (15*4 and 3*6) whereas Sandeepani scored 96 off 48 (11*4 and 3*6). However, the Maldives were all out for 30 runs in 14.5 overs in reply to Sri Lanka’s 279 and Sri Lanka registered an easy win by 249 runs.

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Harshitha Madavi smashed 106* off 47

Meanwhile, this match didn’t have International status. Had it been an International game, following are the records which were made in the game.

  • Sri Lanka posted the THIRD-HIGHEST score – 279/2 against the Maldives in the shortest format.
  • The 221-run partnership is the HIGHEST partnership for the THIRD wicket and SECOND-HIGHEST partnerships by runs.
  • They registered a 249-run win which is the THIRD in respect to largest victories by runs.

Bangladesh vs Maldives – Match 5 – December 5

Bangladesh registered an incredible result on Thursday when they bundled out the Maldives for only 6 runs and handed over a defeat of 249 runs in the South Asian Games at Pokhara.

Although Bangladesh lost two quick wickets, Nigar Sultana Joty (113*) and Fargana Hoque (110*) stood up and batted through the rest of the innings. While Joty’s knock comprised of 14 fours and 3 sixes, Fargana hit 20 boundaries.

Bangladesh Team

Their 236-run stand propelled Bangladesh’s total to a huge competitive total of 255/2 after 20 overs. However, Maldives were bowled out for only 6 runs and Bangladesh won by 249 runs.

Likewise, Sri Lanka’s game vs Maldives too didn’t have the International squad and the records which were made there, wouldn’t be listed.

The records:

  • Bangladesh scored 255/2 against Maldives – the FOURTH-HIGHEST score in the shortest format of the game.
  • Nigar Sultana Joty and Fargana Haque Pinky’s 236-run partnership is the HIGHEST partnership for the THIRD wicket, surpassing Harshita Madhavi & Sathya Sandeepani’ 221-run stand.
  • This is the HIGHEST partnership by any wicket as well.
  • They registered a 249-run win which is the THIRD in respect to largest victories by runs.
  • These are the FIRST Centuries in any format for Bangladesh.

Apart from the centuries, no other records have been listed.


Apart from Sri Lanka, no other team have sent their U-23 teams but according to ICC, both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh wouldn’t get the International status. However, last year, cricket’s governing body granted all 105 members T20 international status which was a welcome move by the ICC to globalise the game.

Surprisingly, Bangladesh side has featured multiple players over that age, including Shamima Sultana (31y 273d), Fargana Hoque (26y 263d), Ritu Moni (26y 305d), Fahima Khatun (27y 35d), Salma Khatun (29y 67d) against the Maldives.

Against Nepal, Bangladesh included – Shamima Sultana (31y 273d), Fargana Hoque (26y 263d), Fahima Khatun (27y 35d), Salma Khatun (29y 67d), Ayasha Rahman (25y 308d), Khadija Tul Kubra (24y 311d) and Jahanara Alam (26y 250d).

Meanwhile, despite having the senior teams, Bangladesh matches won’t be given international recognition, the same goes for their records. Even no further news is available on the matter yet.


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