Farzana’s history-making century


Mehrab Hossain’s name is specially associated in the cricket history of Bangladesh despite not playing many matches. Mehrab’s innings of 101 against Zimbabwe in 1999 is Bangladesh’s first century in ODIs.

After two eras, Farzana Haque scored the first century in women’s cricket. Today, Farzana reached the triple figure in 156 balls in the third ODI of the series against India at Mirpur Sherebangla Stadium.

Farzana also came close to scoring another feat on the first ODI century for the country. He came in as the opening batsman and remained on the wicket till the 50th over. Couldn’t come back unbeaten as he was run out on the last ball of the innings. He scored 107 runs in 7 fours off 160 balls before getting out. While getting up, Farzana was congratulated by the audience as well as the Indian fielders.

The 30-year-old Farzana also set the record for the highest ODI innings for the country before her maiden ODI century. The highest innings for Bangladesh in women’s ODIs so far was Salma Khatun’s 75*, against India in Ahmedabad in 2013.
Sharmin Akhter played an unbeaten innings of 130 runs off 141 balls against the USA in a World Cup qualifier in Zimbabwe in 2021. However, as the opponent was USA, it was considered a List ‘A’ century.
Farzana’s century in Mirpur made Bangladesh record the highest run against India on the day. Batting first, Niger Sultana’s team scored 225 runs for 4 wickets in 50 overs. It is also Bangladesh’s second highest collection in ODIs. Highest 234 for 7 against Pakistan in 2022 World Cup at Hamilton.
The three-match series against India is tied at 1-1.

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