Bangladesh, Ireland secure Women’s World T20 berths

Sports Desk, Arfin Shobuz, Staff Reporter, Dhaka Office: Billed favourites to book the final spots for the forthcoming Women’s World T20 within the Caribbean, Bangladesh and Ireland lived up to the tag within the eight-crew qualifying match with convincing semi-final wins over Scotland and Papua New Guinea.

A victory inside the very last on Saturday may be as tons a competition for bragging rights because it will to validate or reverse the end result of the 2015 edition, where Bangladesh finished second behind Ireland.

Either Bangladesh or Ireland will face West Indies (in Group A) or Australia (in Group B) within the World T20 opener on November nine and eleven respectively, pending the bring about the final.

Ranked ninth and tenth on the ICC multi-layout women’s team scores, Bangladesh completed atop Group A with a forty nine-run victory at the VRA Ground in Amstelveen hours inside Ireland crowned Group B through defeating PNG by 27 runs on the venue.

Bangladesh’s entry into the World T20 comes on the again of a maiden Asia-Cup name-winning campaign in June, in which they taken aback heavyweights India two times.

Ireland, in the meantime, recovered from massive-margin, confined-overs series defeats towards New Zealand and a 2-1 T20I collection defeat against Bangladesh – each at domestic – much less weeks ago.

An unbeaten, 3-match-winning streak heading into the semi-final supposed the vital tie against Scotland turned into only for Ireland’s to lose. Having being put in on the toss via PNG, a wicket off the second one ball of the game inspired hopes of a ability disenchanted, however handiest momentarily.

A pinnacle-score of 36 from the in-shape Gaby Lewis anchored a 47-run second-wicket stand for Ireland, before Lucy O’Reilly’s career-pleasant three for 13 rolled over PNG for 86 in 19.2 overs.
For Bangladesh, their in-form starting pair of Shamima Sultana and Ayasha Rahman – who had laid the platform for the victors within the low-scoring Asia Cup very last – brought fifty one in 6.Five overs, before middle-order batsman Nigar Sultana’s 31 lifted them to one hundred twenty five for six.

Scotland wobbled early inside the chase, dropping opener Rachael Scholes to Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun inside the fourth over. But the Bryce sisters – Sarah and captain Kathryn – kept Scotland’s hopes alive, with Sarah accumulating a dogged 31 that took Scotland beyond 50 – inside the 13th over.

It changed into, but, a well timed strike from legspinner Fahima Khatun, who, on Tuesday have become the primary Bangladesh bowler – male or lady to take a T20I hat-trick, that despatched lower back Sarah and triggered a disintegrate. Scotland misplaced 7 for 14 over the subsequent 3 overs, and the four blended wickets from Nahida Akter and vice-captain Rumana Ahmed strangled them to seventy six for 7 snuffed out their hopes of qualification.


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