Billed favourites to ebook the ultimate two spots for the forthcoming Women’s World T20 within the Caribbean, Bangladesh and Ireland lived as much as the tag within the eight-team qualifying event with convincing semi-final wins over Scotland and Papua New Guinea. A victory within the ultimate on Saturday will probably be as a lot a contest for bragging rights as it’s going to to validate or reverse the results of the 2015 version, the place Bangladesh completed 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 9 and 11 respectively, pending the end result within the ultimate.
Ranked ninth and tenth on the ICC multi-format girls’s staff rankings, Bangladesh completed atop Group A with a 49-run victory on the VRA Ground in Amstelveen hours inside Ireland topped Group B by defeating PNG by 27 runs on the venue.
Bangladesh’s entry into the World T20 comes on the again of a maiden Asia-Cup title-winning marketing campaign in June, the place they shocked heavyweights India twice. Ireland, in the meantime, recovered from big-margin, limited-overs collection defeats in opposition to New Zealand and a 2-1 T20I collection defeat in opposition to Bangladesh – each at house – much less two weeks in the past.
An unbeaten, three-match-winning streak heading into the semi-final meant the essential tie in opposition to Scotland was just for Ireland’s to lose. Having being put in on the toss by PNG, a wicket off the second ball of the sport impressed hopes of a possible upset, however solely momentarily. A top-score of 36 from the in-form Gaby Lewis anchored a 47-run second-wicket stand for Ireland, earlier than Lucy O’Reilly’s career-best three for 13 rolled over PNG for 86 in 19.2 overs.
For Bangladesh, their in-form opening pair of Shamima Sultana and Ayasha Rahman – who had laid the platform for the victors within the low-scoring Asia Cup ultimate – added 51 in 6.5 overs, earlier than middle-order batsman Nigar Sultana’s 31 lifted them to 125 for six.
Scotland wobbled early within the chase, dropping opener Rachael Scholes to Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun within the fourth over. But the Bryce sisters – Sarah and captain Kathryn – saved Scotland’s hopes alive, with Sarah accumulating a dogged 31 that took Scotland previous 50 – within the 13th over.
It was, nonetheless, a well timed strike from legspinner Fahima Khatun, who, on Tuesday turned the primary Bangladesh bowler – male or feminine to take a T20I hat-trick, that despatched again Sarah and triggered a collapse. Scotland misplaced 7 for 14 over the next three overs, and the 4 mixed wickets from Nahida Akter and vice-captain Rumana Ahmed strangled them to 76 for 7 snuffed out their hopes of qualification.