Bangladesh had beaten Ireland by seven-wicket victory in ICC Women’s T20 World Cup qualifier at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. Winning the toss, Bangladesh elected to field first. Jahanara Alam and Rumana Ahmed share five wickets.
Pacer Jahanara Alam gave Bangladesh the first breakthrough to sent back CMA Shillington for 2. Salma Khatun could do little with the ball, but spinners Rumana Ahmed and Khadija Tul Kubra kept up the pressure. By the ninth over, Ireland were at 26/5.
But Kim Garth’s performance with the bat and ball helped her team to play the full 20 overs. She scored 35 runs before she was bowled by Bangladeshi pacer Jahanara.
Jahanara ended the innings two wickets but the Irish were most susceptible to Rumana’s leg spin. She picked up three wickets for 10 runs. Off-spinner Kubra took one wicket for 13 runs. Ireland set up to targets for Bangladesh 85.
In reply, the Tigress openers got them off to a great start, scoring 37 runs from the first six overs. Ayasha Rahman bagged most of the runs 25 of 26 balls with three four one six. Her partner, Shamima Sultana scored nine before she was dismissed.
Bangladesh won the match by six wickets with 32 balls to spare as Fargana Hoque and Sanjida remained unbeaten on 21 and 20 runs, respectively. But Garth’s superb bowling saw Ireland claim four wickets in just seven balls to reduce Bangladesh to 38-4. Bangladesh will play another warm-up match against Pakistan on Tuesday.
Ireland: 84/7, 20 overs (Garth 35, Lewis, 15, Kavanagh, 10, Richardson, 10*, Jahanara 3-0-11-2, Salma 4-0-20-0, Rumana 4-1-10-3, Kubra 4- 0-13-1, Fahima 3-0-15-0, Lata 2-0-13-0)
Bangladesh: 86-4, 14.4 overs (Shamima, 9, Ayasha 25; Farjana 21*, Nigar 0, Rumana 0, Sanjida, 20*, Garth, 3/4)
Bangladesh won by 6 wickets

Sports Reporter