By Wisden India staff
Both Ireland Women and the hosts will look to their form players to perform cohesively in ninth place playoff
On paper, Bangladesh starts as favourite, having beaten Sri Lanka Women by three runs in its last game on Wednesday. The home team has had a patchy performance, but its highlight was the win against Sri Lanka. In that game, Rumana Ahmed’s 41 helped Bangladesh post its highest ever total in Twenty20 Internationals before Panna Ghosh picked up three wickets, including that of Shashikala Siriwardene, the Sri Lanka captain, in the final over, to give a crowd in excess of 8000 its first moment of celebration.
Bangladesh’s biggest worry has been its batting. Except for Rumana and Salma Khatun, the captain, no one else has aggregated more than 50 runs in the tournament. The bowling has been comparatively better, with Salma, Khadija Tul Kubra, Rumana and Panna being among the wickets.
To finish the World T20 on a winning note, Bangladesh will have to depend on its form players for a final hurrah.
At the other end is Ireland, a team that earned the right to play in the competition after a decision was taken in the ICC annual conference in June 2013 to allow the runner-up and the winner of the third place playoff of the qualifiers to go through.
While the team has not yet notched up a victory, Isobel Joyce, Clare Shillington, Cecelia Joyce, Elena Tice and Eimear Richardson have all been good in patches. Ireland will fancy its chances of ending the tournament with a victory against Bangladesh, so that the side can fly back home with smiles. But like Bangladesh, Ireland will need its best players to rise in unison.
Teams (from) :
Bangladesh Women: Salma Khatun (capt), Jahanara Alam, Rumana Ahmed, Fargana Hoque, Ayasha Rahman, Lata Mondal, Sanjida Islam, Fahima Khatun, Panna Ghosh, Sharmin Akhter, Nuzhat Tasnia (wk), Khadijatul Kubra, Shohaly Akther, Shamima Sultana, Shaila Sharmin.
Ireland Women: Laura Delany, Emma Flanagan, Isobel Joyce (capt), Mary Waldron (wk), Amy Kenealy, Jennifer Gray, Cecelia Joyce, Louise McCarthy, Kate McKenna, Lucy O’Reilly, Eimear Richardson, Rebecca Rolfe, Melissa Scott-Hayward, Clare Shillington, Elena Tice.