29 November 2015
Second wins in a row for Ireland and Bangladesh
The two teams stay at the top of the points tables for their respective groups after comprehensive victories at the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier
In a Group A game at Asian Institute of Technology Ground, Bangladesh opted to field and proceeded to bowl Scotland out for just 53 before knocking off runs in just 12.4 overs for the loss of only two wickets.
Khadija Tul Kubra, the off-spinner, and Rumana Ahmed, the leg-spinner, accounted for five of the wickets as only one Scotland batter – Kathryn Bryce, with 12 – reached double figures.
The Bangladesh reply was strong from the start, with Ayasha Rahman and Sharmin Akhter, the openers, putting together 53 runs before both of them fell on the same team total, just one short of victory. Akhter was the first to go, caught by Abtaha Maqsood off Rachel Scholes for 26 off 35 balls, while Rahman fell in the same over – the 12th – to a run out after a 34-ball 24 before Bangladesh strolled past the target.
Across at Thailand Cricket Ground in the Group B match-up, Ireland opted to bat and put up 104 for 6 after Isobel Joyce slammed an unbeaten 36-ball 41. Huang Zhuo, the China captain, stood tall for her team in its reply, but all China could manage was 76 for 7, and Ireland won the game by 28 runs.
China would have been happy with its bowling performance before Joyce came in to the picture, having reduced Ireland to 32 for 3 and then 34 for 4 by the tenth over. Once Joyce, and Laura Delany, who scored 19 from 23 balls, were finished, though, the target for China had assumed pretty large proportions.
Huang Zhou fought a lone battle, her 39 not out from 34 balls standing out in a batting innings where 7 was the next best score. Lucy O’Reilly (2-18) and Joyce (2-11) were the pick of the Ireland bowlers.
Both Ireland and Bangladesh have now won both their matches in the tournament and sit atop their respective group tables.