AMSTELVEEN, Netherlands: 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 match with convincing semifinal wins over Scotland and Papua New Guinea.
A victory within the ultimate on Saturday can be as a lot a contest for bragging rights as it would to validate or reverse the results of the 2015 version, the place Bangladesh completed second behind Ireland. Both 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 outcome within the ultimate. Ranked ninth and tenth on the ICC multi-format ladies’s workforce rankings, Bangladesh completed atop Group A with a 49-run victory on the VRA Floor 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 towards New Zealand and a 2-1 T20I collection defeat towards 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 towards 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.