Sports desk, July 13: Bangladesh became the 1oth team to qualify for the ICC Women’s World T20 2018, completing the line-up of the tournament which will be held in the West Indies from 9-24 November, 2018.The team qualified after winning its ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier semi-finals, after a strong start and finish to the innings helped Bangladesh post 125 runs for six, before, as so often, their spinners did the rest.
Bangladesh became the 10th and final team to qualify for the Women’s World T20 with a thumping 49-run victory over Scotland.
Batting first, Bangladesh made their way to a strong 125 for six thanks to an opening partnership of 51 between Shamima Sultana (22) and Ayasha Rahman (20) and a final burst from Nigar Sultana (31) as Bangladesh plundered 29 from the last three overs in the innings. In between, Scotland had done well to peg Bangladesh back, Priyanaz Chatterji’s 2-16 and Sarah Bryce’s two stumpings helping their side take 5-38 in eight overs through the middle of the innings.
Scotland started slowly in their reply, but as the Bryce sisters added 43 runs for the second wicket, so their hope grew. The introduction of leg-spin however, as has so often been the case for Bangladesh, changed the game. Sarah Bryce was stumped for 31 off Fahima Khatun to spark a collapse of 6/14, two of those falling to player of the match Rumana Ahmed (2-10) and though Scotland battled hard to bat out their overs, their eventual 76-7 was 49 runs shy of Bangladesh’s total.
Player of the Match, Bangladesh’s Rumana Ahmed said: “We are very excited to be in the ICC World T20 in November. This has been a big tournament for us we have done well. Our first target was qualification, and now we will look forward to try and winning the trophy.”