A dominating performance from Bangladesh’s bowlers saw the home team clinch a relatively smooth 17-run victory over Ireland after setting a target of 107 in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 ninth place play-off in Sylhet on Thursday (April 3).
Ireland had a shaky start to its innings with opener Clare Shillington falling short of her crease in the second b
all of the innings. Isobel Joyce (4) and Mary Waldron (9) fell soon after, failing to negotiate the spinners, who took full advantage of the conditions. A run-out in the ninth over sent back Elena Tice for nine runs, reducing Ireland to 31 for 4 in just 8.3 overs.
This brought Melissa Scott-Hayward and Cecelia Joyce together, as they tried to consolidate the innings with a fifth-wicket partnership of 28, before Salma Khatun, the right-arm off-spinner, trapped the latter leg before for 19.
Panna Ghosh, the medium pacer, joined the party with three wickets in her next two overs as Ireland was left tottering at 67 for 7 by the 17th over.
Batting at No. 8, Laura Delany was unbeaten at 14 off 10 balls, but failed to make it count as wickets kept tumbling at the other end.
With only three batters managing to get to double figures, Ireland was eventually bundled out for 89 in 19.3 overs, handing Bangladesh a ninth position finish in the tournament.
Earlier, Bangladesh, having chosen to bat first, got off to a steady start with Ayasha Rahman and Sharmin Akhtar putting together an opening stand of 24 runs in 5.4 overs before Rahman nicked one to the wicketkeeper off the bowling of Louise McCarthy.
Akhtar (35) kept the runs flowing despite a couple of wickets going down soon after Rahman’s departure. Rumana struck three boundaries in her 14-ball knock of 16 as Lucy O’Reilly consistently troubled the batsmen with her medium pace with Ireland looking to tighten the noose in the middle overs.
Bangladesh ultimately managed a total of 106 for 7 in 20 overs, with O’Reilly proving to be the best bowler for Ireland, returning match figures of 3 for 15.