Bangladesh national women’s team on Thursday qualified for the main event of ICC World T20 when they outplayed Scotland by 49 runs in the second semi-final at VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen in Netherlands.
This was the third successive time when Bangladesh team made it to the ICC World T20 finals after they played as hosts in 2014 before qualifying for the next edition in India two years later.
Nigar Sultana’s unbeaten knock of 31 off 36 balls helped Bangladesh team score 125-6 against the Scottish side before Bangladeshi bowlers provided a collective effort to restrict the opposition to 76-7 in the stipulated overs.
Bangladesh will face Ireland in the final of the Qualifiers at Kampong Cricket Club, Utrecht on Saturday.
Ireland earlier defeated Papua New Guinea by 27 runs in the first semi-final encounter on the same day.
Chasing a modest target of 126 runs, Scotland lost their opener Rachel Scholes (four) in the fourth over but Sarah Bryce (31) and Kathryn Bryce (21) added 43 runs for the second wicket to keep them in the contest.
But Bangladeshi bowlers came up strongly and picked up wickets at regular basis and comfortably defended their total.
Rumana Ahmed and Nahida Akter bagged two wickets each after Fahima Khatun provided the crucial breakthrough.
Sent into bat first, openers Shamima Sultana (22) and Ayasha Rahman (20) earlier provided Bangladesh a solid start scoring 51 runs.
But Bangladesh lost their way in the middle overs and were held to 62-4 in the 10th over.
Nigar along with Fahima (15) and Sanjida Islam (19) added 27 and 32 runs respectively to help Bangladesh score a total which finally proved to be more than enough.
The next edition of World Twenty20 will be held in West Indies between November 9-24.
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