1) Sanjida Islam – Chasing in a match like Semifinal and with the conditions in Dundee, it is not easy to chase. Sanjida Islam the Bangladeshi batter with all these things in mind, scored all-important 32 runs which helped Bangladesh to win and Qualify for World cup.
2) Fahima Khatun – The young leg-spinning allrounder who had an excellent day with the bat against PNG, now she displayed another side of talent that is bowling. She bowled an amazing spell of leg-spin which ripped of Ireland batting lineup. Her figures included of 3 for 18, which includes the key wickets of Ireland skipper Delany and also Richardson.
Sanjida with bat and Fahima with bowl helps Bangladesh to win over Ireland in semifinals by 4 wickets at Dundee on Thursday.
Winning the toss, Ireland opted to bat in a pressure game. Ireland openers failed to provide a good start as Ireland openers lost both the wickets within 3 overs, not only the openers senior players like Kim Garth too failed. It was the skipper Laura Delany and Richardson who had a partnership of 30 which helped Ireland to set a moderate total of 85 on board.
Fahima Khatun, the leg-spinning all-rounder was the pick of the bowler for Bangladesh as she picked up the wickets of well-settled players like Delany and Richardson, which made Ireland to all-out under 100.
Chasing is never easy in the pressure games, with 86 required to win they had a decent start of 21 runs in 4 overs but suddenly Bangladesh lost wickets in tandem, they fell apart from 21 for 1 to 30 for 4.
All credits to young 17-year-old Orla Prendergast, who picked 2 out of 4 wickets. Sadly, she could not win the game for Ireland. The experience Batter Sanjida Islam took the responsibility of chase, she played a match-winning inning of 32 and she was well supported by Ritu Moni with her inning of 15, which helped Bangladesh to chase the target in 19th over of the match.
With this win, Bangladesh qualifies to Finals and also mainly to T20 World Cup.
Brief score: Ireland 85 All-out ( Delany 27, Fahima 3 for 18) lost to Bangladesh 86 for 6 ( Sanjida 32, Orla 2 for 11) by 4 wickets.
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