Bangladesh and Ireland have qualified for next year’s World T20 in India, after winning their respective semi-finals in the qualifying tournament in Thailand.
In the first semi-final, Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 31 runs. Batting first, the Tigers posted 89-5 with Fargana Hoque hitting 43 off 43 balls as they recovered from 10-3. Leg spinner Rumana Ahmed then took 4-8 as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 58.
In the other semi-final, Ireland beat Scotland by 9 wickets. Scotland posted 77-9, with opener Fi Urquhart top-scoring with 21 off 32 balls, as 16-year-old seamer Lucy O’Reilly took 3-16 to help keep the Wildcats under par.
Ireland made short work of their response, as Cecelia Joyce (36*) and Clare Shillington (34) put on 58 for the first wicket, with the Irish then reaching their target at 79-1 with a whopping 51 balls to spare.
Bangladesh and Ireland will now contest the qualifying final on Saturday and then join the “Big 8” at the World T20 in India next March.