Thailand, Bangladesh qualify for 2020 Women T20 WC
Thailand and Bangladesh sealed two places at next year’s T20 ICC Women’s World Cup in Australia by winning their respective World Cup qualifiers as Thailand qualify for the World Cup 2020 Women T20.
In the first semi-final, Bangladesh hit Ireland in a low-scoring thriller at Forthill as they pursued the target of 86 runs with four wickets in hand and guaranteed their place in the 10-team tournament that begins on 21 February. 2020 in Sydney.
By winning the draw and opting to bat first, Ireland had a nightmare start, as it lost its top three with only 15 runs on the board in the first semi-final of the day.
A disciplined performance on the field saw only one additional gift given that each bowler contributed, Fahima Khatun, the 18/3 stand out, to ensure Ireland never recovers from its previous problems.
Chasing 86 for qualifying, Forthill enjoyed a fascinating game as Bangladesh seemed that 86 could have been too much for his team experienced at the midpoint.
Reduced to 34/4 after ten overs, Ireland would have imagined its chances. However, Bangladesh remained intact until 17 when Leah Paul (0/15) combined with Kavanagh to beat Ritu Moni by 15, but it was too late, Bangladesh then required 15-runs from 18 deliveries.
However, four straight legs of Sanjida Islam (35*) in the 18th, they ended up securing victory when Bangladesh entered the penultimate for requiring only six races. A four of Jahanara Alam’s first ball (6*) followed by two singles led Bangladesh to victory and a place at the T20 Women’s World Cup.
PNG was only able to accumulate 67 runs when they won the toss and opted to bat first in an attempt to put the runs on the board in a slow wicket at Forthill.
Pursuing 68, Thailand opted for a calm and controlled approach as the openers Chantam (18 out of 31) and Chaiwai (32 of 40) took their time to choose the required runs, attacking only five limits on their entrances to prepare the team for a search winner of matches and promising for the World Cup.
With the first two matches fired at the end of 16, Koncharoenkai (16*) and Boochatham (2*) finished work to take an eight-wicket victory for Thailand and secure their place in next year’s tournament.
Both Bangladesh team and Thailand will now face off in the summit clash on Saturday 7th September 2019, to decide who is heading to Group A and Group B at the Women’s T20 World Cup.