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Bangladesh’s extraordinary performances outclass Ireland to win the series in the previous match itself. They were aiming for whitewash, which would have boosted their confidence for the upcoming qualifiers. On the other side, Ireland was struggling for a lone win to get there way back after getting an embarrassing loss against White Ferns. The first step went in the right direction as Ireland won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Bangladesh openers gave flying start, smashing boundaries all over the park in the power play. But Metcalfe’s spin bowling gave the first breakthrough to Ireland. Shamima got stumped by Waldron after scoring 30 (27). Soon Ayasha Rahman too joined her in pavilion when she got out on Delany’s stunning throw. After 15 overs Bangladesh was 100/2 with Fargana Hoque and Nigar Sultana on the crease. The finishing touch was the demand, but Sultana failed to support her partner. Fargana Hoque never let the pressure on and carried the momentum till the last ball. She single-handedly took her team to a challenging score of 151/4.

Fargana Hoque was the highest scorer for Bangladesh. She slammed blistering 66*(47) with 6(4s) and 2 sixes. Sultana 30(27) and Rahman 27(26) too played crucial knocks. Skipper Delany was the pick of the bowlers with the figures of 1/19. Metcalfe and Richardson too bagged a wicket each.

To chase down such a big total was a daunting task for Ireland but not so impossible. Shillington and Cecelia Joyce opened the innings for Ireland. They started building up their innings slowly, but in the 6th over Panna Ghosh made a strike and got the wicket of Shillington. Soon, Joyce too joined her in the pavilion after Nahida’s ball got her to catch out to Khatun. Gaby Lewis and Laura Delany looked in fine touch, hitting some classy shots down the ground. They paced up the innings well.

Bangladesh was in the tensed situation as both of them were taking the game away from them. Gaby Lewis departed after a blistering knock of 50 (31). Experienced Isobel Joyce was on the crease to help her skipper. The match was in a tensed situation. 11 runs were the demand in last over. A run out of Delany raised hopes for Bangladesh. But Isobel Joyce experience helped her to hit four and a winning run which helped Ireland win the match by 6 wickets.

Bangladesh tried there best but couldn’t help the team to pass the last hurdle. Though Bangladesh lost the match but they won the series 2-1. Lewis 50(31) and Delany 46*(38) were the top scorers for Ireland.

Ireland will be happy with today’s performance which will help them to head up with the positive mindset in World Cup Qualifiers which will commence from 7th July. Both the teams will strive hard to make the cut for the mega tournament later this year. Though Bangladesh will be boosted up, Ireland too had a good practice which will help them to qualify for the World Cup.