Bangladesh ease past Scotland

29 Nov

Scotland met Bangladesh in their second group fixture in their quest to qualify for the ICC World T20 in India at the Asian Institute of Technology on Sunday. [Scorecard]

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bowl first on what was a scorching hot day in Bangkok, with the Scots knowing things wouldn’t be easy against a team ranked 9th in the world. 

The top three of Rachel Scholes, Fi Urquhart and Kari Anderson all made 8 before finding themselves back in the pavilion with the score on 27/4, after Oli Rae departed for a duck.

Things only transpired to get worse for Scotland as their opponents put the squeeze on by introducing leg-spinner Rumana Ahmed. It didn’t take her long to have Sam Haggo caught behind and then Annette Drummond stumped, with the score now showing 29/6.

 Kathryn Bryce top scored with 12, putting on a brief partnership with Kirstie Gordon (8), but Bangladesh ensured that they would make light work of the Scottish lower order, eventually bowling their opponents for a modest 53. 

The outcome of the match was never in doubt following an opening partnership of 53 from Sharmin Akhter and Ayasha Rahman. The Scots did manage to claim two late wickets, but Bangladesh reached their required target with 44 balls still remaining. 

Scotland will now look to quickly dust themselves off after this match and focus on preperations for their final match in the group against hosts Thailand on Tuesday.

On reflection of the match captain Aitken said, "We were bitterly disapointed with the way we preformed with the bat today. Although Bangladesh put the ball in good areas, we are a much better batting unit than we showed in this match. 

As a team, our fielding and bowling has been good in all of our games so far. 

We will bounce-back for the Thailand game and come out stronger. We are continuing to work hard and we know what we can do, it's a case of doing it come Tuesday."

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