Bangladesh 143/3 (37.3 overs) Hoque 53*, Ahmed 38* Scotland 140 (49.1 overs) by 7 wickets [Scorecard]
Scotland met Bangladesh in the second ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier at Colombo CC on Friday as Abbi Aitken won her second toss of the tournament and elected to bat first.
Sarah Bryce opened the boundary count with a flick to fine-leg before edging behind. Ollie Rae was a watchful early on as she made her way to 16 before Khadija Tul Kubra breached her defences, leaving Scotland on 37/2.
The Scots were then dealt a real blow with the score still on 37 when Kathryn Bryce, who had stroked a few glorious shots through the covers, was bowled by Rumana Ahmed.
Rachel Scholes joined Kari Anderson in the middle and built Scotland’s highest partnership of the match – worth 50 – to take their side to 87, although Scholes chopped on to her stumps for the second game in a row just as she started to get going.
Anderson again proved to be Scotland’s top scorer, sweeping the ball to great effect against the spinners, before she was struck in front and given out LBW to depart for 28.
Katie McGill and Fiona Urquhart reached double figures, and a Lorna Jack cameo helped move the score along, but the Scots would have been disappointed they weren’t able to build on their platform of 87/3, as they slid to 140 all out.
Sharmin Sultana and Sharmin Akhter gave Bangladesh the perfect start as they took the attack to the Scotland opening bowlers in a stand worth 26. Kathryn Bryce gave the Scots their first wicket as she bowled Sharmin Sultana for 15.
Sanjida Islam then misjudged a full toss and was clean bowl by McGill with the score now showing 32/2, and giving the Scots real belief they could get back into the match.
A 36-run partnership between Fargana Hoque and opener Akhter helped steady the Bangladesh nerves. There was a stunning catch at gully by Kirstie Gordon removed Akther for 22.
Scotland would rue not being able to add another 40 odd runs to their total as Hoque was able to see off the dangerous bowling of Gordon without taking any risks.
Hoque would reach her 50 as she hit the ball for four to take Bangladesh over the line with a 7-wicket win.
“We’re pretty disappointed with today to be honest, we backed out batters that we could defended but didn’t get enough runs on the board at the end of the day.
We didn’t bowl the tight lines as we did against South Africa and know we need to improve on that.
Tomorrow we’ll be looking to get our game plan right and do the things we need to do well and we just need a bit of consistency in our performance and look to get the win on the board against Papua New Guinea.”
Scotland will now play their third group game tomorrow against Papua New Guinea at the Mercantile Cricket Ground.