Scotland lost to Bangladesh at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
The Scots went into the Group A clash on a high having eased past the USA by 79 runs in their opener on Sunday, but they knew this would be a tougher test – and so it proved as 77 all out played 78-4.
Scotland captain Kathryn Bryce said: “We didn’t get enough runs on the board and it was always going to be difficult to defend such a low total against a quality side.
“We were playing at a different ground in this game than the last one, but the pitch was pretty similar and we just didn’t adapt well to it early on.
“We need our top order to start putting scores on the board and hopefully we can do that in our next game. We bowled really well here against Bangladesh, but as I mentioned it is always hard if you don’t have a strong score to defend.”
Kathryn Bryce, who had named an unchanged XI, won the toss and decided to have a bat at the Zayed Cricket Stadium.
However, when she herself was out in the seventh over they were 25-3 and when Priyanaz Chatterj and sister Sarah Bryce followed her back to the pavilion it was 40-5 in the 13th over.
Ellen Watson was bowled the ball after Sarah Bryce and it needed a spirited 22 from 23 balls from Lorna Jack to haul Scotland up to 77 all out although they failed to use three balls of the innings.
Shohely Akhter, later named player of the match, was the star with the ball for Bangladesh as she took 4-7 while Nahida Akter took two wickets and Salma Khatun and Sanjida Akter Meghla one apiece. Saskia Horley and Kathrine Fraser were run out to account for the other two wickets.
Rachel Slater took a wicket in the second over of Bangladesh’s reply and Hannah Rainey took one herself in the eighth over to give the Scots some hope.
Slater then took a second wicket, but a controlled 34 by Bangladesh skipper Nigar Sultana got her side close to victory.
She fell to Fraser, but Bangladesh got home by six wickets as they reached 78-4 in 13 overs.
Next up in the final group match for Scotland is Ireland at noon UK time on Wednesday.