Bangladesh and PNG win on day two
Bangladesh have made it two wins from two, whilst Papua New Guinea have bounced back from an opening day defeat as Group A continued in the Netherlands today.
At Utrecht, hosts Netherlands batted first after being put in by Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun. Only two players reached double figures as they were bundled out for just 42. Rumana Ahmed took three wickets for just two runs, whilst Fahmia Khatun took 3-3.
Unsurprisingly, the recent Asia Cup champions had little trouble chasing down their target. They lost three wickets in the process, but knocked off the required runs in 7.5 overs to secure the seven wicket win.
Over in Amstelveen, the United Arab Emirates opted to bat first against Papua New Guinea after Humaria Tasneem won the toss. The PNG bowlers largely stayed on top, restricting the UAE to 83 in 20 overs. Subha Srinivasan top scored with 22 before becoming one of six run outs in the UAE innings, a record for T20Is.
Papua New Guinea's reply saw none of their line-up really get a start, the top score being Brenda Tau's 19, but they still managed to get themselves into the position of needing just 10 from the last three overs. Two runs and a wicket came from the 18th over, with two more coming from the 19th.
Six runs needed from the final over, and whilst Papua New Guinea did lose one more wicket, they just managed to score the required runs to win by 2 wickets with one ball to spare.
Tomorrow is a rest day in the Netherlands, and the tournament will resume on Tuesday. Group A action will see Bangladesh take on the UAE and Papua New Guinea take on the Netherlands.