Bangladesh and PNG qualify for semi-finals
Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea are the Group A qualifiers for the semi-finals at the Women's World T20 Qualifier after beating the UAE and the Netherlands today.
At Utrecht, Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun won the toss and put the UAE into bat. Only Esha Rohit was able to reach double figures with 18 as her team was bowled out for just 39. Fahmia Khatun was the pick of the bowlers with 4-8.
The recent Asia Cup champions predictably had no trouble chasing down that low target, and did so in 6.5 overs to win by 8 wickets and secure their semi-final spot.
Over at the VRA Ground in Amstelveen, Dutch captain Heather Siegers also opted to bowl first after winning the toss. Papua New Guinea's opening pair of Kopi John and Sibona Jimmy put on 32 before Jimmy was out for 13, which was followed by John and Brenda Tau putting on 48 for the second wicket.
John's dismissal for 40 sparked a mini-collapse as the visitors lost three wickets for one run in five balls, but a 41 run partnership for the fifth wicket got things back on track. Tau scored 34 before she was dismissed three balls from the end, and the final PNG total was 129-5.
Denise Hannema top scored with 35 in the Netherlands' reply, but only one more of her teammates was able to reach double figures. Mairi Tom took 4-24 as the hosts were bowled out for 85, losing by 44 runs.
The win secured Papua New Guinea's place in Thursday's semi-final, where they will play Ireland. Bangladesh will be playing Group B runners-up Scotland.