Scotland will have to face Celtic rivals Ireland in what will essentially be a quarter final at the Women’s T20 World Cup qualifier after they lost to Bangladesh today in Abu Dhabi.

Scotland won the toss and chose to bat first at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium but were bowled out for 77 with Shohley Akhtar taking four wickets for just seven runs. Lorna Jack’s 22 was Scotland’s top score with only two other batters reaching double figures.

Bangladesh lost four wickets in reply but were otherwise untroubled. Captain Nigar Sultana top scored with 34 as they completed a six wicket win with seven overs to spare.

With Ireland beating the USA in the other Group A game today, Bangladesh’s win secured them a place in Friday’s semi-final. They still have to play the USA on Wednesday whilst Scotland will play Ireland with the winners certain of a place in the semi-finals.

Earlier in Group B play, Zimbabwe secured their place in the semi-finals thanks to a a six wicket win over Thailand, who were only able to scored 86-6 despite an unbeaten knock of 47 by Nannapat Koncharoenkai. An innings of 46 by Kelis Ndlovu secured Zimbabwe’s six wicket win.

Thailand will take on Papua New Guinea in a must win match on Wednesday with the Pacific Islanders coming off the back of a 29 run win over the hosts today. Batting first they scored 148-6 from their 20 overs with Tanya Ruma top scoring with 53 from 36 balls. Theertha Satish scored 68 in UAE’s reply but there was only one other double digit score as the home team were kept to 119-8.