Ireland have fought back against the in form Bangladesh to earn a consolation win in the last T20I of the series.
Records fell during the third and final T20 International between Bangladesh Women and Ireland Women at Pembroke Cricket Club. Both the highest individual score and the highest team total for Bangladesh were surpassed as the visitors made 151/4.
That was not enough for them to claim victory as Ireland Women followed that up with their highest ever total batting second in a T20I to win by six wickets off the last ball.
It was the woman that held the previous high score for Bangladesh, Fargana Hoque, who extended her own record with 66 not out from 47 balls. It was her innings that was the foundation of the new record total for the Bangladeshis, as they passed the 142/3 they made against India in Kuala Lumpur last month. In the end, they managed to score 152 runs in their 20 overs.
For Ireland to chase this down they would have to make their highest total batting second, and it was always going to be a tough ask, but they managed it by the thinnest of margins. They went for the slow and steady approach to the chase as they struggled to get the ball away in the PowerPlay.
Ireland had got the required rate down to just over eight an over when Lewis was dismissed in unfortunate fashion. They needed 11 runs off the last over. They managed three singles from the first three balls of the 20thover before a wide from Jahanara Alam saw them attempt a stolen run to get Delany back on strike. It was always risky, and Delany was run out for 46 (38).
That seemed to be the end of things but six runs from the next two balls meant that the scores were tied with one delivery to come. A single by Isobel Joyce claimed the win for Ireland but they lose the series 2-1.
BAN 151/4 (20 ov) | Fargana 66*, Shamima 30 | Delany 1/19
IRE 152/4 (20 ov) | Lewis 50, Delany 46 | Nahida 1/20
Result: Ireland Women’s Team won by 6 wickets