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Scotland’s World Cup bid beaten by Bangladesh as Ireland beat USA

Scotland saw their T20 Women’s World Cup hopes dashed with a six-wicket defeat to Bangladesh in Group A on Monday.

Victory over the United States a day earlier had placed Kathryn Bryce’s side top of the four-team table, where the first and second-placed teams will advance to a semi-final qualifier for the Premier League tournament. next year in South Africa.

A poor batting performance proved costly for Scotland, who were dismissed for 77 and have now seen Bangladesh clear at the top ahead of the final round of group matches on Wednesday.

Bryce’s decision to bat for the first time backfired after losing a string of early wickets, with Lorna Jack the only fighting figure.

Jack’s 22, which included three limits, helped set up 78 for the victory, but it was achieved with seven overs to spare by Bangladesh.

Rachel Slater claimed two in 13 but Nigar Sultana’s 34 handed a heavy defeat to Scotland, who must beat Ireland to maintain their World Cup hopes.

Ireland bounced back from their loss to Bangladesh to claim an emphatic victory in T20 World Cup qualifying against the United States in Abu Dhabi.

After dismissing their opponents for 91, Irish fly-half Amy Hunter and Gaby Lewis backed a nine-wicket victory with 6.5 overs to spare.

Hunter was dismissed for 43, but Lewis went unbeaten on 44 as Ireland returned home.

Earlier, the United States fell 52 to one, with four run-outs in their innings.

Captain Sindhu Sriharsha had the top score with 25 before being beaten by Laura Delany, who conceded just six runs from her four overs, while Eimear Richardson took two for 19.

Two of the competition’s eight teams will qualify for the World Cup in South Africa next year.

Bangladesh remain top of Group A, with Ireland’s next game against Scotland on Wednesday.

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