The Bangladesh women's team clinched a dramatic last-ball win over Ireland by four wickets in the first of the three match T20I series after Jahanara Alam created history by bagging the first five-wicket haul for the Tigresses in international cricket at the YMCA Ground in Dublin yesterday.
The result is a continuation of their good form which saw them win the recent Women's T20 Asia Cup in Malaysia.
Needing four runs to win in the last over in chase of 135, the game went down to the wire with the visitors needing one run in the last ball of the innings, which Fahima Khatun achieved to register the memorable win.
Fahima was unbeaten on 26 off 18 balls with three fours while Nigar Sultana top-scored with 46 off 38 balls, hitting six boundaries. The duo turned things around from a point where Bangladesh needed 52 runs from the last six overs.
Earlier, it was Jahanara who started set the game up for the visitors after the chose to field first. The right-arm seamer bagged two wickets in her first two overs to leave Ireland struggling on 15 for two.
The 25-year-old returned at the death to hurt the home side in her second spell , dismissing Kim Garth (20), Eimear Richardson (2) and bowling top-scorer Isobel Joyce (41) with a yorker in her last over to complete the five-wicket haul and restricting Ireland to 134 for 8.
Jahanara ended with figures of five for 28 from four overs, surpassing Salma Khatun's previous best T20 bowling figures of four for six against Sri Lanka during the 2012 Asia Cup.
SCORES IN BRIEF
IRELAND: 134 for 8 (Joyce 41; Jahanara 5-28, Salma 1-20)
BANGLADESH: 135 for 6 in 20 overs (Nigar 46, Fahima 26 not out; Lewis 2-20)
Result: Bangladesh won by 4 wickets