Jahanara Alam 5 wickets Bangladesh Ireland Women
Jahanara Alam AFP (file photo)

Jahanara Alam became the first Bangladesh woman to take 5 wickets in a T20 International. Alam achieved this against Ireland Women, at YMCA Ground, Dublin on Thursday, in the first T20I of the 3-match series. With figures of 4-0-28-5, Alam went past 3.4-1-6-4 by Salma Khatun (current Bangladesh captain), against Sri Lanka Women at Guangzhou in the 2012 Asia Cup. No other Bangladesh woman has taken 5 wickets in a T20I.

Jahanara bowled the first over after Khatun opted to field. She had Clare Shillington with his third ball and Cec Joyce with her seventh. Both batters tried to flick, missed, and were trapped in front of the stumps. Her first spell read 2-0-13-2. Alam returned in the 17th over, in which she had Kim Garth edging a wide ball and Eimear Richardson caught at mid-off, by Rumana Ahmed. She finally got the record in her final over, the 19th of the innings, by yorking Cec’s twin Isobel Joyce.

The match turned out to be a thriller. After Ireland posted 134 for 8, Nigar Sultana fell at 116 for 5. At that stage Bangladesh needed 19 from 14 balls. Isobel’s over (19th of the chase) went for 14, leaving them to score 4 off the last over. They got 3 off the first 4, and Sanjida Islam was run out off the fifth. However, the run out brought Fahima Khatun on strike, and she edged a single off Richardson to pull off a win.

As for the men, only two Bangladeshis have taken T20I five-fors Elias Sunny (4-1-13-5) and Mustafizur Rahman (4-0-22-55).

Brief scores:

Ireland Women 134 for 8 in 20 overs [Isobel Joyce 41(41); Jahanara Alam 4-0-28-5] lost to Bangladesh Women 135 for 6 in 20 overs [Nigar Sultana 46(38); Eimear Richardson 4-0-20-2] by 4 wickets with 0 ball to spare.