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Jahanara's historic five-for seals thrilling Bangladesh win

Bangladesh women 135 for 6 (Sultana 46, Lewis 2-20, Richardson 2-20) beat Ireland women 134 for 8 (Joyce 41, Alam 5-28) by four wickets

History was made in Dublin as Jahanara Alam became the first Bangladeshi woman to claim a five-wicket haul in international cricket. She finished with 5 for 28 from four overs, a performance that restricted the hosts to 135 for 6 in the first of three T20Is on this tour. Bangladesh had to get the runs the hard way - they needed every last ball of their 20 overs - but Nigar Sultana (46) and Fahima Khatun (26*) got the job done.

Ireland women have been at the receiving end of a fair few record-breaking performances this month. There was New Zealand scoring 490 - the largest total ever made in ODI cricket. Then the teenager Amelia Kerr walloped them for 232 runs, which is now the highest individual score in women's ODIs. On Thursday, it was the turn of a 25-year old medium pacer from Khulna.

Jahanara started her day taking a wicket off the third ball she bowled: opener Clare Shillington lbw swinging across the line. The same tactic worked for Cecelia Joyce as well and Ireland were 15 for 2 in the third over. With the early damage done, Bangladesh went to their spinners to keep things in check during the middle overs, but Jahanara returned in the death to create more chaos. She had Kim Garth caught behind, Eimear Richardson taken at mid-off and wrecked Isobel Joyce's stumps with a yorker to complete her five-wicket haul.

Soon after that high, however, Bangladesh were given a quick scare as Richardson (2-20) struck in the first over of the chase. The 31-year old offspinner dismissed opener Shamima Sultana and received ample help from 17-year old legspinner Gaby Lewis (2-20) as Ireland kept all but one of the opposition's top five to scores of 25 or less. But the one who managed to push on - Sultana - provided the most meaningful contribution of the innings and took Bangladesh home.