LAHORE -  Left-arm spinner Sadia Yousuf’s career-best figures of 4-9 led Pakistan to the Women’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh after a nine-wicket victory over Ireland in the first semi-final of the Qualifiers.

According to information made available here on Monday, Pakistan put Ireland in after a wet outfield caused a delayed start, and captain Isobel Joyce lost her middle stump on the fourth ball of the match. A run-out got rid of tournament top-scorer Clare Shillington before Yousuf plundered four wickets in her first three overs to leave Ireland reeling at 32-6 after 13 overs. She was on a hat-trick after having both Laura Delany and Elena Tice stumped off the last two balls of the 13th over. She induced Kim Garth’s edge off her next ball, but it landed safely. Garth made an unbeaten 38 but the rest of the line-up could not reach double figures as Ireland were dismissed for 65.

The openers took Pakistan almost halfway to victory before Garth removed Nahida Khan for 13, but her partner Javeria Khan and Nain Abidi completed the formalities with 35 balls to spare, though heavy rain did interrupt play with Pakistan six runs from victory. With three teams slated to qualify for the World T20, Ireland still have a shot if they beat the loser of the second semi-final in the third-place play-off match on July 31.