Bangladesh 157/4 (31.1 overs)
Tamim 64*, Soumya 5, Sabbir 0, Mushfiq 13, Shakib 14, Mahmudullah 43*
Peter Chase 3/33, Barry McCarthy 1/43
So the first game in the Tri-series has ended as a bit of a damp squib, which is a shame because it was well poised with both teams still in it. Although what can you do about the weather eh? So both teams get two points each for the washout. Luckily we will not have long to wait until the next game in the series, when New Zealand will be coming to Malahide to play Ireland. So please join me then. Thanks for following my commentary today, this is Justin Smyth saying good evening from a very soggy Malahide.
Ahead of the Champions Trophy in England from 1st June, Bangladesh are now playing the first match of the Tri-nation series against Ireland at Malahide in Dublin.
At the beginning, Bangladesh lost the toss. Shakib came to the toss as the captain for today’s match as Mashrafe was suspended for this one match due to slow over rate. Ireland elected to bowl first. Match was delayed to be started due to light drizzle and the pitch became tougher for batsmen’s.
Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar opened the innings for Bangladesh but they faced huge trouble from very beginning. Light drizzle before the game made the greenish pitch a tough place to bat on.
And, Ireland bowlers used that pitch very well to produce more swing and bounce. They continuously moved the ball here and there with proper length. Patience was needed in that pitch to shine with the bat and Soumya Sarkar didn’t have that much patience.
Peter Chase was bowling the 2nd over. It was another short ball again from Chase, Sarkar didn’t move his feet and fended out at the ball. It took the edge and O’Brien took the catch behind the wicket.
After Soumya’s departure Chase strike again and this time it was Sabbir Rahman. It was 2nd ball of the fourth over of the match and 2nd over of Chase. He bowled in the channel and Sabbir threw the bat at the ball. It flied high in the air and Murtagh took a diving catch at third man.
Bangladesh lost their first 2 wickets very early and the score was only 9 at that moment. Mushfiq joined Tamim in the middle after Sabbir’s departure and the pair started to rebuilt the innings from that point.
They dealt with the swing and bounce very well and increased their scoring rate after a few while. The pair was looking so dangerous but Barry McCarthy broke that partnership by picking up Mushfiq’s wicket at 11.1 while Mushfiq was on 13. Bangladesh’s score was 47 at that moment.
It was a wide delivery from McCarthy to Mushfiqur Rahim. Mushfiq tried to cut the ball down towards third man but it was too close to him and flied to Wilson at slip at a perfect height.
Then, stand-in captain, Shakib Al Hasan joined Tamim Iqbal in the middle. He started to show glimpse of classical batting from early of his innings and played two wonderful shot to get two boundaries. But, he couldn’t carry on and got out while he was on 14.
Dangerous Peter Chase picked up Shakib’s wicket and added 1 more into his bag. Then, Mahmudullah joined Tamim Iqbal in the middle and they started to rebuilt the innings brilliantly.
They were superb against the Irish bowlers in that unfamiliar condition. They built a valuable partnership of 87 runs in 16.2 overs with a run rate of 5.32 and they were looking much dangerous. But, rain stopped their run and the match got abandoned at the end.
Bangladesh have to win atleast three out of 4 matches in this series to be the 6th team in ICC ODI rankings and so this match was so crucial for them. Now, they need to win all the three matches to be at that position. So, the situation has become tougher as two of the matches are against New Zealand.
Anyways, Tigers need to work in their top order and they will get their regular captain, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza back in the next match.
Ireland: Paul Stirling, William Porterfield(c), Niall O’Brien (wk), Andrew Balbirnie, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Kevin O’Brien, George Dockrell, Barry McCarthy, Tim Murtagh, Peter chase.
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 5 Mosaddek Hossain, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Mehedi Hasan, 9 Rubel Hossain, 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Mustafizur Rahman.