WINDIES AND BANGLADESH IN IRELAND TRI-SERIES, 2019
Tamim Iqbal started the chase with a fifty at the top. © Getty
Driving on half a century by Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh cruised to a comfortable six-wicket win over Ireland, maintaining their unbeaten run in the tri-nation series.
When they ran 293 for the win, the visitors looked at ease from the start, thanks to an aggressive first-wicket stand between Tamim and Liton. Both batsmen maintained a similar pace throughout the course of their 117-run standard before the left-handed man was bowled by Boyd Rankin. The fall of Tamim, however, did not derail the turns of Bangladesh.
Less than six overs later, Liton also left, cleaned up by Barry McCarthy at 76, a 67-ball knock including nine limits and a six. However, Ireland's successes were very few. Shakib Al Hasan, without being aggressive, caressed for nearly fifty minutes and initiated a half-century partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim and kept Bangladesh's grip on the pursuit. He stopped with a side thrust shortly after stroking his 41st ODI fifty, but Mahmudullah & # 39; s undefeated 35 helped Bangladesh to cross the line with seven overs. Except for Mark Adair, who closed Mossadek Hossain late in the chase, all bowlers gave in more than furiously.
Earlier in the day, the position of Paul Stirling and William Porterfield had laid the foundation for the 292/8 of Ireland. Elected to hit after winning the toss, the hosts had lost two wickets in the first 11 overs. Stirling, who had chosen an aggressive mode at the start of Ireland's turn, slowed down. Together with his skipper, he laid the foundation for a strong finish, bringing 174 in 34 overs – the highest in Ireland for the third wicket and the highest for any wicket against a Full Member Nation.
Porterfield fell six short of a century missing a hit to the cow corner fielder, only two overs after depositing consecutive sixes from Mashrafe Mortaza. His resignation led to a collapse when Ireland lost six wickets in the last 33 balls of their innings. Stirling's handsome knockout of 130 – including eight boundaries and four sixes – also came to an end in this period because he failed to hit the ball over the long one.
Abu Jayed was the chief inspector when he put his first fifer, including four strikes, in his last game bag, such as Stirling, Kevin O & Brien and Gary Wilson, apart from Porterfield. Saifuddin also contributed with braces in his last battle.
Despite the collapse, the hosts performed 111 runs in the last 11 overs. For a flowering as good as that it was too little against Bangladesh on the day. Bangladesh is now facing the West Indies in the final of the tri series on Friday.
Short scores: Ireland 292/5 in 50 overs (Paul Stirling 130, William Porterfield 94; Abu Jayed 5-58, Saifuddin 2-43) lost from Bangladesh 294/4 in 43 overs (Liton Das 76, Tamim Iqbal 57; Boyd Rankin 2-48, Mark Adair 1-52) by 6 wickets.