Plucky Ireland get 10 Bangladesh wickets for 152 runs

Ireland bowlers put up an inspired performance against Bangladesh in Mirpur on Friday

 

One wicket brought about a dropping run-rate, which, in turn another wicket. And then another one – Junnaid Siddique ran himself out while Iqbal, who had looked intent on getting to another big score after the dazzling start silenced the crowd completely with his dismissal.
The crowd would have begun to cheer up when Shakib began to get going with three boundaries but it barely lasted long. Dropped in the same over, Shakib was sent back when Andre Botha got one to hold back and the check-shot came straight back to him. Bangladesh 86 for four and in more trouble than they would have liked in a must-win, grudge-game like this.
Mushfiqur Rahim, who had been promoted to the No 4 position, ahead of the captain, was then involved in the rebuilding process with Raqibul Hasan. Both looked comfortable against the medium-pace bowling and despite the runs coming in trickles, the stemming of the fall of wickets looked encouraging.
The two raised their half-century stand and with Mohammad Ashraful to come in at number seven, there was a sense of the side having done well to get to 147 for four. That was as far as the fightback went for Bangladesh. George Dockrell, making his World Cup debut in the game, throttled the Bangladeshi innings in the middle overs, picking up a couple of wickets including the slide-starter of Rahim and went for only 23 off his ten.
 
The rest of the side went down in a heap with Ashraful’s umpteenth comeback lasting all of six balls for his single while Bangladesh adding 58 for the loss of the last six wickets. Ireland will need to make 206 to win the game and unless the track slows down considerably more, they will be favourites to get them.
Brief scores: 
Bangladesh 205 all out in 49.2 overs (Tamim Iqbal 44, Raqibul Hasan 38; Andre Botha 3 for 32, Goerge Dockrell 2 for 23) vs Ireland
(Suneer is a Mumbai-based cricket writer and can be contacted at suneerchowdhary@gmail.com and Tweets here @suneerchowdhary)
 
 

By Suneer Chowdhary

 

Mirpur: Feb 25, 2011

 

At 53 for no loss in the seventh over, Shakiba al Hasan’s decision to bat first against Ireland at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur against Ireland seemed to have been vindicated. By the time the innings had ended, Shakib would have wondered what went wrong.

 

Or more specifically, about the reasons for a collapse which had purportedly been the thing of the past.At the same ground, only a week ago, Shakib had inserted India in and for the next 50 overs had struggled to find answers to the explosions that went by the name of Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli.

 

He seemed to have attempted to correct the mistake by deciding to bat first this time on a track that could get slower with the game but the batsmen frittered away what looked to be an excellent beginning.As has usually been the case, Tamim Iqbal was quickly off the blocks.

 

Whether or not it had to do with the chat that he had with Sachin Tendulkar, his batting was sublime for the time he lasted. Unfortunately for him, once his partner Imrul Kayes (12) departed at 53 – out to a brilliant leg-side stumping off John Mooney – the momentum began to drop.One wicket brought about a dropping run-rate, which, in turn another wicket.

 

And then another one – Junnaid Siddique ran himself out while Iqbal, who had looked intent on getting to another big score after the dazzling start silenced the crowd completely with his dismissal.The crowd would have begun to cheer up when Shakib began to get going with three boundaries but it barely lasted long.

 

Dropped in the same over, Shakib was sent back when Andre Botha got one to hold back and the check-shot came straight back to him. Bangladesh 86 for four and in more trouble than they would have liked in a must-win, grudge-game like this.Mushfiqur Rahim, who had been promoted to the No 4 position, ahead of the captain, was then involved in the rebuilding process with Raqibul Hasan.

 

Both looked comfortable against the medium-pace bowling and despite the runs coming in trickles, the stemming of the fall of wickets looked encouraging.The two raised their half-century stand and with Mohammad Ashraful to come in at number seven, there was a sense of the side having done well to get to 147 for four. That was as far as the fightback went for Bangladesh.

 

George Dockrell, making his World Cup debut in the game, throttled the Bangladeshi innings in the middle overs, picking up a couple of wickets including the slide-starter of Rahim and went for only 23 off his ten. The rest of the side went down in a heap with Ashraful’s umpteenth comeback lasting all of six balls for his single while Bangladesh adding 58 for the loss of the last six wickets.

 

Ireland will need to make 206 to win the game and unless the track slows down considerably more, they will be favourites to get them.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh 205 all out in 49.2 overs (Tamim Iqbal 44, Raqibul Hasan 38, Mushfiqur Rahim 36; Andre Botha 3 for 32, Goerge Dockrell 2 for 23, Trent Johnson 2 for 40) vs Ireland.

 

(Suneer is a Mumbai-based cricket writer and can be contacted at suneerchowdhary@gmail.com and Tweets here @suneerchowdhary)  

 

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