Dhaka – Bangladesh crushed Ireland by eight wickets for their first victory in the Tri-Nation Series at Malahide, Dublin on Friday. UNB news agency reported
The Tigers chased down a target of 182 for 2 in 27.1 overs riding on Soumya Sarkar’s unbeaten innings of 87 off 68 balls featuring 11 boundaries and two sixes.
Apart from his individual show, Soumya shared 95 runs in 13.5 overs with Tamim Iqbal in the opening stand and contributed 76 in 11.1 overs with Sabbir Rahman in the 2nd wicket stand.
Tamim Iqbal departed from the opening stand scoring 47 runs off 54 balls with six boundaries being caught by Niall O’Brien off Kevin O’Brien.
Sabbir (35 off 34b; 3×4; 1×6) was caught by George Dockrell off Barry McCarthy to be dismissed at 171/2 in 25 overs.
Mushfiqur Rahim (3 off 7b) gave company to Soumya till the end of the innings ensuring the victory.
Earlier, Mustafizur Rahman’s brilliant four-wicket haul helped Bangladesh restrict Ireland to 181 for all in 46.3 overs where opener Ed Joyce top-scored 46 off 74 balls, including three boundaries.
Mustafizur captured the scalps of Paul Stirling (0), Niall O’Brien (30 off 42b; 1×4; 1×6)), Kevin O’Brien (10 off 11b; 1×4) and Gary Wilson (6 off 17b) conceding 23 runs in nine overs.
Keeping the Irish on zero, the left arm pacer made the first breakthrough for Bangladesh dismissing Paul Stirling with duck and took the 2nd wicket of Niall O’Brien at 116/4 in 27.3 overs, Kevin O’Brien at 134/6 in 31.4 overs and Gary Wilson at 136/7 in 33.1 overs.
Debutant Sunzamul Islam dismissed Ireland’s other opener Ed Joyce in the last ball of his first spell for maiden ODI wicket while preyed on Barry McCarthy (12 off 23b; 1×4) as his 2nd one by dint of lbw. Sunzamul conceded 22 runs in five overs.
Joyce fell short of four runs for a half century as he was caught by Tamim Iqbal at long-on when the team score was 126/5 in 29 overs. Barry McCarthy was out at 171/8 in 43.2 overs.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan bowled out Andy Balbirnie (12 off 24b; 1×6) at 61/3 in 14.2 overs while skipper William Porterfield (22 off 25b; 3×4; 1×6) was caught and bowled by Mosaddek Hossain at 37/2 in 8.3 overs.
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Moratza conceded 18 runs in 6.3 overs for two wickets — George Dockrell and Peter Chase — in the end.
George Dockrell scored 25 off 50 balls with a boundary and was caught by Mushfiqur Rahim at 180/9 in 46.2 overs.
With this win, Bangladesh collected 6 points from three matches.
Bangladesh shared the match points with Ireland in the tournament opener which was washed out due to rain on May 12 and then conceded a four-wicket defeat against the topper New Zealand in their 2nd match on May 17.
The Tigers will meet New Zealand in the last group match on May 21.