Mustafizur, Sarkar hand Ireland drubbing


Ireland vs Bangladesh, Tri-Nation Series


Mustafizur Rahman’s spell that accounted for the cream of Ireland’s batting helped Bangladesh cruise to their first win in the tri-series. Ireland, sent in to bat, were bowled out for 181 in 46.3 overs with Mustafizur taking 4 for 23 off nine overs. Soumya Sarkar struck his second successive half-century as Bangladesh cruised home by eight wickets in the 28th over.
Ireland’s inability to convert starts – three batsmen made 25 or more while one other made 22 – resulted in them losing wickets in clumps. The only semblance of resistance came when Ed Joyce, who top scored with 46, and Niall O’Brien put together 55 for the fourth wicket. Mustafizur returned to dismiss O’Brien to expose the lower middle order with 22.3 overs still to play.
George Dockrell’s patient 50-ball 25 lifted them to 181 before Mashrafe Mortaza, the captain, brought the innings to a close with the wicket of Peter Chase. Mashrafe and Sunzamul Islam, the debutant left-arm spinner, finished with two wickets apiece.
Bangladesh’s openers – Tamim Iqbal and Sarkar – started steadily, before they went into overdrive in the ninth over when Sarkar blasted Paul McCarthy for two fours and a six. Tamim, generally the aggressor, built steadily to make 47 before the O’Brien brothers combined to break a 95-run stand. Tamim, looking to run the ball down, could only get a faint nick through to the wicketkeeper.
Sabbir Rahman didn’t take long to get into his groove, making an enterprising 35 courtesy three fours and a six before falling with Bangladesh 10 short of victory. Sarkar carried his bat through to finish with an unbeaten 68-ball 87 and see Bangladesh home in Mushfiqur Rahman’s company.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza is happy to go straight back into action on Friday as the Tigers go in search of their first win in the Tri-Series in Dublin.
After their first game in the one-day international tournament, a warm-up for next month’s Champions Trophy in England, against Ireland was rained off, they lost to New Zealand by four wickets.
But they have less than 36 hours before they face Ireland again at Malahide.
“It means we don’t have time to think negative thoughts after this loss, we have to regroup and take positive things into the game against Ireland,” said Mortaza.
“Playing Ireland in Ireland is always difficult, so we have to be careful and not make the mistakes we made in the first match.” Bangladesh enjoyed a much better start against the Black Caps, putting on 72 for the first wicket in 15 overs but they lost their way in the middle overs and were restricted to 257 for nine at Clontarf.
“We are not far away, three batsmen got in and got out and next time we must correct the mistakes,” said Mortaza. A total of 275-280 would have been better but the bowling also has to improve.
“We have to take wickets early, I didn’t start well but Shakib (Al Hasan) did well and Mustifa (Rahim, who had the best figures of two for 33) bowled well.”
New Zealand were rarely in trouble in their chase and with 54 from skipper Tom Latham and 52 from man of the match Jimmy Neesham, who also took two wickets, they eased home in the 48th over.—AFP

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