Paul Stirling hit an aggressive 77 off 41 balls to lift Ireland to their first win against Bangladesh on Bangladeshi soil in Friday’s third and final T20 match.
The visitors lost the opening two matches but raced to 126-3 in 14 overs after bowling out their hosts for 124 in Chittagong.
Shamim Hossain struck his maiden 50 to lift Bangladesh from a precarious 41-5 but it was not enough to deny Ireland their first win of the tour.
“The wicket was good, but unfortunately we lost a few quick wickets,” said Bangladesh’s Taskin Ah-med, who was named player of the series.
Stirling hit 10 fours and four sixes, including a six and three fours off consecutive deliveries, to hasten his team’s victory.
Taskin bowled Ross Adair for seven before Shoriful Islam dismissed Lorcan Tucker for four, but Stirling shared a 68-run partnership with Harry Tector for the third wicket to keep Ireland on course.
Ireland were well in control by the time debutant leg-spinner Rishad Hossain had Stirling caught by Najmul Hossain at long on.
Curtis Campher sealed the win with a six off Taskin. Mark Adair led Ireland’s bowling attack with 3-25, while Matthew Humphreys picked up 2-10, denying Bangladesh the opportunity to build any significant partnerships.
Adair dismissed the in-form Liton Das for five off his first ball in the second over.
“I think taking wickets in the powerplay today made a big difference. It allowed them to have to readjust and with the line-up that they had today,” he said.
Shamim, who came at number six, hit five fours and two sixes to take Bangladesh past the 100-run mark before he became the last man dismissed.
Bangladesh won the preceding one-day interna-tional series 2-0. The two teams will now play a one-off Test starting on Tuesday in Dhaka.—AFP