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Mustafizur, Sarkar hand Ireland drubbing

May 19th, 2017 | by admin
Mustafizur, Sarkar hand Ireland drubbing
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Bangladesh 182 for 2 (Sarkar 87*, Tamim 43) beat Ireland 181 (Joyce 46, Niall O’Brien 30, Mustafizur 4-23) by eight wickets

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. They lost Paul Stirling in the first over, but recovered briefly and were 60 for 2 in the 14 overs before Andy Balbirne played all around Shakib Al Hasan delivery and was out lbw. In a nine-over spell courtesy spin, Ireland managed just 31.

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 Dockrell and 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 Barry 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, which included 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.

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