20 March 2008
Maiden five wicket haul by man-of-the match Farhad Reza helped Bangladesh to take an unassailable 2-0 lead over Ireland in the three-match ODI series at Mirpur Sher E Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Thursday.
Farhad took 5-42 to dismiss Ireland for 162 after the hosts posted an imposing 246 for 8 in the stipulated 50 overs.
Ireland started well to chase down the winning target, but Farhad Reza double strike pegged them back after a 42 run opening partnership. Shakib Al Hasan soon joined the party and removed the O'Brien brothers, and Ireland were in tatters at 92 for 5. Alex Cusack and Andre Botha tried to resurrect the Iriesh innings with a breezy 52 run partnership and lifted Ireland to 144 for 5.
At this point, Bangladesh again turned to Farhad Reza and he picked Botha in the first over of his second spell to end the Irish resistance. Reza continued to trouble the tourists with his tight line and length and picked two wickets in his final over to comeplete the five-for.
Ireland lost their last 5 wickets for 18 runs as SLA Abdur Razzak cleaned up the tail to raise his match tally to 3 for 27.
Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first under overcast conditions. Openers Tamim Iqbal and Shahriar Nafees started cautiously and showed firm determination to stay at the crease as Bangladesh did not lose any wicket until 26th Over.
Tamim and Shahriar shared a 94 run partnership which laid the platform for a big score. After the patient start, Aftab Ahmed and skipper Mohammad Ashraful teamed-up and upped the tempo with a dazzling 64 run partnership in just 7.4 overs.
Aftab struck a fluent 51 ball 61 which included 2 boundaries and equal number of sixes. Ashraful chipped in with a run a ball 38.
After the departure of Aftab and Ashraful, Bangladesh lost the momentum and suffered a middle order collapse. A late blitz from paceman Mashrafe Mortaza helped Bangladesh to get past 240 run mark which at end proved too much for Ireland.
Dave Langford-Smith was the pick of the Ireland bowler and bagged 3 wickets for 43.
The two sides meet again for the dead rubber at the same venue on Saturday.