Bangladesh in Ireland, 2012
Bangladesh hold nerve to clinch series
20 July 2012
A spirited display from Ireland after their opening match debacle wasn't
enough to prevent Bangladesh from winning the second match of T20 series as the
tourists were the better side by just 1 runs at Stormont in Belfast today.
Ireland was well on course to overhaul Bangladesh's modest 146 in 20 overs, but
two intelligent overs from off spinner Mahmudullah ensured Bangladesh maintain
their 100% winning record in their Europe tour. Mahmudullah conceded only 4
runs in the 18th over and took 2 wickets in 20th over to restrict Ireland to
145. Bangladesh has now taken an winning 2-0 lead in the series with the third
match to be played on the same venue on Saturday.
Bangladesh opted to bat first after winning the toss and struggled to
get going as their openers could only manage 12 runs in 3.3 overs before
Johnston ended the misery of Tamim Iqbal who went for a 9 ball duck. Ireland
picked first match start Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim in
quick succession and reduced Bangladesh to 61 for 4 at the halfway stage.
Mohammad Ashraful watched the procession of the batsmen at the other end
played an uncharacteristic 46 ball 38 to anchor the Bangladesh innings. He was
well supported by young Nasir Hossain who played a classy 33 ball 50 to score
his maiden half century in the shortest version of international cricket. Nasir
guided Bangladesh to a competitive 146 which at the end was enough to hang on
to a 1 run win.
Ireland started their reply well through some entertaining stroke play
by skipper William Porterfield and young Paul Stirling. Bangladesh found their
way back into the game when Porterfield was run out by Nasir Hossain and
Stirling was bowled by an impressive Elias Sunny who continued to weave his
magic around Irish batsmen. Ed Joyce (44 ball 41) and Gary Wilson (27
ball 37) kept Ireland well on course to victory, but at the end two overs from
Mahmudullah proved decisive.
Ireland needed 10 runs to win from the final overs with 5 wickets in
hand, but they could only manage 8 runs which included a last ball six from
veteran Trent Johnston who watched the turnaround in the previous two
deliveries from the dressing room as they lost Poynter and Joyce to
Bangladesh trounce Ireland in first Twenty20 International
18 July 2012
Bangladesh started their Europe tour positively after winning the first Twenty20 of the three match series by 71 runs against Ireland at Stormont in Belfast today. Ireland bowlers had little answer to the attacking Bangladeshi batsmen while their batsmen were clueless against the quality left arm spin of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh were sent to bat first by Ireland after a 30 minute delay due to wet outfield and the mercurial opening duo of Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Ashraful shared a confident 35 run opening partnership to lay the foundation of Bangladesh innings. However, it was the classy 33 ball 57 by Shakib Al Hasan that helped Bangladesh innings to gather momentum which was accelerated by some brutal hitting by Ziaur Rahman in his debut match for the country. Ziaur blasted 5 sixes in his 17 ball 40 that took the match out of the reach of the Irish batsmen and propelled Bangladesh to 190 for 5 in 20 overs. Ziaur was aptly supported by Mahmudullah Riyad who chipped in with a breezy 15 ball 23.
Facing a mammoth task of chasing 191 in 20 overs, Ireland started positively as skipper William Porterfield clobbered Bangladeshi medium fast bowlers to all over the park. Ireland raced to 32 runs in 3 overs which prompted Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim to introduce spin in the 4th over of the match. Bangladeshi spinners led by T20 debutant Elias Sunny strangled the Irish batsmen and they lost 5 wickets in the space of 14 deliveries scoring only 5 runs.
Ireland never threatened to go anywhere near to Bangladesh score after they succumbed to 64 for 7, but some late hitting by Gary Wilson gave some respectability to Irish total as they finished on 119 for 8 in 20 overs. Elias Sunny became the first person in T20 International history to take 5 wickets on debut as he picked 5 wickets for a miserly 13 runs. Other left arm spinner Abdur Razzak was even more economical as he gave away only 9 runs in 4 overs and picked 2 wickets. Elias Sunny was adjudged man-of-the-match for his record breaking performance with the ball.
Bangladesh will play the second match of the series at the same venue on Friday 20 July 2012.
Bangladesh wins both tour practice matches in style
Details to follow
Bangladeshis 107 for 3 (Mushfiqur 40) beat Ireland XI 103 for 6 (Mortaza 3-14) by seven wickets
Bangladeshis 164 (Ashraful 52*) beat NCU President's XI 61 for 5 (Sunny 2-7) by 48 runs (D/L method)
Squad announced for the Europe tour
Bangladesh Cricket Board announces the squad for the Tour of Ireland and Netherlands 2012. All rounder Shakib al Hasan is back in the team after opting to rest for the unofficial tri-series in Zimbabwe. Pacer Shafiul Islam is back in the fold after having had to sit out due to a shoulder injury.
Making way for them are young prospect Anamul Haque and all rounder Farhad Reza. Chief selector Akram Khan said Anamul had been left out to focus on the upcoming Under-19 World Cup in Australia later in August. "He has a lot of time and I think if he plays in the age-level World Cup, it will bring more maturity to his game," Akram said.
Bangladesh starts their tour with a three-match series against Ireland between July 18 and 21 in Belfast. The second leg is at The Hague in the Netherlands, where Bangladesh play Scotland on July 24 and Netherlands on July 25.
Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful, Junaid Siddique, Jahurul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Elias Sunny, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain, Abul Hasan.
Bangladesh to play T20 series in Ireland
Bangladesh will play a three T20I series with Ireland in July, Cricket Ireland has confirmed. They were initially going to play an ODI series, but the BCB requested that the series be converted to a T20I to help them prepare for the upcoming World T20 in September in Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh and Ireland have faced each other just once in a T20I, at Trent Bridge during the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. All three matches this series will be held in Stormont, on July 18, 20 and 21. A warm-up game against an Ireland XI will be held on July 16.