Ireland Tri-Nation Series, 2019
Venue: Castle Avenue, Dublin
Date & Time: 15 May 2019
RR: 6.83 | Bangladesh beat Ireland by 6 wickets
Thus, the league phase of the tri-nation series ends with another simple win for Bangladesh. They head into the final as favorites to win it, with two wins already in the series over their opposition in that game, West Indies. It will be played on the 17th of May, Friday and will begin at 1045 local time (0945 GMT). See you for that one. Till then, it is goodbye from us. Take care and cheers!
Victorious Bangladesh skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza says that it was a nice wicket to bat on. Adds that their bowling wasn't too bad as they restricted Ireland under 300. Lauds the batting effort, especially from the top order. Mentions that they have a lot of confidence heading into the final and considers it a very important match. Signs off by saying that they have to play really well on that day.
Ireland skipper, William Porterfield says that it was disappointing for them. Adds they they were short with the bat and ball and praises Bangladesh for playing better than them. Regarding future games, Porterfield informs that they will be facing Afghanistan and they know what to expect from them.
Abu Jayed is given the Man of the Match award for his maiden fifer in ODIs. First, he thanks the Almighty and then thanks his bowling coach, Courtney Walsh.
Earlier in the morning, Ireland won the toss and elected to bat first but they could only rack up 292, that too mainly due to a ton by Paul Stirling and a good knock of 90-plus from their skipper, William Porterfield. The lower order did wield the willow a bit but they could not get over 300, which would still be a little under par on this beautiful batting deck. Thus, the total of 292 proved far too little in the end and the hosts ended the tri-nation series without a win. The presentation to follow...
Coming to the bowling of the Irish, well, not much can be said. They were off the mark again today as they were throughout the series. Adair was the only bowler with an economy of under 6 runs per over, which is one of the reasons why the victory of the Bangla Tigers got delayed a bit and entered the Powerplay 3.
Needing 293 to win, Bangladesh got off to a sedate start with 58 runs in the Powerplay 1 losing no wicket. The openers went on to add 117 and it was when Tamim chopped on, that Ireland had their first wicket. Liton Das too got dismissed after scoring 76. Shakib Al Hasan was batting beautifully and got to his half ton but then had to limp off due to a side strain. That would be the only worry for the Asian side as they head into the final with another commanding victory.
This chase has been another stroll in the park for Bangladesh. They have been the best side on show in this tri-nation series and showed us why exactly once more! A complete batting performance where every batsman in the top 5 scored more than 30, with 3 of them getting to their half centuries. And when a team does that, usually a target of 293 is chased down with ease!
George Dockrell is back on.
Sabbir Rahman walks in next with 15 more needed.
Powerplay 3 time. A maximum of five fielders are now allowed outside the ring. Mark Adair returns into the attack. 17 needed more.
Retired hurt! Shakib is seen walking out of the field of play. He seems to be in trouble with some pain in his thigh. Stranded on 49! Mosaddek Hossain walks out replacing Shakib.
Barry McCarthy comes back on now!
The ball has been lost. A replacement has been called for.
Play halted as the physio has come out! Shakib is lying down on the ground and seems to have hurt his hamstring. Some stretching going on his left leg. Bangladesh will hope that there is nothing serious. Shakib is now back on his feet and trying to stretch his back. Takes some painkillers also and is looking fine to continue...
DRINKS BREAK! Bangladesh are motoring along here without any trouble. They are in cruise control of the game and nothing but a miracle will see the Irish make a comeback. Shakib is getting some valuable time in the middle before the World Cup and would want to remain till the end in this chase. The last phase of the chase coming up... Joshua Little to bowl after the drinks break.
Mahmudullah walks out to bat now.
Dockrell seems to be in some pain here! That ball was ferociously struck and the spinner has hurt his fingers. Takes some time to recover and is good to go again now...
George Dockrell comes back on now.
Boyd Rankin is back into the attack.
Mark Adair returns into the attack. 108 needed off 138 balls.
Mushfiqur Rahim walks out to bat now.
Barry McCarthy is back on.
Joshua Little is back into the attack and even before he bowls the first ball, he wants some sawdust on the landing area!
Drinks break. An excellent start by the Bangladesh openers has just been broken as Tamim Iqbal chopped on. The southpaw was looking really good out there and so is Liton Das. Ireland will need more wickets quickly if they want to stop this game from slipping away quickly. Meanwhile, Bangladesh would want the new man in, Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das to build another partnership.
George Dockrell comes on to bowl now.
Powerplay 2 begins. Now, there can be a maximum of 4 fielders outside the ring. Bowling change as well. Boyd Rankin is introduced into the attack.
Some sawdust being brought out here. Little seemed to have a little issue with the landing area...
Joshua Little now comes into the attack.
Time for the run chase. Tamim Iqbal has a new opening partner in Liton Das for this match. Mark Adair to kick off proceedings with the first new ball. Two slips in place. Here we go again...