Mashrafe Mortaza looks positive after eight-wicket win over Ireland

Soumya Sarkar's smashed 87 of just 68 balls to provide Bangladesh a massive eight-wicket win over Ireland in the one-day Tri-series.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: May 20, 2017 2:10 pm
Mashrafe Mortaza, Mortaza, Bangladesh vs New Zealand, Bangladesh , New Zealand, Ban vs NZ, Ban NZ, Cricket news, Cricket, Sports news, Sports, Indian Express Mashrafe Mortaza claimed two wickets while Mustafizur Rahman returned with the figures of 4/23. (Source: Twitter)

Bangladesh hammered Ireland by eight wickets, registering their first win in the one-day Tri-Series. Ireland batting first, only managed to score 181. Bangladesh chased down 182 in just 28 overs, with eight wickets remaining. For the Tigers, Soumya Sarkar played a match winning knock scoring 87 from just 68 balls with 11 fours and two sixes. It was a much-improved bowling performance from Bangladesh after they won the toss and chose to bowl first.

“We didn’t take early wickets in the last match but this time the bowlers did a really good job and that’s something we are looking for all the time,” said Mortaza. “Winning the toss was crucial as there was some moisture and both fast bowlers used it well.”

Bangladesh started well as Mustafizur Rahman dismissed Paul Stirling after bowling third delivery of his first over, although Rubel Hossain managed to keep the pressure on Ireland with his consistent good length bowling but failed to get a wicket.

Mosaddek Hossain scalped Ireland captain William Porterfield’s wicket and when Shakib got getting a wicket in his second over had put Ireland on the back foot with 61 for three.

For Ireland, the opener, Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien handled the innings with their stable 55 run partnership, taking Ireland’s score to 116 before Mustafizur Rehman dismissed O’Brien for 30. After Niall’s dismissal, Ireland lost another in-form batsman Ed Joyce, who was playing his first match of the series.

Two quick wickets made Ireland’s way tough to reach to 200, struggling at 126 for five. Bangladesh’s debutant slow left armer Sunzamul Islam took Joyce’s wicket which was also his debut wicket in one-dayers.

Mustafizur later added to his baskets crucial wickets of Kevin O’Brien and Gary Wilson to finish an impressive nine overs with four for 23. “Early wickets always put pressure on a team but Tamim Iqbal and Soumya batted really well and scored at seven an over for the first 10 overs which were important for us,” added Mortaza.

Bangladesh started off in a blistering fashion with Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar adding blistering 95 in just 14 overs. This was followed by another stand of 76 between Soumya and Sabbir Rahman (34 off 35 balls)making it easier for Bangladesh to register a win by a huge margin with a hope of clinching the Tri-Series by performing at their best in the final against New Zealand on Wednesday.

“We’re looking looking forward to it, we had a chance in the last match but didn’t go through with it, but if we play as well as we did today there is a chance to win the game,” he added.

Ireland will next play their final game against New Zealand on Sunday and Ed Joyce is looking for a big finish from the hosts. “New Zealand had a very good win against Bangladesh,” said Joyce.

“But if we bat the way we have done in the last three games without giving silly wickets away like we did today we can put up a decent total, and then the bowlers are capable of putting up a good performance like they did in the first two games. “But they weren’t so good today.”

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