Bangladesh v Ireland, World T20 warm-up, Colombo September 17, 2012

Ireland prevail despite Shakib brilliance

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ireland 164 for 6 (Stirling 71, Shakib 2-21) beat Bangladesh 159 for 9 (Shakib 52, Kevin O'Brien 3-24) by five runs

Ireland fought hard to beat Bangladesh by five runs in their final warm-up match at Moors Sports Club in Colombo. Paul Stirling and Kevin O'Brien were the heroes at two ends of the game though it was Trent Johnston's tight final over that ensured two wins out of two in the preparation phase after having crushed Zimbabwe by 54 runs. Bangladesh's best player, Shakib Al Hasan, was outstanding with bat and ball but couldn't prevent defeat.

After an hour's delay due to wet conditions, Stirling dominated the opening stand of 46 with captain William Porterfield before adding 64 for the second wicket with Ed Joyce. It was broken when Stirling fell to Elias Sunny for a 41-ball 71, letting Bangladesh enough room to fight back. Shakib Al Hasan and Mashrafe helped restrict them to 164-6 after they had rushed to the 100-mark in the 11th-over assault on Mahmudullah that went for 24.

Bangladesh began in similar fashion though they lost Mohammad Ashraful in the second over. Tamim Iqbal and Shakib added 63 in 6.1 overs before Tamim was caught and bowled by Alex Cusack. Shakib kept up the rate with a 23-ball fifty but his dismissal sparked off a collapse, for the second game in a row. O'Brien did the damage picking up three important wickets - captain Mushfiqur Rahim, Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah - in the space of ten balls. All three batsmen have shown the ability to finish games in the past, but even though the asking-rate wasn't too high, they were unable to complete the job.

Ziaur Rahman and Mashrafe Mortaza steadied the chase but when Mortaza fell in the penultimate over, Sunny played four dot balls in a row and the game swung back in Ireland's favour. The win was all but confirmed when Johnston removed the dangerous Ziaur off the third ball of the final over.

When ten overs remained, all Bangladesh needed was 62, with eight wickets in hand, and victory seemed certain. Bangladesh managed to lose their way, though, much to Shakib's disappointment. "I honestly think this should actually shake us up a little," he said after the defeat. "I believe we lacked intensity in the last ten overs because with the batting we have there is no reason why we should lose that game from the position we were in. You always learn more from defeats."

Shakib also stressed that the team morale shouldn't dip despite the reverse against an Associate nation. "Practice games are important but they are not that important that you should start feeling demoralised over a loss in such games. These matches allow you to assess where you are at individually and as a team and you work on the findings."

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  • Christopher on September 19, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    I would like to respond to Tawfiq Chowdhury's response on (September 19 2012, 07:41 AM GMT). Bangladeshi cricketers are blessed with mean income levels of that are quite high than our national average, the cricketers who play in the national side that is. Not only they earn handsome money by having lucrative commercial endorsements but also I must add that they do have respectable and even we might term it as 'posh' lifestyles in the country of Bangladesh where many (40% ?) are below the poverty line. With that sort of money, Bangladeshi cricketers are quite well of in their turf than most of the Irish cricketers, compared to their Irish notion of leading a grand life.

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    do not forget that Ireland is a rich country and their players live a standard life which has also impacts.

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    There should be a group which contains 2 associates and the worst full member (Zimbabwe)

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    It appear to me that Ireland have better talent coming through as compared to their neighbours England. Just look at Stirling he was the guy that scored a blazing 100 against Pakistan last year. Yes its true Irish Cricket is far ahead of what Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and even Sri Lanka was when they first started.

  • Peter on September 18, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    @r0ketman. Thanks for your response, which is accurate, and fair. I agree completely with Simon Power's comment at 02:35. There should be no animosity between Irish and Bangla fans, and I don't think there is. We're very grateful to you for touring this year, and wish you all the best. We just wish we had the chance to play you in Tests.

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    @SubzC...Totally agree with your comment except that I would put Reza a bit higher up simply because he can bat.

  • Subhanoor on September 18, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Bangladesh need to improve on their batting , middle order need to take part get involved in the action too can't always relay on the two Guns Shakib & Tamim Bangladesh playing eleven: 1 Tamim 2 Ashraful 3 Shakib 4 Nasir 5 Mushfiq 6 Mahmudullah 7 Ziaur 8 Mortaza 9 Shafiul 10 Razzak 11 Sunny/Reza ( Sunny gives more spin option , Reza gives betta pace option as Palekkele suits pace bowlers

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    waht is doing musi nasir and riad in midle . zia should be well finisher but he failed.

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    i just bored with Mahmudullah RIAD.... What is his responsibilites in BD team.. as he address as VICE captain... he looks like as he is in honeymoon tour in Sri-lanka...

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    This whole Irish/Bang "hate" thing is wrong but its on every single Ireland thread on cricinfo. Ireland want to be test team, of course we always want to beat teams in ODI's and 20:20's - we need to prove we are worthy. Ireland cheer for Bangladesh against every other opponent - we want to BE Bangladesh ....and play them in our new national stadium in Malahide in a test. (in my lifetime please ;-)

    Sure we take a lot from this win .. not because we beat Bang but because we beat a test team and we want that status - there are no warmups for Ireland - every loss is a reason to stop our test application. I will never forget that as the top associate team we asked the ICC to give us more competition and none came forward to support that. EXCEPT BANGLADESH. Who toured Ireland for several ODI's 20:20's and some 4 day games

    Irish cricket is better for your to touing, we will never forget them for it - we dont hate you - we want to be you .. .and we both want to beat the Aussies and WI :-)

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