Bangladesh v Ireland, World T20 warm-up, Colombo

Ireland prevail despite Shakib brilliance

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September 17, 2012

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Ireland 164 for 6 (Stirling 71, Shakib 2-21) beat Bangladesh 159 for 9 (Shakib 52, Kevin O'Brien 3-24) by five runs
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Shakib Al Hasan plays a shot, Bangladesh v Ireland, World Twenty20 warm-ups, Colombo, September 17, 2012
Shakib Al Hasan's 53 took up only 23 deliveries © Bangladesh Cricket Board
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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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Posted by csangma 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by Irelandcricketfan 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by SubzC 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

Posted by   on (September 18, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

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

Posted by   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...

Posted by   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 :-)

Posted by tfjones1978 on (September 18, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

Explain this to me like I am two. Why is it that Ireland whom just beat Zimbarbwe and Bangladesh in warm up matches will have to qualify for 2014 world cup of 16 teams (even if they win the 2012 world cup!) and yet Bangladesh, Zimbarbwe and the 8 other full members do not have to! Why dont they make the results of the 2012 World Cup worth something. The eight teams that make the Super Eights should be the eiight teams that automatically qualify for the 2014 T20 World Cup whereas the other four teams automatically qualify for the 2014 T20 World Cup qualifiers. This would mean that an upset would be meaningful as that team would be guaranteed a spot in 2014 T20 World Cup whereas the traditional country will have to prove they are worthy of a World Cup spot for2014. The alternative as Ive said previously is to call the 2014 T20 World Cup the T20 World Series where each team plays each other twice with the final eight teams playing in the super eights (needing 15 of 30 wins to progress!)

Posted by   on (September 18, 2012, 0:44 GMT)

BD should not select Nasir for T20 match against New Zealand and Pakistan. He is not t20 player due to his poor performance. He should remove and replace Johirul, If BD is expecting good result against New Zealand & Pakistan. BD selector should wake up about Nasir. As BD don't have so many good batsman. Pls don't make us hopeless unnecessary select XI.

Posted by igorolman on (September 17, 2012, 22:12 GMT)

@RandyOZ: and I seem to recall Australia losing to Bangladesh in an ODI in 2005. Of course, you wouldn't remember that, since there was a Test series going on shortly after. Do you remember the result of that one, though?

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (September 17, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

It's a practice match. I'm not worry about that. But sunny is not doing very well. He should get one more chance, if he can't prove himself then he should be replaced by Junaid. In that case Nasir or Ash can bowl.

Posted by r0ketman on (September 17, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

@Irelandcricketfan : Ok apologies for the word choice, maybe I was harsh as I see too many fans (not Irish ones) come here and claim BD should be stripped of their full member status, and it should be given to IRE. While I whole heartedly support Ireland becoming a full member, which I think they deserve, I am not sure why BD would have to lose their status for that. Ireland is a much improved team, and they deserve the recognition. They have beaten BD both in T20 and in ODI. However, the win/loss ratio for BD is quite higher. If I am not mistaken, BD has won 5 out of 7 ODIs and 3 out of 4 T20's (My stats maybe a little rusty). What I was arguing against was a statement that IRE is "much" better than BD. If that was the case, IRE should have won the tight games in home conditions, which they did not. BD at home against IRE has much better record (they won all 3 odis against IRE in 2008). All records aside, I mean no disrespect to IRE team, or fans.

Posted by bored_iam on (September 17, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

Ive said it before, ill say it again: BD have NO chance in this tournament if Shakib & Tamim fail. Today they failed DESPITE their only two world-class players doing well.

Think they need Shakib at 4 to guide the chase/set the tempo. Losing him was the reason BD lost today.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (September 17, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

I don't understand why Bangla fans are saying Nasir should be dropped no way because he's the best fielder in Bangladesh team and he needs to bat at 4 simple as that. I will also consider using Reza for Sunny just to boost up our batting and considering the wicket at Pallekele will suit pacers.

Posted by dulabhai on (September 17, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

To all my fellow GREAT Irish fans...it's very nice that Ireland won one time but it was just a practice match. You guys still have a long way to go before you start comparing yourselves with BD.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (September 17, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

@RandyOZ - "Australia have never lost to these minnows"? - Didn't Zimbabwe beat Australia in a T20 match before? :)

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (September 17, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

Why are some people finding this funny? - its a warm-up game and doesn't count for nothing. Its not like Bangladesh lost by 50 runs. Australia lost to England by 9 runs but where's the humour in that jealous fans? India couldn't even defend a mammoth total against Pakistan today even though Pakistan at one stage were 5 wickets down for 90 runs lol the tournament officially starts tomorrow.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

What happened here ? 66 needed of 60 balls with 8 wickets in hand ? from there they lost the match ? what was the middle order doing ?

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

What a sorry excuse for an "elite" level cricket team Bangldesh are.

I'd bet good money on them finishing bottom of England's county championship.

Posted by RandyOZ on (September 17, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

Like England, Bangladesh are just terrible at T20. Leave it to the real big guns to win the tournament. Australia has never lost to these minnows.

Posted by Irelandcricketfan on (September 17, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

@r0ketman. If you 'own us', why have the last 3 games come down to the final ball? And as to games that matter, I seem to remember Trent Bridge T20 a few years back? I'm not saying you're rubbish, or that we're better. Just that we're at roughly the same level. Which speaks volumes.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

Sunny and nasir should get looked at very closely... i am suprised less people are criticizing Bangladesh...

Posted by Alchemist_mint on (September 17, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

Ireland can achieve Test status but their cricket infrastructure is not support getting test status. They played well enough for getting test status. I remembered when we Bangladesh got Test status we could not beat good teams but Ireland did frequently. Ireland played well due to their opportunity in playing country cricket in England. I think Nasir should be omitted for NZ match due to his bad performance in recent matches. although he was not using in bowling task. I think Junaed is best option.

Posted by Tokai69 on (September 17, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

Congrats IRE and sorry for BD despite Shakib's heroics.Team Bangla has enough experience now to defeat lower ranking team regularly. Moreover they had the maximum T20 preparation than any other team. I don't want to blame Ilius Sunny, why he should bat in a 20 ov game; it should never past Mashrafi. Why our established middle order doing last 4/5 games. Mushi, Mahmudullah and Nasir - come one! Mahmudullah gave 24 runs in one over and contributed 7 with bat. What a shame. They don't need Bowling coach or Bating or Fielding coaches rather a psychologist to build their mental toughness!!

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (September 17, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

It's a TYPICAL BD Day. BD required 12 from last 12 balls 4 wkts in hand & managed to score 6 runs losing 3 wkts! I won't give credit to Irish. Any top associate nation can win against this FULL MEMBER WITH LEAST TEMPERAMENT. Tamim, Shakib & Zia did something with bat, rest did nothing. with the ball only 2 left arm spinner -Shakib & Sunny did well, rest just seep runs most of the time. BD has lots of Talents. But they only managed to trans4rm 3/4 cricketers to good one, rest are of associate standard cricketers. The poorly structured domestic cricket keeps BD in MINNOW club. BD is yet to set their priorities though they played 12 yrs in Elite level. What a waste of time!

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Again something doing extraordinary that is Shakib, what about middle order, sleeping still. No sense middle order...

Posted by r0ketman on (September 17, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

@shaikat Saha: Is that why Ireland lost 3 T20is at home to BD, because they are "too better" than Bangladesh? Head to head recordwise, BD OWNS Ireland, both in ODIs and in T20. This one does not count, it is a warmup match. Let's wait for the real games to begin, then we will see who is "too better"!:-)

Posted by joynal693 on (September 17, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

Inshallah BD will click in the right time & right place. Best of Luck....

Posted by DwightR on (September 17, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

how can the ICC deny this Ireland team its rightfully status & funding...well done Ireland...they r an example to all associate sides...hope they can pull off a stunner and beat Aus or WI

Posted by Narbavi on (September 17, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

lol, in your face BD fans, truth is ireland would make a better test team than you guys have been over the years!!

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

Bangladesh should be more professional. They shouldn't be taking things easy and inviting unnecessary pressure. Yes, this is only a warm up game but they definitely have things to learn from the game. Bangladesh have a clean chance of doing good in the world cup if they stop making these silly and funny mistakes..

Posted by British_North_America on (September 17, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

Atique Khan.I agree with you.Nasir has been a brand like Ashraful and has never done well in twent20.He should be dropped.

Posted by himohan007 on (September 17, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

Bang has huge opp to make super 8 because they have NZ which has only one quality player in SC conditions Rosco(thanks to IPL). But IMO Ireland chances are slim because both their opponent has lot of game changers eg(Warner,Watson,Starc {of late},Gayle,Pollard,Narine). They pull the opponent string one by one to win a match. There is also a chance for Afghans because of Eng in SC. I ask Test fans why this kind of excitement in Tests. To me all 3 format of cricket is enjoyable bcoz it is cricket . Cheerzzzzzzz

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 17, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

Just can't believe it. BD lost it by too much of adventure. By the way Shakib and Tamim were batting, they were taking it by throat. Bad batting but it will always give them a lesson what not to do in future games. ATB BD and fans.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

one too many for bangladesh as far as i'm concerned. The ICC needs to seriously look into this now unless they like to hear accusations of handing out test statuses based on the population and revenue potential of an associate.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

four defeats again associates within two months. shame !!!!

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

BD lost their temperament again in a close match. It's confusing to do any prediction about BD in world t20 where NZ and PAK are very balanced team. I am totally hopeless !!!!!!

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

Middle order should take some more responsibilities, especially from such a wonderful platform after half way of the innings. The place of Nasir Hossain in T20 can be given a second thought despite his brilliant performances of ODIs and Tests. But, it is always ridiculous to loose from such a position (12 from 12 with 4 in hand) - was a test of the Bangladesh tail where they failed.

Posted by kmshihabuddin on (September 17, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

players shouldn't be disheartened by this defeat....... it's just a practice match

Posted by Shamim_H. on (September 17, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

Well, the result is just the difference between two teams dot balls! Bangladesh played 48 dot balls whereas Ire_Lnd played 39! And we know it better what 9 dot balls mean to T20!!!

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

its really a matter for nNasir to knock, lets see, if he fail then Junaid should get opportunity as well. Its T20, Either knock or U r OUT....

Posted by Muzgrob on (September 17, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

Great going by Ireland in the warm ups. It's a shame they got the tough group in WI and Aus. Hopefully they can cause an upset and go through to the next stage.

Posted by sylhet-warrior on (September 17, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

Complacent Bangladesh game in bag and they gave the game too Ireland

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

Congratulations Ireland even though it was a warm-up but if you look at both their scorecards, the difference of the 2 teams was that Bangladesh middle order failed and Ireland's didn't which is why I always say play Nasir at 4 and Rahim at 5 because Rahim always tends to do well lower down and later in the innings as compared early at the top. Also for those say Shakib is ordinary, lucky or whatever please guys just look at his bowling and specially batting today with strike rate score of 50 of over 200 speaks volumes of his quality. Should be a cracker of a tournament though good luck and enjoy players and fans!

Posted by Meety on (September 17, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

Bangladesh choked! They had this on ein the bag with 2 overs to go! What was Sunny thinking?

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

Nasir is out of form for a while now. He should be replaced by Jahirul or junaed. Zia can be promoted as doing a decent job. Middle order is concern for BD. 60 balls 62 game should hv finished by 17/18th over instead stretched to last over & lost.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

Poor BD . By this balling & batting they cant beat PAK or NZ . Honestly Ireland is too better than BAN .

Posted by Irelandcricketfan on (September 17, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

Good fighting win. The fact the last three matches between these sides have come down to the last ball shows conclusively that they are precisely matched. I fear that Oz and WI will be sterner tests, but 4 warm up games out of 4, including two against full members, can't do any harm. Also, I hate to say it, but the loss of Boyd Rankin from our books shouldn't harm us too much.

Posted by himohan007 on (September 17, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

And finally hope Guys dont suspect Shakib wants to play at top so that he gets better opp in KKR team because KKR has slot left in that position rather in bowling ahead of Baz,Lee, Kalis,Narine LOL

Posted by himohan007 on (September 17, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

Brilliant performance Shakib.Love the way you bat at top in T20. It is a wonderful gesture to take up the responsibility n delivering it. It has been a revelation for you.Hope Bd plays better in the tournament

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