ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 9th match, Group B

Bangladesh v Ireland

Bangladesh won by 27 runs

Hello good morning and welcome. Big day for Ireland, even bigger day for Bangladesh here in Dhaka. The early news is that Bangladesh have won the toss and will bat. Huge roar reverberates around the stadium as Shakib does the first thing right by winning the toss, and the second thing right by choosing to bat. Fair to say he's learned from that India game. The pitch looks mighty flat, which means it's Tamim time! Some team news, that mysterious, confusing, enigmatic infuriation that is Mohammad Ashraful has come into the side in place of Mahmudullah.

For those of you who haven't read this yet, Siddarth Monga wrote a wonderful, sweeping feature on Irish cricket and the impact the 2007 result, where they beat Bangladesh and Pakistan, had on the country. It's well worth a read.

There is plenty to look forward to in this game no least the 18-year-old spinner George Dockrell. Massive task on a flat track against some of these batsman but he's teak tough and will be happy to throw it up.

Right, enough tattle. The green v green is about to begin. Tamim Iqbal has strike against the Tremlett-tall figure of Boyd Rankin. Bangladesh are favourites, in every sense, but who do you think will win this match? Predict here

0.1

Rankin to Tamim Iqbal, no run, gentle start all round, nothing like the madness of the start against India. This is floated up wide outside off stump and even Tamim is happy to have a sighter

0.2

Rankin to Tamim Iqbal, no run, slightly close to off stump this time, no great pace, Tamim flashes a mistimed drive to cover. The crowd crescendo thinking it was more

0.3

Rankin to Tamim Iqbal, no run, touch shorter here, straighter too from Rankin and Tamim pops up on his toes to dab back to the bowler

0.4

Rankin to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, Tamim is away, Bangladesh are away. Touch too short this time, leg side too and Tamim with a flick of the wrists sends it running down to fine leg

0.5

Rankin to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, don't bowl there, not on this pitch, not to Tamim! Floated up full and wide and Tamim dismissed it. Flowing blade sending it skimming to the rope at point

0.6

Rankin to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, have all of that! This wasn't even a bad ball. Straight on a length, Tamim rocked forward and punched a drive down the ground, mid-off had no chance as it sped to the rope

End of over 1 (10 runs) Bangladesh 10/0 (RR: 10.00)
Tamim Iqbal    10* (6b 2x4)      WB Rankin    1-0-10-0
Imrul Kayes    0* (0b)     

Flying start for Tamim, already finding the middle which took so long to locate against India.

1.1

Johnston to Imrul Kayes, (no ball) FOUR, ooh, four more but Kayes had no idea where this was. Outside off stump and Kayes threw his bat at it, flew off the inside edge, past the stumps and away to the boundary. No ball too, so free hit time

1.1

Johnston to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, as is the case so often, the free hit is underwhelming as Kayes gets down on one knee and hurls this to midwicket

1.2

Johnston to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Johnston has found his line and length this time and it keeps a little low which means Tamim jabs his defence down

1.3

Johnston to Tamim Iqbal, no run, no great pace but a tight line and length which brings a valuable dot ball for Johnston

1.4

Johnston to Tamim Iqbal, no run, hint of width allows Tamim to drive, but it's a careful shot and finds cover

1.5

Johnston to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, just a fraction too close to the pads and Tamim takes full toll. Flicks of the wrists, nothing more than that and it hurtles through the square leg region

1.6

Johnston to Tamim Iqbal, no run, decent ball to finish, back of a length around off stump. Tamim gets back to try and punch a drive but can't get any power on the shot

End of over 2 (10 runs) Bangladesh 20/0 (RR: 10.00)
Tamim Iqbal    14* (11b 3x4)      DT Johnston    1-0-10-0
Imrul Kayes    5* (2b 1x4)      WB Rankin    1-0-10-0

2.1

Rankin to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, better delivery to start this Rankin over. On a length around off stump, the ball slides off a thick edge down to third man

2.2

Rankin to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, wow, Tamim is in the mood! Slower ball wide of off, Tamim didn't bother moving his feet much, just swung through the line and nailed it over mid-off

2.3

Rankin to Tamim Iqbal, no run, better ball, width is fatal so the line has to be here - around off stump - Tamim blocks, against all his will

2.4

Rankin to Tamim Iqbal, 3 runs, ah lovely shot, taken from around middle-and-off and whipped through midwicket

2.5

Rankin to Imrul Kayes, no run, good line and length to Kayes, and compact defence

2.6

Rankin to Imrul Kayes, FOUR, width is a dangerous thing for a bowler. Kayes has the chance to free his arms and eases his blade through the line, hurtles off to the point boundary. Whirlwind start for Bangladesh

End of over 3 (12 runs) Bangladesh 32/0 (RR: 10.66)
Imrul Kayes    10* (5b 2x4)      WB Rankin    2-0-22-0
Tamim Iqbal    21* (14b 4x4)      DT Johnston    1-0-10-0

Niall O'Brien is up to the stumps now.

3.1

Johnston to Tamim Iqbal, no run, carefully defended into the off side

3.2

Johnston to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, catch that, if you dare! Length ball that Tamim hammers back airily in the direction of the bowler, who had barely got his arm up by the time the ball and dented the advertising hoarding

3.3

Johnston to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, four more! This is electrifying. More edge than middle but Tamim won't care, he's flying now. Flashes at some width and it flies off a top edge through fine third man

3.4

Johnston to Tamim Iqbal, no run, better line and length and punched to short cover

3.5

Johnston to Tamim Iqbal, no run, carefully blocked this time. Tamim has earned the right to block a few

3.6

Johnston to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, like all the best batsmen in the right mood, Tamim keeps the strike off the last ball of the over. Flicking to deep square

End of over 4 (9 runs) Bangladesh 41/0 (RR: 10.25)
Tamim Iqbal    30* (20b 6x4)      DT Johnston    2-0-19-0
Imrul Kayes    10* (5b 2x4)      WB Rankin    2-0-22-0

Change of bowling, John Mooney has been hauled into the firing line. After that start it's no lose for the bowler really, can't do much worse than Rankin.

4.1

Mooney to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, gentle but accurate start, around off stump. Tamim whips it hard to deep midwicket

4.2

Mooney to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, Kayes hangs deep in his crease to work a single to midwicket to bring Tamim back on strike. Decent start from Mooney

4.3

Mooney to Tamim Iqbal, no run

4.4

Mooney to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, oh dear, with fine leg up this is no place to be bowling. A gift for Tamim. Shortish and outside leg stump, all Tamim needed to do was get a bat on it and he got plenty of it, flicking his seventh boundary

4.5

Mooney to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, leg-sided again and Tamim collects a couple working fine of square leg

4.6

Mooney to Tamim Iqbal, no run, full and straight to finish another painful Ireland over. Not quite sure what you do with Tamim in this mood, perhaps gamble with the gold that this Dockrell

John Mooney, by the way, has a blog here in which he tells you all sorts of interesting things.

End of over 5 (8 runs) Bangladesh 49/0 (RR: 9.80)
Tamim Iqbal    37* (25b 7x4)      JF Mooney    1-0-8-0
Imrul Kayes    11* (6b 2x4)      DT Johnston    2-0-19-0

5.1

Johnston to Imrul Kayes, no run, Johnston finds a length and off stump line, which has been all too rare so far, Kayes punches a drive to point where Porterfield fields smartly

5.2

Johnston to Imrul Kayes, no run, again it's a good delivery that Kayes can only push to cover

5.3

Johnston to Imrul Kayes, no run, hat trick of dot balls! Huge achievement given the way this morning has gone. Kayes picks out midwicket with a work to leg

5.4

Johnston to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, not exactly where Kayes wanted but this slides off the outer half of the bat to run down to third man and bring up Bangladesh's 50 - off 35 balls. Breathless stuff

5.5

Johnston to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, this is turning out to be a decent over for Ireland, Tamim nudges a single to deep square. Can Johnston finish well?...

5.6

Johnston to Imrul Kayes, no run, ...just about. The line was wrong - outside leg - but Kayes couldn't get hold of it

End of over 6 (2 runs) Bangladesh 51/0 (RR: 8.50)
Imrul Kayes    12* (11b 2x4)      DT Johnston    3-0-21-0
Tamim Iqbal    38* (26b 7x4)      JF Mooney    1-0-8-0

6.1

Mooney to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Mooney finds a fullish length and middle-stump line and Tamim blocks hard back to him

6.2

Mooney to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, good shot for one this, flicked hard off middle through midwicket

6.3

Mooney to Imrul Kayes, no run, Kayes tries to repeat the shot but doesn't quite time it as well

6.4

Mooney to Imrul Kayes, 1 wide, OUT, stunning work from O'Brien behind the sticks! Absolute lightening and the crowd is dumbstruck. Complete shock and silence as Kayes tries to flick to leg, overbalances momentarily and O'Brien makes a leg-side stumping look easy. Much, much needed for Ireland and the wicket has come through a moment of inspiration from one of their best

Imrul Kayes st †NJ O'Brien b Mooney 12 (29m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

We saw Ashish Bagai make a brilliant leg-side stumping for Canada against Sri Lanka and this was even better. I do love a leg-side stumping.

6.4

Mooney to Junaid Siddique, no run, difficult to convey just how quiet it's gone in the stadium. Like 30,000 people have drained away in a flash. This is full and straight and blocked back to the bowler

6.5

Mooney to Junaid Siddique, no run, more careful defence from Junaid here

6.6

Mooney to Junaid Siddique, no run, the second good over in a row ends with Junaid blocking to point. The blaring music and Irish chatter is all you can hear at the ground at the moment

End of over 7 (2 runs) Bangladesh 53/1 (RR: 7.57)
Junaid Siddique    0* (3b)      JF Mooney    2-0-10-1
Tamim Iqbal    39* (28b 7x4)      DT Johnston    3-0-21-0

7.1

Johnston to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Johnston finds an off stump line, he also finds the middle of Tamim's bat but it goes straight to cover

7.2

Johnston to Tamim Iqbal, no run, back of a length and Tamim offers the straightest of blades in defence

7.3

Johnston to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, much fuller this time, almost yorker length, turned to deep midwicket for a quiet single

7.4

Johnston to Junaid Siddique, 1 run, Junaid is away, full-facing a single down the ground

7.5

Johnston to Tamim Iqbal, no run, the pitch seems a touch slow and Tamim's back-foot punch finds cover here

7.6

Johnston to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, given this was a shin-high full toss Johnston is luck to get away wit it. Quietly prodded to deep square. Decent mini-period for the Irish here

End of over 8 (3 runs) Bangladesh 56/1 (RR: 7.00)
Tamim Iqbal    41* (33b 7x4)      DT Johnston    4-0-24-0
Junaid Siddique    1* (4b)      JF Mooney    2-0-10-1

8.1

Mooney to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, just another single, worked off the pads to deep square

Yikes, I forgot to change my Fantasy team before this match. Darn, if you haven't entered our Fantasy League yet, do so, you'll be doing better than me in no time.

8.2

Mooney to Junaid Siddique, 2 byes, oops, what happened here? Full toss - slower ball - that Junaid swung at and missed and it went through the keeper for a couple

8.3

Mooney to Junaid Siddique, 2 runs, more legitimate runs this time, punched hard into space for a couple

8.4

Mooney to Junaid Siddique, no run, good work from Mooney, finding a straightish line back of a length and it's blocked back to the bowler

8.5

Mooney to Junaid Siddique, OUT, he's gone! None of the fielders looked that interested first up but some lazy running from Junaid has cost him his wicket. Mistimed a drive to mid-off and looked to skulk a single, Ed Joyce's throw hit direct and Junaid was a fraction short of his ground

Junaid Siddique run out 3 (9m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

Well well well. Bangladesh were absolutely flying after five overs but have just been checked back of late. Most run outs are needless but that really was a shocker. Anyway here is the Mighty Atom - Mushfiqur Rahim, lovely player.

8.6

Mooney to Tamim Iqbal, no run, touch of width here but Tamim is more circumspect after the wickets and stabs this to point

End of over 9 (5 runs) Bangladesh 61/2 (RR: 6.77)
Tamim Iqbal    42* (35b 7x4)      JF Mooney    3-0-13-1
Mushfiqur Rahim    0* (0b)      DT Johnston    4-0-24-0

Change on bowling, here's Andre Botha. He's very bald indeed.

9.1

Botha to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, starts well enough, around off stump and Mushfiqur pushes into the off side

9.2

Botha to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, again Mushfiqur is forward, this time inside-edging a drive to mid-on

9.3

Botha to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, Mushfiqur is away, courtesy of a misfield at point that allows him to jog a single

9.4

Botha to Tamim Iqbal, no run, no pace on the ball whatsoever. This makes Collingwood look rapid, and Tamim is less than impressed as he mistimes a cut

9.5

Botha to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, just a single here, no pace for Tamim to work with and it's nudged around the corner

9.6

Botha to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, oh dear, five good balls and all the pressure is released with a bad delivery. With fine leg up in the circle it's down the leg side and Mushfiqur flicks his first boundary

Right, ladies and gentlemen here is the moment you've all been waiting for.... Andrew Miller. Good morning all. What I'd give to be in Dhaka at the moment. Absolutely pumping atmosphere, especially with Tamim at the crease ...

End of over 10 (6 runs) Bangladesh 67/2 (RR: 6.70)
Mushfiqur Rahim    5* (4b 1x4)      AC Botha    1-0-6-0
Tamim Iqbal    43* (37b 7x4)      JF Mooney    3-0-13-1

10.1

Mooney to Tamim Iqbal, no run, chopped hard to point, but can't beat the field

10.2

Mooney to Tamim Iqbal, no run, tidy work, hitting a good line and length

10.3

Mooney to Tamim Iqbal, no run, worked calmly up to mid-off, precious dot-balls these ...

10.4

Mooney to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Mooney is working to a good field. Hitting a line on off and angling away. Tamim defends to short cover

10.5

Mooney to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, slightly too straight, and angled wide of midwicket for a single

A change in the field for the Mighty Atom. He really is very small indeed. But the best players come in small packages ...

10.6

Mooney to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, on the pads, tucked off the toes to midwicket. A very tidy over

End of over 11 (1 run) Bangladesh 68/2 (RR: 6.18)
Mushfiqur Rahim    5* (5b 1x4)      JF Mooney    4-0-14-1
Tamim Iqbal    44* (42b 7x4)      AC Botha    1-0-6-0

11.1

Botha to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, the silence is absolutely deafening, as Tamim drives a bit lazily outside off stump, and the skipper Porterfield leans forward at point to take the most crucial wicket of the day so far!

Tamim Iqbal c Porterfield b Botha 44 (52m 43b 7x4 0x6) SR: 102.32

Oh dear, he was going so well. A flying start, a calm entrenchment. But he's never going to die wondering. Ireland are right back in this contest now!

He's in my Fantasy team as well. Have you picked yours?

11.2

Botha to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, on the toes, flicked to square leg

11.3

Botha to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, Shakib stands tall on the back foot to drive into the covers

11.4

Botha to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, a swish from deep in the crease, midwicket tidies up without alarm

11.5

Botha to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, sweet shot, just a fraction over-pitched, and Shakib leant into a straight drive, all weight transferral, minimum power. Nice

11.6

Botha to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, pushed down to long-off to complete the over. This is nip-and-tuck now!

End of over 12 (5 runs) Bangladesh 73/3 (RR: 6.08)
Shakib Al Hasan    5* (5b 1x4)      AC Botha    2-0-11-1
Mushfiqur Rahim    5* (5b 1x4)      JF Mooney    4-0-14-1

12.1

Mooney to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, stands tall again, punched off the back foot

12.2

Mooney to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, chopped from a flat-footed stance, out to short cover

12.3

Mooney to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, a full-toss on the toes, whisked around the corner, no-one was going to cut that off. A gift

12.4

Mooney to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, clipped into the leg side once again, this pair need to go deep into the innings now

12.5

Mooney to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, shuffles back and across, and defends in front of off. Slow, slow delivery once that had pitched

12.6

Mooney to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, nudged out to point, that's another over gone

End of over 13 (5 runs) Bangladesh 78/3 (RR: 6.00)
Mushfiqur Rahim    5* (7b 1x4)      JF Mooney    5-0-19-1
Shakib Al Hasan    10* (9b 2x4)      AC Botha    2-0-11-1

13.1

Botha to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, defended out to midwicket, good discipline from Ireland's bowlers

13.2

Botha to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, defended off the back foot again

13.3

Botha to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, short, and a bit loose, carved greedily into the covers but smart fielding intercepts

13.4

Botha to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 wide, down the leg side

13.4

Botha to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, driven down the ground, no great pace on the ball or the shot. Long-off tidies up

13.5

Botha to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, big stride forward (relatively speaking) and poked to point. Fuller length that time

13.6

Botha to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, worked off the toes, and picked up at midwicket. And the Manhatten graph shows how well Ireland have done since those early overs. It was 10 an over for the first four. Barely four an over for last 10

End of over 14 (2 runs) Bangladesh 80/3 (RR: 5.71)
Mushfiqur Rahim    5* (9b 1x4)      AC Botha    3-0-13-1
Shakib Al Hasan    11* (13b 2x4)      JF Mooney    5-0-19-1

Rankin returns

14.1

Rankin to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, that's four of them already ... the extra pace, and extra bounce, work in the batsman's favour. Enough width to attack and that streaks through point

14.2

Rankin to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, punched off the back foot, sharp fielding in the covers again. Ireland have been tigerish, to borrow their opponents' favourite animal

14.3

Rankin to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, a chopped cut shot, straight to the fielder at point

14.4

Rankin to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 wide, round the wicket, and Rankin overcompensates with the angle, that fizzes down leg

14.4

Rankin to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, defended out to midwicket, a hip-high delivery

14.5

Rankin to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, dropped! Just when I was praising their fielding, Porterfield drops a clanger at point! A regulation cut, it seemed to reach him before he was set, and the chance was lost ... his reaction suggests he never saw it out of the crowd.

Lots of red dots on green backgrounds to be fair. Shame this ball is white though ...

14.6

Rankin to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, nurdled out to point

End of over 15 (6 runs) Bangladesh 86/3 (RR: 5.73)
Mushfiqur Rahim    5* (10b 1x4)      WB Rankin    3-0-28-0
Shakib Al Hasan    16* (18b 3x4)      AC Botha    3-0-13-1

15.1

Botha to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, cautious from Shakib

15.2

Botha to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT, now then, now then! This is a massive wicket! Shakib can't make his lifeline count, as he is beaten for lack of pace off the pitch, plays too early off the back foot and spoons a simple return catch to the bowler!

Shakib Al Hasan c & b Botha 16 (17m 20b 3x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

The umpires have decided that is drinks so time to go and write the halfway bulletin ... lots to report already. When they resume, it will be Sahil Dutta once again

Hello all again. Miller's spell has out the Banglas in a right pickle. Raqibul is the new man...

15.3

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, starts with a textbook defence

15.4

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, again less than no pace to work with, these a dream conditions for the Irish

15.5

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, carefully pushed back into the off side

15.6

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, wicket maiden. The crowd are stunned, pin-drop silence

End of over 16 (0 runs) Bangladesh 86/4 (RR: 5.37)
Raqibul Hasan    0* (4b)      AC Botha    4-0-13-2
Mushfiqur Rahim    5* (10b 1x4)      WB Rankin    3-0-28-0

16.1

Rankin to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, pace on the ball with Rankin, he just needs to find a length and line after a shocking start. This is okay, Mushfiqur up on his toes to defend

16.2

Rankin to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs, too much width this time, allows Mushfiqur to work down to third man

16.3

Rankin to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, fuller and straighter and nothing Mushfiqur can do but defend

16.4

Rankin to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, Rankin digs this in and the ball almost stops on landing. Mushfiqur could have played about three shots before the ball arrived

16.5

Rankin to Raqibul Hasan, no run, very full, very straight and bunted back to the bowler

16.6

Rankin to Raqibul Hasan, no run, good over, Bangladesh are really on the mat now. Driven without much intent or timing to cover

End of over 17 (3 runs) Bangladesh 89/4 (RR: 5.23)
Raqibul Hasan    0* (6b)      WB Rankin    4-0-31-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    8* (14b 1x4)      AC Botha    4-0-13-2

Good time to make your World Cup debut. George Dockrell. I'm hugely excited!

17.1

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, wonderful start, thrown up, dipping, landing around off stump and defended carefully

17.2

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, excellent length and line again, nothing for the batsman but defence

17.3

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, first the flight, now the turn! Ripper from Dockrell, landing around leg and spinning towards the outside edge

17.4

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, touch shorter this time but Mushfiqur can't time his cut shot

17.5

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, back to a fullish length, touch of flight from an easy action, careful defence once more

17.6

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, maiden over to begin Dockrell's World Cup career. Excellent over it was too. The man will be an England legend in no time

End of over 18 (maiden) Bangladesh 89/4 (RR: 4.94)
Mushfiqur Rahim    8* (20b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    1-1-0-0
Raqibul Hasan    0* (6b)      WB Rankin    4-0-31-0

Change of ends for Botha.

18.1

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, starts as well as he was from the other end. No pace, around middle, attempted work to leg doesn't connect

18.2

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, (even) slower ball, picked off for a single to the leg side. Really sticks in the pitch. 230 will be a tough chase

18.3

Botha to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, run down to third man here

18.4

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, back of a length, tucking the batsman up for space and it's prodded back to the bowler

18.5

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, precious little timing for Raqibul, how long ago those opening five overs seem. Milked down the ground for a single

18.6

Botha to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, Mushfiqur really taking his time, trying to rebuild this innings but he needs to work some singles

End of over 19 (3 runs) Bangladesh 92/4 (RR: 4.84)
Mushfiqur Rahim    9* (22b 1x4)      AC Botha    5-0-16-2
Raqibul Hasan    2* (10b)      GH Dockrell    1-1-0-0

19.1

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, no run, touch too short from Dockrell, Raqibul rocks back but picks out cover with his drive

19.2

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, first run off Dockrell, turned into the leg side

19.3

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, touch too short again and Mushfiqur cuts to deep point

19.4

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, no run, just been a bit short this over Dockrell. Raqibul deep in his crease to defend

19.5

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, single picked off into space, again Raqibul playing off the back foot

19.6

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs, ah, that Mushfiqur sweep! Down low and smashing a sweep to deep midwicket

End of over 20 (5 runs) Bangladesh 97/4 (RR: 4.85)
Mushfiqur Rahim    12* (24b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    2-1-5-0
Raqibul Hasan    4* (14b)      AC Botha    5-0-16-2

20.1

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, excellent defensive work from Botha, he dreams of pudding pitches like this, nothing for Raqibul to work with

20.2

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, again the line is good, the length is good, the pitch is slow, what's Raqibul to do?

20.3

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, FOUR, boundary, precious boundary! Overpitched and Raqibul leant into a drive, timing on this track against an old ball is no mean feat, but he did it beautifully

20.4

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, the boundary is followed by a single, worked into space

20.5

Botha to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, back of a length and Mushfiqur is unable to get much on it

20.6

Botha to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, touch too short and too much room as well. Mushfiqur times a cut shot nicely and it speeds out to deep point

End of over 21 (6 runs) Bangladesh 103/4 (RR: 4.90)
Mushfiqur Rahim    13* (26b 1x4)      AC Botha    6-0-22-2
Raqibul Hasan    9* (18b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    2-1-5-0

21.1

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, being all of 4ft high, Mushfiqur can play plenty off the back foot and punches down the ground

21.2

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, again Mushfiqur is back and finding space to unfurl a cut shot to deep point

21.3

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, no run, better length from the Doctor, Raqibul picks out the infield in defence

21.4

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, no run

21.5

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, no run, Raqibul will be disappointed with this, missing out on a shortish wide ball

21.6

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, driven firmly wide of the bowler, who, despite a dive and plenty of imploring from the keeper, could not get hold of it

End of over 22 (2 runs) Bangladesh 105/4 (RR: 4.77)
Raqibul Hasan    10* (22b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    3-1-7-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    14* (28b 1x4)      AC Botha    6-0-22-2

Change of bowling, Trent Johnston is back into the attack.

22.1

Johnston to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, not a great start to the new spell, fired down the leg side. Worked to fine leg for an easy single

22.2

Johnston to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, no bounce here and Mushfiqur, hanging on the crease, has to jab his bat down in defence

22.3

Johnston to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, hint of width but it keeps low and finds the toe-end of a flat-footed slash outside off stump

22.4

Johnston to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, very straight, good length too and Mushfiqur's punch is neatly collected by the bowler

22.5

Johnston to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, enough room to flash a cut shot out to deep point

22.6

Johnston to Raqibul Hasan, no run, blocked back to the bowler to end a good comeback over for Johnston

Just two boundaries in the last 10 overs. These two intent on taking their time.

End of over 23 (2 runs) Bangladesh 107/4 (RR: 4.65)
Raqibul Hasan    11* (24b 1x4)      DT Johnston    5-0-26-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    15* (32b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    3-1-7-0

Dockrell is 18 but looks all of 15...

23.1

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, ah spin here for Dockrell, enough to check the drive from Mushfiqur

23.2

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, Mushfiqur is down on the sweep and almost makes a hash of it as it bobbles off a flurry of arms and bat

23.3

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, "down, down!" screams O'Brien. Despite a dive Dockrell couldn't reach it though and a single milked back past him

23.4

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, this is worked into space for another single

23.5

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, lovely delivery, some flight and dip, hint of spin and Mushfiqur very respectful in defence

23.6

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, batsman will be annoyed with this. Dragged down a touch short but the lack of pace in the pitch meant the cut shot came off the toe-end and trickled to point

End of over 24 (2 runs) Bangladesh 109/4 (RR: 4.54)
Mushfiqur Rahim    16* (37b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    3-1-9-0
Raqibul Hasan    12* (25b 1x4)      DT Johnston    5-0-26-0

24.1

Johnston to Raqibul Hasan, no run, Johnston continues with a good line and length and nothing the batsman can do but defend

24.2

Johnston to Raqibul Hasan, no run, slower ball here, genuine offspinner, doesn't do much off the pitch though but another dot ball clocked up

24.3

Johnston to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, overpitched and the crowd goes wild as a drive finds deep cover. Fair to say the supporters haven't had much to cheer of late

24.4

Johnston to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, more noise from the crowd as this is driven square of the wicket on the off side

24.5

Johnston to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, another single, good work from these two this over, flicked around the corner

24.6

Johnston to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, four singles in a row as the over ends by Mushfiqur turning his hands over the ball to send it to deep square. Good work

End of over 25 (4 runs) Bangladesh 113/4 (RR: 4.52)
Mushfiqur Rahim    18* (39b 1x4)      DT Johnston    6-0-30-0
Raqibul Hasan    14* (29b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    3-1-9-0

Seems to be some problem with the ball or something. There is a conference of umpires and we do indeed have a new ball taken. Must be all that blocking, smacking it out of shape. Ah, apparently it's discoloured.

25.1

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, anyway, with the new ball Dockrell finds a typically good length and line and is prodded into the leg side

25.2

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, picked off to midwicket, neatly played

25.3

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, good flight here, accurate as well and it's milked down the ground

25.4

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, poor delivery, far too short but the bounce is so low and the pitch so slow that it seems impossible to find the boundary

25.5

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, worked into the leg side for another single. Decent stuff from bowler and batsman

25.6

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, good ball to finish a good over, thrown up, hint of spin, blocked to mid-off

End of over 26 (4 runs) Bangladesh 117/4 (RR: 4.50)
Mushfiqur Rahim    20* (43b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    4-1-13-0
Raqibul Hasan    16* (31b 1x4)      DT Johnston    6-0-30-0

Cricinfo's John Mooney back into the attack.

26.1

Mooney to Raqibul Hasan, no run, starts well, back of a length around off stump and blocked to point

26.2

Mooney to Raqibul Hasan, no run, exactly the same length and line and nothing for the batsman to work with

26.3

Mooney to Raqibul Hasan, no run, touch wider this time but the batsman bottom-edges the cut shot and it dribbles out on the off side

26.4

Mooney to Raqibul Hasan, no run, very good over so far, Raqibul pushing back to the bowler

26.5

Mooney to Raqibul Hasan, 2 runs, after four good balls this is a touch too wide and Raqibul crisply punched it through extra cover

26.6

Mooney to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, short ball to finish, dragged from outside off down wide of mid-on

End of over 27 (3 runs) Bangladesh 120/4 (RR: 4.44)
Raqibul Hasan    19* (37b 1x4)      JF Mooney    6-0-22-1
Mushfiqur Rahim    20* (43b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    4-1-13-0

Change in bowling, another youngster, another spinner. But Paul Stirling is primarily a batsman.

27.1

Stirling to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, decent, gentle offspin to start. Around middle, not much spin, turned gently into the leg side

27.2

Stirling to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs, fuller and driven very firmly, good shot too, wide of cover point

27.3

Stirling to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, mowed hard, Mushfiqur loves that sweep shot, but it goes straight to midwicket

27.4

Stirling to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, pushed quietly back out on the off side

27.5

Stirling to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, squeezed off the front foot and it squirts wide of point for a single

27.6

Stirling to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, another single to end a decent introductory over for Striling

End of over 28 (5 runs) Bangladesh 125/4 (RR: 4.46)
Raqibul Hasan    21* (39b 1x4)      PR Stirling    1-0-5-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    23* (47b 1x4)      JF Mooney    6-0-22-1

28.1

Mooney to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, these two are beginning to rotate the strike nicely now. Single taken down the ground from a back-foot drive

28.2

Mooney to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, back of a length and cut hard, but straight to point

28.3

Mooney to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, driven without much timing to mid-on, who scoots round to field sharply

28.4

Mooney to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, another dot ball, pressure building as this firm cut shot is excellently intercepted at point

28.5

Mooney to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs, that will make Mushfiqur feel better, gets a full ball on his pads and whips a couple straight of midwicket

28.6

Mooney to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, another good Irish over ticks by with defence. These two can carry on prodding and taking what singles are on offer until the 38th over I imagine

End of over 29 (3 runs) Bangladesh 128/4 (RR: 4.41)
Mushfiqur Rahim    25* (52b 1x4)      JF Mooney    7-0-25-1
Raqibul Hasan    22* (40b 1x4)      PR Stirling    1-0-5-0

29.1

Stirling to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, worked into the square-leg region

29.2

Stirling to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, driven hard and back at the bowler, the mid-off is deeply set and runs around quickly to field

29.3

Stirling to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, another single prodded to the leg side

29.4

Stirling to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, very flat and on the pads, the batsman uses the angle to push into the leg side

29.5

Stirling to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, Raqibul deep into his crease and pushed back to down the ground

29.6

Stirling to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, carefully worked into space to end a good over of singles for Bangladesh

Change in bowling with Kevin O'Brien, change in comms too with Andrew Miller... Cheers Sahil. Ireland rightly feel that medium-pace is the way forward. Can he keep it tight?

End of over 30 (6 runs) Bangladesh 134/4 (RR: 4.46)
Mushfiqur Rahim    28* (55b 1x4)      PR Stirling    2-0-11-0
Raqibul Hasan    25* (43b 1x4)      JF Mooney    7-0-25-1

30.1

KJ O'Brien to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, flicked down to long-on

30.2

KJ O'Brien to Raqibul Hasan, no run, pushed out to cover

30.3

KJ O'Brien to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, nurdled down to third man

30.4

KJ O'Brien to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, cunning improvisation from the Mighty Atom! Across the crease, down on one knee, and flicked over fine leg for Bangladesh's first boundary in ten overs

30.5

KJ O'Brien to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, good line and length, right on the money, defended

30.6

KJ O'Brien to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, stands tall, deep in the crease, and driven out to midwicket

So, steady work from this pair. Bangladesh on course for 240-odd, which would be very reasonable. But here's Dockrell again

End of over 31 (6 runs) Bangladesh 140/4 (RR: 4.51)
Mushfiqur Rahim    33* (59b 2x4)      KJ O'Brien    1-0-6-0
Raqibul Hasan    26* (45b 1x4)      PR Stirling    2-0-11-0

31.1

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, no run, good flight and bite, nudged down to third man

31.2

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, good use of the feet, driven into the covers

31.3

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, tucked off the toes to wide mid-on. Singles are the currency at the moment

31.4

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, flicked square

31.5

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, held back in the flight, Mushfiqur shuffled in his crease, and worked down to third man

31.6

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, another very tidy over, just four coming from it, and Ireland maintain control

End of over 32 (4 runs) Bangladesh 144/4 (RR: 4.50)
Mushfiqur Rahim    35* (62b 2x4)      GH Dockrell    5-1-17-0
Raqibul Hasan    28* (48b 1x4)      KJ O'Brien    1-0-6-0

32.1

KJ O'Brien to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, good delivery, inswinging and yorker-length, drilled back to the bowler

32.2

KJ O'Brien to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, O'Brien's got this ball going a bit, a hint of reverse maybe. And a hint of an appeal too. Going down, and bat involved. Otherwise close

32.3

KJ O'Brien to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, shuffled out to third man

32.4

KJ O'Brien to Raqibul Hasan, no run, full length once again, and definite late movement. This promises to be a very useful spell

32.5

KJ O'Brien to Raqibul Hasan, no run, good shape again, a fraction of width allows Raqibul to go for his stroke, but more sharp fielding in the covers

32.6

KJ O'Brien to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, driven down to long-on, tidy stuff

End of over 33 (2 runs) Bangladesh 146/4 (RR: 4.42)
Raqibul Hasan    29* (51b 1x4)      KJ O'Brien    2-0-8-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    36* (65b 2x4)      GH Dockrell    5-1-17-0

33.1

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, no run, round the wicket, pitches middle and leg, and straightens. Defended

33.2

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, good use of the feet, and driven down to long-off

The lights are just coming on now ...

33.3

Dockrell to Mushfiqur Rahim, OUT, Dockrell strikes! The teenager makes the breakthrough, and it's a poor stroke. An injudicious sweep, against the spin, an easy top-edge, and the man on the 45 backpedals to swallow a sitter

Mushfiqur Rahim c White b Dockrell 36 (95m 66b 2x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

Mushfiqur did all the hard work ... grumble grumble ... how often have we heard that of a Bangladeshi batsman. Still, they have a platform, and 240-odd is still very realistic, if they keep their heads

Meanwhile over on the other channel, Australia are cruising to victory

Mohammad Rafique pops up in the crowd. Now he knew how to smack it! Instead, it's Mohammad Ashraful ... cmon, surely today's the day ...

33.4

Dockrell to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, forward and prodded determinedly back down the track

33.5

Dockrell to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, really reaching for the ball with hard hands, it's not a hand grenade, honest

33.6

Dockrell to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, blocked in a don't-you-dare-come-near-me style. Relax, it's only the World Cup!

End of over 34 (1 run) Bangladesh 147/5 (RR: 4.32)
Mohammad Ashraful    0* (3b)      GH Dockrell    6-1-18-1
Raqibul Hasan    30* (53b 1x4)      KJ O'Brien    2-0-8-0

34.1

Rankin to Raqibul Hasan, no run, worked off the back foot, out to point

34.2

Rankin to Raqibul Hasan, no run, good line and length to complement the extra pace

34.3

Rankin to Raqibul Hasan, 2 runs, short and sharp, good delivery and a poor stroke, a lofted pull into space on the leg-side. Very high on the bat, and plugs between two fielders!

34.4

Rankin to Raqibul Hasan, no run, outside off, a swish and a miss

34.5

Rankin to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, clipped down to fine leg

Now then, who will make the last eight. Chances are, it could be one of these two. Work it out in our Predictor

34.6

Rankin to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, a slip is in place for Ashraful, who gets off the mark with a cautious nudge

End of over 35 (4 runs) Bangladesh 151/5 (RR: 4.31)
Mohammad Ashraful    1* (4b)      WB Rankin    5-0-35-0
Raqibul Hasan    33* (58b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    6-1-18-1

35.1

Dockrell to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, loopy doopy stuff from Dockrell, so slow it barely reaches the bottom end. Ashraful swishes urgently into the covers

35.2

Dockrell to Mohammad Ashraful, OUT, gah. Down on one knee, patted to backward square. A carbon copy of the Mushfiqur dismissal. And another failure for the erratic Ash

Mohammad Ashraful c White b Dockrell 1 (9m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Dear oh dear ... but Dockrell, what a bowler

35.3

Dockrell to Naeem Islam, no run, a swish, and a miss

35.4

Dockrell to Naeem Islam, 1 run, clocked out to deep cover

35.5

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, good footwork, dancing in the crease and driven wide of point

This lad retired in a fit of pique before the England series last year. But he's looking the most mature batsman on display at the moment

35.6

Dockrell to Naeem Islam, no run, defended out to the off side. Another drip-fed over from Dockrell

End of over 36 (2 runs) Bangladesh 153/6 (RR: 4.25)
Naeem Islam    1* (3b)      GH Dockrell    7-1-20-2
Raqibul Hasan    34* (59b 1x4)      WB Rankin    5-0-35-0

36.1

Rankin to Raqibul Hasan, no run, short and smackable, but no wood on that shot

36.2

Rankin to Raqibul Hasan, no run, driven to mid-on

36.3

Rankin to Raqibul Hasan, no run, good attacking line, wider on the crease and aiming at the stumps. Defended to cover

36.4

Rankin to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, flicked off the hip

36.5

Rankin to Naeem Islam, 1 run, turned to backward square with a flick of the wrists. Another single to the cause

36.6

Rankin to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, short, and pulled hard out to midwicket

End of over 37 (3 runs) Bangladesh 156/6 (RR: 4.21)
Raqibul Hasan    36* (64b 1x4)      WB Rankin    6-0-38-0
Naeem Islam    2* (4b)      GH Dockrell    7-1-20-2

37.1

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, no run, super flight and bite from Dockrell, landing on a sixpence and zipping past the edge

37.2

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, fractionally shorter, and pushed out to point

37.3

Dockrell to Naeem Islam, no run, forward and blocked

No-one has yet dared to use their feet to Dockrell and take on the long straight boundary. Both his wickets have been to cross-batted crease-bound strokes

37.4

Dockrell to Naeem Islam, 1 run, blocked into the covers for a single

37.5

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, no run, defended again

37.6

Dockrell to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, Raqibul finally uses his feet, but only to defend a single to mid-off

Lovely bowling. Another of my world-beating Fantasy picks. Is he in yours?

End of over 38 (3 runs) Bangladesh 159/6 (RR: 4.18)
Raqibul Hasan    38* (68b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    8-1-23-2
Naeem Islam    3* (6b)      WB Rankin    6-0-38-0

38.1

Rankin to Raqibul Hasan, OUT, not even in the frame! Pushed to mid-on, aggressive fielding, one-handed pick up and under-arm and Raqibul has to go! Replays show he was at least two feets short of the crease, another careless way to go, and Ireland have this game by the scruff now

Raqibul Hasan run out 38 (87m 69b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.07

Right, time to write the bulletin wrap. Here's Sahil Dutta

38.2

Rankin to Naeem Islam, no run

38.3

Rankin to Naeem Islam, FOUR, much needed boundary, but it's needed a horrid misfield from Johnston to get it, sliding to the ball and letting it through him

38.4

Rankin to Naeem Islam, no run, this is driven hard, but straight to mid-off

38.5

Rankin to Naeem Islam, no run, big swish outside off stump, big miss too

38.6

Rankin to Naeem Islam, FOUR, flash outside off stump again, this time there is an edge but with no slip in place it flies away for another boundary. Poor old Rankin is having a tough game

End of over 39 (8 runs) Bangladesh 167/7 (RR: 4.28)
Naeem Islam    11* (11b 2x4)      WB Rankin    7-0-46-0
Shafiul Islam    0* (0b)      GH Dockrell    8-1-23-2

39.1

Dockrell to Shafiul Islam, no run, Dockrell to bowl out then, throws this one up, lands it one a perfect length and line and quietly defended

39.2

Dockrell to Shafiul Islam, no run, again the length is good, again the line is good, again the flight is good. What's a batsman to do

39.3

Dockrell to Shafiul Islam, no run, Shafiul hanging back and swishing without much fortune outside off

39.4

Dockrell to Shafiul Islam, no run

39.5

Dockrell to Shafiul Islam, no run, ooh, lucky here for the batsman as he swishes hard, bottom edges and the ball goes this far over the stumps

39.6

Dockrell to Shafiul Islam, no run, Dockrell finishes an excellent spell as he started, with a maiden. He's a hugely promising young man and no doubt the England selectors will be keeping an eye!

End of over 40 (maiden) Bangladesh 167/7 (RR: 4.17)
Shafiul Islam    0* (6b)      GH Dockrell    9-2-23-2
Naeem Islam    11* (11b 2x4)      WB Rankin    7-0-46-0

So ten overs to go, still a batting Powerplay in hand. Bangladesh is massive trouble and Botha to bowl.

40.1

Botha to Naeem Islam, 1 run, lovely shot earns a single and a cheer from the beleaguered crowd, punching past extra cover

40.2

Botha to Shafiul Islam, no run, Shafiul looks a little stuck here. Rooted to the crease and prodding to point, needs to find a way to get Naeem on strike

40.3

Botha to Shafiul Islam, no run, again this is steered without much footwork or intent to the point fielder

40.4

Botha to Shafiul Islam, no run, more careful, nothing defence. Good work from Botha and precious deliveries ticking by

40.5

Botha to Shafiul Islam, 1 run, finally the single is taken, driven to mid-off for a sharp single. Naeem will want the strike though so needs a single here

40.6

Botha to Naeem Islam, no run, can't find it, short of a length, no pace on the ball and driven straight to mid-off

End of over 41 (2 runs) Bangladesh 169/7 (RR: 4.12)
Naeem Islam    12* (13b 2x4)      AC Botha    7-0-24-2
Shafiul Islam    1* (10b)      GH Dockrell    9-2-23-2

Stirling is the new bowler...

41.1

Stirling to Shafiul Islam, no run, starts well enough, around off stump, not much Shafiul can do

41.2

Stirling to Shafiul Islam, no run, again the line is good and Shafiul doesn't look like working a single

41.3

Stirling to Shafiul Islam, no run, prodded into the leg side

41.4

Stirling to Shafiul Islam, 1 run, finally Shafiul is away from strike, shovelling this into the midwicket region

41.5

Stirling to Naeem Islam, no run, plenty of screams and shouts as Naeem thinks about a single before deciding against it to mid-on

41.6

Stirling to Naeem Islam, no run, far too easy for Stirling, this is shoved down the leg side but Naeem misses out which means Shafiul has the strike next over

End of over 42 (1 run) Bangladesh 170/7 (RR: 4.04)
Naeem Islam    12* (15b 2x4)      PR Stirling    3-0-12-0
Shafiul Islam    2* (14b)      AC Botha    7-0-24-2

42.1

Botha to Shafiul Islam, no run, Botha is full and straight and Shafiul merely stabs it to point

42.2

Botha to Shafiul Islam, no run, the crowd beginning to get impatient now, understandably. Shafiul again with a perfect defence

42.3

Botha to Shafiul Islam, OUT, Shafiul's torturous innings ends as he pops forward and plays around a straight ball. He called for a review but it only confirmed the worst, heading half-way up leg stump. Three wickets now for Botha, all he's done is bowl straight

Shafiul Islam lbw b Botha 2 (14m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.76

42.4

Botha to Abdur Razzak, 2 runs, gets off the mark with a couple into the leg side

42.5

Botha to Abdur Razzak, no run

42.6

Botha to Abdur Razzak, no run, on off stump and defended into the off side

End of over 43 (2 runs) Bangladesh 172/8 (RR: 4.00)
Abdur Razzak    2* (3b)      AC Botha    5-0-26-3
Naeem Islam    12* (15b 2x4)      PR Stirling    3-0-12-0

43.1

Stirling to Naeem Islam, no run, on the stumps and he can't get it away

43.2

Stirling to Naeem Islam, no run, it's been very hard to get the ball away with no pace to work with

43.3

Stirling to Naeem Islam, no run, opens the face and tries to beat backward point but can't...more pressure building

43.4

Stirling to Naeem Islam, 1 run, finally finds a gap, worked into the leg side out to deep square

43.5

Stirling to Abdur Razzak, no run, tossed up from round the wicket, pushed firmly out to midwicket

43.6

Stirling to Abdur Razzak, no run, touch shorter and he rocks onto the back foot but can only whip it straight to the midwicket man again

Good over from Stirling, his four overs have been a real bonus

End of over 44 (1 run) Bangladesh 173/8 (RR: 3.93)
Abdur Razzak    2* (5b)      PR Stirling    3-0-13-0
Naeem Islam    13* (19b 2x4)      AC Botha    5-0-26-3

44.1

Botha to Naeem Islam, no run, Botha bustles in, lands it back of a length around middle and nowhere for the batsman to go

44.2

Botha to Naeem Islam, no run, yeesh, this slower ball almost didn't reach the batsman. He had to wait and wait before pushing gently out to cover

44.3

Botha to Naeem Islam, 1 run, carefully threaded through the infield, just a single but Bangladesh will take that now now

44.4

Botha to Abdur Razzak, 2 runs, edge, precious useful edge means this speeds down to third man where Johnston runs around to cut off without alarm this time

44.5

Botha to Abdur Razzak, 3 runs, finally a big shot attempted, Razzak clearing his front leg and slogging, didn't get all of it and it looped down to deep cover where White slid round and kicked the ball to safety just inside the rope. Smartly done

44.6

Botha to Naeem Islam, no run, back of a length is the response and it's a good one. Naeem up on his toes trying to squeeze this away but can't

End of over 45 (6 runs) Bangladesh 179/8 (RR: 3.97)
Naeem Islam    14* (23b 2x4)      AC Botha    6-0-32-3
Abdur Razzak    7* (7b)      PR Stirling    3-0-13-0

With five overs to go Bangladesh have choice but to take the Powerplay. I'm not even sure they wanted to, it was Aleem Dar who had to remind them! Johnston is the Irish death bowler. Can Bangladesh reach 210? That would be competitive on this track...

45.1

Johnston to Abdur Razzak, no run, oh dear, how has Razzak missed that!? Gift short and wide outside off stump, but the flat-footed slash missed

45.2

Johnston to Abdur Razzak, 1 run, this time Johnston is back on a line and length, slower ball too, and it's forced to mid-on, the batsman injecting all the pace on that

Long meeting between bowler and captain, the delivery better live up to the plan.

45.3

Johnston to Naeem Islam, 1 run, it's full and straight and cut off at cover before a really silly shy at the stumps allows a single

45.4

Johnston to Abdur Razzak, 1 run, again the delivery is good, very full, Razzak whips it to deep midwicket but there is a fielder out there

45.5

Johnston to Naeem Islam, 2 runs, the line slips a fraction down leg and it allows Naeem to clip a couple straight of deep midwicket. The crowd are in full voice, urging something from their team

45.6

Johnston to Naeem Islam, 1 run, good work from Naeem, keeps the strike by dinking a single to cover and haring off for a sharp single. Just four good overs and Bangladesh will feel right in this

End of over 46 (6 runs) Bangladesh 185/8 (RR: 4.02)
Naeem Islam    18* (26b 2x4)      DT Johnston    7-0-36-0
Abdur Razzak    9* (10b)      AC Botha    6-0-32-3

Dangerous move here for Ireland. Pace on the ball with Boyd Rankin. This looks a dressing-room plan rather decided before the day...

46.1

Rankin to Naeem Islam, 1 run, decent enough start for the "tall figure" of Rankin. Flicked around the corner for a single

46.2

Rankin to Abdur Razzak, no run, ooh, the bowler is lucky here, too short, too wide and a flashing cut found cover. Rankin really hasn't gone well today

46.3

Rankin to Abdur Razzak, 1 wide, floated up very full and very wide. Too wide for the umpire's liking. Razzak aimed an almighty thwack but couldn't reach it

46.3

Rankin to Abdur Razzak, no run, this is a much better delivery, very full, hit Razzak on the full. Given out straight away but review called and replays show it missing off stump! The crowd have gone absolutely mental! You'd think Razzak had just hit his fourth six in a row!

46.4

Rankin to Abdur Razzak, no run, another long appeal from Rankin here, this was definitely not out though. Full outside off, Razzak aimed a heave-ho and missed by a distance

46.5

Rankin to Abdur Razzak, 1 wide, far too wide here, miles outside off stump

46.5

Rankin to Abdur Razzak, 1 run, Razzak would have wanted more here, full toss outside off stump but it slides off the edge to deep point

46.6

Rankin to Naeem Islam, 1 run, Rankin's line is wrong again but it only costs a single as Naeem clips to deep square to keep the strike

End of over 47 (5 runs) Bangladesh 190/8 (RR: 4.04)
Naeem Islam    20* (28b 2x4)      WB Rankin    8-0-51-0
Abdur Razzak    10* (14b)      DT Johnston    7-0-36-0

47.1

Johnston to Naeem Islam, 1 run, another full toss but again the batsmen can't cash it. Leg stump this time as well, but worked to midwicket

47.2

Johnston to Abdur Razzak, 1 run, three full tosses in a row, at least this was struck hard. Straight to the man at the boundary though, who slides well at deep midwicket to keep this to one

47.3

Johnston to Naeem Islam, no run, back of a length, Naeem cuts hard but picks out cover

47.4

Johnston to Naeem Islam, no run, big, walking appeal from Niall O'Brien as Naeem flashes and misses outside off stump. Think the sound was bat hitting ground though

47.5

Johnston to Naeem Islam, 1 run, Johnston lands the yorker which is bunted out to mid-off. It's tight bowling but the batsmen are not trying anything here

47.6

Johnston to Abdur Razzak, OUT, another one goes. Razzak at least trying to up the pace. Slower ball and he's through a leg-side slug far too early, canons off the back pad onto the stumps. Can Bangladesh even reach 200? What a disappointing showing it's been

Abdur Razzak b Johnston 11 (28m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 68.75

End of over 48 (3 runs) Bangladesh 193/9 (RR: 4.02)
     DT Johnston    8-0-39-1
Naeem Islam    22* (32b 2x4)      WB Rankin    8-0-51-0

48.1

Rankin to Naeem Islam, 3 wides, what on earth is Rankin doing. He's completely lost his line and shoved this a mile down the leg side, the keeper couldn't collect and it was only some sliding fielding from Johnston that prevented five wides. Not sure Rankin was the best option here

48.1

Rankin to Naeem Islam, no run, there we go, that's the place to bowl. Back of a length and straight and defended carefully

48.2

Rankin to Naeem Islam, no run, bit fuller this time, the line is key and it's straight. Naeem blocks back to the bowler

48.3

Rankin to Naeem Islam, 2 runs, too much width outside off this time, Naeem slices down towards third man and scampers hard for a couple

48.4

Rankin to Naeem Islam, 1 run, single fiddled into the leg side. Ireland will at least need 200 now. Rubel has to survive these two deliveries

48.5

Rankin to Rubel Hossain, 1 run, he didn't know much about it but Rubel is off strike. Aimed to work it to leg and it came off towards point, they ran the single that brings up the Bangladesh 200

48.6

Rankin to Naeem Islam, FOUR, he didn't know much about it but Rubel is off strike. Aimed to work it to leg and it came off towards point, they ran the single that brings up the Bangladesh 200

Costly, costly over for Rankin. Could be pivotal. Full and down the leg side, all Naeem had to do was get a bat on it and it sped down to the rope. 210 will be a tough chase. Can they reach it?

End of over 49 (11 runs) Bangladesh 204/9 (RR: 4.16)
Naeem Islam    29* (37b 3x4)      WB Rankin    5-0-62-0
Rubel Hossain    1* (1b)      DT Johnston    8-0-39-1

49.1

Johnston to Rubel Hossain, 1 run, Rubel does exactly what he needed to, getting the single first ball to bring Naeem back on strike, driving a full ball to cover

49.2

Johnston to Naeem Islam, OUT, that will be all, Naeem trying something inventive, which is no bad thing, getting down on one knee to scoop over short fine leg, gets too much bat on it and it loops straight to the man.

Naeem Islam c Dockrell b Johnston 29 (64m 38b 3x4 0x6) SR: 76.31

Ireland need 206 to win This is shaping up to be the game of the tournament so far. Bangladesh got off to flier with Tamim looking brilliant before a couple of wickets checked the rate. The key was Tamim and Shakib both falling to soft shots and the pitch slowed down and the ball aged the Irish bowlers offered nothing. George Dockrell was the star, giving the ball plenty of air, finding some spin and very accurate. The pitch is a pudding though so 206 will be a tricky chase. Andrew Miller can tell you all about it in his bulletin and if you want to make any frantic changes to your Fantasy team this is the time to do it. It should be a tense chase and Andrew Gnasher McGlashan will be here in about 30mins to tell you all about it.

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Feb 25, 2011

The Mirpur crowd savoured Bangladesh's victory, Bangladesh v Ireland, World Cup 2011, Mirpur, February 25, 2010

The Mirpur crowd savoured Bangladesh's victory

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Feb 25, 2011

Shafiul Islam was Bangladesh's hero at the end with four wickets, Bangladesh v Ireland, World Cup 2011, Mirpur, February 25, 2010

Shafiul Islam was Bangladesh's hero at the end with four wickets

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