Ireland XI v Bangladeshis, Tour Match, Comber July 16, 2012

Mortaza blitz too hot for Irish

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladeshis 107 for 3 (Mushfiqur 40) beat Ireland XI 103 for 6 (Mortaza 3-14) by seven wickets

Mashrafe Mortaza's early blitz saw Bangladesh comfortably win the opening game of their tour of Ireland. They defeated an Ireland XI by seven wickets at Comber, chasing down 103 with more than five overs to spare.

Mortaza took 3 for 14, with the wickets of Andrew Balbirnie and Andrew Poynter coming in the first over, and Ireland were 10 for 3 as Mortaza took his third wicket. The Ireland XI never recovered from such a terrible start. Andrew White, the Ireland XI captain, managed to stay at the crease for 25 balls, making 16, but he and Stuart Thompson went quickly as the side slumped to 58 for 6 with fewer than five overs remaining.

Nigel Jones managed to save Irish blushes by striking three sixes in a 26-ball 41 as he and Rory McCann shared 45 but the total was well below being competitive.

Thompson did find two early wickets but Shakib Al Hasan's unbeaten 37 at a run-a-ball guided the chase and Bangladesh captain Mushifiqur Rahim blasted 40 in 25 balls to get the tourists to the line.

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  • Andrew on July 18, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    @Tokai69 - check the T20 rankings! Bangladesh currently have no rankings, YET sides like Ireland & Afghanistan do! There are 15 teams with a ranking Bangladesh is NOT one of them! Bangladesh don't have a ranking because they haven't played enuff games, the problem for Bangladesh is, when they do play T20s, it is usually against harder sides than what Ireland usually face.

  • Nesar on July 17, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    @ Meety "which means they are BELOW 15th." - where you get that idea dude !

  • Dummy4 on July 17, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    what's up all these pointless arguments? Bangladesh is too good for Ireland.

  • Dummy4 on July 17, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Sud have won it by 10 wickets wid this A team!!! anywayz best of luck for remaining games

  • Andrew on July 17, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    @Sunny Jahangir - the reality is that Ireland are the higher ranked side (currently 9th), & Bangladesh have no ranking - which means they are BELOW 15th. So in some ways they will have done well to beat a side ranked at least 6 places above them, away from home!

  • Satish on July 17, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Good win for BD.. Nice warmup.. Some guys mistook the game.. Its a tour game and not the primary Ireland team.. Certainly the Irish guys will give them a run for money with full team though BD will be the favorites..

  • JOYNAL on July 17, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Nothing to be satisfied yet. Lets hope for the best in upcoming series.

  • Shakil on July 17, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Ireland has a few good players. Rankin, porterfield, joyce, dockrell, obrain. These are goods. So dont lose, be tight. On their day ireland can beat us.

  • Dre on July 17, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain. It does mean something. It means they r playing well and have a good attitude. Trust me, the writing was on the wall when they lost their warm ups in Zim. Remember no one practices to lose so its good that they won these warm ups. I hope Ire's full squad does well also.

  • Sohrab on July 17, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    @ sunny..i actually think beating ireland would be quite an accomplishment...coz i remember they gave pakistan a run for their money in of the irish players are quite if they complete a clean'll definitely prove that asia cup..although an odi tournament...was not a fluke..

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