Ireland XI v Bangladeshis, Tour Match, Comber

Mortaza blitz too hot for Irish

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 16, 2012

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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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Posted by Meety on (July 18, 2012, 1:14 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.

Posted by Tokai69 on (July 17, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

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

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

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

Posted by   on (July 17, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

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

Posted by Meety on (July 17, 2012, 7:37 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!

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 17, 2012, 4:44 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..

Posted by joynal693 on (July 17, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

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

Posted by DecisionPending_BD on (July 17, 2012, 3:49 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.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (July 17, 2012, 3:07 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.

Posted by Proud_GhorJamai on (July 17, 2012, 1:54 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..

Posted by FOTO on (July 16, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

lets hope that the pitch will be the same inshallah.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2012, 22:45 GMT)

Its a sticky situation for Bangladesh.. if they win against Ireland, they wont get any credits but if they lose, suddenly they will become another round of attacks and the typical 'Bangladesh should be stripped out of Test Cricket' type comments.. However, this series is good for both teams to get even on each other.. Ireland lost badly in Bangladesh last time and this is Ireland's chance to again claim their stake that they are better than Bangladesh in limited over formats!! For Bangladesh, they just have to win the series to get into the T20 ratings and prove that they do deserve to be amongst the Full Member squad!!

Posted by Lord__Rabbit on (July 16, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

My best XI : 1.Tamim Iqbal 2.Mohammad Ashraful 3.Shakib Al Hasan 4.Mahmudullah 5.Mushfiqur Rahim 6.Nasir Hossain 7.Ziaur Rahman 8.Mashrafe Mortaza 9.Abdur Razzak 10.Elias Sunny 11.Nazmul Hossain or Shafiul Islam.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

Go Ahead Tiger, We all with you..............

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (July 16, 2012, 21:51 GMT)

Record also shows Sehwag is very ordinary against Mashrafe.

Posted by sabbor on (July 16, 2012, 21:49 GMT)

seems like no love for ireland, well thats how it should be:)

Posted by   on (July 16, 2012, 21:07 GMT)


Posted by   on (July 16, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

Great job thanks to Allah

Posted by bdfighter1 on (July 16, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

expected good of wishes for the rest of the missions..

Posted by   on (July 16, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

Its good that our players are preparing very well especially in this awful wet summer but hopefully we will finally have good sun-shining Cricket in the next few days and our players get the task done. Note this is just practice matches guys and Bangladesh winning both of them comfortably does not prove anything.

Posted by Bijit_BD on (July 16, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

Keep this consistancy up, guys !

Posted by   on (July 16, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

masrafe is one best player in Bangladesh.he is better than sakib.For long time injury damaged her career. Form my eyes i saw 100% effort player in Bangladesh.we are very proud to get a player like masrafe bin mortaza kowsik.He is the real hero.

Posted by G-Rocker on (July 16, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

Good Start of the tour ...BD boys Rocks\m/

Posted by   on (July 16, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

Mashrafe is a big match player.. though he is weak in bowling at the end of the innings....

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (July 16, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Excellent Stuff Yet Again By The Captain Mushfiqur Rahim

Posted by Shajadul on (July 16, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

Good luck for BD team....

Posted by Love_cricket123 on (July 16, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

well done tigers!! proud of u :)

Posted by muannis on (July 16, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

Tiger should win all the three T20s as convincingly as this. Ireland is absolutely no match for them .

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