Ireland v Bangladesh, T20 series, Stormont July 17, 2012

Ireland tough in home conditions


Match Facts

July 18, 20 and 21, Stormont
Start time, first two 5.00pm (1600GMT), third 4.00pm (1500GMT)

The Big Picture

On the face of it this series of three Twenty20s may seem trivial, but it is a significant contest for both sides as they use the games as preparation for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. Although conditions in Stormont will not bear any resemblance to Colombo.

Ireland, desperate for more cricket against Full Members, get a chance to showcase their talent against a team they, one day, want to follow into the top flight of the international game. For Bangladesh it is a chance for their players to gain more experience away from home, but for their credibility as a Full Member it is not a series they can afford to lose. They are the team starting under the most pressure.

Ireland, in home conditions, have every right to begin this series with the belief they can win. Their side is packed full of experienced county cricketers such as Ed Joyce, Niall O'Brien, Tim Murtagh and the captain William Porterfield. The return of Boyd Rankin, the fast bowler, makes for a very strong seam attack.

Bangladesh have brought their big-name players which confirms how importantly they are treating the series. Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan are impressive international cricketers who have experience of county cricket that will serve them well in conditions likely to help the bowlers.

The Test series across the water in England will capture most of cricket attention this week but keep an eye on this battle, too.

Form guide

(Most recent first)

Ireland WWWWW
Bangladesh LWLLL

Watch out for...

Paul Stirling has said he is firmly committed to Ireland and will not be enticed by an England call, but if he continues to perform the way he has that loyalty may soon be tested for real. A hard-hitter at the top of the order he has the ability to take an attack apart - as shown with his 17-ball fifty against Afghanistan in the World Twenty20 Qualifiers - and has an international T20 strike-rate of 123. His offspin is a more-than-useful second string.

Tamim Iqbal can be one of the most fearsome strikers of a cricket ball in the world, but his T20 average is a very modest 13.60 (and a strike-rate of under a hundred), compared to his Test figure of 38.00 and ODI number of 30.07. On Bangladesh's tour to England in 2010 he lit up the Test matches with back-to-back hundreds and he needs to show he is one of the team's senior batsmen in the shortest format.


Ireland William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Andrew Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Andrew White, Gary Wilson

Bangladesh Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful, Junaid Siddique, Jahurul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Elias Sunny, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain, Abul Hasan.

Pitch and conditions

All the wet weather of recent weeks (and months) means it is unlikely that the pitches will have any great pace. Bangladesh won't mind if Boyd Rankin is not pinging the ball at their chests. The forecast for Wednesday is promising but further ahead there is less certainty.

Stats and trivia

  • The only other meeting between the two teams at T20 level came at the 2009 World Twenty20 in England when Ireland won at Trent Bridge by chasing down 137 to move into the Super Eights

  • Stirling's 79 against Afghanistan in the final of the World Twenty20 Qualifiers was Ireland's highest individual T20 score

  • Bangladesh have played just two T20 internationals since the previous World Twenty20 in the Caribbean


"Off to Gatwick to fly to Belfast for Bang 20/20's...loving the frequent trips home for Ire games."
Ed Joyce tweets as he heads off from Sussex back to Ireland

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    bangladesh team is going batter day by day.good sign for bangladesh cricket.thanks to all players.good luck.....

  • Dummy4 on July 18, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    I was surprised Abul Hasan was selected instead of Nazmul or Shafiul but to be honest, Hasan is just too expensive in this format but should only be considered for ODIs and Tests as he is a very fast bowler but still undeveloped. Nazmul should be given a chance as he can make batsman guess a lot of the time but got to admit, this Bangladesh team has greatly improved since BPL and long may it continue. The spin trio of Shakib, Razzaq and Sunny is a masterclass at T20s and ODIs and then spin reserves such as Nasir or Mahmudullah can be used as backups should one have an off-day. Ireland showed glimpse of their talent and still feel they may have a chance to win a game but was unfortunate today.

  • sabbir on July 18, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    Saqlain Mushtaq not even hired yet, they are asking him to join but he hasnt come to BD yet, so if you dont know how to dance-please dont blame the floor.

  • Dummy4 on July 18, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    Elias Sunny figures today was the third best all time figures in T20 Internationals only behind to Mendis and Umar Gul. Such a shame there was no video coverage of the game but nevertheless, the Bangladeshi's proved that they are the team of the future. Ireland actually did have the ability to beat Bangladesh but they just made a lot of mistakes at crucial times and they may still have a chance of winning a game if they can sort out their errors. I'm still suspicious about Bangladesh's fast bowling and must be addressed otherwise we will struggle to compete at Test matches even against Zimbabwe.

  • Jalal on July 18, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    @ siponus2007: One win against Ireland does not make BD team T20 champion. When we do this kind of big talk, BD haters gets the opportunity to do the foul talk about us. We should respect other teams as well and understand our position in world cricket. There is no offense of dreaming to be T20 champ, but we have to wait more to put ourselves at-least in the T20 ranking first.

  • Bored on July 18, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    Was expecting BD to steamroll Scotland and the Netherlands but Ireland going down without a fight like this? Surprising. Hope the rest of the series a fight for the sake of both teams. Once again Shakib proved he's world class. But again I reiterate, if he has an off day-BD will struggle. Still don't see the rest of the team as a force at the World T20 yet. I sense that just as WI seems over-reliant on Gayle, Narine; BD getting increasingly over-reliant on Shakib. To those who'll counter by presenting Elias Sunny as an eg. -I still see him struggle against the bigger teams. Shakib is THE only player in the BD setup who can consistently challenge the bigger teams.

  • Dummy4 on July 18, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    Well, today was a sunny sunny day!!!!! and sakib back with a bang!!! like a boss!!!! minnows anyone???!!!!!???!!!!

  • zahidul on July 18, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    bangladesh rocks all the way , now bangladesh is on the line for t20 champion along with australia s africa india pakistan , bangladesh has the best team ever they produced ,

  • Khondker S on July 18, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    Good win by BD team. Thanks Justin Smyth for bringing out the live coverage.... This match shows the progress of BD team compared with no test playing countries....

  • sohail on July 18, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Had no idea Irish Team is that much weak against spin attack, and when playing against Bangladesh, they are expected to be able to stand up against the world class spin and clearly they couldn't do that.

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