Ireland v Bangladesh, 1st Twenty20, Stormont July 18, 2012

Sunny's five gives Bangladesh bright start

Report by Ian Callender at Stormont
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Bangladesh 190 for 5 (Shakib 57, Rahman 40*) beat Ireland 119 for 8 (Wilson 41*, Sunny 5-13)
Scorecard

Bangladesh spun their way to an emphatic 71-run victory in the first Twenty20 international against Ireland in Belfast with Elias Sunny recording his country's best ever figures.

The Ireland batsmen had no answer to Sunny, the slow left-arm spinner, who took 5 for 13 as Ireland were restricted to 119 for 8, never threatening the tourists' imposing 190 for 5 on a blameless Stormont pitch.

The start was delayed by 30 minutes because of two heavy showers just before the start but that was the only respite the home team enjoyed. William Porterfield won the toss and asked Bangladesh to bat but from the off the team that are not even on the Twenty20 world ranking table meant business.

Tamim Iqbal with a run-a-ball 31 and Shakib Al Hasan, with nine boundaries in his 57 from just 33 deliveries, put Bangladesh in control and although both batsmen were out, along with the captain Mushfiqur Rahim in the space of 21 balls, the mayhem was just beginning.

Ziaur Rahman came to the middle at 120 for 4 and after facing just 17 balls he had scored 40, including five sixes. Four successive balls in the 16th and 17th overs from Paul Stirling and Max Sorensen cleared the boundary as the Ireland bowlers wilted.

Boyd Rankin, playing only his third game since the World Twenty20 qualifying final in March, was match rusty and, significantly, his best over was his last which gave Ireland some hope for the remaining two games in the series, on Friday and Saturday when they will also have George Dockrell available.

Dockrell, the Ireland Under-19 captain, also suffered on Wednesday as the England team they will be playing in the World Cup next month bowled them out for 94 in Leicester before a thunderstorm hit the ground.

But it is the Ireland batsmen who will have the most homework to do in the next 24 hours. They have to work out how to play left-arm spin because while Sunny grabbed the headlines with his wickets, Abdur Razzak was even more economical, conceding just nine runs in his four overs and picking up the prize scalps of Porterfield and Kevin O'Brien. And it will be surprising Shakib, the world's No 1 all-rounder in one-day cricket, does not bowl better in the next two matches.

Of Ireland's 119 runs, more than half (63) came from seven overs of pace, including 25 from the first two overs as Porterfield raced away, hitting two fours and two sixes. But he failed to survive Razzak's first over and when Paul Stirling ran himself out in the next Ireland were immediately on the back foot.

Only Gary Wilson looked anyway comfortable against the spin, although even he was helped to his unbeaten 41 by facing four overs from the returning opening bowlers. But that was about giving Mortaza and Abul Hasan overs under their belt with the game already won.

Sunny finished with 5 for 13 and became the first cricketer to win Man-of-the-Match awards on debut in two formats. He had taken seven wickets on Test debut against West Indies.

Bangladesh complete the requisite number of qualifying games on Friday to enter the Twenty20 rankings table and another victory will see them included in ninth place, above Ireland and, on the evidence of the first match, it will be well deserved.

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  • on July 21, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Bd is awesome...They Will rock tonight also....

  • on July 20, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    So, where are the people that said Ireland will win this series 'easily' 3-0? :)

  • on July 20, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    @Quddus-Mamu "Sport is for entertainment. It's not something you can enjoy during lunch or break". I will tell this joke to my frnds.I am sure they will enjoy.

  • Quddus-Mamu on July 20, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    @Rafelgibt : Sport is for entertainment. It's not something you can enjoy during lunch or break. People enjoy most sports with their family after work , just to entertain themselves. Anyway, I know lots of people still like test cricket. That's why every country should have two teams, one for for test, and one for shorter version. That way both teams can play for the country at the same time. Who ever interested in Test cricket, they can enjoy test, and other people can enjoy ODI and T20. I don't want to see Chris Gayle hits 10 Sixes in 100 overs , I rather want to see him to do that in 10 overs.

  • on July 20, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Today's match should be won for Humayun Ahmed Sir, he was a great fan of the TIGERS......

  • ostad on July 20, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Ireland has nothing to loose, that is true. But we want Ireland to come forward..India, Australia hate Bangladesh,Zimbabwe,Ireland and do not want to play with them.Teams other than India and Australia should play more often and improve themselves.One day will come we will have no time to play with those two teams.

  • tariq_piash on July 20, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Thank you very much, rafelgibt.

  • Rafelgibt on July 20, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_nEmkZhwHk is the link where u can watch the semi highlights.............

  • Rafelgibt on July 20, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    @Quddus-Mamu on (July 19 2012, 16:50 PM GMT) brother i deeply oppose your thoughts.........The points what you made that who watches test cricket is really not acceptable as a die hard cricket fan (Roar Tiger Roar) like me and others.......If you like t20 then its your choice but you just cant insult other people by saying those shameful words.........By the way I'm a full time employed employee in BAN and i watch the live streaming on cricinfo during the break of my work in office and whenever i get chance i go to the stadium to watch TEST live.........Like any other genuine cricket fan i love test cricket and ODI very much and wish both format live forever................

  • EnglishCricket on July 19, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    @Quddus-Mamu - You do make a fair point and quite right because most other sports games finishes well within a day. But Test Cricket does bring in endurance, stamina, patience, defence etc into the game but yeah it does look dead honestly.

  • on July 21, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Bd is awesome...They Will rock tonight also....

  • on July 20, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    So, where are the people that said Ireland will win this series 'easily' 3-0? :)

  • on July 20, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    @Quddus-Mamu "Sport is for entertainment. It's not something you can enjoy during lunch or break". I will tell this joke to my frnds.I am sure they will enjoy.

  • Quddus-Mamu on July 20, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    @Rafelgibt : Sport is for entertainment. It's not something you can enjoy during lunch or break. People enjoy most sports with their family after work , just to entertain themselves. Anyway, I know lots of people still like test cricket. That's why every country should have two teams, one for for test, and one for shorter version. That way both teams can play for the country at the same time. Who ever interested in Test cricket, they can enjoy test, and other people can enjoy ODI and T20. I don't want to see Chris Gayle hits 10 Sixes in 100 overs , I rather want to see him to do that in 10 overs.

  • on July 20, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Today's match should be won for Humayun Ahmed Sir, he was a great fan of the TIGERS......

  • ostad on July 20, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Ireland has nothing to loose, that is true. But we want Ireland to come forward..India, Australia hate Bangladesh,Zimbabwe,Ireland and do not want to play with them.Teams other than India and Australia should play more often and improve themselves.One day will come we will have no time to play with those two teams.

  • tariq_piash on July 20, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Thank you very much, rafelgibt.

  • Rafelgibt on July 20, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_nEmkZhwHk is the link where u can watch the semi highlights.............

  • Rafelgibt on July 20, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    @Quddus-Mamu on (July 19 2012, 16:50 PM GMT) brother i deeply oppose your thoughts.........The points what you made that who watches test cricket is really not acceptable as a die hard cricket fan (Roar Tiger Roar) like me and others.......If you like t20 then its your choice but you just cant insult other people by saying those shameful words.........By the way I'm a full time employed employee in BAN and i watch the live streaming on cricinfo during the break of my work in office and whenever i get chance i go to the stadium to watch TEST live.........Like any other genuine cricket fan i love test cricket and ODI very much and wish both format live forever................

  • EnglishCricket on July 19, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    @Quddus-Mamu - You do make a fair point and quite right because most other sports games finishes well within a day. But Test Cricket does bring in endurance, stamina, patience, defence etc into the game but yeah it does look dead honestly.

  • on July 19, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Bangladesh is a good team tell..dont accept since i dont give a damn..but yea some people are jealous of this strong underdog team...

  • fr600 on July 19, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    @borhans They don't need to set aside old players, they are no different than their youngsters.

  • borhans on July 19, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    To the Irish fans yes Bangladesh have improved a lot in recent years .so it won't be that easy as you thought before .Continuous improvement is what ireland needs if they really want to become a threat to BD .To those Indian ani bangladesh fans have to agree that BD have imporved a lot just put your senior/old players aside & give the young indian national team ,Bangladeshi youngsters will give them hell of a fight & will it in the end

  • Quddus-Mamu on July 19, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    @The_Legend-Killer: Who cares about Test cricket now a days? Who has five days to watch one game? Only retired, unemployed and house wives can watch test matches. ICC should band that 19th century's format of cricket. Most probably cricket is the only one game that plays in three different formats, that's weird. If ICC really wants cricket to make more popular in world wide, then ICC should bands Test cricket forever. Other option would be, every country can have two teams, one for test only and other one for T20 an ODI. Test player's minimum age has to be at least 30 years. So, when cricketers retire from ODI and T20, they can join Test squad.

  • nsn26 on July 19, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    @The_Legend-Killer , at least talk with some sense... series is T20... the conversation here is T20... don't cry for test match.... when it will come... u will see the win of tigers... as like as u r watching the t20 wins now... :) we saw india playing test last year with eng and aussi and saw how they were beaten :p so... don't be so loud... XD

  • on July 19, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    @The_Legend-Killer...haha...you're the same that said Ireland will 'thrash' Bangladesh easily in one of the previous articles :)

  • on July 19, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    no live match on TV tomorrow as well!!! i so badly wanted to see how tigers would approach the second match :(

  • DecisionPending_BD on July 19, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Only 1 match gone, Irish will try to come up and cope with the left arm spinners. Impressive performance by Zia n Sunny. Which peoples are neglecting Bangladesh Cricket?? ........please dont show off yourselves!!!

  • tariq_piash on July 19, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    If Bangladesh can win the 2nd T20I they will be placed 6th position in the ICC T20 ranking with 106 rating (529 points from 5 matches) and if they can win all the next 4 T20I matches in their Europe tour (2 against Ireland, 1 each against Scotland and Netherland) they will be placed 4th position in ICC T20 ranking crossing Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, India and West Indies with 114 rating (908 points in 8 matches).

  • on July 19, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    There are some bangla fans who are getting a bit carried away, if Bangladesh win this series 2-1/3-0 then you can celebrate and put to rest that Ireland are talented/better than Bangladesh.

  • on July 19, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    I completely agree with Lord_Dravid. Ireland fans should go and show that they care about their cricket and cricket team. If not so, their players will keeping going to england team! And ireland will always remain a good football country. We the bangladeshi are crazy about cricket. It doesn't matter where we are living, we always support our country at any situation. I live in states, since no TV channels are broadcasting we (17 bangladeshi) meet in a restaurant. With the cricinfo scoreboard running, with each ball each second we cheered for Bangladesh. We will keep supporting our team no matter what :) But this is also true yesterday belonged to us. Now we are looking at tomorrow.

  • on July 19, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    For those who say such silly things that Bangladesh needs to be removed of full membership and replaced by Ireland should really laugh at themselves. In that match where Bangladesh won comprehensively away, the stadium with a capacity of 6000 had only 1500 filled so that's one of the major reasons why Ireland cannot get what they want because they need to show commitment plus broadcasting etc. Personally I believe all lower ranked teams Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Netherlands, Kenya etc deserve full membership and have like a two tier system so that all are getting games. Ireland who by the way I'm a fan off should consider themselves lucky they may be getting upto 15 ODIs against full members annually.

  • The_Legend-Killer on July 19, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    @ fr600.....I am talking about test cricket.......and bangladesh can't beat any full member in test.......

  • The_Legend-Killer on July 19, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    @Tauhidul Islam Khan Rashique(and other bangla fans)..... India is helping countries like NEPAL and malaysia in developing cricket and also funds them.....so stop commenting that BCCI don't helps associate nations

  • Fanatic_cricko on July 19, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Bravo Bangla Tigers. Well done to prove what you are. Move forward, work hard and win all the games in the tour. "Shabash".................Cheers

  • Lord__Rabbit on July 19, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Bangladesh is too strong for Ireland. Ireland should play more games against India, NZ and WI first. Once they learn how to play good cricket after playing those teams, then they should try to play against Bangladesh.

  • on July 19, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    I just want to clarify something because either of silliness or ignorance the critics and non-critics of Bangladesh think the Bangladeshi fans are over the moon or something no we're not. As a Bangladeshi fan, Bangladesh are NOT the best team but are an improving team. Bangladesh will obviously still lose games but the fact is they are now starting to be competitive. The only major reason why Bangladesh are not as good as India, West Indies, England etc is because Bangladesh have had full membership status for 12 years and these teams had it for well over 80 years massive difference but everyone knows times are changing and Bangladesh are clearly an emerging side. Players like Pollock, Lara, Ponting, Flintoff, Cairns, Fleming, Dravid and most recent Bret Lee and Mark Boucher and soon to be SRT etc are leaving the game now and those teams have to field inexperienced players to fill their boots so clearly the future looks good for Bangladesh their players are young and experienced.

  • Breaking_Point on July 19, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Irelancricketfan@we do understand! But u see BD is a country of 150 million+ population..!it's a huge market....& people r just crazy for cricket!trust me...but now we r deprived of a fantastic series... But i saw in reports that Ireland got the extra funding from ICC for the tour as they also submitted an ODI plan!!! But really they should've found a brodcaster coz in this way 5/7 ODI's VS TEST SIDE(as ire wants) IS FAR AWAY LET ALONE test status...IRe cricket borad should've done better! But what ireland need is the Fan's support! We supported Bd even when they scored 58, the next match vs England was still packed...even aftr 78...next vs Aus(3 odi tour after world cup)was same..the nön stop support was there..if the fans r not gonna support then ire will end up like Kenya!

  • on July 19, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Nice played by Bangladesh. Irish are improving. best of luck.

  • on July 19, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Do you know Ziaur Rahman who scored 40 runs from just 17 balls played out of which hits 5 sixes in last T20 is a pace bowler? In recent domestic league of Bangladesh he turned into an all-rounder. Now he get seldom chance to bowl in Bangladesh National Team. A question to BD team selector " is there any needed to play an extra pace bowler who did not finish his 4 over spell?" Instead you can bring a batsman. That will be a time befitting decision for Bangladesh team. Anyway good wishes to Irish and I still believe that they have the ability to play test cricket. For that they have to wait. Till then play good cricket

  • fr600 on July 19, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    @The_Legend-Killer Maybe not ENG or SA, but BAN is now good enough to beat IND, NZ, and WI any day.

  • on July 19, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    CONGRATZ BANGLADESH ! WHERE ARE ALL THE ANTI BD PEOPLE HIDING? COME ON, COME OUT FROM THE CAVES, SEE THE BENGAL TIGERS ARE ROARING......!!!

  • k4zz on July 19, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Top performance from ban, but they need to carry on and be consistent with their performance and win the remaining games. They do have a tendancy to go off the boil and end up losing a match after a win. They can't risk playing abul hasan, he isn't anywhere good enough at the moment his economy rate in domestic cricket is way too high, they should just stick with either shafiul or nazmul. BD supporters over here need to stop going over the top with this one win, it doesn't make them world beaters. They are improving and the anti BD haters know that which is the reason they have gone into their shells and not commentating now.

  • on July 19, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    I am happy that BD won, and I hope they win every match, but I like Ireland and I request Bangladeshi brothers not to insult them. We should be more friendly and supportive towards Ireland, Afghanistan, etc. and not follow India.

  • on July 19, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    We should avoid insulting those who are always bad comments about BD team. Be patient BD supporters. Honestly, we need to improve a lot. Our target to beat frequently all test nations that's mean big team that will be increase our support from other country. Everybody expect BD is going to strong team but sometimes our performance not enough. So show performance then talk.

  • DarindaUK on July 19, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Toatally agree with @Ahmed Hussain and @MijanurRahman: Can BD retain the sustanability of the batting as well as the spin bowling? Mashrafe and Abul were too expensive. Is pace bowler required to have 4 overs? If not, BD should stick to spin as it favours them tremendously to keep the run rate down. I hope the Tigers don't put their sheild down and let Ireland take the series away from them, which can happen, because of BD's past performances.

  • atohin on July 19, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Congrats to BD team. Sunny shines very much.Shakib & Zia was well enough. want to see the devastating start from Tamim & Ash in the next game.Well played.Keep it up.

  • anam1971 on July 19, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    I am a Bangladesh fan but I still love Ireland, I wish all the best for Irish team. I want them to be a very strong test side very soon and beat all the test nations( not BD). Best wishes for Bangladesh and Ireland.

  • shamimjbc on July 19, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    bangladesh team is very good team.in recent performance bd team is better than india,newzeland,west indices,PK.

  • Irelandcricketfan on July 19, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    We *do* need to improve more. That's why we're grateful to teams who come and play us, to give us the chance to do so. We don't dislike Bangladesh, or anyone else who will give us a game. But I should say that yesterday's result is not representative. We're better than that. Stirling, Dockrell and Wilson are, for example, some of the best performers in the FLT20. We had an off-day. It happens. There is too much vitriol on these forums (fora?). People should be honest. Bangladesh are a decent team, and probably better than us. But they should be, given the funding they've had. Given time, and more decent cricket, we can be up there. As to lack of broadcasting, CricketIreland is completely strapped for cash because associates get peanuts. They do a wonderful job on very few resources. Criticising them for not lining up a broadcaster is harsh.

  • on July 19, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    It was an awesome performance by Bangladesh in which the Irish had no answer to.Pleasing aspect for Bangladeshis point a view was that the bowling,fielding and batting came all together just like few years ago when they whitewashed New Zealand.But this present team has far better middle order batsmen who can be destructive,better balanced and plenty of genuine bowling options.With so many young talents yet to come through,the competition for places should be very healthy indeed.Pybus is the ideal coach at the ideal time for Bangladesh to work on the much needed pace bowlers and in making the players more professional.Good to see Bangladesh are not giving their wickets away and should never ever be complacent or over confident or arrogant like certain other cricketing nations are and look at them now trying to justify themselves by past performances.We are still learning and got long way to go.

  • The_Legend-Killer on July 19, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    @All Bangladeshi FANS.........Beating Ireland in T20 doesn't means that they can beat a top team like ENGLAND or SA in tests.........so please stop jumping.....

  • DarindaUK on July 19, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Tiger Fans, definately BD have done extremely well, but please don't come too confident, as we've seen our Tigers suddenly becomes mew cats. Take one game at a time, and pray that they can perform as they did yesterday. Ireland is a very good team in this format, and therefore deserve respect. They can come back, as BD came back on the last Tri Series in Zimbabwe. So please, stop boasting too much, respect every team and every game. I'm a BD fan and don't know much about cricket, but rspect all teams and their players as well.

  • on July 19, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    unbeleiveable comment by an irish fan!!!!!!!!,isn't it?@hulk777

  • borhans on July 19, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    To the Irish fans yes Bangladesh have improved a lot in recent years .so it won't be that easy as you thought before .Continuous improvement is what ireland needs if they really want to become a threat to BD .To those Indian ani bangladesh fans have to agree that BD have imporved a lot just put your senior/old players aside & give the young indian national team ,Bangladeshi youngsters will give them hell of a fight & will it in the end

  • on July 19, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    yeah, it's an awesome victory for Bangladesh. we are just looking forward to see another couple of win in this series. Best of Luck Tigers !!!

  • EnglishCricket on July 19, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Wow this was a total mismatch and scoring 190 runs in away colder windy conditions just shows how impressive Bangladesh were.

  • MijanurRahman on July 19, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Attacking and counter-attacking of the critics and fans of BD cricket are meaningless. Let's keep mum. BD has a tendency to frustrate when success is more expected of them. They whitewashed NewZealand and fared very badly in the world cup. I dont want to see a same picture this time.

  • Jawwad123 on July 19, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    DID ANY1 WATCH THE MATCH ON TV LIVE?????????????

    IF U DID PLZ TELL ME THE NAME OF THE CHANNEL!!!!!!PLZ!!! I'M DYING HERE!!!

    (@ ROCKET MAN--- LUV UR CMMNT)

  • bdsmaruf on July 19, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    it is very disappointed, there is no broadcasting for this series. it is very sad for ireland.

  • on July 19, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Just want to say guys the username legaleagle is a Pakistan supporter so please don't get confused. Also if Ireland are really serious about their desires, then they should've broadcast those matches so that they are getting viewers especially from Ireland and see if there are any interest and that way Ireland would've been a strong contender for full membership status. Maybe the ICC are right....

  • cairo on July 19, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    Ireland was quite lucky so that they crosses 100 runs. we some friends gave them target 80 to bold out. any way we like Ireland.

  • shafiqul_alam2000 on July 19, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    During the match in Sydeny 2 A.M and unfortunately I missed the match in Cricinfo.com I am very pleased to see Bangladesh has played like a genuine test team. Congratulations to Coach, players and officials of Bangladesh Team......for winning the match. Please keep up the momentum and make it 3-0

  • on July 19, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully "all BD fans, series is still ON" - lol Funny you said in the preview article Ireland will win this for sure but FAILED nobody will believe your comments anymore good luck ;)"

  • on July 19, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    @ Rcoketman: I am in love with u man... couldn't have loved u any more for ur posts with references in it.... JUST LOVING the silence and overwhelming exaggerations of some of the famous BD Haters !!!!!!!!

  • Irelandcricketfan on July 19, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    @Trickdaddy. We're still here. Just waking up. Let's be honest, that was a heck of a beating we took there. Bangladesh have come on massively. But we can bounce back and I still predict 2-1 if Stirling can fire, Rankin finds his range (which he was doing) and we get Dockrell in. Fielding one spinner last night wasn't a great move. Good to see Porterfield starting off in the right spirit though. Worryingly, our fielding wasn't great. And it normally is.

  • n.kamal on July 19, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    well done Bangladesh.... we have that strength and guts to face any nation any time. we can defeat any team. go ahead.

  • Shamim_araf on July 19, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    @hulk777- Are you a joker!!??how funny u are!

  • Legend_of_All_Times on July 19, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    With the Tremendous Bowling Performance in his Debutante T20 Match, Elias Sunny has put his name in the Record Book of T20 History. His 5/13 figure in the Match is now the 3rd Best Bowling Figure in T20 History. See: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283973.html And This is the Best Bowling Record for any Bowler in T20 Format for his Debutante Match. I Think this Particular Record of Elias Sunny will remain Unbreakable Forever in the History of T20.

  • Raiyan24r on July 19, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    superb comment from rocket_man.totally agree with u

  • nsn26 on July 19, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    IT IS TOO HARD TO FIND THOSE CRITICIZERS WHEN THERE IS A WIN FOR BANGLADESH..!!! XD XD

  • on July 19, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    love it.....................................................bd played coool

  • nsn26 on July 19, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    WHERE R THOSE INDIANS NOW WHO DOUBT ON BANGLADESH AGAINST IRELAND??? :D :D NOW, I DOUBT ON INDIA IF THEY CAN MANAGE A SINGLE T20 WIN AGAINST IRELAND!! :P :P

  • SJ.Jannat on July 19, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Bangladesh played excellent cricket, batting order was just perfect, bringing Shakib out in 3 and Ziaur at 7 was just the best part, Shakib, Lalla, Sunny did an excellent job in Bowling. Pybus is turning out to be a very good understanding coach for Bangladesh. If they perform like this, T20 WC is not impossible.... Well played Tigers.

  • Jawwad123 on July 19, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Did anyone watch the match live on TV? I searched for 2hrs but no channel televised it. If any1 watched it could you tell me the name of the channel- PLEASE!!!

  • TrickDaddy on July 19, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Where are the Irish fans now????? Quick to say we want test status when they pull off a win every now and then...

  • Love_cricket123 on July 19, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    dont care about the haters !! i love my tigers :D

  • on July 19, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    I think,Bangladesh can exploit the hard-hitting capability of Ziaur Rahman in one day as he can enter easily in the vacant opening position.Tamim-Zia duo can be a wonderful pair that may unload some pressure from Tamim too.

  • moinul_kabir on July 19, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    Congratulation to Sanny, Shakib, Tamim, Zia....... CONGRATULATION TO ALL TIGERS....!!!

  • on July 19, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Plz keep retaining Mohd.Ashraful..He will be the trump card in Sri Lanka.

  • anver777 on July 19, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Well bowled Sunny !!! taking 5 wkts in a T20 game is some effort !!!!

  • on July 19, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    i told you guys before and telling it again if Ireland could win a single match with this balanced BD team it would be a big upset. This team deserves to play final in upcoming world cup t2o finals

  • Kaihan on July 19, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Ashraful should bowl in spinning condition, he has the ability to take wk and he did it in BPL.

  • Fazle_Rabbee on July 19, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Pybus got it right this time. He moved the best batsmen (in fact the best all-rounder) to the top and the decision got paid. A superb and entertaining knock from Shakib at the top and late brutality from Zia helped Bangladesh to build a huge score. After that Sunny showed what he is capable of to the Irish. Bangladesh 1- Ireland 0. Keep it up Tigers.

  • on July 19, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    This will boost up Bangladeshi's confidence ahead of T20 World Cup. Keep it up guys !

  • BangCricFan on July 19, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Ireland is a very good team and they can beat anyteam at their day specially in T20. I hope tigers will win the series comfortably. If we can win all 5 matches in tis tour, I hope we will be able to shut the mouth of harsh BD criticizers. This is very sad that Ireland could not arrange TV broadcasting. We miss watching the game.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on July 19, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Great post r0ketman. Where are the haters? Bangladesh still have unfinished business. BD played well today with Shakib performing as always and also with Elias and Ziaur makng a statement. Dont underestimate the Irish now. Just continue to play good cricket.

  • on July 19, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Best of luck Bd tigers................

  • on July 19, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Gr8 win for Bng. Irish cricketers are greatly benefited from its neighbor (England) as majority play county cricket there. Unfortunately, we don't receive such privilege from our neighbor. Otherwise, we could have improved more over the years. But if they are struggling against spin at home ground, how they will handle spin on turning tracks……I wonder. Also good to see we are not depending on Tamim-Shakib only.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 19, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    all BD fans, series is still ON.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on July 19, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Few fans especially from India & Europe had said Irish would definitely whitewash BD. But where r those fans now? Actually IRE is a very good associate but they r still too weak against spin. Irish have played more T20I than BD. Most of them were against Afg, Can & other weak sides. So they still r not able to cope with BD side despite BD have played less T20I matches then IRE. They must play more games against BD, NZ, WI, ZIM.

  • on July 19, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    It was tiger show in the cricket world, come to enjoy at Cox'sbazar

  • Meety on July 19, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    @r0ketman - LOL! Well played sir! @rakibulhassan - I would go with farhad Reza as the 2nd "seamer". I think in the T20 W/Cup, his lack of pace will be hard to get away on some surfaces. The other advantage is he is a useful low order batsmen & given that it is rare for 2 Banga seamers to bowl there allocated overs well, it wouldn't matter much if he only bowled 1 or 2 overs. In other words, better than having a specialist seamer who gets carted, only bowls 2 or 3 overs & is a lame duck @ #10 or #11. @Jason Spray - nobody is saying Shakib is the "greatest player ever", he is ranked by the ICC as the CURRENT best allrounder in ODIs & Tests!

  • TrickDaddy on July 19, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh for hammering this amerteurs for everyone!!! How do u claim to want test status when u don't even have a FC system! Having 15 players to choose a team from is not enough to play tests Ireland. And then it rains all the time what a waste of time it would be please ICC do not grant them test status it would be a complete waste of time..

  • on July 19, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    i will be pleasantly surprised if ireland makes any sort of genuine effort to win the remaining games..coz the way they performed today..pathetic...and the irish cricket board is a failure..how can they organize an international game without any tv broadcasters...also..india might want to take a lesson or two from bangladesh..on how to win in the british isles..;)

  • Rafelgibt on July 19, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Sabash Bangladesh............Thats way to go.......But still 2 more matches to go;plz dont be over complaisant......We must register a clinical whitewash.....@Ashik Imran on (July 19 2012, 02:58 AM GMT) brother i'm little bit oppose with your thoughts.....Whats the benefit of having so much teams???Its not a 90 mins football (USA still struggling to have any impact on world football) that any where you can organize.......You must need money, infrastructure, skilled people to run the operations and most important thing 'unbelievable crazy cricket loving people' whose support gonna help you to do well..........I guess no associate teams have those points right now.......So, still it would be ELITE team game.............

  • belashkumershaha on July 19, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    yaaah! Go Bangladesh Go!You are real tiger..

  • Mazir on July 19, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Bangladesh played with their potential yesterday :)...Hope they hold this form throughout the euro tour. The only flaw with em is playing Abul Hasan, he is very expensive...was even in the Zimbabwe sereis...Nazmul hossian is a good choice instead of him.

    I don't even support Ash in opening...a lot of genuine openers are in the team..so why we go for a makeshift opener who play almost run-a-ball innings in every T-20?

    Zia should come in number 4

    Irish players can not play with their potential Yesterday..but who knows what gonna happen in the next match..

    Sylhet for life

    Mazir signing out

  • on July 19, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    We have just found out our new Mohammed Rafique one of the best left arm spinner in history.

  • TheBlackMonk on July 19, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Well played, but I want Nazmul on for Hasan, he has been given enough chance but wasn't really impressive. Nazmul will be effective as he's slow medium pacer and bowls comparatively in better line. And Tamim seriously need to think otherwise, I know he has changed his style and became more mature which is very good but this is T20, foolishness is expected like I'm not concerned playing Ashraful in this format of game, so Tamim "think"!

  • Breaking_Point on July 19, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Yeah!! ...before the series people were like laughing at BD saying Ire will whitewash/win 2-1 etc....but BD is just becoming better & more professional..the players mindset has changed!!it's not about only Shakib & Tamim these days,after the Asia cup,it's a complete team effort! ZIA u ctg beauty!!he,in the domestic,scored many 6's (he got a 6 hitter specialist tag ) & is doing the same at the international level!..beware world BD has found a pinch hitter at the end!! & Shakib-->words r not enough to praise!pure class!the form is still there...SUNNY IS SHINNIG REALLY WELL....5 WKTS ON T20 DEBUT!!!5(6) WKTS ON TEST DEBUT!! BD has the best left arm spinning line up at the moment...& Ireland will have to wait more...it's really dissapointing that they (Cricket Ireland) failed to find a Broadcaster for t20's!!! Where's the extra ICC MONEY for the series??

  • Htc-Android on July 19, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    i like this bangladhesh t20 team. they should keep the same team for odis(with the same batting order) as well. they can give few more chances to ashraful as an opener since imrul kayes is too slow.

  • satish619chandar on July 19, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Great game for BD.. Elias Sunny looks a bit different leftie spinner.. Very good and crafty bowler.. To watch out in future.. Expected a better fight from Ireland.. Its not over yet though..

  • on July 19, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    I am Bangladeshi......... I really think, Ireland, Afghanistan, Scotland, are good teams, we had another good team in form of Kenya..... Kenya never got the scope to play more and they are not doing well...... i think ICC should do many more things to globalize cricket........ Cricket should not be only for a limited number of teams........ it is actually a shame..... i think with the rise of t-20 we will get 50 more teams within next 20 years............ USA, Namibia, Netherlands, Canada, Nepal, Kenya, will be upcoming t-20 powers in the game.. i personally think t-20 is the beginning of rising of the remaining world...... it will be really good to see a world t-20 final between USA and Nepal .......... that will be real globalization.I think Ireland will do good in the last 2 matches........ They beat us previously.they will give good fight that's for sure........ but they must know how to deal spinners, though ICC made some interesting rule in ODI by new balls... good for pacers..

  • crazy.for.cricket on July 19, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    A great win for the BD tigers....but people would like to see the irish give a little more fight and play better....then it will be a very exciting series...Bangladesh were superior in every department...In batting Ziaur rahman hit 5 sixes....a lot was expected of him after his under-achieved performance in Zimbabwe...Both Elias sunny and razzak showed their capability and exposed Irish batsmen's weakness against Spin bowling...Shakib was good as always....hoping that there would be more victories like this in the near future....:D :D

  • on July 19, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    well done bd tigers! keep doing the good job and place yourselves in the Twenty20 ranking table..certainly bd is better than irish..all the best for the rest of the matches..

  • Shafin1987 on July 19, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    Well done BD............professional cricket from them..........hope they will enter the T20 ranking soon.......love to c them in the ranking............and good luck Ireland..........they r very good side........from a BD fan.

  • on July 19, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    nothing to cheeron early but carry on the good work

  • r0ketman on July 19, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    I am trying to locate the fans who posted the following in Cricinfo a few weeks ago: "Posted by Lord_Dravid on (June 02 2012, 23:00 PM GMT) ireland will obviously win the series if not whitewash bangladesh.." "Posted by legaleagle on (June 02 2012, 23:57 PM GMT)Bangladesh is playing their true level team- I still think they lose this series. They should play more cricket with Associate teams. This is good for Bangladesh cricket and for cricket in general." "Posted by Bruisers on (June 03 2012, 21:41 PM GMT) Bangla have a 50-50 chance of winning just because its T20s. Had it been ODIs or 4-day, they would have got another whitewash by a 'substandard' team. LOL. Watch out for Paul Stirling. He is already better than so-called stars like Tamim Iqbal." Well who is LOL now? We watched Paul Stirling scoring at an amazing strike rate of 50, scoring a whopping 4 runs vs the "so called" star Tamim Iqbal who scored a run a ball 31! Where are these fans now? Why is this board so quiet?:-)

  • on July 19, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Wel done Bangladesh, very good cricket

  • Meety on July 19, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh. I felt it was a damning indictment on the FTP - that Bangladesh didn't have a ranking. Good to see Bangladesh play closer to their potential - as usually this is the stage for Bangladesh to fluff their lines & fail (when expected to win). I expect Ireland will be better with Dockrell as he seems to be on a par with the Bangladesh spinners.

  • on July 19, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    That is just good start from BD. Sunny & Zia today performing well. This is debut match for them. You can't imagine that many new face waiting to enter BD nation team. We are no minor. I want to see Mushfiiq & Mahmudullah performance next match. Now we are not depending on Tamim & Sakib. There are many stars in the team and different day deferent star click which gives us proud. Go ahead tiger, we are expecting same result next game.

  • on July 19, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    this is wt we r capable of even in otherz soil ...

  • on July 19, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    Congrats Tigers..........keep it up........

  • on July 19, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Really?? I thought BD was gonna get thrashed by a STrong Irish Team !!!! Where Is lOrd _Dravid by The way?????

  • on July 19, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    lets be serious am not a bangalesh fan but they are way more talented than given credit for but bangalesh fans humble yourselves, stop saying shakib is the greatest player ever, stop saying that you are better than india which we all no is not true just look at the rankings and last but not least accept that your side needs improving and stop comparing yourselves to better teams

  • on July 19, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    Its absolutely appalling how Ireland was asking ICC to consider them the test status whereas they couldnt even manage a single tv station to broadcast a t20 game and thats a clear indication that people in Ireland couldn't care less about this beautiful game cricket.

    Whether they are worthy enough to deserve the test status based on performance is a different argument but one has to wonder if there are no audience for this sports what is the point in giving a nation the elite status?

    Many people are blaming BD Channels, how they could have broadcast this match but frankly speaking it really was the Irish cricket boards' job since they are the host! I really wish we could have watch this match and the following matches too. Since BD teams arent playing as many games as other teams are playing anyway and we are missing out from watching these matches too!! Very sad!

  • hasib9 on July 19, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    And this is how we answer our critics... ohh yeah

  • on July 19, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    VERY CLINICAL PER4MNCE BY BD TEAM THEY R GOING UP

  • on July 19, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    Bangladesh played well.. they are the rising star in world t20. hope the will do well in t20 world cup

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on July 19, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    Good report. Good to see some recognition

  • on July 19, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    I knew Bangladesh would win. What improved is not there skill but there ability to effectively make use of teamwork. Have you seen this scorecard almost everyone contributed and did there jobs perfectly. A good start, a steady 3-4 over middle and and explosive end while still having quite a few wickets on hand.

  • on July 19, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    Congratulations Tigers for your such brilliant performance.

  • on July 19, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    A team that did beat WI, SA, Zimbabwe in the last 6 months and have more wins than loses in T20 during that time period, they do deserve the #9 spot at the least. Unless, Dockrell can cause a significant havoc or Bangladesh deep batting lineup self destructs, it wont get any easier for Ireland unless they figure out how to play a team that has 5 spinners, including Asraful who has a good record in taking wickets, in the mix. Ireland has to step up and not rely on their pacers only because Bangladesh did beat a full WI team in T20 couple times and recently beat South Africa.

  • on July 19, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    Congrats to Bangladesh for the epic over all performance and much credits goes to Elias and Ziaur .

  • Shajadul on July 19, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    Hope to see BD wins this series 3-0. BD needs to keep up their good work and motivate themselves for ranking....

  • on July 19, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    Wow what a performance by tigers

  • on July 19, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    Many people had confusion about BD against Ireland. But now they have showed their show.good luck BD. keep it up.

  • FOTO on July 19, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    1 down now 4 more to go...

  • on July 19, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    Where the BD haters now.time to talk....

  • Mazir on July 18, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    Nice victory by Bangladesh !! Hope itz gonna end the stupid debate :""Ireland is better than Bangladesh"" actually as a test nation, no other associate countries should not be compared with Bangladesh.

    Sylhet for life :)

  • rakibulhassan on July 18, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh. It is a clinical performance apart from Abul Hasan. Should think about the second seamer that might be costly in the world cup in Sri Lanka.

  • hulk777 on July 18, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Unbelievable win by the underdogs!

  • on July 18, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    Its only a matter of time Shakib the BEST ALL-ROUNDER IN THE WORLD becomes Number 1 in T20s and for the first time hold Number 1 All-Rounder ranking in T20, ODI and Test especially by a 'minnow' his quick 50 with strike rate 170 in AWAY conditions speaks for itself but I just hope Shakib does not play IPL for County Cricket ;)

  • on July 18, 2012, 23:29 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.

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  • on July 18, 2012, 23:29 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.

  • on July 18, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    Its only a matter of time Shakib the BEST ALL-ROUNDER IN THE WORLD becomes Number 1 in T20s and for the first time hold Number 1 All-Rounder ranking in T20, ODI and Test especially by a 'minnow' his quick 50 with strike rate 170 in AWAY conditions speaks for itself but I just hope Shakib does not play IPL for County Cricket ;)

  • hulk777 on July 18, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Unbelievable win by the underdogs!

  • rakibulhassan on July 18, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh. It is a clinical performance apart from Abul Hasan. Should think about the second seamer that might be costly in the world cup in Sri Lanka.

  • Mazir on July 18, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    Nice victory by Bangladesh !! Hope itz gonna end the stupid debate :""Ireland is better than Bangladesh"" actually as a test nation, no other associate countries should not be compared with Bangladesh.

    Sylhet for life :)

  • on July 19, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    Where the BD haters now.time to talk....

  • FOTO on July 19, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    1 down now 4 more to go...

  • on July 19, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    Many people had confusion about BD against Ireland. But now they have showed their show.good luck BD. keep it up.

  • on July 19, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    Wow what a performance by tigers

  • Shajadul on July 19, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    Hope to see BD wins this series 3-0. BD needs to keep up their good work and motivate themselves for ranking....