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

Sunny's five gives Bangladesh bright start

Report by Ian Callender at Stormont

Bangladesh 190 for 5 (Shakib 57, Rahman 40*) beat Ireland 119 for 8 (Wilson 41*, Sunny 5-13)

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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  • Dummy4 on July 21, 2012, 12:43 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 21:23 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Javed 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.

  • Dummy4 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......

  • Amzad 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.

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

    Thank you very much, rafelgibt.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on July 20, 2012, 5:44 GMT is the link where u can watch the semi highlights.............

  • KH. RAFIQUE 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................

  • Joe 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.

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