Ireland v Bangladesh, T20 series, Stormont July 20, 2012

Mahmudullah strangles Ireland at the death

The Report by Ger Siggins at Stormont
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Bangladesh 146 for 6 (Nasir Hossain 50*) beat Ireland 145 for 6 (Joyce 41) by one run
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Having lost the first game of this three-match series by 71 runs on Wednesday, Ireland had a point to prove. But while the margin of defeat this time was the narrowest possible, their pain was considerably greater because they know they should have won this Twenty20 international and claimed the scalp of Bangladesh for the third time in five years.

While Bangladesh batsmen failed to produce the fireworks of 48 hours earlier, their spinners again strangled Ireland. Two near-perfect overs from the offspinner Mahmudullah proved the difference between two well-matched sides and gave Bangladesh an unassailable 2-0 lead.

Mixing his deliveries, he conceded just four singles in the 18th over, and kept up the pressure with ten needed off the final over. His first three balls cost two runs as Ed Joyce and Andrew Poynter struggled to get him away, and both then perished to catches on the long-on rope as they tried to find the boundaries Ireland now needed. A fuming Trent Johnston smacked a six off the final ball, as he had in the narrow defeat to England here three years ago but, as then, it wasn't enough.

Bangladesh again won the toss and batted, naming an unchanged side. Phil Simmons had to plan without Boyd Rankin - who strained a muscle - and opted to do without Niall O'Brien. George Dockrell and Andrew Poynter came into the team.

"Niall hasn't been hitting the ball well", Phil Simmons, Ireland's coach, said afterwards, "he needs to work on a few things. I also wanted to have another look at Andrew Poynter who earned his chance in the [World T20] qualifiers in Dubai when he batted very well in the final when we needed him."

Bangladesh found the going a bit tougher than in the first game, as Ireland's attack kept tighter lines. Tamim Iqbal continued his struggles in the shorter game with a nine-ball duck, hauling his average below 14. Mohammad Ashraful kept the order marshalled, making a solid 38 while Mushfiqur Rahim and Ziaur Rehman briefly threatened.

Johnston was his usual miserly self, claiming Tamim to a brilliant catch by Dockrell, over his shoulder running back. The bowling of Kevin O'Brien, who hadn't bowled on Wednesday, was a bonus. He kept it tight and also took the scalp of Mahmudullah in four overs that went for 23 but, oddly, Paul Stirling wasn't used. A fine maiden T20I half-century by Nasir Hossein, whose unbeaten 50 included four fours and two sixs, boosted the total to 146 for 6.

Bangladesh opted to open with spin, but William Porterfield and Paul Stirling were looking fluent when the captain was run out for 14. Stirling went soon after for 26, which meant Ireland the innings lost its best chance to explode.

Joyce and Gary Wilson recovered well, putting on 55 in 7.4 overs, before a rush of blood saw Wilson stumped off Elias Sunny. Joyce, a brilliant judge of a run, battled on and kept the total moving but he hit only boundary in his 44-ball 41, and Andrew Poynter also struggled to hit the mostly spin attack.

Simmons was positive, and acknowledged his team had greatly improved their performance. "That was a lot better, we were on top for 80% of the game, but we lost it in the last overs of each innings," he said. "We conceded too many and then Mahmudullah and Shakib showed us how to put pressure on."

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  • POSTED BY MasudRUETeee091040 on | July 22, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Well done by Mahmudullah.Congratulation to you.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    verry soon we will be on the top of the chart....where is maddy20? i m looking for him

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Congrats Bangladesh Tigers

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    GUYS...Remember one thing.... if Ireland plays with other 8 test nation country like India,Westindies,England... they will surely win at least 1 game or even 2 games... they r very good in t20 format ... IN da last ODI world cup Ireland lost against Bangladesh but in the next match they chased 329 runs against England ... they won the match in 48th Over... Guys pls agree that Bangladesh is playing superbly... Its not like this that they r playing with the associated countries... Bangladesh played only 6 games in last 3 years... they beat WI & SA also... now they beat Ireland consistently ... they won 5 games in their last 8 games they played...thats y they r in 6th Position in T20 ranking.. so i don't think that was a surprising decision.. but in fact they were not in the Top 15 list due to their insufficient match playing before this series.. that was a surprising decision.. thanks....

  • POSTED BY TheReverseDoosra_K on | July 21, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    @Third_Gear - If they get more matches, eventually they will. Also, forgot to mention AFG with Bermuda and Nepal.

  • POSTED BY Mazir on | July 21, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    I also support Ireland's claim for the test status. They have some solid batsmen who hold good first class records..But there is no point of telling Bangladesh and Ireland in same level. In pace friendly Irish condition the difference may be bit little but in sub continent, Bangladesh is way better team than Ireland.

    So Indian people stop comparing Bangladesh with Ireland. If you people truly believe Ireland is much better team than BD than go...take an Ireland XI in your champions league, support them in a true way to gain their test status, Tell ur BCCI to donate a portion of their yearly income to ""poor"" Irish board etc etc

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Though BD played well but I feel Ireland can match with the test sides like Bangladesh, Zim, Newzealand and India. Therefore ICC should consider them to be the next test playing nation and help them to develop their cricket infrastructure.

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | July 21, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    @bored I Am: Sunny did run through WI line up in a test match last year, so no reason to hold your comments. He is the only player to win MOM on debut in 2 different formats. Now you know the rest of the story, can we hear your expert opinion?:-)

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | July 21, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    This is really funny!! Someone is still claiming IRE and BD are evenly matched, and the reasoning given was IRE played bad the 1st game, and had a run out in the second game. I am guessing the underlying point is IRE would have won these matches, had they 1. "Not played bad" in the 1st match (Nice excuse, does it mean IRE is not responsible for this loss?), 2. Not had a run out early in the 2nd match (another excuse, it was not a disputed run out, it was a suicidal run, which means IRE is responsible)!!! Ireland won only 2 ODIs against BD out 7 (28% success rate), and won 1 out of 3 T20 (33% success rate). IRE land won 3 matches out of total 10 played (ODI and T20) combined for a 30% success rate. How does this ever equate to "Evenly matched"?? If there is a logical reasoning here that I am missing, please someone enlighten me!:-)

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | July 21, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    @bored_iam: not sure I understand the logic behind your argument. Shakib scored 57 in the first game, BD won by 71!! The margin would have been much larger if BD pressed on to get the last 2 wickets instead of giving practice runs to their expensive pace bowlers. Shakib did not take a single wicket in the 1st match. Had Shakib not played the match (hypothetically), BD still would have won the match by at least 14 runs. In the second match Shakib performed poorly with both bat and ball, yet BD won. Don't let the 1 run margin fool you, 8 runs needed to win in the last ball is not a close match, it is a match that is not winnable. The last ball six is pointless. the match was won before the last ball was bowled. So BD won, on foreign soil, against the strongest associate team, 2 matches where Shakib was not part of the winning equation. The 1st match was won by Elias Sunny, the second won won by Nasir, which is evident from the MOM awards. Your argument is not valid.

  • POSTED BY MasudRUETeee091040 on | July 22, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Well done by Mahmudullah.Congratulation to you.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    verry soon we will be on the top of the chart....where is maddy20? i m looking for him

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Congrats Bangladesh Tigers

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    GUYS...Remember one thing.... if Ireland plays with other 8 test nation country like India,Westindies,England... they will surely win at least 1 game or even 2 games... they r very good in t20 format ... IN da last ODI world cup Ireland lost against Bangladesh but in the next match they chased 329 runs against England ... they won the match in 48th Over... Guys pls agree that Bangladesh is playing superbly... Its not like this that they r playing with the associated countries... Bangladesh played only 6 games in last 3 years... they beat WI & SA also... now they beat Ireland consistently ... they won 5 games in their last 8 games they played...thats y they r in 6th Position in T20 ranking.. so i don't think that was a surprising decision.. but in fact they were not in the Top 15 list due to their insufficient match playing before this series.. that was a surprising decision.. thanks....

  • POSTED BY TheReverseDoosra_K on | July 21, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    @Third_Gear - If they get more matches, eventually they will. Also, forgot to mention AFG with Bermuda and Nepal.

  • POSTED BY Mazir on | July 21, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    I also support Ireland's claim for the test status. They have some solid batsmen who hold good first class records..But there is no point of telling Bangladesh and Ireland in same level. In pace friendly Irish condition the difference may be bit little but in sub continent, Bangladesh is way better team than Ireland.

    So Indian people stop comparing Bangladesh with Ireland. If you people truly believe Ireland is much better team than BD than go...take an Ireland XI in your champions league, support them in a true way to gain their test status, Tell ur BCCI to donate a portion of their yearly income to ""poor"" Irish board etc etc

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Though BD played well but I feel Ireland can match with the test sides like Bangladesh, Zim, Newzealand and India. Therefore ICC should consider them to be the next test playing nation and help them to develop their cricket infrastructure.

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | July 21, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    @bored I Am: Sunny did run through WI line up in a test match last year, so no reason to hold your comments. He is the only player to win MOM on debut in 2 different formats. Now you know the rest of the story, can we hear your expert opinion?:-)

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | July 21, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    This is really funny!! Someone is still claiming IRE and BD are evenly matched, and the reasoning given was IRE played bad the 1st game, and had a run out in the second game. I am guessing the underlying point is IRE would have won these matches, had they 1. "Not played bad" in the 1st match (Nice excuse, does it mean IRE is not responsible for this loss?), 2. Not had a run out early in the 2nd match (another excuse, it was not a disputed run out, it was a suicidal run, which means IRE is responsible)!!! Ireland won only 2 ODIs against BD out 7 (28% success rate), and won 1 out of 3 T20 (33% success rate). IRE land won 3 matches out of total 10 played (ODI and T20) combined for a 30% success rate. How does this ever equate to "Evenly matched"?? If there is a logical reasoning here that I am missing, please someone enlighten me!:-)

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | July 21, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    @bored_iam: not sure I understand the logic behind your argument. Shakib scored 57 in the first game, BD won by 71!! The margin would have been much larger if BD pressed on to get the last 2 wickets instead of giving practice runs to their expensive pace bowlers. Shakib did not take a single wicket in the 1st match. Had Shakib not played the match (hypothetically), BD still would have won the match by at least 14 runs. In the second match Shakib performed poorly with both bat and ball, yet BD won. Don't let the 1 run margin fool you, 8 runs needed to win in the last ball is not a close match, it is a match that is not winnable. The last ball six is pointless. the match was won before the last ball was bowled. So BD won, on foreign soil, against the strongest associate team, 2 matches where Shakib was not part of the winning equation. The 1st match was won by Elias Sunny, the second won won by Nasir, which is evident from the MOM awards. Your argument is not valid.

  • POSTED BY bored_iam on | July 21, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain: I reiterate, minus Shakib, BD is not a great team. He was brilliant with bat the 1st game, they won comprehensively. He struggled yesterday and they struggled. And despite whatever u mite say, yesterday they had a the rub-of-the-green going their way. Come the WorldT20, BD will see its true standing. They still remain a largely 1(+1 if u count Tamim playing to full potential) man team. Comments on Sunny reserved till he plays a better team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    What was so pleasing about this particular win was that Bangladesh won it without really playing well and were able to defend a low score.This game has proved many positive character of this present team which was lacking before...1.They handle pressure well and create pressure for the opposition...2.Tactically they are more aware by opening with a spinner and caught Ireland of guard...3.They are observing opposition batsmen by bowling and fielding to their weaknesses...4.They seem to have more of a backbone to their game these days...The Bangladeshi middle order seems to be lot stronger therefore giving the team plenty of options in batting and bowling when things don't go to plan.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    .@..Ahmed Hussain "Dude, you're right about Ireland being far superior to what Bangladesh were when they got Test status but Bangladesh are now the same level as Ireland? I think that's the funniest joke I've heard in a long while"

    We'll see. Un the first game Ireland played well below their capabilities, and in the second they lost due to a run out early on. If Bangladesh win the third, I'll change my view and give them credit where it's due. If Ireland win I'll stick to my view that the teams are evenly matched.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    @cricket_expart...mayb u forgot that, winners make their own luck !!! As my view we should add Nazmul or Shafiul instead of Abul. He is very young and need time to adjust with top level. Also we have to think about Tamim, mayb he is not comfort in 20 over format. We can try Junaid instead of Tamim.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    people should understand that Tamim was not in his normal form..he was sick and still i think he is not 100 percent fit ...may be playing because he is crucial... who say he is not a T20 player? he can smash any bowler just need time to get back his form.. First watch cricket properly then comment...

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi and I sincerely support Ireland's claim for the test status. They are a good developing team which need more assistance. If they are not given the required support, they can't improve. Having said these, it is also important to mention that there is no necessity of belittling BD's efforts in order to support Ireland's claim for the test status. BD is definitely a way better team than Ireland. People from a specific country only deny this and these people don't deserve a real cricket fan's attention. PERIOD.

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | July 21, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    This is a very Good sign that now BD has different players to perform on different matches. In the first match it was Sunny,Shakib and then Mahmudulllah,Nasir. I can see a SHINY future in these boys. As they have proved already by beating well balanced IRISH team which I believe a better team than INDIA who are ranked 8th in T20Is.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    this is the third time i am telling bd will win this series by 3-0. Ireland will not be able to secure a win from this balanced bd team. Ireland deserve a test status only if they could improve the infrastructure like couple of world class ground, sponsors, broadcasting to the game, bla bla bla if Irish cricket board dosnt have the money to do so at the associate level they should not only depend to the ICC need the government supports as well. i dont think Irish government are too poor to build a cricket ground. when they will secure a test status money will flow itself and they dont have to worrying abt it anymore. right now they are not at the possession to get the status because of lack of infrastructure with the performance they are enough. Good Luck to Cricket Ireland....Fan from BD

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    @ Graemo Ov Trablus...Dude, you're right about Ireland being far superior to what Bangladesh were when they got Test status but Bangladesh are now the same level as Ireland? I think that's the funniest joke I've heard in a long while. Yesterday, Bangladesh simply didn't play well enough and just made silly mistakes in their batting but their bowling was fine and unless you haven't seen the first match of the two sides which resulted in a clear mismatch, shows exactly how strong Bangladesh are compared to Ireland infact in both ODIs and now T20s, Bangladesh have a better head to record against Ireland so how can Bangladesh be on the same level as Ireland? Also those wins came AWAY so I doubt Ireland will compete at Bangladesh's home turf.

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | July 21, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    TheReverseDoosra_K @ First of all let the IRISH to be able to simply broadcast a tournament and we can discuss other point of being a test nation later on.

  • POSTED BY India_baal on | July 21, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    I think Imrul Kayes is on of the classy batsman and pacers needs to come good. Abul Hasan need to be with the team for growing in confidence but not in the 11. Shafiul should play since he is with the team for a long time. keeping ash in the team is putting pressure in team because though he did runs but he never played for the team. Every time he was try to make sure his next match. Ash should be out of best 100 team also because of his selfishness.

  • POSTED BY siponus2007 on | July 21, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    so bangladesh is now number 6 team in world t20 ranking , so they are better than india west indies and newzealand , i dont really care about the ranking but all i could say is any team in the world will have hard time to beat bangladesh in odi and t20 nd test match will be drawn ,so be careful this is dominant new bangladesh

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Why people are still talking against Ash I really can't understand. Last Zim Tour and this Ireland series so far, he is the most consistent performer with bat so far. Even in T20 hitting the ball is always required. Depending on condition, 130 could be a winning total (see last Sri Lanka-Pakistan T20 games). Still I believe Ash is one of the most talented players Bangladesh has, and a consistent Ash along with inform Tamim would be a devastating opening pair.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    I've had to reassess Bangladesh, I thought they were much weaker than Ireland, but they are actually about the same level.

    Ireland don't seem, unfortunately, to be peaking close to the world cup. They are a batsman light, because N. O'Brien is having a terrible run of form, and Stirling is a great player who has unfortunately cost two crucial runouts in the last two games. Without running out Porterfield in the first one, Ire had a chance. Without running himself out yesterday, Ireland would have walked it.

    Hopefully we'll see Murtagh in the next match.

    But those on here who believe in the effortless superiority of Bangladesh are clearly wrong. In T20 you can't base too much on one result, and yesterday the game was as near a draw as possible. And Ireland now are far superior to what Bangladesh were when they got test status.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Aleckto (Alex Hose) - lol Yes you do actually make a vital point that Bangladesh should be 8th in the rankings instead of 6th but if you look carefully at the rankings, the positions from 5 to 9 are only separated by 4 POINTS which is not at all a big number and don't forget Bangladesh have nowhere near played enough T20 games as compared to the likes of New Zealand, Pakistan, Australia even Ireland etc plus Bangladesh have beaten West Indies not once by twice so you can understand why Bangladesh are ranked high in that format but the World T20 for sure will say where each team really lies so we just have to wait till then.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    That's why I always say Ireland deserve full membership status because they're finding associate level far too easy infact they're doing much better than what Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and yes Bangladesh did when they first started but they need to show to the ICC they they are seriously committed because all sports today are business. Also in the next three games, there's no need to use Abul Hasan and instead and extra batsman should be used i.e. Jahurul because Rahman is a pretty good medium pacer himself and that way Bangladesh can score an extra 20 runs or so without having to panic. Just where are Lord_Dravid, Legaleagle, Bruisers, bored_iam etc etc? LOOL!!!!!! The fact is Bangladesh are an improved and emerging side they will of course still lose games and still nowhere near Pakistan, India, South Africa, England or Australia but Bangladesh are showing commitments facts are facts :)

  • POSTED BY TheReverseDoosra_K on | July 21, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    @Bangla.Tiger - Okay, Bangladesh is a better team than Ireland at the moment. Ireland deserve test status because they have done much more than what Bangladesh did when they were given test status. Talk about popularity then there is only Bermuda and Nepal in which cricket is very popular which means according to your theory only these teams should get test status when they do well. Fan support takes time to build in countries where sports like Football and Rugby are already popular. Regarding the stadium, a new stadium is being built in Malhilde. Regarding broadcasting when the T20 official tri-series was broadcasted only because of Bangladesh then why do you not blame Zimbabwe also. The Irish board does not have money. I personlly, think Ireland team is much more suited to the longer formats of the game. Anyways, the Irish team will still benefit in the long run from this series even though they lost this one.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Great to see Bangladesh win this close game and clinch the series

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Interesting Game

    Win in Bangladesh for Specially thanks Mahmudullah and Nasir Hossain.

    Best of luck Bangladesh.....

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    We should concern about Asraful and Tamim batting ... specially about SR. They should remember that this is not a Test or One Day match. This is T20.

    I think we can also try Junayed ... Because if he can play 20 -25 balls ... he will give minimum 35 run for the team ....

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Stupid decision to put Poynter, who can't even hold a bat- in for Niall.

  • POSTED BY SJ.Jannat on | July 21, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    I am so proud of my team now! MAN! even after the conditions being so different than the last match they pulled themselves up.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Bangladesh, Sril Lanka, Zimbabwe and even India were at the same position where Ireland is now. Ireland wanting to play test should be welcomed as a cricket lover. Given the regular matches, they will improve for sure. The feeling which I have for Ireland now, was there for Bangladesh few years ago! I wanted BD to succeed. Now, they are looking to threaten big boys. Hope, Ireland also start doing this more regularly....

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Congrats Tigers. Keep up the momentum. Defending a low score shows maturity of a team. Defense always win critical games my friend. Looks like tigers got a good defense this time.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Believe it or not!!! Nasir hosain is the Broadman of T20 cricket!!! He has a unbelievable T20 average of 111!!! So without any doubt he is the best batsman of T20 right now. The Whole world should know this.

  • POSTED BY Dunwall on | July 21, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    @Bangla.tiger. Very well said indeed. I think you pointed out the reasons why ICC won't give Ireland test status in the near future.

  • POSTED BY CricketFan365 on | July 21, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    @meety Farhad Reza was given plenty chances, but he couldn't prove himself. He is neither a good bowler nor a good batsman. Mashrafe is the best fast bowler of BD; if he gets hammered, other faster bowlers will also get the same treatment. Irish play faster bowlers with ease. I'd take another solid batsman/spinner instead of Abul Hasan for the last match.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    It's an open forum to discuss or postmortem the match for greater interest of cricket and it's supporters throughout the world. We should restrict our discussion within permissible limit without hurting anybody's feelings. Every team is supported by his own country. Besides, they have supporters beyond border perimeter also. Supporters may become frenzied, may break into tears with joy or sorrow which means they are pushed by emotions also. Emotion is alright but no HATRED PLEASE. FUMES OF HATRED WILL POLLUTE THIS FORUM AND THE VERY IDEA OF STARTING IT WILL FAIL MISERABLY. IF NO SYMPATHY CAN BE SHOWN TO THE DEFEATED TEAM, IF YOU HAVE NO WORDS FOR THEM, IT'S OK- BUT NO CRITICISM OR HATRED PLEASE. BUT YOU CAN PUT YOUR SUGGESTIONS WITHOUT RESERVATIONS. CRITICISM SHOULD BE TAKEN UP BY THE HOME MANAGEMENT ONLY.

  • POSTED BY DecisionPending_BD on | July 21, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    After a not enough score on the board, it was hard to expect win in Belfast. But surprisingly Riad gave only 2 runs in first 5 balls with two wickets. It was excellent! I would just say Ireland played very good in this match. They packed top order cheaply. Nasir was the man to accelerate the scoreboard. They also started very well. Credit goes to Ban spinners. Hope today's will be also an interesting one.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    MD asraful should to hit aggresively for making more attractive T 20 nature.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    I already read lot of discussion about the yesterday's match so i don't want to put anything extra. Just best of luck for the today's game...hopefully we r going to see any hurt beating match....

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Boy that was close.....it was a bit pressure cooker match,,,next mathch would be like the first one....true that...lo!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Only the GOOD Teams win the Close Matches. BD ROCKS.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    @Mehrab Hossain- bro do show some respect to the other teams. Ireland, by no means, are "talentless". Paul Stirling is shaping up to be the next biggest thing in the associate nations after Tendo. That being said, as a Bangladeshi fan, i am truly delighted to see Bangladesh post back to back wins against Ireland in their conditions. Hope they win the last match as well!!!! And best of luck to the Irish as well; they are a really wonderful side to watch!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Bangla.tiger on | July 21, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    to ireland fan how to deserve you test sutus?

    1. you dont have much popularity about cricket in you own country.

    2. you dont have a good stadium. is this stadium where you are in playing against Bangladesh? here have no. gallery, no press box. only tent is there. you dont have also a good dressing room for players.

    3. you cannt broadcast you match. your local sports channel also dont want to broadcasting your match. now they are broadcasting Ireland open golf tournament.

    4. you always compare with Bangladesh. do you know what is the possition of cricket in bangladesh?? bangladesh people totaly mad at cricket. if you see during Asia cup in Bangladesh. then you can rialize that. how much love for Criket of Bangladesh people. Its a big big asset for bangladesh. im sure you dont have this. so pls dont compare with bangladesh. I agree bangladesh was a very poor performence team. but, not now. you can see past couple of yeras performence of bangladesh team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Good win for Bd.Also nice played by irish.Both team best of luck for next game...

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | July 21, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    @Aleckto & Alex Hose: It's not BD's fault. ICC is not ensuring enough matches for bottom full members & top full members as well as bottom full members & top associates too.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    LOL some people amaze me at times..At first,they claimed that Ireland deserves the test status more than Bangladesh...They are much better than bangladesh and blah blah...And now when Bangladesh is beating 'em pretty much convincingly..they claims thatt this is unfair to give 'em points and the 6th spot in the world ranking!!Ahahahah!

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | July 21, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    Bravo to Irish side! They r very good side. Though they lost the series, they won the hearts of fans like BD won the hearts in Asia Cup Final. Ireland deserves Test status as their per4mance as an associate nation is far better than Associate SL in 70s, Zim in 80s & BD in 90s. Btw, BD's top order batting is horrible today like other tours but efficient middle orders did it again (thanx to Nasir Hossain). Where r the predictors (Lord_Dravid, Legalegale etc)?

  • POSTED BY Mazir on | July 21, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    The Tri series in Zimbabwe and now this Europe tour should be considered as developing the best XI for the T20 WC in September...But the XI consisting Abul Hasan,Ashraful in the opening is not the best I bet..

    Abul should be axed from the XI...he is too expensive. we have to give some times to this young kid(abul)..Nazmul Hossain Should take his place since he got more accurate line-lenth.

    Even we can play another spiner instead of playing two specialist pacemans...

    and Ashraful should come in 4/5 in the batting order...we have two genuine openers in the squad...Junayed and Jaharul..Junayed is more succesive even Tamim in the T20 format

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Go Tiger go tiger Congrats everyone!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    I think Bangladesh Captain should try more variations in the bowling when finding no breakthroughs. He never uses the bowling ability of Mohammad Ashraful & Ziaur Rahman, both of whom have a good bowling record in domestic cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    That's like it. Bangladesh are gradually entering into the elite teams of the world. The full white wash means we are also in a top position in the ICC T20 rankings. Go on TIGERS...

  • POSTED BY spo1 on | July 21, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Some pretty bold statements are being made. Yes, Bangladesh are improving and starting to win more games, but they are not yet so stable a team that one can say Bangladesh are much better than Ireland. Bangladesh played averagely until the last few overs in the match. Ireland at the same time, played much better than in the first T20. It was a close match and hats off to Mahmudullah, for his nerves of steel. In terms of rankings, it is strange that Bangladesh has been placed at no. 6 after two wins against an associate team (as good as they may be) and it is a ranking we probably shouldn't be bragging about quite yet. The ranking system sounds like it needs to be reviewed.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    I second Aleko and Alex's comments. Excellent and constructive criticism guys, cheers!

  • POSTED BY SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on | July 21, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    @Alex Hose - For ur Info Bangladesh have already beaten Westindies Last year in a T20I .........................

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    @Alex Hose-Bangladesh's name wasn't even present in the T-20 ranking before this series, whilst Canada, Kenya, Scotland, Afghanistan was in the ranking of 15 teams! Now please have some say about this if you think Bangladesh's 6th position is worth such criticism.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    we are looking forward to have a white wash.....then

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    alex and all other critics, you might be forgetting bd only played few games and among those games they have beaten WI twice and SF once in the t20 worldcup and now they are beating ireland in a row thats why they are at 6. please do not comment if you do not have much knowledge about the records of cricket. BD was not ranked before only because they did not play much matches. they had to play 8 matches to get ranked within the last three years what they fulfilled yesterday.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Well done tigers.Well done Mahmudullah & Nasir.BUT i have to say,what a breathtaking match that was.surely Ireland is one of the most interesting team in T20s.I think Now is The time, ICC should give Ireland TEST status.for betterment of Irish cricket Ireland need it NOW!

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | July 21, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    @alex Hose: I agree with you! The ranking system is misleading. However, I think the test ranking system is even more rubbish than the T20 ranking. How else can you explain a team that was the "so called" number 1 losing 8 matches in a row by huge margin (lowest margin out 8 matches being 122 runs, 4 out of the 8 defeats were by more than an inning!)? Which one do you think is a bigger lunacy: 1. A team ranked number 1 in tests loses 8 straight matches overseas (which means that the ranking was hugely inaccurate); vs 2. A team ranked 6th after beating associate nations. In the case of number 2, T20 format allows more unpredictable outcomes, an associate team has a much better chance of winning in this format against full members; hence the wins are weighed equally. That explains how IRE was sitting at number 9. I think number 1 scenario above is more ridiculously inaccurate.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Those who are comments anything about BD team all are matured & well knowledge, no doubt at all. I welcome all of you for support and reasonable criticism about BD team. Just try to say that BD yet strong team, but there are trying well and got result due to teamwork. BD are going to build a team still many spot are empty as comments by our coach Pybas. Our cricket history not too long around 15th years. Some test nation cricket history around 100 years. Once you compare to them, then you may justify, how much improve BD within these period. So comments positively inspire BD them.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    thats such a nice and awesome contest beetween few bangaldesi fan and irish, why dnt u guys write regularly at crictale(dot)com ??

    much easy and righway post your cricket articles...........

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    I am very happy that BD was won the last two matches!!! But being an hard-core BD fan also have to say that Ireland has improved greatly!!! They have some of the most talented players in cricket!!! That's a very posivite approach towards cricket for Ireland !!!.... But now the moment of truth.. gess what?? Bd toppled INDIA ( lol) in the ICC t20 rankings.. India being 8th and BD being 6th... ;)

  • POSTED BY Meety on | July 21, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    @Nightfox/arif29 - good comments, well said. I'd hate to see Banga fans acting like other fans, & bag Ireland just because they lost 2 games in a row (one by one run). I think it is quite clear that Bangladesh compared to Ireland have more depth in almost every facet of the game except pace bowling. That being said, I believe Ireland are better NOW, than when Bangladesh first achieved Test status. I think the mere fact Ireland have beaten Bangladesh in the last 5 yrs - suggests they are not far behind, particulalrly if they were to field Rankin & Morgan. I think Banga fans should be supportive of Ireland as Test status for Ireland (IMO) does not mean the exclusion of Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    win is win. loss is loss. Bangladesh played well & they won. best of luck Bangladesh...

  • POSTED BY Meety on | July 21, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    @Alex Hose - mate the fact is the T20 rankings are based on an EXTREMELY small sample size. The rankings won't mean much for another year or so. IF I was a Banga fan I would be excited about being ranked #6 as they often get bagged on this site. Rankings will always fluctuate in this format while ever it is limited to so few matches per year. There is probably a good arguement not to bother with them in this format. I wouldn't get too worked up matey!

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    What a thrilling win!!! Bravo guys... Carry on... Keep the winning spirit go on... And we are now in the ranking... Hoping to see our country in upper ranking positions... Congratulations...

  • POSTED BY Saif_I_Khan on | July 21, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    @Aleckto: Great comment. I think the top tier team will find incentive to play Bangladesh now as this would be the only way to keep Bangladeshi ranking in check. I love this ranking.....

  • POSTED BY TheBlackMonk on | July 21, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    @Natesan333: "burning....." @cricket_expart: I won't say it was "Luck", whoever clicked on the game were picked to play. This is what we lacked for many years when one or two always perform and when they perish, the others do! I think we are coming out of that "ghetto" and that's a very good sign. Apart from this, I'm really concerned of pacers, I thought they will rest Hasan today, at least pick Nazmul to try out the combination in the final match. And Tamim, for million times, please play your childish game in T20, we don't need a mature Tamim there, save it for Oneday & Test!

  • POSTED BY joynal693 on | July 21, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Nothing to be happy. Need to make clean sweep to the IRISH. They were expecting to raise question of Test Status by defeating Bangladesh. Now, It should be 3-0 favoring BD. I do not know why Shakib & Mushfiq was so hungry. Though its T20 but it does not require six in every ball. Please be careful try it again what you guys did in first match.

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    @ahmed hussain bro i love ur comments lol

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    You mustn't mistake criticism for disrespect...some supporters from all countries are guilty of this from time. I myself mean NO disrespect toward BD!! This Nasir Hossain seems like a good prospect for BD in limited overs for formats, he may even become what all BD supporters wanted from Tamim Iqbal. Tamim isnt a T20 player...hes a solid ODI and test batsmen but he needs time to settle and perhaps doesn't have all the big/innovative shots of a specialist T20 batsman. BD deserve to be in the top 8 that's for sure but 6?.....i would love to see them post some wins again the top 8 to justify there position.

  • POSTED BY Aleckto on | July 21, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Actually since the last WT20 BD has beaten WI once. They lost all other matches against top tier nations since then (not counting the recent unofficial series). Overall i agree with Alex Hose, it doesn't make sense to be ranked higher than IND or NZ..i cant remember the last time or even if there was a last time BD beat either of those teams. It would make more sense if the ICC had counted the recent tri series with ZIM and SA. I dont really see other test nations even getting a chance to get points against the associates like BD is, the FTP schedule is pretty full already. Unless the all the top 8 countries get a chance to play the associates the Rankings are going to be wildly skewed...BD could rise as high as 3-4 by beating Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands (which they should). Having a team sitting that high without results against 1-7 is a mockery. Dont get me wrong BD should be applauded for its improvements but IRE/SCO/NETH are associates...BD need more games against the top 8.

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | July 21, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    @Natesan: I think it is actually sad, not cute. However it represents the true picture. I think the ranking looks more like and Old dad (India), who at his prime was maybe halfway decent (arguable), is growing too old and suffering from joint pains. It is time for new generation! The dad had 80 years to prove themselves, with not much to show for it, specially when they were at their infancy!:-)

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    Theres no way beating ireland should put BD at 6th. If thats the case its free points and is complete rubbish. Getting into the top 6 without beating another test playing nation is complete lunacy. Perhaps once everyone else has a change to get "free" points vs Ireland\Scotland\Netherlands the T20 rankings will go back to looking like it should.

  • POSTED BY SapnerJadukar on | July 21, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    @Natesan333... Truly you're not a daddy but grandpa!!!! Over 100 yrs old. Young BD patting on your shoulder..saying it's time for you to retire.....!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    THIS MESSEGE IS FOR THOSE PEOPLE who says that tigers got luckky to win the 2nd t20 match...just cause sakib, tamim, mash and raz failed dosent mean we are done..PEOPLE IF U FORGOT WE DO HAVE VERY STRONG BACKBONE.AND SUPPORT FROM DOWN TOO...so please stop sayin lucky and except the fact tat its hard for u guys too digest that we TIGERS won....

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    R u kidding me? No Asian team is as comfortable as bangladesh in English condition. We did better than india and pakistan when we last played against England. Now We won 2-0 still there is little difference between A test nation and a asso? If IRE is in Dhaka our U19 team can beat this team. So the article writer should be drinking something while he writing this

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    What a thrilling win!! TIGER won by 1 run. Congrats everyone!!

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | July 21, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    @ Cricket_expart: Agree with you that this was a great win. However, I disagree that luck had to do anything with it. The team is transforming, we don't depend only on Shakib, Mash, or even Ashrafool(Heaven forbid!), this team now has match winners up and down the batting and bowling order. Nasir playing well should not be a surprise, he is a great batsman with good temperament. Mahmudullah has shown his steely nerves before in big matches, when he guided the team to victory against Eng down 8 wickets. I don't see how today's outcome had anything to do with luck. I think this team has the talent, and the temperament to achieve great things. This is only the beginning.

  • POSTED BY dulabhai on | July 21, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Hey all BD haters from IND check out the ranking page: http://www.espncricinfo.com/rankings/content/page/211271.html ...even after all that IPL..IND is ranked way below BAN...may be ICC should take away their test status now...

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | July 21, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    I am genuinely concerned about a few fans (including leagaleagle, and Lord_Dravid) who confidently predicted Ireland will definitely win the series, if not White Wash BD. Usually when BD loses, even if it is a practice match, I see those fans here in the forum claiming IRE is a much better side etc etc. Strangely I have not read a single post since BD actually started showing the world who the better side is. I am sincerely hoping that these fans did not get sick from having to eat their own words!:-P IRE players are much more experienced in T20, as many of the players regularly play in FLT20, yet this series has not been a contest. The margin of today's game is misleading, it was not like IRE needed 2 runs in the last ball ans only managed 1. BD actually won the match before the last ball was bowled. 1st T20 was won by 71 runs!! The Fact is BD owns IRE in both ODIs and T20s. Next time someone advocating taking BD test status away and giving to IRE should look at facts.

  • POSTED BY Nightfox on | July 21, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    @Mehrab Hossain: Bro,can't agree with you about that we,Bangladesh,got huge talents & Ireland,they are just "pathetic" & "talentless"(as your say).Why?Only because they lost 2 T20 matches where they are getting chances to play in County Cricket & it's their home ground!!Our Bangladesh playing international cricket for 14 years now,Do the Irishmen get the same number of chances to play in international arena???NO.County Cricket & English condition,both are hard for the outsiders,still sadly,it's not more than domestic cricket.But you can't take away the experiences of playing international matches.No wonder,there are few(mostly Indians) who demand for exclusion of Bangladesh from Test.It's been 12 years & you don't even need your fingers to count the number of wins.We surely dominated the 1st T20I.But,Ireland weren't neck & neck,It's head & head competition today.Don't criticize anyone wrongly.It doesn't show patriotism but ignorance.Give'em the deserved respect which they earned.Cheers

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    well i dont know whats wrong with bangladesh cricket board.this is a poor weak squad. They choose this Abul hasan who is not capable of int games and expensive ofcourse,instead of a class pace bowler like Nazmul who is simply the best at the moment. Bangladesh have class all rounders and spinners.Mashrafee lost form after injury and not in form but he is a usefull bowling all rounder.Even Sunny is an all rounder who also scored 176 in 1st class.Ziaur rehman was bowlin better than Abul in last series so why have useless players ? Get an extra batsmen. Squad shd be this- Tamin,Ashraful,Shakib,Jahurul,Mushfiq,Mahmudullah,Nasir,Zia,Sunny,Mashrafee,Razzak.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | July 20, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    Also just want to mention - has anyone noticed Nasir Hossain's T20 batting average??? It's 111.0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    It's great to see that the TIGERS are achieving things game by game. First, two missions are accomplished by winning the series & entering in to t20 ranking. Now, looking forward to find them further ahead of currently achieved t20 ranking by a white washing the Irish and sweeping the other two games against Netherland and Scotland.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    Winning in the last over was something extraordinary performance by the Tigers. Everyone thought that Mash would be called for the last over, but it was Mahmudullah & he upheld the confidence expected by his Captain. It was a crucial decision for Mushfique also. In case Mahmudullah failed, everybody specially some of his team mate would have point a finger towards bad captaincy, the same would have been reflected in our Newspapers roaring for change of captain as happened during Zim series when Shakib & Tamim lost their flag unceremoniously. As we know, Mahmudullah is Vice Captain also. Mushi had faith on his deputy who proved his worth during crisis. As for bowling, where is our Shuhash? I think i saw his name in the present squad. If he is there, he should be given chance to play tomorrow. Ash is not good for T20 event. His present performance may be good for ODI's & Test series. BATSMAN with strike rate of less than 120 consecutively,NO T20 FOR HIM PLEASE. ITS ALRIGHT FOR ALLROUNDER

  • POSTED BY Meety on | July 20, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    @EnglishCricket - I sort of agree, but instead of a genuine batsmen, I'd add Farhad Reza. He is a useful medium pacer, & a decent bat. @Ahmed Hussain - IMO, Mahmudullah has the potential to be as good as Shakib. I hope the selectors continue to stick with him in all formats.

  • POSTED BY Tokai69 on | July 20, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    Ireland playd well today, they were in control most of the time. Both the team is showing improved performance.In situation like this, always experienced team wins. I've seen that many many times when BD lost to a superior team in a small margine! I would request all Tiger fans not to be a hater like .....

  • POSTED BY shafiqul_alam2000 on | July 20, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh.......beating Ireland in Ireland is not easy as they were ranked 9 in T20 ICC ranking. I hope Bangladesh will able to beat them in their last match. I am really worried about Bangaldesh pace attack and Tamim's performance. Yesterday ball by ball update I watched in Criinfo.com at 3 A.M in Sydeny as it was Friday night.

  • POSTED BY Natesan333 on | July 20, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Its kind of cute to see Bangladesh on "top" of India in the T20 rankings, its like a child sitting on daddy's shoulders. Sure you are are taller than us sweetie!!!

  • POSTED BY k4zz on | July 20, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Good tight game, the matches you want to see, if both were playing more frequently they could improve even more. Mahmudullah showing his bowling ability in this game, always felt he was a top bowler but never really got to bowl much just a few overs here and there. Having looked at Ash it seems he has lost his attacking intent which in the past made him a joy to watch, he just doesn't seem to be able to accelerate and when he attempts to he gets out. Still at least he gives stability now. I think they have given abul hasan enough games now and he doesn't cut it in t20 for the time being so needs to he dropped. Next game would like to see both shafiul and nazmul replacing the two current pacers. Mash has been in poor form and the others need a chance. Ziaur and nasir need to be given some bowling in the next few games, can't do worse than mash/abul have in the last two games.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Great finish by Bangladesh.Nasir,Riad and Sunny played really well.@Mehrab Hossain:dont talk like the Indian fans,respect the others..

  • POSTED BY cricket_expart on | July 20, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    well done boys but i hv 2 say bdesh was lucky in diz match coz when top 5 was failed then nasir clikd when shakib, mash, raz was failed mahmud clikd. Datz realy lucky

  • POSTED BY arif29 on | July 20, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    @Mehrab Hossain - do not disrespect others, that is not our culture. Ireland played well but unfortunately lost. I am just happy that Bangladesh seems to be improving very fast.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    Very Very unlikely Bangladesh will win World T20 Championship but this team they have with a bit of luck may actually have a chance to reach the semi-finals considering the tournaments located in Sri Lanka and far different compared to Irish wickets. Shakib had an off-day but it happens but Bangladesh seriously have fast bowling problems and needs to be sorted out otherwise Bangladesh will struggle to compete at Tests even against Zimbabwe and once we sort that out then Bangladesh can easily start to climb up great future Bangladesh Cricket has BPL, young talented players, huge fan base, sponsorships, new stadiums, passion etc etc

  • POSTED BY Shajadul on | July 20, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    BD did exceptionally well to pull back and win this match....it shows the depth in spin bowling. Ireland has played very well today.....next match, BD needs to make atleast 160 to win easily.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    What a ridiculous remark by the writer of this article: "two well-matched sides"! Are you crazy? BD is a lot better team than Ireland. Ireland is definitely an improving team and need a lot of support. But by no means Ireland is a better team than the current BD team. How can you claim BD and Ire are two well matched sides? Anyway, all the best to Ireland cricket team. Hope they put up a good show in the last match too.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Wonderful victory for BD. Well played Ireland.Irish players played better cricket today. They just couldn't handle the pressure at the last moment.However BD got the victory and I am happy. I am worried about Tamim Iqbal. What was his mindset today?

  • POSTED BY Legend_of_All_Times on | July 20, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    But Bangladeshi Pacers were really Disappointing today, continued from Previous Match. Mashrafee and Abul Hossain really struggled to put any Benchmark in the Encounter. They were just going to Spoil the Match but Bangladesh Spinners quickly came in and backed for their team. Its really Despairing to watch BD Pacers repeatedly failing to contribute for the team. I think Team management must give Abul Hossain some rest and Nazmul should be picked up instead for the next match. Mashrafee Played the Practice match Extremely good but don't know why he can't find his way in the Official Matchs. Pitch difference may be Factor. Team management should also consider the best combination with maximum potentiality. For Example: Ziaur Rahman can Bowl instead of Abul Hossain and More Batsmen can be playe instead of Abul Hossain.

  • POSTED BY Nightfox on | July 20, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    Finally.....finaaaaallllllly.......it seems that Bangladeshi boys are learning the trick of winning matches from a pressure & close game. 1 or 2 years back you can bet your life that Bangladesh would be on the other-side of winning the match and they might lost the game before 20th over. Good to see that our boys are learning the way of crossing the pressure moments. Good game & also Ireland was not so far from BD. well played both teams.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    I@m worried about bangladeshi oppenr batsman & bowller .Oppening batsmen are too slow start eveantually both batsmen have abality to play attacking espacially in T20they should try more attacking start.Oppening bowlling I mean fast bollwer are really worst.I expect more better performance from Mortoza.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    Even though it is stated as a one run victory everywhere, Bangladesh really won the match comfortably as Ireland need 8 runs from 1 ball, which is impossible.

    As for Ireland, they really should have no excuse. Playing county cricket, their players enjoy much much much more facilities than BD players do. Yet they can't beat BD. Just goes to show how talented the BD players are and how talentless the Irish are.

  • POSTED BY asadc2003 on | July 20, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    what i do feel that Bangladesh should play with one more spinner and a pace bowling all rounder rather than 2 pacer....the way this two pacer are bowling its not at all effective for 20-20 version of cricket.........tamim should be asked what he was thinking at the time of batting???????????0 off 9 ball??????????

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    Just as I have predicted, in case one of our spin trio is not having a good day with the ball, our reserves i.e. Mahmudullah will step up on the line and boy he did a great job great player he is for Bangladesh, one of our now experienced players. Also finally Bangladesh have a T20 ranking and now the jealous haters can keep quiet about why Bangladesh before today didn't have a T20 ranking and the likes of Afghanistan, Netherlands, Kenya etc did :)

  • POSTED BY British-Bangali on | July 20, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Well done boys good to see Bangladesh winning back to back games all we need is a big performance from TAMIM and ASHRAFUL. Unlucky to Ireland they are clearly world beaters if only they can keep there players hope they have a good world t20 tournament.

  • POSTED BY fr600 on | July 20, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Well played both teams and congratulations Bangladesh on raking 6th in T-20 above NZ, IND, and WI.

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | July 20, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    @Rafelgibt...Funny you just reminded me about something all of the Bangladeshi players playing in the match were fasting today but I'm not going to use that as an excuse for Bangladesh's narrowest of wins because Ireland played superbly today and really should've won it. Great game but shame it wasn't broadcasted because its not everyday you get to see such close and nerve wracking games especially a score of 1 run separating the two sides. Hope to see more IRE-BAN games in the future especially in ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    Indian boys check this out- ranking 6. Bangladesh and ranking 8. India..therefore, ICC should take india's test statues forever.

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | July 20, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Just before I finish if you think about it, there's really no need for Bangladesh to use two pacers in T20s because Rahman who bowls medium pace himself is pretty good at it at this level and instead, Bangladesh should use another batsman like Jahurul so that matches like this doesn't end so close and Bangladesh can put in extra runs without having to worry. Rahman if you seen him bowling in the Tri-series last month was pretty good especially with his slower deliveries.

  • POSTED BY G-Rocker on | July 20, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    soo happy for BD's performance ...Congrats to BD & Ireland played very well too...

  • POSTED BY Proud_GhorJamai on | July 20, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    oh and im actually more happy coz we are ranked over india...:D now we have the backing of the rankings to prove that we are better..;)

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | July 20, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    Ireland really should've won that game and credit for them putting on a great and improved performance as compared to the first game but credit also to Bangladesh for finishing and performing well towards the death in both innings but really didn't perform as well as the first game. I can understand now why Tamim wasn't considered first choice in IPL because his record surprisingly in T20 is very bad for an opener of his stature.

  • POSTED BY Proud_GhorJamai on | July 20, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    WELL PLAYED IRELAND....huge improvement...tough luck though...but conrgatz to the Bangladeshi tigers...salute!you never know..this team just might do well in the world T20...:)

  • POSTED BY Dunwall on | July 20, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    A fantastic mach which put Bangladesh in the 6th spot of ICC Twenty20 rankings. Nice to see a full member proving points over assossiates.

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | July 20, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Just simply a awesome T20 match (Feeling extremely happy of winning).........You cant ask better than this......After the 1st innings I thought that BAN were 15 runs short.........At the end they proved me wrong.........Very well done to both the teams.....BAN batting was not up to the mark but bowling was simply brilliant......Hope today they would play better and win the series 3-0.......Thanx to BAN team for giving the gift of RAMADAN MUBARAK to all the BANGLADESHI all around the WORLD...........ROAR TIGERS ROAR>>>>>>>>>

  • POSTED BY BangCricFan on | July 20, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    It was a 50/50 match. Thanks to BD team that they kept their composure. Again, the pace bowlers failed. They need to find some solution for the pacers. For the time being, they can try Nazmul/Shafiul. Many congratulations to tigers for getting ranked above Newzealand, Westindies and of course India.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    Also the young Nasir Hossain is clearly going to become Bangladesh's best batsman in the next few years, he's such a talent plus his fielding is top class and also advise him to work on his bowling a bit more so Bangladesh can have another good all-rounder in the side.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Great teams wins the close matches....!!!! Welll done BD

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Good win for BAN.....nd gud to see IRE fighting but dey r not experienced enuf to finish games....am expecting a 3-0 sweep by BAN....

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Bangladesh wins series but such a shame this thrilling match wasn't broadcasted and I believe it was a very Sunny day in Ireland :)

  • POSTED BY JEWEL64 on | July 20, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    Congratualation to the TIGERS...for happy ending.Thats one of the greatest victory...................

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Thank you very much, the Irishmen. Winning a game or two from here and there doesn't mean you guys are better than BD. Just the result I wanted!

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | July 20, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Indian Fan: On 19th Over---> Take Away BD's Test Status & give it to Ireand. They lost a T20 game to Ireland. After 20th Over: Damn it They won again :@ Hahahaha :P

  • POSTED BY ruhulm on | July 20, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    This is a good sign for Bangladesh team that someone is always taking the responsibility of a big score, like Shakib and Ziaur in last match, Ashraful and Nasir in today's match. Good job by the bowlers, too. Sunny is doing it really well.

  • POSTED BY Barmybanglaarmy on | July 20, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Bravo bravo, you are slowly, but surely learning how to win matches. Keep it going. Now lets make this 3 out of 3. Well done boys, well done MahmudUllah

  • POSTED BY S-Matrix on | July 20, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    At least Bangladesh are mastering non-subcontinental conditions. Oddly, the seam attack has been less effective than spin even in seam-friendly conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    improving bangladesh.............

  • POSTED BY Irelandcricketfan on | July 20, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    Great game. Better effort from the boys. Narrowest of margins, and no point in poring over those little moments that would make the difference. Great cool from Bangladesh there at the end. But there is very little difference between these sides. At least in our conditions. Stirling to go big tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY TanvirAhmedPS on | July 20, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    hey we r now number 6 team in t20 ranking. Thankx for bangladesh cricket team

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  • POSTED BY TanvirAhmedPS on | July 20, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    hey we r now number 6 team in t20 ranking. Thankx for bangladesh cricket team

  • POSTED BY Irelandcricketfan on | July 20, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    Great game. Better effort from the boys. Narrowest of margins, and no point in poring over those little moments that would make the difference. Great cool from Bangladesh there at the end. But there is very little difference between these sides. At least in our conditions. Stirling to go big tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    improving bangladesh.............

  • POSTED BY S-Matrix on | July 20, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    At least Bangladesh are mastering non-subcontinental conditions. Oddly, the seam attack has been less effective than spin even in seam-friendly conditions.

  • POSTED BY Barmybanglaarmy on | July 20, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Bravo bravo, you are slowly, but surely learning how to win matches. Keep it going. Now lets make this 3 out of 3. Well done boys, well done MahmudUllah

  • POSTED BY ruhulm on | July 20, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    This is a good sign for Bangladesh team that someone is always taking the responsibility of a big score, like Shakib and Ziaur in last match, Ashraful and Nasir in today's match. Good job by the bowlers, too. Sunny is doing it really well.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | July 20, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Indian Fan: On 19th Over---> Take Away BD's Test Status & give it to Ireand. They lost a T20 game to Ireland. After 20th Over: Damn it They won again :@ Hahahaha :P

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Thank you very much, the Irishmen. Winning a game or two from here and there doesn't mean you guys are better than BD. Just the result I wanted!

  • POSTED BY JEWEL64 on | July 20, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    Congratualation to the TIGERS...for happy ending.Thats one of the greatest victory...................

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Bangladesh wins series but such a shame this thrilling match wasn't broadcasted and I believe it was a very Sunny day in Ireland :)