Ireland v Bangladesh, 3rd T20, Stormont

Dashing Mortaza stuns Ireland

Ger Siggins at Stormont

July 21, 2012

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Bangladesh 141 for 8 (Tamim 39, Mortaza 30, Stirling 3-21) beat Ireland 140 for 8 (Mortaza 4-19) by two wickets
Scorecard

Just when Ireland thought they finally had the beating of Bangladesh, a savage batting assault by Mashrafe Mortaza ended their hopes and gave the visitors a 3-0 win in the series. That margin was unfair to the Irish, who took two games to the very last ball.

It was a game that defied the notion that there can be none of the subtle changes in Twenty20 that make the longer forms of the game so captivating. This was a game that swung and shifted over 240 balls of mostly high-quality T20 cricket.

"The last two games were probably a better reflection of where both teams are," said Bangladesh coach Richard Pybus. "Ireland were out of sorts in the first game but the last two both went down to the wire," he said of a series which saw Bangladesh pull off victory margins of 71 runs, one run and two wickets.

Bangladesh needed 32 off 16 balls when Mortaza smashed three sixes off four balls from the left-arm spinner, George Dockrell, the last of which Kevin O'Brien misjudged and eventually knocked over the rope for another maximum.

With eight balls left Mortaza was bowled by Kevin O'Brien, leaving just four needed off the last over. And while Trent Johnston and his fielders made sure every run was hard-earned, the scores were tied with one ball left. A scampered single by Elias Sunny and a whisker-missed shy by Kevin O'Brien saw another close win for Bangladesh.

It was desperately disappointing for Ireland, who are using the games to build towards the ICC World Twenty20 finals in Sri Lanka in September. They play far fewer T20s than full members - this series was their first home games in the shortest format since 2008 - and their aim will be to up that number rapidly in the future.

Bangladesh were unchanged, but Phil Simmons gave Tim Murtagh a first T20I cap, replacing Alex Cusack, and recalled Niall O'Brien in place of Ed Joyce. Although O'Brien hit a frisky 22 he, like most of Ireland's batsmen, got in and then got out. The middle order crumbled yet again, with Kevin O'Brien struggling in a sequence that has seen him get out five times in the last ten balls he has faced for Ireland. He was out first ball here to Mortaza, the man of the match, whose career best 4 for 19 ensured Ireland totalled just 140 for 8.

Early wickets were essential, but Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Mohammed Ashraful settled in from a testing start to record their nation's first fifty opening stand in this format. Tamim also recorded his best score in 18 T20 internationals.

They had taken the score to 62 in the 10th over, with the spinners on, when Ashraful needlessly carted the ball to John Mooney at long off, and within two overs the score was 69 for 3.

Another flurry of wickets saw Bangladesh collapse to 89 for 6 as Stirling and Dockrell exerted pressure. But just as the vociferous Irish crowd started to dream of a third win over these opponents, Mortaza and Mushfique Rahim put together a stand of 46 in 16 balls, which included the 21-run butchering of Dockrell's final over.

"I'm very happy with the spin quartet", said Pybus, "and the tour was good for our seamers too, who got experience of bowling in northern hemisphere conditions, learning that they have to get their lengths right.

"Our batting was pretty solid too, but we have a little work to do before the World Twenty20."

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Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (July 24, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

Good to see after surviving 4m lot of injuries in last 10 years Mashrafi still has stamina & skills to b a match-winner. Unfortunately BD have only 1 world class medium-fast bowler like him.

Posted by Meety on (July 23, 2012, 1:50 GMT)

@Graemeo ov trablus - Banga fans are very happy as they usually cop a bagging on this site & always seem to have to justify their test status. Bangladesh's introduction into test cricket should of been handled better, instead they were thrown into full test series & got slaughtered. Recently, the series have been a bit more select & they generally compete well & are definately improving, but they still get bagged. IMO - they are not far behind where most other countries were 10 to 15 years after inclusion. @EnglishCricket - I sort of agree, however, they must still play the top teams. They should be playing home & away test series every year against Zimbabwe & have regular series between WI & NZ. There are plenty of promising aspects about Banga cricket, they still have some things to sort out, like the importance of their FC season v pro-club cricket.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh!!!! - Never mind how well Bangladesh do, there will always be detractors and the best way to answer these sceptics is by keep winning, that's exactly what we are doing.This Irish tour had proved plenty of positives than negatives for Bangladesh and our coach Pybus has identified them.We will build on these positives and work on these few negatives and we will be lot stronger for it.It was good for Bangladesh that the last two games was close encounter and we won them, because it brings out the better character of players who you least expected from.If the Irish had won these close games all of the Bangladeshi critics would have been praising the Irish to the hill just like when Bangladesh lost to Zimbabwe a year ago when Mushfiqur Rahim was caught when they only needed four from the last over.

Posted by tatactg on (July 22, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

graemo the last 2 matches were close only because Bangladesh batting underperformed and batsmen threw their wickets , otherwise BD would have won easily.

Posted by BD_ROCKS_jisaan on (July 22, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

i wud take this result on any given day! in alien conditions, including pitch, weather & LOCAL UMPIRES, it is simply appreciatable. Not only, it's our 1st Banglawash (earlier we'd blanked the same team 3-0 in ODIs) in t20s, we've also found matchwinners in Elias Sunny & Nasir. Zia showed what he is capable of, Mashrafe showed what he is made of Slowly Tamim has started to get his feet right

We are quickly becoming an exciting team to watch!

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

Where are anti BD people (sorry joker) now. I want to see them

Posted by EnglishCricket on (July 22, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

My advise to Ireland is that instead of concentrating so much against the likes of England or Australia you should instead put your focus on to the likes of West Indies, Pakistan, New Zealand and India because you have a much better chance of gaining victory over those weak opponents. Also I want to say, its actually unfair to say that this team is better than that team in T20 because T20 is simply just T20 and anything can happen and this series was proof for example, the first match was a clear mismatch and then the next two were extremely close and could've gone either way. When these two teams next play in an ODI Series then you can have a debate in where both these teams lie.....

Posted by Major_Hammad on (July 22, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

Many Congrates to Bangladesh Team for No.4 T20 Ranking and 3-0 CleanSweep vs Irleand in Ireland. Huge Cheers from Pakistan for Bangladesh Team victories, Well Done Tigers

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

@Rezaul BANGLADESH to work harder, coz they are not in the row with Ireland. They are now a bit grown up and they must keep a gap in the scores. If Irish comes to close, that is teh thing to be fear ...!!!

I hope you are Bangladeshi, because if so you are the only one with a realistic assesment of their performance here. BD were stronger than I expected, but they came very close to losing the series even so! Still all kudos to Mortaza, what an outstanding performance.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

Well done Mash ... still you are one of our best performer ... carry on bro ..

Posted by Areetuffajaan on (July 22, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

It is good to see BD wining,but we need a bit consistency from them.Give them 1 to 2 years to be solid side.Congrats....

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

Bangladesh team had improved a lot during the last 4-5 years. But still we need to focus on our lacking, specially i want to mention of our pace bowling... a lot to improve there...and we need some solid batting along with Tamim in the upper order....slowly but surely we are moving towards the goal...and we hope that we will be in among the three best ranked team in all format of the game before the next world cup.... Bangladesh should aimed like that and i'm sure you could hardly find anyone to criticize over us....best of luck for Bangladesh Cricket Team.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

I know after this tour is finished, they head off to the Caribbean to play some games against Trinidad & Tobago and then some players will be playing in SLPL but Bangladesh should consider hosting Afghanistan in their ground so that they too are getting preparation for World T20 considering because they'll be playing as well and should play for 2 T20s and possibly an ODI game.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

BANGLADESH to work harder, coz they are not in the row with Ireland. They are now a bit grown up and they must keep a gap in the scores. If Irish comes to close, that is teh thing to be fear ...!!!

Posted by tatactg on (July 22, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

@Graemo Ov Trablus BD won 3-0 in Irish conditions when people like you triumphantly predicting the opposite but lets look at the overall results,shall we?In ODI's & T20I's BD now lead Ire 8-3 ( 4-0 in BD conditions and 4-1 in ireland, 2 matches ire won in seaming/swinging conditions of England and WI back in 07-09 when BD was a very young team ).And still Irish players and fans keep on saying that they are better than BD/ZIM/WI.Such misplaced false bravedo will lead you to more dissapointments in the future but I doubt ire fans will wake up from their false sense of superiority.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

Now i understand why India is playing pak instead of BD in december :P

Posted by ashekahmed on (July 22, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

In this series.....every match played as BD-10(instead of 11) vs ireland-12(including ashraful).......sorry ashraful...u tried a lot for irish team .But alas:tigers won.

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (July 22, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

I think Ireland should play more games against India and Pakistan, particularly India, because Bangladesh have beaten them so many times I am sure among the Irish there are not much illusion of where they stand vis-a-vis Bangladesh. Still I congratulate them for fighting hard and trying their best. The next thing for them to do is to play against India and Pakistan. Bangladesh have beaten India a few times now although I don't claim BD to be stronger than IND but surely Ireland can beat them on their day, and maybe even Pakistan occasionally. Their next goal should be to play against India more regularly because they are the team currently looking weakest in the top eight.

Posted by DecisionPending_BD on (July 22, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

Peoples are saying we depend so much on Sakib, Tamim. Well, this series was a perfect example to say against that factor. Nasir, Asraful, Sakib, Riad, Zia, Sunny, Razzak, Marshafee. all of them got success in this series and helped Bangladesh to win. That's got to see. But still we are the weakest pace team among Test nations. So we need to find a few better pace bowlers.

Posted by DecisionPending_BD on (July 22, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

No people are commenting form aboard fans like Aus,Eng,Pak,Ind etc. Because they didn't get any chance to say Ireland In better than Bangladesh. That's the way to stop peoples whining!!!! I hope we should take seriously Test Cricket to go further.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

Congratulations to the both team. No doubt Ireland is a fantastic team among all of the associates. But they should not be compare with Bangladesh yet. In cricket there has been a far far distance between Bangladesh & Ireland. Bangladesh is cricket craze country, even when they were got test status in 2000, the main thing was behind that the people of this country who not only love cricket but also almost worship cricket. On the other hand Ireland play cricket just for their amusement right now. Before apply for the test status they should create love in the majority of people at first for the cricket.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

Well done to Bangladesh, one excellent win and two pinched at the death through willpower and good late order hitting.

However, I've seen nothing to justify the triumphalism from Bangladesh fans on this thread. It could very easily have been 2-1 to Ireland, if O'Brien had held that catch in the last one, and any number of key moments in the second. Ireland's lack of chances against full-members, and their lack of competitive cricket due to bad weather this summer really counted against them.

Still, again congratulations to the Bangladesh team for overcoming strong opponents, we'll see who cdoes better in the WC :)

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

The Bangladeshis have come a long way. They have shown great improvement and give them a year or two, they can surely be a side to reckon with.

Posted by Narbavi on (July 22, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

@CricFan_BD: We do have respect for BD but if people like you talk unnecessarily then i think you need one of us to remind you about your status in world cricket!!

Posted by muatasim_bd on (July 22, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

@Lord_Dravid where are you now? All this time you were saying Ireland is better than Bangladesh, they will thrash them 3-0 easily. But, the result has become opposite of what you expected. Next time think twice before putting any illogical comments on Bangladesh team.

Posted by saifur.raffael on (July 22, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Very Very interesting !!!! Just 1 indian commenting in this post and that too congratulating bd.....oh god !!! may be u guys learned something after bd giving a bangla wash in away to the irish ,but u guys should have learned earlier in the ASIA CUP , anyway good to see a indian fan congrtulating and giving gud advice to the bd team,and we r not a enemy towards india ..

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Well done..............Mortaza Vi

Posted by India_baal on (July 22, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

i think Ireland played really well. Ireland should play more game with Nepal, Usa, China, India to grown their wining habit. Ireland needs another 4-5 years to grow the structure of their cricket and after that they should apply for test status.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

Hear the roar of Bangladesh

Posted by Dunwall on (July 22, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

Ireland surely came a long way, but in a country where cricket is a "Other Sport", i think discussion of giving test status to them is moot.

Posted by arif38 on (July 22, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

ireland is not far behind than Bangladesh in this formate of cricket.Ireland have some quality player in this sense ireland deserved test status but they have not e. nough cricketing facilities like stadium ,crowd ,sponsorship etc

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

Great achievement for Bengal Tigers "Ireland is white wash & Bangladesh team now 4th ranking on T20 Cricket.................

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 22, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

Good wi for BD.. They are certainly on a high.. Wish they play more consistently.. Having a serious guy like Rahim as captain helps them a lot.. Shakib was good but he wasn't able to handle the pressure that well like Rahim.. Rahim just picked the best team on paper.. Elevating Mahmudullah and Nasir is a welcome move.. They have right men at places now.. They can challenge teams more frequently now if they can maintain the same tempo..

Posted by ostad on (July 22, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

This is called 'the tail of tigers'. It is as dangerous as the top and middle order. This 3rd T20I belongs to the bowlers who batted and bowled.Thanks to Ireland to assist us in putting us in World Rank 6 and then 4.

Posted by CricFan_BD on (July 22, 2012, 5:42 GMT)

Goal, goal, goal,.................. Ole, ole, ole,..........................

Ireland / BD crick criticizers (Indians) are bold, bold, bold,...... Ole, ole, ole,...........

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

like tigers ........like winers

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

Well done Tigers!!! I have seen few comments from experts(without knowledge) during Zim tour...IRE should have test status...I don't think it's possible at this moment..IRE TVs prefer Golf over cricket-they don't have proper stadiums..Those who point fingers to BD, pls note, BD has 14+ crore mad fans following for cricket, sponsors are ready to expend money for any series..before test status in Dhaka Cricket League(not the national) big names like Jayasurya, Wasim Akram, Neil Fairbrother used to play..Cricket is in BD is like Football in European Nations..IRE could not win in their home ground, how could they expect any wins in subcontinent..Left Hand Magicians will drive them away..

Posted by ambocud on (July 22, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

i don't understand whenever bd wins a match people start 2 post another aim 4 them...and bd cric hater never ever give any good comments 4 them...why guys...?is it important..?now when bd has won the match they are saying they will wait 4 t20wc and see what bd do..!where my suggesion 4 them is JUST CLEAR YOUR MIND..!AND IF U CAN'T THEN AGAING WE WILL PROVE U IN THE WC..!

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

Superb series.Tigers ROARS..I Always Like the Musfiq's captaincy.Mashrafi , Sunny , Nasir , Mahmudullah played supebrly well...Ireland awesome.Deserve test status.Good Luck Ireland.

Posted by Saiful4095 on (July 22, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

Well done Mash!!! Finally we see some consistency from our Tigers in this Format of Game!!!!

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

BD need to perform much aggressively! If you can't win convinsingly with associates.How you will be able to win against big guns? More vibration is required as a team.You are capable of wining in big margin.Waiting to see your killing instict in next two matches. Cheers!!! BD Tigers.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

Good, to see bangladesh performing well , in alien conditions i,e what matters most about this Bangla Wash , as most teams get dispatched in deep gloam in these overseas conditions,..??

Posted by tatactg on (July 22, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

In T20 & ODI's the record (BD vs IRE) is pretty straight now - in BD it is 4-0 in favour of BD and 4-1 in Ireland.I am sure Ireland is much better team than BD.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

thanks mass....................vi

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

"Tigers! "Tigers"! "Tigers"! Be alert! Tigers are coming. They are getting all down all. So, don't make any bad sounds about them. You may be the next victim.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

The way Ireland has competed with Bangladesh, I feel they should be ranked higher than WI, NZ and IND at this format of the game

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (July 22, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

I like to thank from my heart to all of you who appreciated my comments.

Posted by Legaleagle on (July 22, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

Total fluke of a win!! Bangladesh is a poor team, and they should be stripped of international cricket playing status. Inshallah ICC will do something about them!!

Posted by shah.NOORI on (July 22, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

congratulation as nonbangladishi appreciate the new talents in bangladesh team they perform very wel as they won the series

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

Cricinfo never publish my comments , it could be another one coz my comments always against Indian !! this feelings did not grow in a day, it is some indian fan who dissapointed me to support them, I use to support them but their arrogance and ignorence to us made me those feelings, but well done bangladesh, bravo, no matter what our passion and hunger for success will definitely put us in the elite society, may be it will take little more time but we are showing and will continuesly show our integrity, love and passion for cricket

Posted by BanCricFan on (July 22, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

Ireland played really well against Bangladesh. I think, they should play more games against T20 lower ranked teams like WI,India,NZ and ZIM to improve theri skills.

Posted by hasib9 on (July 22, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

Mushfiq's slow innings put us under a lot of pressure today. Thankfully Mortaza bailed us out. Nassir Hussain and Nazimuddin played slow innings that cost us the Asia cup. We need to play smart cricket under pressure. Good job in this tour and keep it up.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

I completely agree with kuddus-Mamu!!

Posted by Shafin1987 on (July 22, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

Keep it up BD.......Hope the thought about bd n ireland was that "Ireland is better than BD" will be stopped now.......I definitely like irish team 4 their contribtion in cricket but they r young in intl cricket........need some time to coup up.......then they can do better than BD...........I have no prob if they do better than BD...........it will be good for intl cricket..............From a BD fan.

Posted by fr600 on (July 22, 2012, 3:09 GMT)

@Mujahid Islam Totally agree, lol.

Posted by t2_t24 on (July 22, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

Congrst.. and Bangladesh have learnt to win consistently..Well done @ Kuddus Mamu...go ahead..

Posted by MasudRUETeee091040 on (July 22, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

Well done Quddus mamu.Congratulation to you.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 1:02 GMT)

The way IRE has competed against BAN, I feel they should be ranked higher than WI, NZ and IND...

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

Phil Simmons has always somewords against Bangladesh everytimes Irish faced them, now he should be focussed on his minds to improve the winning habbit, as BD has got it.

Posted by Proud_GhorJamai on (July 22, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

people who said that Bangladesh is gonna lose 3-0..or 2-1...has just lost their middle stump...

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (July 21, 2012, 23:58 GMT)

A very well thought comment by Quddus-Mamu on (July 21 2012, 22:34 PM GMT), Cheers.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 23:56 GMT)

This is how Bangladesh's 11 should be against New Zealand in World T20 Championship - 01.Tamim, 02.Ashraful, 03.Jahurul, 04.Shakib, 05.Rahim, 06.Rahman, 07.Mahmudullah, 08.Nasir, 09. Mortaza, 10. Razzaq, 11. Sunny and reserves Nazmul, Shafiul, Junaid & ? not sure who else but the order doesn't necessarily have to be like that but feel this would be good enough for the tournament.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 23:55 GMT)

Bangladesh is now 4 th on t20 ranking , this will be a great boost for t20 world cup...........

Posted by dulabhai on (July 21, 2012, 23:52 GMT)

Congrats TIGERS! You did it. There is nothing better than a Bangla wash. But here is something I have to say to the Irish..."for one last time..please stop comparing yourself to BAN...and..stop saying you are better than BAN".

Posted by siponus2007 on (July 21, 2012, 22:43 GMT)

bangladesh is now 4 th on t20 ranking , this will be a great boost for t20 world cup

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (July 21, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

Ireland played really well against Bangladesh. I think, they should play more games against T20 lower ranked teams like WI,India,NZ and ZIM to improve theri skills.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

Congratulation Bangladesh team, well played Ireland 8)

Posted by cricket_expart on (July 21, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

mash played just like a rocekt when he ball, when bat. Hats off 2 u.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 22:12 GMT)

to day i 'm so happy today mashrafee is come back, we want always do good job, thanks all bangladesh cricket team, also ireland cricket team, thanks all bangladesh cricket supporter, best of luck,

Posted by Rafelgibt on (July 21, 2012, 22:06 GMT)

Congrats to BAN TIGERS..............They deserve to WIN the series...........But the way the WIN has come its really disappointing for all of us......BATTING should have been much more professional.........All the credit goes to MASHRAFEE.....I guess he has never been serious of being a genuine all-rounder.......Hope from now on he will be.......IRE also played well........But still they have to go a long way......If they want to get the TEST STATUS then certainly they have to improve their stadium and related facilities,TV coverage,more no. of professional players, own cricket league (not country cricket in UK), skilled Management to run cricket and most important thing popularity of CRICKET in their own country within next 5 to 7 years.......If they can do that properly then there would be no reason of getting test status but not before next 5 to 7 years..........ROAR TIGER ROAR>>>>>>

Posted by MasudRUETeee091040 on (July 21, 2012, 22:02 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh.Go ahead .

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 21:53 GMT)

It@s good to see Bangladesh win the series expected 3-0 but They need to improve few things like when they bat start should more attacking from began becuz they long batting lineup specially power play 1st 6 over otherwise they cant good result in Wc

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 21:52 GMT)

I thought Bangladesh will loose. Thanks god, Mash is back.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

Good game frm both team nd as a bangladeshi i m really happy to see icc ranking. Come on tigers go ahed we r always with u.....

Posted by borhans on (July 21, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

All credits to Ireland for giving a thrilling match .I think Ireland deserve more int games from ICC .If they get more chances surely they could become the next cricketing power .But sad to see lack of Interest of Irish people in cricket .Surely they have the talents & quality but without popularity ,failing to encourage young Irish kids is showing the result in their minimum players .Having cricket history of more than 150 years Ireland really didn't develop much maybe this is where Bangladesh shines .We have real madness for cricket ,thousands of young kids are on the line to become the next sakib or tamim .Surely ICC knew well 12 years ago that this country will shine if given chance & Bangladesh really proving the point

Posted by Shajadul on (July 21, 2012, 21:31 GMT)

Congrats BD!! They should have won very easily today instead of this last ball win. Ireland has done very well in last two matches too. Congrats again for 3-0 win.

Posted by smukhles on (July 21, 2012, 21:28 GMT)

Bottomline is BD has learnt how to perform under pressure and win close matches, that's all that matters.

Posted by TanvirAhmedPS on (July 21, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

@ sachinkhairnar5983 thankx for your advice but that not necessary because after europe bangladesh will go to west indies as bangladesh a to play t20 cricket as the practice of World t20 cricket beside some national player of BD will play SLPL. thankx again

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 21:12 GMT)

congratulation tigers.......................

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

Congratulation Bangladesh Tigers.I believe next T20 wc Bangladesh will go to semi-final. We proud of Bangladesh cricket team. We know how to fight other team. Bravo Bangladesh.Now we are T20 ranking at 4 number .

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

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

Posted by BangCricFan on (July 21, 2012, 21:02 GMT)

Congratulations BD team for securing 4th place in T20I ranking. In past, we used to lose this type of close matches. Now, we see a change of attitude in our team. I hope, they will continue showing this attitude against the top teams. I understand, middle and tale order batsmen wanted an earlier finish which did not work. But we need to be more careful so that we can avoid this kind of collapse in future. We can use one pace bowler and take one more batsman which will increase our batting depth specially for this kind of situation.

Posted by RK204 on (July 21, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

the most important thing is that BD is playing as a team...they are not depending on any individual player...in every matches we are watching a new hero & this is the sign of a good team...go BD gooOOooOooOO :)

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

Congrats Tigers.... :) All the best for the future games

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (July 21, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

@randikayaa. I agree. I feel the gulf between Ire and mayb also Afghanistan and the rest of the associates is larger than the gulf between Ire and Zim and Bang. These close matches + decent performances by Ire in ICC trophies hint this and only if Ire and also Afgh r given more matches vs teams like Bang and Zim n then a few vs NZ n W.I. will they get even better. Most importantly, they won't lose their best players to Eng. At this stage all Ire had to prove is that they can compete and they did. Bang did well to hold their nerves but Ire have had a moral victories. Experience playin at the highest level to me is the major gulf between Ire and Bang this series. The raw ingredients to win is there n has been for a while and only if ICC give Ire proper support n incentive will they get better. The good news is that like the new and vastly improved Zim, Ire will be playing more matches vs top class A teams. I think 2015 should have been a target for Ire to get test status.

Posted by TanvirAhmedPS on (July 21, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

the real cricket is test and One day internation. and t20 is a entertainment cricket. it is advertisment of all over the world to join ICC. it's ranking not a fact. please do not blame icc for t20 cricket rating. and thankx to Ireland. thats all

Posted by FrenchCricketFan on (July 21, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

well-done ireland both 2 games regardless the result. Your balling is okay but batting needs to improve. Last game you got close not because you batted well but their pacers performed very bad. In t-20 wc you wouldnt get weak pace balling like bangladesh. So I hope you improve ur batting soon. Its very unfortunate such a talent like Mortaza got hit by injury and after coming back from a long injury he cant perform his original way. But this game he showed sign of recovering. Hope he recovers completely soon. Still bangladesh needs one/two more decent pacers , otherwise they will be thrashed in t20 wc by big teams. I guess Forhad Reza would be a good option for t-20 wc - he doesnt give away too many runs and can be dependable with bat.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (July 21, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

Bangladesh Should arrange another t-20 series at home before t-20 world cup, it will help the team to gel more in familiar conditions. Ask Zimbabwe, Pakistan or West Indies and play 2 separate series of 3 match each as all other team will be busy playing. It will help BD toraise the performanece for World t-20. Best of Luck.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

It was really a good match. Both team deserves the win but there can't be two winners :) By winning this match Bangladesh team advances them to no #4 position too. Congratulations to them and wish they will keep playing like this. In T20's every team is strong to beat others. In a particular day who played well in all section will celebrate victory. Wish Bangladesh will be consistent in all section and all format of cricket

Posted by randikaayya on (July 21, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

Ireland need more games at the highest level. If anything this series is a reflection of the gulf between the ICC top tier and the second tier competitions. Irish are too good to be stuck in tier two without competitive games against top opposition. Fairplay to Bangladesh for their series win

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

Great Job Bangladesh!! Congratulation to all Bangladeshi Player!! Specially, Shakib, Tamim, Mashrafee, Musfiq, Nasir, Sunny, Muhmudulla, Ziaur, You are all, have done a great job, Please continue these performance and show the world you are all the terror player in this cricket world.........I am feeling very much happy as a Bangladeshi.!! For today, Special thanks for Mashrafee, You just have Shown Your Class. What a great player you are!!...Awesome Man!

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

Hip-Hip-Hurraahhhhhhhhhhhh​hh.

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (July 21, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

After Long time Mashrafe Performed and Won a Game Single Handedly....Also Credit should go to ireland for Performing really well in 2nd and 3rd t20

Posted by fr600 on (July 21, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

Okay, this was another nerve cracking game and thanks to J. Smith for bringing us live commentary when we had no other means of getting update. Ireland played well today, I'd say better than yesterday and they could have won but bravo Bangladesh for snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.

Posted by muannis on (July 21, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

feel sad for Mr. Boycott. even after asia cup he said in a cricinfo interview that Ireland is better than Bangladesh ! just wait a few more days Boycott . You will see very soon the bangla-wash for the english !

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

Congrats Tigers!! Bangladesh is now at no. 4 in T20 Championship Ranking (above Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, India, West Indies) !!!

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

I missed Ramadan Prayer with almost no hope to get 32 in 16 balls. Still I glued to the proceeding and watched Mash snatching the game from Iris players and fans. 4th place in rating is little too much!

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

Remember the days, when Bangladesh used to lose close finish matches. It's good to see my country winning these close contests, albeit against a lesser known team. A bit more professionalism from the tail-enders with the "let-me-be-a-hero" instinct would give more wins in the future. We lost the Asia cup for this reason. Hope things change in the future.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

bangladesh got one change too@cricinfo nazmul was in in place of hasan.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (July 21, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

Glad to see Mash performing like he used to for BD. It is important for a team like BD to have more performer. One Shakib cant win all the matches for BD. They've to perform together to beat top teams like they did in Asia Cup :D. Asia Already has 3 awesome team and I hope BD will become like those team Soon :D

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

I was very disappointed in that Bangladesh collapse because there was simply no need and had plenty of time and were progressing steadily. Its amazing the amount of all-rounders Bangladesh have and full credit to Mortaza because I reckon he won this game single handedly with all that pressure MOTM deserved. Ireland apart from the first game excellent performance and like I have always said should be among the elite but have to prove to ICC that you are really serious i.e. Broadcast. The special thing about this win was that Bangladesh have won them AWAY in conditions much much different to theirs and if Ireland couldn't win at their home ground then I doubt they can come at all close at Bangladesh's territory.

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