Bangladesh tour of Ireland and Netherlands, 2012 / Commentary

Bangladesh in Ireland T20I Series - 3rd T20I

Ireland v Bangladesh

Bangladesh won by 2 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)

Good afternoon and welcome to ESPNCricinfo's coverage of the third and final game of the RSA Twenty20 challenge between Ireland and Bangladesh My name is Justin Smyth and im going to be bringing you coverage of todays game here at Stormont in Belfast. The sun is out here at the ground and there is a strong breeze. There are clouds about but we are not expecting any trouble with the rain today!

We have to hope that todays game is just as good as the thriller that we had yesterday! Bangladesh won yesterdays game by one run, yes one run. Bangladesh "snatched victory from the jaws of defeat" yesterday. There was great bowling at the death from both Shakib and Mahmudullah. Ireland only needed 10 off the final over but by the time that Johnston hit 6 off the final ball it was too late. Even though it was a much improved performance by Ireland it was spin that done them.

So yesterdays win meant that Bangladesh have won the series by going 2-0 up. For all of you fans of the ICC rankings out there (we know who you are!). Bangladesh have now played enough games to appear in the table. They have jumped right in to 6th place. Ireland have now moved down to 10th.

4.30pm The toss has just been out there in the middle and Ireland have won the toss and are batting . The news on the teams is two changes again for Ireland, Cusack and Joyce drop out. Niall O'Brien comes back in and Tim Murtagh is going to make his T20 international debut. There is one change to the Bangladesh team, Abul Hasan drops out and Nazmul Hossain takes his place. We are expecting the biggest crowd of the week at the game today, so both teams will be looking to end off on a high note. There are no tv camera's at the ground so sit back and relax whilst Cricinfo brings you coverage of this exciting game. The first ball will be bowled in 15 minutes. Please join me then.

The cheerleaders are lining up at the edge of the lush looking outfield. Hopefully the outfield will have speeded up today after all the sun of the last few days

The umpires are on their way and here comes the teams!

Nazmul to open the bowling. Porterfield to face.

0.1

Nazmul Hossain to Porterfield, no run, hits him high on the pad and they all appeal. Too high and the umpire is unmoved

0.2

Nazmul Hossain to Porterfield, FOUR, cracking shot, Porterfield comes forward and drives the ball through mid-off. The fielder doesnt even bother running

0.3

Nazmul Hossain to Porterfield, 3 runs, drives over the top of extra cover. Razzak is slow of the mark and stops it just before the rope

0.4

Nazmul Hossain to Stirling, no run, good length ball and Stirling gets in line and defends

0.5

Nazmul Hossain to Stirling, no run, looks to drive the ball outside offstump, he misses and it goes through to the keeper

0.6

Nazmul Hossain to Stirling, FOUR, great shot from Stirling, he comes down the wicket and drives it through extra cover. Great start from Ireland

End of over 1 (11 runs) Ireland 11/0
PR Stirling    4* (3b 1x4)      Nazmul Hossain    1-0-11-0
WTS Porterfield    7* (3b 1x4)     

1.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 1 run, gets forward and clips the ball down to deep square leg. Spin early from bangladesh

1.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Stirling, no run, hits the pad and there is a big appeal, hit just outside offstump

1.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Stirling, no run, pitched up and hit back to the bowler

1.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Stirling, FOUR, cracking shot, Stirling gets down on one knee and sweeps to the long leg boundary. Huge cheer from the crowd

1.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Stirling, 2 runs, drives the ball to the extra cover boundary and the fielder just stops it

1.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Stirling, 1 run, gets down the pitch and hits it to the vacant mid-wicket area

After one over of pace its Razzak at the city end

End of over 2 (8 runs) Ireland 19/0
PR Stirling    11* (8b 2x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-8-0
WTS Porterfield    8* (4b 1x4)      Nazmul Hossain    1-0-11-0

2.1

Abdur Razzak to Stirling, SIX, driven straight into the media tent and hit me in the head. Ouch

2.2

Abdur Razzak to Stirling, no run, driven to cover

2.3

Abdur Razzak to Stirling, no run, just misses the outside edge

2.4

Abdur Razzak to Stirling, no run, looks to cut the ball and doesnt time it. Goes back to the bowler

2.5

Abdur Razzak to Stirling, OUT, its a big wicket, Stirling looked to play it over the top of cover and doesnt time it. Sunny takes a good catch falling forward.

PR Stirling c Elias Sunny b Abdur Razzak 17 (10m 13b 2x4 1x6) SR: 130.76

2.6

Abdur Razzak to NJ O'Brien, no run, goes back in the crease and defends the ball up the pitch

End of over 3 (6 runs) Ireland 25/1
NJ O'Brien    0* (1b)      Abdur Razzak    1-0-6-1
WTS Porterfield    8* (4b 1x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-8-0

3.1

Mahmudullah to Porterfield, 1 run, reaches forward and plays the ball through square leg, an easy single

3.2

Mahmudullah to NJ O'Brien, no run, hit on the pad but going down legside so there is no appeal

3.3

Mahmudullah to NJ O'Brien, no run, reaches forward for the ball and hits it back to the bowler

3.4

Mahmudullah to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, gets down on one knee and hits the ball over the fielders head at backward square leg.

3.5

Mahmudullah to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, gets on the front foot and drives through extra cover, the fielder cant stop it

3.6

Mahmudullah to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, clipped down to deep square leg and Porterfield turns down the second. He doesnt want to get run out today!

End of over 4 (8 runs) Ireland 33/1
NJ O'Brien    7* (6b 1x4)      Mahmudullah    1-0-8-0
WTS Porterfield    9* (5b 1x4)      Abdur Razzak    1-0-6-1

4.1

Abdur Razzak to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, swept down to short fine leg and the fielder stops the ball well

4.2

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, FOUR, great reverse sweep from Porterfield. He sets himself early and it beats the man at point and races away.

4.3

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, hit in the air just short of mid-on

4.4

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, hits in the air again and just doesnt get to extra cover

4.5

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, 1 wide, down legside

4.5

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, 2 runs, hits the ball sqaure on the offside and there's a shout of run hard from Niall

4.6

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, 2 runs, hits the ball in the air just past extra cover. That wasnt too far from the fielder

End of over 5 (10 runs) Ireland 43/1
WTS Porterfield    17* (10b 2x4)      Abdur Razzak    2-0-16-1
NJ O'Brien    8* (7b 1x4)      Mahmudullah    1-0-8-0

5.1

Mahmudullah to NJ O'Brien, no run, hits the ball into the covers and Sunny stops it well

5.2

Mahmudullah to NJ O'Brien, 4 byes, beats everyone and it races to the ropes. The field has got a lot quicker

5.3

Mahmudullah to NJ O'Brien, no run, driven to Sunny at cover

5.4

Mahmudullah to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, swept again and the fielder cant stop it at short fine leg

5.5

Mahmudullah to NJ O'Brien, no run, goes back in the crease and hits the ball to extra cover

5.6

Mahmudullah to NJ O'Brien, no run, pitched up and Niall digs the ball out well. He looks a man on a mission today after being dropped yesterday

Sunny is coming on from the city end. Man of the match on Wednesday

End of over 6 (6 runs) Ireland 49/1
NJ O'Brien    10* (13b 1x4)      Mahmudullah    2-0-10-0
WTS Porterfield    17* (10b 2x4)      Abdur Razzak    2-0-16-1

6.1

Elias Sunny to Porterfield, no run, looks to cut the ball but it beats him for pace

6.2

Elias Sunny to Porterfield, no run, goes for the reverse sweep but doesnt connect properly and it goes no where

6.3

Elias Sunny to Porterfield, 2 runs, goes back and drives off the back foot to the extra cover boundary

6.4

Elias Sunny to Porterfield, no run, too fast again to cut and Porterfield misses it

6.5

Elias Sunny to Porterfield, SIX, short and pulled again into the media tent. What have we ever done to them! Well over the cow corner boundary

6.6

Elias Sunny to Porterfield, no run, goes back and defends the ball back to the bowler. Another good over for Ireland.

End of over 7 (8 runs) Ireland 57/1
WTS Porterfield    25* (16b 2x4 1x6)      Elias Sunny    1-0-8-0
NJ O'Brien    10* (13b 1x4)      Mahmudullah    2-0-10-0

7.1

Mahmudullah to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, hits the ball back past the bowler and down to long-on

7.2

Mahmudullah to Porterfield, 1 run, shorter ball allows Porterfield to pull it to deep square leg

7.3

Mahmudullah to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, pitched up and driven to long-on, they think of the two but its not there

7.4

Mahmudullah to Porterfield, 1 run, comes down the pitch and hits it to the cover sweeper

7.5

Mahmudullah to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, pulls the ball through square leg, the fielder chases from long leg but cant get there

7.6

Mahmudullah to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, hits the ball through square leg and Niall is calling for two early. Good running from the batsmen

Ireland are doing well against the spin, so Bangladesh is bring on some pace. Mortaza coming on

End of over 8 (10 runs) Ireland 67/1
NJ O'Brien    18* (17b 2x4)      Mahmudullah    3-0-20-0
WTS Porterfield    27* (18b 2x4 1x6)      Elias Sunny    1-0-8-0

8.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, 1 run, hits the ball to deep mid-wicket and Sunny runs in to field it

8.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to NJ O'Brien, (no ball) 1 run, he oversteps and the ball gets clipped to short fine leg. Free hit coming up

8.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, 1 wide, too far outside offstump and its still a free hit

8.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, no run, goes for a big hit into the offside and misses the ball. Ireland missed out on that free hit

8.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, no run, outside offstump again and Porterfield doesnt move his feet and misses the ball

8.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, OUT, the captain has gone for Ireland. He was looking to hit over the top of cow corner and didnt time it. Sunny ran in and judged the catch well.

WTS Porterfield c Elias Sunny b Mashrafe Mortaza 28 (33m 22b 2x4 1x6) SR: 127.27

The batsmen crossed so Niall will be facing.

8.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, pitched up and driven down to long-off. Niall jogs the run

8.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Wilson, 2 runs, strays onto legstump and Wilson drives the ball to deep mid-wicket. Wilson has been in excellent form in the games so far.

End of over 9 (7 runs) Ireland 74/2
GC Wilson    2* (1b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    1-0-7-1
NJ O'Brien    20* (19b 2x4)      Mahmudullah    3-0-20-0

9.1

Shakib Al Hasan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, drives the ball into the legside and the fielder runs in from deep mid-wicket to field

9.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Wilson, no run, hits the ball into the offside and extra cover fields

There is a hold up in play for movement behind the bowler, Wilson isnt happy.

9.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Wilson, 1 run, tucked the ball through square leg and its an easy run because the Mortaza in on the rope

9.4

Shakib Al Hasan to NJ O'Brien, no run, hits the ball to mid-wicket and Shakib fields quickly

9.5

Shakib Al Hasan to NJ O'Brien, no run, tucks the ball round the corner and there is a huge shout of no from Wilson.

9.6

Shakib Al Hasan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, drives down to deep mid-wicket and its an easy run

End of over 10 (3 runs) Ireland 77/2
NJ O'Brien    22* (23b 2x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-11-0
GC Wilson    3* (3b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    1-0-7-1

10.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to NJ O'Brien, OUT, another wicket for Mortaza, Niall hits the ball high in the air down to long-on and Razzak takes an easy catch. Ireland are in danger of blowing their good start here

NJ O'Brien c Abdur Razzak b Mashrafe Mortaza 22 (29m 24b 2x4 0x6) SR: 91.66

The batsmen crossed, Wilson on strike

10.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Wilson, no run, driven to short extra cover

10.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Wilson, no run, pitched up and Wilson gets down the pitch and defends

10.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Wilson, no run, on middle stump and Wilson can only defend the ball back to Mortaza. Excellent over so far

10.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Wilson, 1 run, clipped off the legs down to short leg. The fielder throws at the stumps but KOB is well home

10.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to KJ O'Brien, OUT, second duck in 3 games for KOB. He looks to play the ball over extra cover and doesnt time the ball. Its straight in the air and Sunny takes a good catch. Golden duck for KOB

KJ O'Brien c Elias Sunny b Mashrafe Mortaza 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 11 (1 run) Ireland 78/4
     Mashrafe Mortaza    2-0-8-3
GC Wilson    4* (7b)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-11-0

11.1

Elias Sunny to Wilson, 1 run, hit into the offside and its an easy run

11.2

Elias Sunny to Poynter, 1 run, comes down the pitch and drives to the left of long-off. Its onle a single though

11.3

Elias Sunny to Wilson, no run, looks to sweep but goes straight to the man at short leg

11.4

Elias Sunny to Wilson, 2 runs, hits the ball through mid-wicket, Poynter sets off early for the second and just gets home

11.5

Elias Sunny to Wilson, 2 runs, good running again from Poynter, Wilson drives the ball just past the bowler and Sunny has to chase it back himself.

11.6

Elias Sunny to Wilson, no run, cuts the ball into the ground and it just dribbles to point

End of over 12 (6 runs) Ireland 84/4
GC Wilson    9* (12b)      Elias Sunny    2-0-14-0
AD Poynter    1* (1b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    2-0-8-3

12.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Poynter, no run, guides the ball to point and there is no run

12.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Poynter, OUT, Mortaza gets another! Its a straight ball and Poynter plays all around the ball. It hits him on the pads and they all appeal. Its plumb in front and Umpire Hawthorne gives him out

AD Poynter lbw b Mashrafe Mortaza 1 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

12.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Mooney, no run, driven down to mid-off and they dont run. Missed out on a run there. Could be important later.

12.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Mooney, 1 run, flicked down the legside and they run through. The keeper appeals for lbw but it hit the bat

12.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Wilson, no run, leans over the ball and hits the ball to short mid-wicket

12.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Wilson, 1 leg bye, clips off the pads and goes past Mushfiqur's dive. Great over for Mortaza

End of over 13 (2 runs) Ireland 86/5
GC Wilson    9* (14b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    3-0-9-4
JF Mooney    1* (2b)      Elias Sunny    2-0-14-0

13.1

Elias Sunny to Wilson, 1 run, sweeps the ball down to square leg boundary. Mortaza fields

13.2

Elias Sunny to Mooney, no run, looks to turn the ball into the legside and misses

13.3

Elias Sunny to Mooney, no run, looks to sweep the ball but its too fast and he misses

13.4

Elias Sunny to Mooney, FOUR, gets down the pitch and drives the ball through mid-wicket. There is a dive from the fielder but it takes the ball over the rope

13.5

Elias Sunny to Mooney, no run, looks to cut the ball square and misses

13.6

Elias Sunny to Mooney, 1 run, gets bat on the ball this time and cuts it square on the offside

End of over 14 (6 runs) Ireland 92/5
JF Mooney    6* (7b 1x4)      Elias Sunny    3-0-20-0
GC Wilson    10* (15b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    3-0-9-4

14.1

Abdur Razzak to Mooney, no run, beats Mooney for pace and through to the keeper.

14.2

Abdur Razzak to Mooney, 1 run, strays onto legstump and Mooney hits to deep square leg

14.3

Abdur Razzak to Wilson, no run, Wilson comes down the pitch and whacks the ball. Razzak dives and stops well off him own bowling

14.4

Abdur Razzak to Wilson, 1 run, comes down the pitch and this time it beats the bowler. Goes to long-off

14.5

Abdur Razzak to Mooney, FOUR, good sweep from Mooney and it goes past the Short leg fielder and races to the rope

14.6

Abdur Razzak to Mooney, 1 run, hits the ball into the legside and Nazmul runs in to field

End of over 15 (7 runs) Ireland 99/5
JF Mooney    12* (11b 2x4)      Abdur Razzak    3-0-23-1
GC Wilson    11* (17b)      Elias Sunny    3-0-20-0

15.1

Elias Sunny to Mooney, no run, tries the reverse sweep but misses the ball

15.2

Elias Sunny to Mooney, 1 leg bye, comes down the pitch and it hits Mooney on the pad. Luckly the keeper couldnt gather it or that would have been an easy stumping

15.3

Elias Sunny to Wilson, 1 run, tuckes it round the corner and they run through

15.4

Elias Sunny to Mooney, OUT, Sunny gets a wicket. Mooney looks to sweep the ball and it gets a bottom edge and hits it into the stumps.

JF Mooney b Elias Sunny 12 (12m 14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

15.5

Elias Sunny to Johnston, 1 run, hits the ball through mid-wicket. Johnston wants two but there is a big shout of NO from Wilson

15.6

Elias Sunny to Wilson, 1 run, clips the ball into the legside and Wilson keeps the strike

End of over 16 (4 runs) Ireland 103/6
GC Wilson    13* (19b)      Elias Sunny    4-0-23-1
DT Johnston    1* (1b)      Abdur Razzak    3-0-23-1

16.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Wilson, no run, beats the outside edge and the keeper takes off the bails. Not out though

16.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Wilson, 1 run, swept down to long leg, but Ireland need boundarys here

16.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Johnston, 1 run, hits the ball past extra cover and Nazmul keeps them to a single

16.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Wilson, SIX, well needed for Ireland. Not in the media tent this time! Pulled to square leg

16.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Wilson, 1 run, hits to deep mid-wicket and there is only a single

16.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Johnston, 1 run, comes down the pitch to hit over cow corner. Doesnt time the ball and it dribbles out to deep square leg

18 balls left. Need to get to 150 if they can

End of over 17 (10 runs) Ireland 113/6
DT Johnston    3* (3b)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-0-21-0
GC Wilson    21* (23b 1x6)      Elias Sunny    4-0-23-1

17.1

Abdur Razzak to Johnston, SIX, best hit of the day, comes down the pitch and hits it over cow corner. Lovely strike

17.2

Abdur Razzak to Johnston, 1 run, gets on the front foot and drives the ball down to long-on

17.3

Abdur Razzak to Wilson, 1 wide, goes down legside

17.3

Abdur Razzak to Wilson, 1 run, plays against the spin and into the offside. Razzak fields

17.4

Abdur Razzak to Johnston, 1 run, driven through the air to long-on

17.5

Abdur Razzak to Wilson, OUT, disaster for Wilson. He looks to chip the ball into the legside but he gets a leading edge back to the bowler. Easy catch for Razzak. He didnt have to move

GC Wilson c & b Abdur Razzak 22 (37m 25b 0x4 1x6) SR: 88.00

Murtagh is in on his debut

17.6

Abdur Razzak to Murtagh, no run, almost out first ball! Hits him on the back leg and they all appeal. Umpire Smith says no.

Mortaza on to finish his four overs

End of over 18 (10 runs) Ireland 123/7
TJ Murtagh    0* (1b)      Abdur Razzak    4-0-33-2
DT Johnston    11* (6b 1x6)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-0-21-0

18.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnston, 1 run, its outside offstump and lets Johnston cut the ball to the cover sweeper

18.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Murtagh, 1 run, short and on legstump, lets Murtagh turn the ball round the corner

18.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnston, FOUR, big swing from Johnston. It straight down the ground and splits the two deep fielders. Not that they bothered running anyway!

18.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnston, 1 run, driven to extra cover and they where happy to give Johnston the run

18.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Murtagh, 1 wide, too high and called by Umpire Smith at square leg

18.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Murtagh, 1 run, clipped to square leg and Johnston wisely says no to the second

18.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnston, 1 run, hits the ball down to deep square leg and so Johnston keeps the strike

Ireland will need big hitting to get to 150 here. That has to be their target you would think.

End of over 19 (10 runs) Ireland 133/7
DT Johnston    18* (10b 1x4 1x6)      Mashrafe Mortaza    4-0-19-4
TJ Murtagh    2* (3b)      Abdur Razzak    4-0-33-2

19.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Johnston, 2 runs, comes down the pitch and chips it down to long-off. Murtagh calls early and they get the second

19.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Johnston, 1 run, clipped down to backward square leg and Nazmul runs in quickly to stop the second

19.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Murtagh, 1 run, gets down on one knee and sweeps the ball to deep square legs. One bounce to the fielder

19.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Johnston, 1 run, great bowling from Shakib. Pitches the ball up outside offstump and Johnston hits it into the offside

19.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Murtagh, OUT, looks to hit the ball over cow corner and he gets caught right on the rope

TJ Murtagh c Mahmudullah b Shakib Al Hasan 3 (10m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

The batsmen crossed and Johnston faces the last ball

19.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Johnston, 2 runs, hits the ball down to long-on and Johnston sets off for the second run early. Ireland finish on 140.

Match State: Innings Break So Ireland finish their innings off with a quick 24 from Johnston. They will feel disappointed not to have got a higher score. Lots of batsmen got starts but some excellent bowling especially from Mortaza kept pulling them back.

So Bangladesh will need to get 141 to win the series 3-0. So please join me again at 5.40pm when we start again!

End of over 20 (7 runs) Ireland 140/8
DT Johnston    24* (14b 1x4 1x6)      Shakib Al Hasan    4-0-28-1
MC Sorensen    0* (0b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    4-0-19-4
Series Results
Ireland v Bangladesh at Belfast - Jul 21, 2012
Bangladesh won by 2 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
Ireland v Bangladesh at Belfast - Jul 20, 2012
Bangladesh won by 1 run
Ireland v Bangladesh at Belfast - Jul 18, 2012
Bangladesh won by 71 runs
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Photos

Jul 21, 2012

Mashrafe Mortaza collects his Man-of-the-Match award, Ireland v Bangladesh, 3rd Twenty20, Stormont, July 21, 2012

Mashrafe Mortaza collects his Man-of-the-Match award

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Jul 21, 2012

Bangladesh celebrate their Twenty20 whitewash over Ireland, Ireland v Bangladesh, 3rd Twenty20, Stormont, July 21, 2012

Bangladesh celebrate their Twenty20 whitewash over Ireland

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