Ireland v Bangladesh, tri-nation series, Malahide May 12, 2017

Teams split points after rain allows only 31.1 overs


Bangladesh 157 for 4 (Tamim 64*, Chase 3-33) v Ireland
Match Abandoned
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Shakib Al Hasan stood in as Bangladesh captain in the absence of Mashrafe Mortaza © Getty Images/Sportsfile

Heavy rain in Malahide washed out the tri-series' opener between Ireland and Bangladesh after the visitors' innings came to a halt in the 32nd over. Bangladesh were 157 for 4 in 31.1 overs when the weather forced them off, and they did not return. Although the rain relented as the evening progressed, it never entirely stopped. The game was called off at 4.50 pm local time.

In what is their first visit to England and Ireland in seven years, the Bangladesh batsmen, barring Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah, struggled on a green pitch.

Tamim and Mahmudullah led the visitors' recovery with an unbroken 87-run fifth-wicket stand - after they were struggling at 70 for 4 - but it was mainly the Ireland bowlers' inability to take full advantage of pace-friendly conditions that let the visitors off the hook.

Peter Chase was the pick of the bowlers with his three wickets, while Tim Murtagh and left-arm spinner George Dockrell kept Bangladesh in check with tight bowling. Barry McCarthy, Kevin O'Brien and Stuart Thompson however failed to find their rhythm.

Tamim battled hard for his 88-ball 64, finding the boundary eight times, while Mahmudullah scored 43 off 56 balls, bringing to a halt his string of low scores in ODIs since October.

On a pitch that was hard to differentiate from the outfield, Bangladesh started gingerly, losing Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman in the first 3.2 overs. Soumya edged Chase's short ball, which was moving away from his off stump, while Sabbir was struck on his arm first ball before deciding that an ultra-aggressive shot was needed to break the shackles. The attempted slog over midwicket duly ended up in third man's grasp and Chase had struck twice in quick succession.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim then added 38 for the third wicket, but the former drove at and edged a Barry McCarthy good-length delivery to the slip fielder in the 12th over.

Shakib Al Hasan, standing in as captain for the suspended Mashrafe Mortaza, also looked uncomfortable tackling such a pitch. Even as he looked to get his timing right, Chase got him on 14 with a wide delivery.

Like Tamim, Mahmudullah generally played the ball quite late, making sure he used the depth of the crease. Both batsmen left the ball regularly, whenever a delivery's line and length made it risky to drive through off.

But the Ireland bowlers kept feeding them boundary balls and wide deliveries (they bowled 13 in the first 20 overs), which meant that the pressure on the pair wasn't absolute. They figured out how to deal with the green top, but the rain arrived just when they had started to dominate the home bowling attack.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • armchair_critic007 on May 17, 2017, 15:40 GMT

    @cricuser, im a neutral and bangladesh came to the quarter finals in the last world cup. Explain hiw they dud that without a win pls.

  • A.Rahman on May 15, 2017, 15:33 GMT

    To Ireland Fans, who wants to see their team gaining test status, please read this:

    "While the facilities, according to the source, were satisfactory in Belfast, Dublin's cricketing offerings so far have left much to be desired. The Bangladesh team yesterday went to Balbriggan Cricket Club for their first practice session since the washed-out tri-series opener against Ireland on Friday, but upon reaching the ground found that only the centre wicket was available for practice and there were no net facilities. Moreover, the wicket was not suitable for batting as the ball was keeping low. This forced the team to be split up and the batsman taken to another facility that had indoor nets. [source: The Daily Star]

    You won't see that in Bangladesh. Is this the plan you have to beat Bangladesh? Then that won't work at all.

  • Ammo666 on May 15, 2017, 10:15 GMT

    CRICFAN91371449: It not BD but it seems you type fans absurd comments on BD won't improve in next 10 years , even if BD becomes world champ. BD is playing against IRE in IRE & that is after long time, so you can't expect 350 runs on the board right away. Its not that only but every superior teams have their ups & downs...but winning at the end is what matters in such conditions apart from being hit by the rain

  • MAN_AT_WORK on May 14, 2017, 17:05 GMT

    Shakib can single handedly win the match to all the Shakib haters and we are proud what has given or bringing towards the team so we People just shut up and enjoy the game

  • cricfan37328733 on May 14, 2017, 14:31 GMT

    Shakib at best could score 20-30 in these conditions.It's better to play someone who could play match defining innings even if he is inconsistent rather than 20-30 runs type of player.The way he gets out looks awful and anyone who can understand cricket would say that it is lack of proper techniques. I don't understand why BD fans are so player driven supporter.If u compare player of other team playing @5 with Shakib u would find he is the weak link in the middle order. ShakibCould be useful @7 be coz he can contribute 20-30 runs on regular basis but he don't have skills to build an innings in these tough conditions where team likely to lose early wickets. Mortaza should seriously consider his retirement because I don't think he could complete 10 overs against quality opposition in these conditions where pace&swing become so imp.Even if he manages to bowl full quota don't think he could provide breakthrough. Mosaddek should play @5 in Shakib's place and Rubel in mortaza's place.

  • Cricinfouser on May 14, 2017, 13:51 GMT

    Bangladesh batting line-up should be 1.Tamim Iqbal. 2.Imrul Kayes. 3.Mehedi Hasan Miraz. 4.Sabbir Rahman. 5. Shakib Al-Hasan. 6.Mushfiqur Rahim. 7.Mahmudullah Riyad. 8.Mossadek Hossain. 9.Mashrafe Mortaza. 10.Rubel Hossain. 11.Mustafizur Rahman.

  • Sid-LDN on May 14, 2017, 12:27 GMT

    The problem with Shakib he can't hold an innings as well as can't even slog properly. BD's chances will be ruined everytime if he comes to bat before no.7 position. Sabbir isn't a one down player because he had a lot of chances but still couldn't score century or carry the bat through in an innings. So batting order must change with Mahmudullah, Mushy, Mosaddek in no.3, 4 and 5 position. Then Sabbir and sakib can come at no.6 and no.7 position to slog and score some quick runs at the end of an innings. With Mosaddek at no.5 he wouldn't be hugely exposed in a foreign but he will have the opportunity to play according to the match situation and play long innings. BD management quickly need to rethink and reorder the batting order for any chance of winning in this English condition. The batting order can't be like in subcontinent condition where balls don't swing much and any batsman like Sabbir can score some easy runs.

  • Cricinfouser on May 14, 2017, 10:16 GMT

    No one is jealous of BDs progress. Btw what progress are we talking about here ?

    Didn't they finish the last World Cup with 0 wins ? The reason one might see hostility towards BD players is becos if their onfield antics and their fans disgusting behaviour off field.

  • cricfan7243099183 on May 14, 2017, 6:43 GMT

    Mahamudullah is a better batsman in BD team this type of condition he must go number 3 position then number 4 position for Musi in number 5 Mossadek No. 6 position for Sakib then later no. 7 for Sabbir for play rule as slogger his big hitting ability useful slog over but in no 3 position his 40-50 runs in his best day not useful team then he Mahamudullah have ability to carry through then musi is a pure middle order batsman he also got ability to paly long after that Mossadek will be batter option with aggregation .

  • cricfan37328733 on May 14, 2017, 3:52 GMT

    BD cannot play with only 6 batsman+mehdi because players like shakib is below average in the middle order. He don't even average 25 in odi in foreign conditions.In next game when mortaza will return again rubel would be dropped and pace department will be weak. BD is carrying liability in these two players.Shakib @5 is awful choice and mortaza place in the team is also questionable. I agree he has won games for BD but in pitch of Dhaka 250-270 is match winning total and scoring is tough so bowling wicket to wicket is only job required by a bowler but with lack of pace he will struggle against quality teams like England and Australia.I don't see him completing 10 overs quota in CT. BD needs seam bowling allrounder at mortaza place who could hit few big hits and bowl with pace. At shakib place Mosaddek should play with shakib coming down @7. Tamim,Sarkar, Sabbir, Mushfiq, Mosaddek, Mahmudullah, Shakib, Mehdi, Rubel, Taskin, Mustafizur. Mortaza should retire for player like rubel.

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