Ireland v Bangladesh, Tri-nation series, Malahide May 18, 2017

Rain a worry as Ireland, Bangladesh chase first wins


Match facts

May 19, 2017
Start time 10.45am local (0945 GMT)

Tamim Iqbal's good recent form will leave the onus of building the innings with him © AFP

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A win percentage of 31.5 in completed ODIs since the start of last year pretty much encapsulates how far Ireland have slid in recent times. In two series preceding the ongoing tri-nation tournament, they lost 2-3 to Afghanistan in Greater Noida, before being swept 2-0 by England in England.

Conditions played a part in their toils against Afghanistan as Ireland couldn't quite cope with the slow surfaces in Greater Noida and succumbed to a team that clearly had superior spin stocks. The familiarity of the cold, harsh climes of Malahide, however, hasn't bred success for them either: they came up short against a weakened New Zealand team, led by Tom Latham.

An ageing team has also played a part - the average age of their XI against New Zealand was 29. Veterans like William Porterfield, Niall O'Brien, Kevin O'Brien and Gary Wilson - all of whom played significant roles in Ireland becoming the top Associate nation - are well into their 30s now.

Bangladesh's graph has moved in the opposite direction. Since making the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal, series wins over Pakistan, India and South Africa have made them a force to be reckoned with in home conditions. They came into the tri-series fresh off levelling Test, ODI and T20I series on the tour of Sri Lanka. However, their recent record outside the subcontinent hasn't been too encouraging. They returned from their tour of New Zealand without a single win in eight international games across formats and have also had mixed results in Ireland overall, with four wins from eight international matches.

Form guide

Ireland LLLLW (last five completed matches, most recent first)
Bangladesh LLWLL

In the spotlight

Peter Chase, the 23-year old right-arm pacer, has had a mixed start to his ODI career. Chase has 23 wickets from 16 matches, but also averages 38.95 and has an economy rate of 6.83. His performances in this series have typified that. In the opener, he rocked Bangladesh with early strikes before rain intervened, and finished with 3 for 33 in six overs. In his next match, he was slapped for 74 runs in ten overs by New Zealand. Chase can generate pace and bounce and, in conditions amiable for pace-bowling, this series is an opportunity to bring some consistency in his game and step up in the absence of senior bowler Boyd Rankin.

Tamim Iqbal has one fifty and a century from his last five outings with the bat. His good form augurs well given Bangladesh's tendency to lose wickets in a cluster, often from good positions. Tamim's experience is also welcome in what are likely to be tough batting conditions.

Team news

Ireland gave Simi Singh an ODI debut in place of Stuart Thompson against New Zealand, and Simi had a forgettable match scoring 9 off 14 balls in a chase of 290. Thompson himself had replaced Ed Joyce in the series opener against Bangladesh. If Joyce has recovered from his back injury, it is fairly certain neither Simi nor Thompson will find a place in the XI.

Ireland (probable) 1 William Porterfield (capt), 2 Paul Stirling, 3 Niall O'Brien (wk), 4 Andy Balbirnie, 5 Kevin O'Brien, 6 Gary Wilson, 7 Stuart Thompson/Ed Joyce, 8 George Dockrell, 9 Barry McCarthy, 10 Tim Murtagh, 11 Peter Chase

In Bangladesh's previous match, against New Zealand, Taskin Ahmed made way for the returning Mashrafe Mortaza, who had missed the first match due to an over-rate suspension. Bangladesh failed to defend 257, but with Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain both taking wickets, Taskin will likely miss out again.

Bangladesh (probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mosaddek Hossain, 8 Mehedi Hasan, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Pitch and conditions

The Malahide pitch is known for being green and pace-friendly but it also turned out to be a good batting track in the previous match between New Zealand and Ireland. Spinners from both sides also did well, with Mitchell Santner claiming a five-for. While it is expected to be partly sunny around start time, rain is forecast at noon and there is cloud cover expected right through the afternoon.

Stats and trivia

  • Mahmudullah needs 28 more to complete 3000 runs in ODI cricket.

  • The average scoring rate in the first innings in Malahide is 5.7, which translates into an average first-innings score of 285.

Akshay Gopalakrishnan is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • yadava5614172 on May 19, 2017, 15:12 GMT

    Credit to sarkar he has been real match winner for BD....india, Pakistan&south africa series won by BD was due to good batting by sarkar and tamim....t20 win vs sl and against pak in Asia cup his contribution was vital.whenever he scores BD looks different team.But problem is BD is not identifying talented player like him and just sticking with some average batsman.I believe BD is lacking one quality no 3....sabbir is really good but he should play as no 5 or 6.In bowling i feel they need one wicket taker pace bowler.Respect to mortaza but player like Roy, taskin and especially Al amin is good to get chance in playing lineup.

  • shujik0510983 on May 19, 2017, 11:53 GMT

    Bangladesh worst team in the world

  •   FahimAhmed(BengaliBangladeshicricketfan) on May 19, 2017, 11:10 GMT

    If Ireland scores above 250,they are favorites to win the match.

  •   Cricinfouser on May 19, 2017, 9:31 GMT

    silence is the best answer bd fans should not bother about those fans.

  • Roshan on May 19, 2017, 9:27 GMT

    It's amazing to see Bangladesh fans commenting like world beaters! They are just an average side. They will not win a ICC trophy for ages...After India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, Afghanistan is the other Asian side which may win a world cup. Reality is different from what Bangladesh fans shouting!

  • Srilankan on May 19, 2017, 9:19 GMT

    Bangladesh fans logic - "Bangladesh can beat any team on their day." Problem is that 'THEIR DAY' comes once in a blue moon.

  • Sakib Hossain on May 19, 2017, 8:50 GMT

    I believe it's time Mashrafe should hang his boots. He is more of a liability than an asset these days. He can take the position of coach/mentor for BD cricket team as we cannot just afford to pick him just on the basis of Captaincy anymore. Anyway since he is playing the current series and the champions trophy - the ideal BD XI for today's match against IRELAND

    1) Tamim 2) Soumya 3) Imrul 4) Mushfiq 5) Mahmudullah 6) Mosaddek 7) Shakib 8) Mashrafe 9) Taskin 10) Rubel 11) Fizz

  • riadri4357053 on May 19, 2017, 8:49 GMT

    Shakib al hasan will perform .. yeah he does'nt have solid batting technique..that doesn't even matter .. occasional bd team watchers dont judge him by watching only 1 or 2 match .. or you can whatever.. he will fight back hard

  • DHEERA4116508 on May 19, 2017, 8:22 GMT

    Rain is on the way to save Bangladesh again from shameful loss

  • tamim on May 19, 2017, 8:19 GMT

    @SLSLIDER: I don't say they can't beat Bangladesh. Maybe they can as they did last series. Oh I forgot that was the series results was..

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