Hider three-for, Shanto make short work of Ireland A

Bangladesh A 106 for 2 (Shanto 41*, Shadman 24, Dockrell 1-23, Chase 1-32) beat Ireland A 103 (Balbirnie 52, Getkate 23, Hider 3-29) by eight wickets

Bangladesh A took a 2-0 lead against Ireland A after their eight-wicket win in the third unofficial ODI in Cox's Bazar. Left-arm fast bowler Abu Hider starred with the ball, bagging a three-for, as the visitors were skittled out only for 103 runs. The home side won with 27 overs to spare.

Andy Balbirnie's decision to bat first backfired for the entire Ireland A batting line-up, barring himself. His 90-ball 52 amounted to more than half of the team total and featured three fours and a six. Having come in at No. 3, he added 48 runs for the seventh wicket with Shane Getkate, whose 23 was the only other double-digit score by an Ireland batsman other than Balbirnie's.

After Balbirnie fell to legspinner Tanbir Hayder in the 33rd over, Ireland added one more run at the expense of the last three wickets.

Hider took out three of the top five batsmen - Stuart Poynter, Sean Terry and Simi Singh - while Sunzamul Islam and Hayder bagged two each. Subashis Roy, Abul Hasan and Al Amin also took one wicket apiece.

Both openers got starts but failed to sustain their innings. Anamul Haque, playing his first match of the series, fell for 20, while Shadman could only amass 24. Captain Nazmul Hossain Shanto subsequently took Bangladesh A home with an unbeaten 41 off 38 balls.

The fourth and fifth ODIs are scheduled to be held on October 25 and 26 in Cox's Bazar.