ICC World Cup - 42nd match, Super Eights

Bangladesh v Ireland

Ireland won by 74 runs

Mashrafe Mortaza has the new ball. Two slips in place, three men on the off side, two on the leg side saving runs inside the circle. Porterfield to face. Let's go!

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Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the 42nd match of this year's World Cup. This Is Jamie Alter, and you've tuned in to Bangladesh v Ireland in Bridgetown.

Pitch report: It looks hard, shiny, and set to offer some bounce to the quicks. Thats good news for both sides, who have good medium-pacers, not to mention the likes of Mashrare Mortaza and Boyd Rankin. The side that wins the toss, I'd say, should bowl first. It doesnt look like the surface will get much slower, but this track's bounce will still help the spinners. Good, sunny temperatures out there, with some clouds, but all in all, looks like a fine day for cricket.

The toss: Habibul Bashar flipped, Trent Johnston called heads, won and decided to bat. So there goes my theory of winning the toss and bowling first. But then thats why I'm commentating here and not captaining an international side. Ireland are boosted by the return of allrounder Andre Botha, who missed the last two games because of a hamstring injury. For Bangladesh, Shahadat Hossain comes in for the injured Syed Rasel, who twisted his ankle during practice.

The Scenario: Both teams are here today to avoid last place in the Super Eights. Ireland would love nothing more than to round off their World Cup campaign with a win in this phase. It seems like eons ago that they defeated Pakistan, and while they've done well in little bursts since, there's no denying that they've not played with that sort of confidence since. Bangladesh have wins over India and South Africa to take heart from, though their batsmen have struggled in the last few games. Bangladesh's bowlers pressed England hard in their last game, especially the left-arm troika of Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak and Saqibul Hasan. Ireland should be wary of them today. Habibul Bashar could do with some runs, too. Same for Jeremy Bray.

Feel free to peruse Dileep Premachandran's preview.

Captain speak Trent Johnston: "When we sat down to look at the matches, we thought this was one game we can potentially win. We've got to turn it around and be up for it."

Habibul Bashar: "This is the most exciting period in Bangladesh cricket. We are focused for our last two games and hope to win both of them to finish our best World Cup ever in a befitting manner."

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0.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, no run, begins with a loosener outside off stump, good length, no real movement, but good carry to the 'keeper as the batsman leaves it be

0.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, no run, and again, a good length delivery well outside off stump, which Porterfield leaves be

0.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, no run, third in a row, outside off stump, good carry to Rahim, Porterfield isnt interested

0.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, no run, there's the straighter one on off stump, pitching and kicking up to surprise Porterfield as he gets forward, copping one on the glove

0.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, no run, good bounce, landing shorter outside off stump and Porterfield just manages to withdraw the bat as the ball zips past him

0.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, no run, good stuff there, landing on a good length outside off stump and seaming into Rahim's gloves as Porterfield holds back on the shot again

End of over 1 (maiden) Ireland 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
WTS Porterfield    0* (6b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    1-1-0-0
JP Bray    0* (0b)     

Here's Shahadat Hossain, getting his first game of the World Cup.

1.1

Shahadat Hossain to Bray, 1 run, good start, good length on leg stump, Bray tries to flick but gets an inside-edge onto the back leg, some inswing from the bowler

1.2

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, 2 leg byes, full on leg stump, again good late swing, batsman looks to flick and manages leg-byes to short fine leg, Ashraful

1.3

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, 3 runs, straight on about middle and off, he gets over it and flicks in the gap between square leg and midwicket, Ashraful gives chase and the batsmen run three

1.4

Shahadat Hossain to Bray, 1 run, back of a length on and around off stump, swings into Bray, who jams it down to third man, well played

1.5

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, 1 run, strives for length, ends up bowling a low full toss on off stump, which Porterfield cant put away, hits it straight to midwicket

1.6

Shahadat Hossain to Bray, no run, good, quick delivery starts outside off and then swings in, catching Bray by surprise, but he gets bat on it and the inside-edge swings past leg stump

End of over 2 (8 runs) Ireland 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
JP Bray    2* (3b)      Shahadat Hossain    1-0-6-0
WTS Porterfield    4* (9b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    1-1-0-0

2.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, 1 run, short of a length outside leg stump, easy pickings for the batsman to flick it down to fine leg for a run

2.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, no run, good length on about middle and leg stump, swings in as Bray lunges forward, gets struck on high above the knee roll but Bowden rules it would've gone over the stumps

2.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, no run, back of a length outside off stump, left alone

2.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, no run, good length outside off stump, Bray lunges forward and defends to cover, telling his partner not to think about the single

2.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, no run, back of a length outside off stump, defended off the front foot to cover

2.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, no run, short of a length on the stumps, Bray turns it towards square leg in the air

End of over 3 (1 run) Ireland 9/0 (RR: 3.00)
JP Bray    2* (8b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    2-1-1-0
WTS Porterfield    5* (10b)      Shahadat Hossain    1-0-6-0

3.1

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, 1 wide, yorker outside leg stump, wide is the call, duly

3.1

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, 1 run, good length outside off stump, Porterfield gets forward and gently pushes to mid-off, calling for the single

3.2

Shahadat Hossain to Bray, 1 run, this one rears off the surface from back of a length, catching Bray on the arm as he looks to hold the bat back, the ball rolls to the off side and Bashar clumsily throws the ball at the stumps and gives away a run

3.3

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, good stuff, right up there on off stump and Porterfield gets forward in defence

3.4

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, FOUR, good length, moving away from off stump, he gets forward in defence, and the thick edge scoots along the ground past a very deep second slip and escapes to the ropes

3.5

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, fullish outside leg stump, he looks to flick but misses out

The slips are very, very deep. Nasser Hussain says its "ridiculous". Well, they are down at the 30-yard circle, almost.

3.6

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, 1 no ball, dropped! Was a no-ball anyways, but still, Porterfield lunges forward and drives one in the air to a diving Razzak at cover, who gets to it and then lets it pop out

3.6

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, 3 runs, full on off stump, Porterfield gets well over it to counter the swing and clips it through midwicket for runs

End of over 4 (11 runs) Ireland 20/0 (RR: 5.00)
WTS Porterfield    13* (16b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    2-0-17-0
JP Bray    3* (9b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    2-1-1-0

Shahadat struggling, Mortaza spot on.

4.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, no run, back of a length, deviates in from outside off stump and he defends it to cover off the back foot

4.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, 1 run, strays to leg stump, works it to square leg for a quick single

4.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, no run, back of a length marginally outside off stump, Bray's feet go nowhere fast as he flings the bat at it, one-handed, and misses

4.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, no run, good length, fuller this time, he lunges forward and gets hit on the pad well outside the line of impact, no appeal from anyone

4.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, 2 runs, short of a length outside off stump, Bray goes back and reaches for it, placing it wide of backward point and picking up two

4.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, no run, fuller now, and he lunges forward again and pushes to point

End of over 5 (3 runs) Ireland 23/0 (RR: 4.60)
JP Bray    5* (13b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    3-1-4-0
WTS Porterfield    14* (18b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    2-0-17-0

5.1

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, from around the wicket, full and furious, slipping down leg stump but Shahadat goes up in appeal, the answer is a casual shake of the head from Steve Bucknor

5.2

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, full outside off stump now, pitching and swinging in at a good pace as Porterfield leaves it alone

5.3

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, full and honing into off stump, working up good pace and looking for the yorker, defended back to him with confidence

5.4

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, back of a good length just outside off stump, Porterfield gets up and nudges it to the leg side

Bucknor calls Bashar and Shahadat aside, telling them to watch out about running across the surface in the followthrough

5.5

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, back of a length well outside off stump, left alone

5.6

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, good length outside off stump, he gets over it and defends to the on side

A much better over from the young fast bowler

End of over 6 (maiden) Ireland 23/0 (RR: 3.83)
WTS Porterfield    14* (24b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    3-1-17-0
JP Bray    5* (13b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    3-1-4-0

6.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, no run, back of a length on the stumps, Bray stands up and defends it to the off side

6.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, no run, back of a length just outside off stump, Bray gets bat and pad together and jams it to the off again

6.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, no run, identical length again on off stump, he gets half-forward and pushes to cover

6.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, 1 no ball, oversteps this time, landing the ball full on leg stump and Bray defends it back to him

6.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, no run, lands on a good length outside off stump and seams away into Rahim's gloves after Bray leaves it alone

6.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, no run, good length on off stump and he manages to just get bat down on it, would've been an interesting call if he'd missed

6.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, no run, back of a length on leg stump, turned straight to Ashraful at square leg

End of over 7 (1 run) Ireland 24/0 (RR: 3.42)
JP Bray    5* (20b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    4-1-5-0
WTS Porterfield    14* (24b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    3-1-17-0

7.1

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, good length ball moving in from outside off stump, defended back to him

7.2

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, 2 runs, full outside off stump, he walks into the shot and flicks across the line to Ashraful at midwicket, who dives to stop it and injures the little finger on his left hand in the process, not a clean take and the ball runs away behind him

Ashraful's in pain, and here comes the physio with his bag of goodies to inspect the damage. Now off they both go.

7.3

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, back of a length outside off stump, defended

7.4

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, full outside off stump and moving in, Porterfield gets over it and turns to midwicket

7.5

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, 2 runs, back of a length moving in from outside off stump, nicely turns it through square leg out to Mortaza coming around from fine leg, collecting and throwing it back in good time to cut off any ideas of a third run

7.6

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, pushed softly to mid-on and Porterfield calls for the quick single

End of over 8 (5 runs) Ireland 29/0 (RR: 3.62)
WTS Porterfield    19* (30b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    4-1-22-0
JP Bray    5* (20b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    4-1-5-0

Confident little opening stand between these two, more so from Porterfield's side, however.

8.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, 1 no ball, good length moving away from off stump, another no ball, a freebie, as Porterfield defends off the front foot

8.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, no run, back of a length on middle and off, defended to midwicket

8.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, no run, back of a length again on middle and off, gets up and defends it back to the bowler

8.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, no run, good stop! Was full, Porterfield pushed it back hard to Mortaza's left, and he dives on the move and cuts it off

8.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, 1 run, quick ball, back of a length on off stump, he pokes at it and gets an edge that flies fast but lands well before a diving second slip

8.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, no run, back of a length on off stump, Bray stands and defends to cover

8.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, no run, good ball, right on the stumps, forcing Bray to lunge forward and defend to Ferhad Reza at cover

End of over 9 (2 runs) Ireland 31/0 (RR: 3.44)
JP Bray    5* (22b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    5-1-7-0
WTS Porterfield    20* (35b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    4-1-22-0

9.1

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, nips in off a length outside off stump, striking him high on the knee roll and the ball was doing too much, would've missed the top of leg

9.2

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, back of a length coming in with the angle, he stands behind the line and defends it down the track

9.3

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, bangs in one short outside off stump, Porterfield gives it the kitchen sink, swivelling through in his attempted pull, but he's too late on the shot

9.4

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, 1 run, short of a length angled into the ribs, but Porterfield's up to the challenge, turning it off the hips to short fine leg for one

9.5

Shahadat Hossain to Bray, no run, good length outside off stump, he lunges forward and gets hit on the front leg, but well outside the line of impact

9.6

Shahadat Hossain to Bray, no run, good length well outside off stump, he thrusts bat and pad it and the ball rolls to point

End of over 10 (1 run) Ireland 32/0 (RR: 3.20)
JP Bray    5* (24b)      Shahadat Hossain    5-1-23-0
WTS Porterfield    21* (39b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    5-1-7-0

Second Powerplay taken

10.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, driven to mid-on

10.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Bray stands tall and drives to cover off the back foot

10.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, 1 leg bye, back of a length on middle and off, he swings at it and gets an inside-edge onto the pad, they steal a run and Bowden signals leg-byes

10.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, 1 run, good length outside off stump, Porterfield drives lustily to Bashar at mid-off, sets off and Bashar is too slow in picking up and throwing at the stumps

That, incidentally, was just the second run scored on the off side, and that too both have come inside the circle.

10.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Bray, 1 run, dragged in short on leg stump, he tries to pull but mistimes the shot to square leg

10.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, FOUR, but thats not mistimed at all! Another long-hop on middle and leg, which Porterfield connects supremely with, pulling hard over square leg for four

End of over 11 (8 runs) Ireland 40/0 (RR: 3.63)
WTS Porterfield    27* (42b 2x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    6-1-14-0
JP Bray    6* (27b)      Shahadat Hossain    5-1-23-0

11.1

Shahadat Hossain to Bray, no run, good length coming in with the arm from outside off stump, defended back to Shahadat quickly

11.2

Shahadat Hossain to Bray, 1 run, short ball outside off stump, not too pacy and Bray gets up and manages to chop into the ground and responds to Porterfield's call for the single

11.3

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, good length outside off stump, gets forward and pushes back to the bowler

11.4

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, a tad fuller on off stump, and he turns it in the air in front of midwicket, safely

11.5

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, good length on off stump, turned to the on side

A funny placard from a Pakistani fan in the stands: "Bring on the Spin Kings: Rafique, Razzak and the other guy!"

11.6

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, 3 runs, full and swinging in from outside off stump, well clipped through square leg and Raza gives chase to haul it in on a sluggish outfield

End of over 12 (4 runs) Ireland 44/0 (RR: 3.66)
WTS Porterfield    30* (46b 2x4)      Shahadat Hossain    6-1-27-0
JP Bray    7* (29b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    6-1-14-0

Porterfield's playing well here. Dont say Commentator's Curse now, okay? Mr Pakistan fan, here's one of the spin kings, Razzak.

12.1

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, tossed up on off stump, he goes back and defends it back

12.2

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, 1 run, flat on middle and off, he goes back and turns it to square leg for one

12.3

Abdur Razzak to Bray, 3 runs, fraction width offered outside off stump, Bray gets back and punches in the gap at point and runs hard for three

12.4

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, quicker one outside off stump, he goes back and pushes back to Razzak

12.5

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, worked to short fine leg for one

12.6

Abdur Razzak to Bray, no run, quicker one outside off stump, he gets tangled up in defence, ball almost rolling on after getting stuck in his legs

End of over 13 (5 runs) Ireland 49/0 (RR: 3.76)
JP Bray    10* (31b)      Abdur Razzak    1-0-5-0
WTS Porterfield    32* (50b 2x4)      Shahadat Hossain    6-1-27-0

13.1

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, good length on off stump, turned to midwicket

13.2

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, beaten by a quicker one outside off stump, pitches on a good length and swings past his forward lunge

13.3

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, no run, good length on and around off stump, gets well over it and defends back to Shahadat

13.4

Shahadat Hossain to Porterfield, (no ball) 3 runs, short of a length outside off stump, Porterfield cracks it through the gap at cover, again the ball stops in the slow outfield and they get three, but since the bowler's overstepped, make it four to raise the 50

13.4

Shahadat Hossain to Bray, no run, back of a length on leg stump, he turns it to midwicket

13.5

Shahadat Hossain to Bray, no run, banged in short and it just kicks off the surface, catching Bray totally unawares as he hops up, the ball bobs up in the air to leg off the handle and lands safely

13.6

Shahadat Hossain to Bray, no run, slower, fuller outside off stump, he comes forward and defends to cover

End of over 14 (4 runs) Ireland 53/0 (RR: 3.78)
JP Bray    10* (34b)      Shahadat Hossain    7-1-31-0
WTS Porterfield    35* (54b 2x4)      Abdur Razzak    1-0-5-0

14.1

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, tossed up on off stump, Porterfield gets back and across and drives to mid-on

14.2

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, tossed up outside off stump, defended to Razzak

14.3

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, tossed up outside off stump, defended to Razzak again

14.4

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, 1 run, shorter, flatter, worked off the pads to Aftab at square leg for one

14.5

Abdur Razzak to Bray, 1 run, full outside off stump, he comes forward and pushes into the covers for a very quick single

14.6

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, flat on off stump, he gets back and whips it to midwicket

End of over 15 (2 runs) Ireland 55/0 (RR: 3.66)
WTS Porterfield    36* (59b 2x4)      Abdur Razzak    2-0-7-0
JP Bray    11* (35b)      Shahadat Hossain    7-1-31-0

Drinks on, by the way. Third and final Powerplay opted for.

15.1

Shahadat Hossain to Bray, no run, good length outside off stump, raps him on the front leg outside the line, a very, very long and hard appeal from Shahadat is turned down by Bucknor

15.2

Shahadat Hossain to Bray, no run, short of a length angled into the ribs, he goes up on the toes and defends it down to the leg side, Shahadat sprints across the turf to collect

15.3

Shahadat Hossain to Bray, no run, bouncer outside off stump, Bray does a Sehwag, feet going nowhere and flaying the attempted upper cut, connecting with nothing but air

15.4

Shahadat Hossain to Bray, no run, much closer to off stump and again Bray stands there and throws the bat at it, one-handed this time, and gets beaten

15.5

Shahadat Hossain to Bray, FOUR, overpitched outside off stump and he drives hard in the gap between cover and point for his first boundary

15.6

Shahadat Hossain to Bray, no run, the reply is a canny bouncer outside off stump, Bray sways back and manages to get his head out of the way in time

End of over 16 (4 runs) Ireland 59/0 (RR: 3.68)
JP Bray    15* (41b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    8-1-35-0
WTS Porterfield    36* (59b 2x4)      Abdur Razzak    2-0-7-0

16.1

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, 2 runs, flat on middle and leg, worked well behind square for an easy couple

16.2

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, quicker one off stump, pushed back down the track

16.3

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, flatter trajectory on off stump, he goes back and drives to Razzak

16.4

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, quicker on middle and off, turned to square leg

16.5

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, FOUR, tossed up, he uses the feet very well, dancing down and collecting it on the full, freeing the arms and clubbing it down to long-on for four

16.6

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, quicker outside off stump, now he lunges forward and gets beaten

End of over 17 (6 runs) Ireland 65/0 (RR: 3.82)
WTS Porterfield    42* (65b 3x4)      Abdur Razzak    3-0-13-0
JP Bray    15* (41b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    8-1-35-0

And spinner No. 2, Mohammad Rafique, comes on.

17.1

Mohammad Rafique to Bray, no run, tossed up on off stump, nicely driven to Bashar at cover

17.2

Mohammad Rafique to Bray, 2 runs, flat on middle and off, turned into the midwicket gap and they get one, the fielder is slow in the deep and allows the second

17.3

Mohammad Rafique to Bray, no run, tossed up on a length outside off stump, defended to cover

17.4

Mohammad Rafique to Bray, 1 run, tossed up again, nudged to the right of point and he sets off, a direct hit but Porterfield's safe

17.5

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, no run, dropped! Full and flat on off stump, chipped back in the air to his left, he steps across and reaches out, grabs it with his left-hand, and then lets it slip out! Poor cricket

17.6

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, 1 run, flat on off stump, pushed to mid-on for one

End of over 18 (4 runs) Ireland 69/0 (RR: 3.83)
WTS Porterfield    43* (67b 3x4)      Mohammad Rafique    1-0-4-0
JP Bray    18* (45b 1x4)      Abdur Razzak    3-0-13-0

18.1

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, 1 wide, flat and spinning down leg stump, wide called

18.1

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, quick and flat outside off stump, punched back to Razzak

18.2

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, tossed up, he uses the feet well and drives to mid-off

18.3

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, flat and spinning into him, nudged to backward square leg

18.4

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, 1 wide, has a step out, the bowler fires it well wide off stump, batsman cant reach it, wide called

18.4

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, quick and flat outside off stump, he cuts and misses

18.5

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, tossed up outside off stump, pushed back to him

18.6

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, well flighted outside off stump, he comes forward and pulls the bat back as the ball spins away

End of over 19 (2 runs) Ireland 71/0 (RR: 3.73)
WTS Porterfield    43* (73b 3x4)      Abdur Razzak    4-0-15-0
JP Bray    18* (45b 1x4)      Mohammad Rafique    1-0-4-0

19.1

Mohammad Rafique to Bray, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, driven into the covers for one

19.2

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, no run, tossed up outside off again, flicked across the line to midwicket

19.3

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, he comes down and sweeps well behind square for one

19.4

Mohammad Rafique to Bray, no run, quicker one, worked to Reza at short midwicket

19.5

Mohammad Rafique to Bray, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, flicked to mid-on and they set off, Bray is struggling but another chance goes begging, very poor fielding from Bangladesh today

19.6

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, 1 leg bye, looped up down leg stump, he tries to nudge it to short fine leg and ends up with a leg-bye

End of over 20 (4 runs) Ireland 75/0 (RR: 3.75)
WTS Porterfield    44* (76b 3x4)      Mohammad Rafique    2-0-7-0
JP Bray    20* (48b 1x4)      Abdur Razzak    4-0-15-0

20.1

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, tossed up outside off stump, he shuffles across and looks to flick to leg, the ball spits up off a crack and confuses him

20.2

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, 1 run, flat outside off stump, driven off the back foot to cover

20.3

Abdur Razzak to Bray, no run, tossed up fuller, he comes onto the front foot and flicks straight to midwicket

20.4

Abdur Razzak to Bray, no run, tossed up, he goes back and pushes down the track

20.5

Abdur Razzak to Bray, no run, flighted up, drawing him forward in defence

20.6

Abdur Razzak to Bray, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, Bray comes across and opens the face, running it to backward point

End of over 21 (2 runs) Ireland 77/0 (RR: 3.66)
JP Bray    21* (52b 1x4)      Abdur Razzak    5-0-17-0
WTS Porterfield    45* (78b 3x4)      Mohammad Rafique    2-0-7-0

Saqibul Hasan gets a bowl, to complete the left-arm spinning troika

21.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Bray, 2 runs, fire up on off stump, he works it into midwicket for an easy couple

21.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Bray, no run, tossed up outside off stump, he shuffles across and tries the flick, but mistimes it

21.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Bray, 1 run, flat outside off stump, he comes across and again and now manages to flick it fine for one

21.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, no run, tossed up, Porterfield gets over it and defends

21.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 1 run, quicker and fuller, he comes across and plays across the line, flicking to mid-on

21.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Bray, no run, tossed up well outside off stump, he lunges forward and defends

End of over 22 (4 runs) Ireland 81/0 (RR: 3.68)
JP Bray    24* (56b 1x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-4-0
WTS Porterfield    46* (80b 3x4)      Abdur Razzak    5-0-17-0

Shahidul Islam emails me: "Bashar should give up his captaincy. It's enough for him that he has no contribution to the team by any means either in bating or elsewhere."

22.1

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, worked out in front of his pads in the air behind square for one

22.2

Mohammad Rafique to Bray, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, gets over it and flicks to Tamim at mid-on

22.3

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, no run, quicker one, defended back to Rafique

22.4

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, 1 leg bye, tossed up outside off stump, he sweeps, misses, gets hit outside the line of impact, and the ball evades Rahim too

22.5

Mohammad Rafique to Bray, no run, much quicker outside off stump and Bray hustles to defend

22.6

Mohammad Rafique to Bray, no run, tossed up, he falls over as he sweeps, gets rapped on the pad, outside off, Rafique appeals and Bowden's not interested

End of over 23 (3 runs) Ireland 84/0 (RR: 3.65)
JP Bray    25* (59b 1x4)      Mohammad Rafique    3-0-9-0
WTS Porterfield    47* (83b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-4-0

23.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, pushed nervously into the covers and he sets off for a quick single, Rahim gathers and throws at the stumps, and misses...they cant hit anything today!

23.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Bray, 2 runs, flat on off stump, flicked behind square and they run hard

23.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Bray, no run, quicker outside off stump, he lunges forward and defends

23.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Bray, no run, tossed up outside off stump, driven back to him

23.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Bray, no run, looped up on off stump, Bray works it across the line to square leg

23.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Bray, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, he gets down and paddle-sweeps out to fine leg

End of over 24 (4 runs) Ireland 88/0 (RR: 3.66)
JP Bray    28* (64b 1x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-8-0
WTS Porterfield    48* (84b 3x4)      Mohammad Rafique    3-0-9-0

24.1

Mohammad Rafique to Bray, 1 run, flat on middle and leg, worked into the on side

24.2

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, he uses the feet and flicks to midwicket

24.3

Mohammad Rafique to Bray, no run, short and flat, he goes back and punches to cover

24.4

Mohammad Rafique to Bray, no run, tossed up outside off stump, driven off the front foot to cover this time

24.5

Mohammad Rafique to Bray, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, uses the feet and flicks wide of mid-on

24.6

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, no run, quicker on off stump, he shuffles across and just manages to get bat down on it

End of over 25 (3 runs) Ireland 91/0 (RR: 3.64)
WTS Porterfield    49* (86b 3x4)      Mohammad Rafique    4-0-12-0
JP Bray    30* (68b 1x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-8-0

At the 25-over mark, Ireland have moved sluggishly on to 91 for no loss. They need to quicken the scoring rate. A total of 230 here would be great under the pressure.

25.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Bray, no run, tossed up, he lunges forward in defence

25.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Bray, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, he comes out and chips it down to long-on

25.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, OUT, tossed up, he comes out and drives towards mid-off, Saqibul dives across and gets a hand to it, batsman calls for the run, looking for his 50, Bray is struggling, it was a bad call, and finally a throw hits the stumps

JP Bray run out 31 (111m 70b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.28

Wasnt a good call, or a good piece of running, and Bangladesh are elated that someone just managed to hit the sticks

25.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Morgan, no run, tossed up on off stump, defended

25.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Morgan, FOUR, dropped!, and Morgan's not wasting time! Comes down the track second ball, chips in the air over midwicket, the ball sails down to Shahadat, who doesnt judge it standing well inside the ropes, he backpeddles and lets it go over his head

25.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Morgan, no run, quicker on off stump, defended back down the track

That catch would have been great, except he was so inside the ropes.

End of over 26 (5 runs) Ireland 96/1 (RR: 3.69)
EJG Morgan    4* (3b 1x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-0-13-0
WTS Porterfield    49* (87b 3x4)      Mohammad Rafique    4-0-12-0

26.1

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, Porterfield drives down to long-on and gets to his 50, well played

26.2

Mohammad Rafique to Morgan, no run, flat outside off stump, driven back to Rafique

26.3

Mohammad Rafique to Morgan, no run, quick and flat on off stump, defended

26.4

Mohammad Rafique to Morgan, no run, again quick on off and Morgan drives back to Rafique

26.5

Mohammad Rafique to Morgan, no run, tossed up well outside off stump and beats him

26.6

Mohammad Rafique to Morgan, no run, full on off stump and he drives back to him again

End of over 27 (1 run) Ireland 97/1 (RR: 3.59)
EJG Morgan    4* (8b 1x4)      Mohammad Rafique    5-0-13-0
WTS Porterfield    50* (88b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-0-13-0

Gulam adds: "Shahidul is absolutely right. It reflects people's desire. Bashar is now a burden to the team. Please give up the captaincy if no contribution to the team."

27.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 2 runs, flat on middle and off, flicked out to deep midwicket for a couple

27.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, no run, tossed up outside off stump, turned to square leg

27.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, no run, comes out, he sees it and fires it wide, batsman has to check his shot

27.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 1 leg bye, tossed up outside off stump, he sweeps, misses, and steals a leg-bye to point to bring up the 100

27.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Morgan, 1 run, OUT, flat outside off stump, he shuffles across and flicks wide past midwicket, they run the first hard but on the second they're struggling, a good, low throw comes in from Shahadat in the deep, Rahim collects it very low in front of the stumps and just does the needful! Bangladesh have now affected two quick run outs after missing everything all morning, and Morgan's disappointing tournament continues

EJG Morgan run out 5 (7m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

27.6

Shakib Al Hasan to NJ O'Brien, no run, tossed up outside off stump, he comes forward and defends

End of over 28 (4 runs) Ireland 101/2 (RR: 3.60)
NJ O'Brien    0* (1b)      Shakib Al Hasan    4-0-16-0
WTS Porterfield    52* (92b 3x4)      Mohammad Rafique    5-0-13-0

The tight spin bowling playing a role in those two manic dismissals, definitely.

28.1

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, no run, tossed up on off stump, turned to midwicket

28.2

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump again, swept to short fine leg

28.3

Mohammad Rafique to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, flat on off stump, flicked to Aftab at midwicket for one

28.4

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, 1 wide, fired down leg stump

28.4

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, flicked in the air backward of square

28.5

Mohammad Rafique to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, tossed up again and its nudged to short fine leg this time

28.6

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, 1 run, tossed up, he shimmies down the track and drives to mid-on for one

End of over 29 (6 runs) Ireland 107/2 (RR: 3.68)
WTS Porterfield    55* (96b 3x4)      Mohammad Rafique    6-0-19-0
NJ O'Brien    2* (3b)      Shakib Al Hasan    4-0-16-0

Eliza: "Goodness, at this rate the Pope could be celebrating wins over both West and East Pakistan."

29.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, no run, comes out, he sees it and fires it wider, and he has to defend it

29.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 2 runs, tossed up, he sweeps, gets a top-edge, but its safely over short fine leg

29.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, he turns it around the corner to Aftab at short fine leg for one

29.4

Shakib Al Hasan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, nicely turned around the corner again to keep Aftab busy

29.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 2 runs, short and wide, he gets into position and cuts wide of backward point, then sprints two

29.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, no run, flat on off stump, flicked to Reza at midwicket

End of over 30 (6 runs) Ireland 113/2 (RR: 3.76)
WTS Porterfield    60* (101b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    5-0-22-0
NJ O'Brien    3* (4b)      Mohammad Rafique    6-0-19-0

Tameka: "As an Antiguan I am now listening to Tony Cozier forgiving Kensington for the small crowd. I remember the same reasons being the reason for some of the days in Antigua, checking on the CWC website and seeing all seats sold out. Yet Antigua has been bashed by every commentator and the internationall journalists with no consideration of these same issues of ticket holders just not showing up. Anyway, everyone can't be lucky."

30.1

Mohammad Rafique to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, tossed up, edged, and the ball runs down to third man, batsmen get two

30.2

Mohammad Rafique to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, spins down leg stump, worked off the pads wide of Bashar at short fine leg for a single

30.3

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, no run, flatter trajectory this time, outside off stump, punched back to the bowler

30.4

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, no run, tossed up, flicked to midwicket

30.5

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, turned to Bashar at short fine leg

30.6

Mohammad Rafique to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, tossed up, he comes out of the box and whips it to square leg

End of over 31 (5 runs) Ireland 118/2 (RR: 3.80)
NJ O'Brien    7* (7b)      Mohammad Rafique    7-0-24-0
WTS Porterfield    61* (104b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    5-0-22-0

Peace says: "Bashar's never been an outstanding captain; and recently, his batting form has hit a slump. But, the fact is there's no other player in the team with either the experience or the cricket acumen to replace him, at the moment. Rafique - who's demeanour hardly inspires confidence - or one of the kids would simply not be up to the job." The Bashar debate rages on.

31.1

Shakib Al Hasan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, worked off into the midwicket region

31.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 1 run, quicker outside off stump, pushed gently into the covers for one off the back foot

31.3

Shakib Al Hasan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, spins in off a length, he adjusts and chops off the back foot in front of point

31.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, no run, tossed up outside off stump, he plays for turn and gets beaten, Rahim whips off the bails but the back leg was in

31.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 2 runs, flat outside off stump, he gets down and sweeps hard through square for the easiest of twos, a poor fumble on the ropes allowed the second

31.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 1 run, tossed up again, worked past square for one more

End of over 32 (6 runs) Ireland 124/2 (RR: 3.87)
WTS Porterfield    65* (108b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    6-0-28-0
NJ O'Brien    9* (9b)      Mohammad Rafique    7-0-24-0

Here's Aftab Ahmed for a bowling change. Slow military medium stuff.

32.1

Aftab Ahmed to Porterfield, 1 run, begins with a loosener on the pads, nudged around the corner for one

32.2

Aftab Ahmed to NJ O'Brien, no run, good length on middle and off, played courtesy the inside-edge to midwicket

32.3

Aftab Ahmed to NJ O'Brien, no run, good length on off stump, played back to Aftab

32.4

Aftab Ahmed to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, played softly in front of point for one

32.5

Aftab Ahmed to Porterfield, 1 run, fuller on middle and off, turned to midwicket for one

32.6

Aftab Ahmed to NJ O'Brien, no run, good length on middle and leg, turned to square leg

End of over 33 (3 runs) Ireland 127/2 (RR: 3.84)
NJ O'Brien    10* (13b)      Aftab Ahmed    1-0-3-0
WTS Porterfield    67* (110b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    6-0-28-0

33.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 1 run, short and wide, cut into the covers for an easy single

33.2

Shakib Al Hasan to NJ O'Brien, OUT, good catch! Tossed up, he quickly gets into position to play the reverse sweep, connects very well off the middle of the bat, but Tamim flings himself forward at short third man and holds onto it firmly

NJ O'Brien c Tamim Iqbal b Shakib Al Hasan 10 (21m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Drinks on the field.

One O'Brien departs, another arrives. Of the right-hand variety

33.3

Shakib Al Hasan to KJ O'Brien, no run, tossed up, defended

33.4

Shakib Al Hasan to KJ O'Brien, no run, quicker one on off stump, defended

33.5

Shakib Al Hasan to KJ O'Brien, no run, tossed up again, and he taps it back down the pitch

33.6

Shakib Al Hasan to KJ O'Brien, no run, tossed up again, and yes, you guessed it, he defends it back

End of over 34 (1 run) Ireland 128/3 (RR: 3.76)
KJ O'Brien    0* (4b)      Shakib Al Hasan    7-0-29-1
WTS Porterfield    68* (111b 3x4)      Aftab Ahmed    1-0-3-0

34.1

Aftab Ahmed to Porterfield, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, driven into the covers for one

34.2

Aftab Ahmed to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, he drives into the point region to open his account

34.3

Aftab Ahmed to Porterfield, 1 run, fuller on off stump this time, driven down to long-on for another

34.4

Aftab Ahmed to KJ O'Brien, no run, slower one outside off stump, O'Brien drives and misses all ends up

34.5

Aftab Ahmed to KJ O'Brien, no run, quicker one now, he stands and attempts the late dab but again is beaten

34.6

Aftab Ahmed to KJ O'Brien, 1 wide, quite far away from outside off stump and wide is the call

34.6

Aftab Ahmed to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, nips back in off the seam and O'Brien nudges it calmly to mid-on for one

End of over 35 (5 runs) Ireland 133/3 (RR: 3.80)
KJ O'Brien    2* (8b)      Aftab Ahmed    2-0-8-0
WTS Porterfield    70* (113b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    7-0-29-1

35.1

Shakib Al Hasan to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, flat on off stump, driven off the back foot to mid-on

35.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 1 run, short outside off stump, cut off the back foot out to deep point

35.3

Shakib Al Hasan to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, defended to the on side

35.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, no run, looped up outside off stump, he sweeps and gets hit outside the line

35.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, no run, drifts down leg stump, turned right to Aftab at short fine leg

35.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 1 run, quick and flat on middle and off, turned into the midwicket region, calls for the quick single, his partner is struggling, a good flat throw comes in O'Brien's just made it in

End of over 36 (4 runs) Ireland 137/3 (RR: 3.80)
WTS Porterfield    72* (117b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    8-0-33-1
KJ O'Brien    4* (10b)      Aftab Ahmed    2-0-8-0

Razzak's back.

36.1

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, short outside off stump, driven to point

36.2

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, driven past point for the single

36.3

Abdur Razzak to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, tickled fine for a quick single

36.4

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, no run, comes out, fires it in quick and full, and Porterfield drives back to Razzak

36.5

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, 1 run, short and flat, he tries to pull but mistimes it into the ground for one

36.6

Abdur Razzak to KJ O'Brien, no run, quick, short, wide, cut into the covers

End of over 37 (3 runs) Ireland 140/3 (RR: 3.78)
KJ O'Brien    5* (12b)      Abdur Razzak    6-0-20-0
WTS Porterfield    74* (121b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    8-0-33-1

37.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, no run, back of a length outside off stump, cut to point

37.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 1 run, tossed up, he comes out and flicks to Rajin Saleh at short fine leg, who fumbles

37.3

Shakib Al Hasan to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, slow and low on off stump, comes out and drives to long-on

37.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, swept straight to Saleh again

37.5

Shakib Al Hasan to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, slog-swept out to Mortaza at deep midwicket

37.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 1 run, flat outside off stump, flicked across the line to square leg for one

End of over 38 (5 runs) Ireland 145/3 (RR: 3.81)
WTS Porterfield    77* (125b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    9-0-38-1
KJ O'Brien    7* (14b)      Abdur Razzak    6-0-20-0

38.1

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, 2 leg byes, comes out of the track, bowler drops it short, he swings across the line, misses, the ball rolls off his pads back to Razzak, who throws back to the stumps, misses, Bashar at short fine leg doesnt back up and thats the easiest two runs ever

38.2

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, 1 run, back of a length, pushed to cover

38.3

Abdur Razzak to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, shot! Comes out, gets to the pitch, and carts it down to long-on for four

38.4

Abdur Razzak to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, short and wide, he cuts this time out to the man on the ropes

38.5

Abdur Razzak to Porterfield, 1 run, quick on middle and leg, nudged out to deep backward square

38.6

Abdur Razzak to KJ O'Brien, SIX, hammered for maximum! O'Brien shimmies down the track, collects one on the pads full, and sends it over cow corner, impressive stroke

By far the best over of the Ireland innings

End of over 39 (15 runs) Ireland 160/3 (RR: 4.10)
KJ O'Brien    18* (17b 1x4 1x6)      Abdur Razzak    7-0-33-0
WTS Porterfield    79* (128b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    9-0-38-1

39.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, he drives down past the bowler to long-on, O'Brien wants strike

39.2

Shakib Al Hasan to KJ O'Brien, no run, quick outside off stump, he tries the dab but gets beaten

39.3

Shakib Al Hasan to KJ O'Brien, 2 runs, tossed up outside off stump, O'Brien leans into a nice-looking drive past the covers and mid-off for two

39.4

Shakib Al Hasan to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, short and flat and its cut past mid-off for one

39.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Porterfield, 1 run, comes out, collecting one fuller and flicking into square leg to give O'Brien strike

39.6

Shakib Al Hasan to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, short and wide, cracked off the back foot out to the man in the deep and he will regain strike

End of over 40 (6 runs) Ireland 166/3 (RR: 4.15)
KJ O'Brien    22* (21b 1x4 1x6)      Shakib Al Hasan    10-0-44-1
WTS Porterfield    81* (130b 3x4)      Abdur Razzak    7-0-33-0

Last ten overs coming up. Here's Rafique. Field is spread. Men on the ropes. Three saving singles.

40.1

Mohammad Rafique to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, tossed up, he comes down and flicks to deep mid-on

40.2

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, 2 runs, tossed up, uses the feet well and drives past mid-on, on the circle, out to the man moving around from long-on, well run for two

40.3

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, 1 run, comes out again and chips the slower delivery to mid-on for one

40.4

Mohammad Rafique to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, well bowled on middle and leg, no room to work with, tucked to midwicket

40.5

Mohammad Rafique to Porterfield, 1 run, flat outside off stump and he cuts into the covers

40.6

Mohammad Rafique to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, dropped! Oh lord! Tossed up on leg stump, O'Brien comes out and collects it on the full, chipping in the air out to Razzak at cow corner, who backpeddles hard, gets a hand to it, lets it go and looks on as the ball rolls over the ropes...shameless stuff that!

End of over 41 (10 runs) Ireland 176/3 (RR: 4.29)
KJ O'Brien    28* (24b 2x4 1x6)      Mohammad Rafique    8-0-34-0
WTS Porterfield    85* (133b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    10-0-44-1

Mortaza is back.

41.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, no run, good length outside off stump, Porterfield stands grounded and flashes the booming drive at it, missing completely

41.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, no run, slower and wider, stays low as Porterfield again chases it and misses

41.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Porterfield, OUT, tame end to his innings! Slower ball, Porterfield gets down on one knee, goes for the paddle, mistimes it, and the top-edge is gobbled up easily by short fine leg

WTS Porterfield c Mohammad Rafique b Mashrafe Mortaza 85 (175m 136b 3x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

He played well for his side, seeing off the new ball and consolidating after two strikes.

41.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, nudged to backward point

Here's the captain

41.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnston, 1 run, back of a length, opens the face and steers it down to third man for one

41.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, good length outside off stump, pushed into the covers for him to keep strike

End of over 42 (3 runs) Ireland 179/4 (RR: 4.26)
KJ O'Brien    30* (26b 2x4 1x6)      Mashrafe Mortaza    7-1-17-1
DT Johnston    1* (1b)      Mohammad Rafique    8-0-34-0

42.1

Mohammad Rafique to KJ O'Brien, no run, quick and flat, cut hard but right to backward point

42.2

Mohammad Rafique to KJ O'Brien, 1 wide, poor ball, very wide down leg stump

42.2

Mohammad Rafique to KJ O'Brien, no run, quicker one on off stump, he cuts into the ground

42.3

Mohammad Rafique to KJ O'Brien, no run, well bowled, slow and full, driven back to Rafique

42.4

Mohammad Rafique to KJ O'Brien, no run, quicker, fuller, O'Brien makes room to drive, misses, and Rahim fumbles a stumping

42.5

Mohammad Rafique to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, quick on leg stump, tickled around the corner

42.6

Mohammad Rafique to Johnston, 1 run, full on off stump, played across the line to square leg

End of over 43 (3 runs) Ireland 182/4 (RR: 4.23)
DT Johnston    2* (2b)      Mohammad Rafique    9-0-37-0
KJ O'Brien    31* (31b 2x4 1x6)      Mashrafe Mortaza    7-1-17-1

43.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnston, no run, good ball, up there, no room to slog, and he can only drive back to Mortaza

43.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnston, no run, full outside off stump, he stands leaden-footed and swishes, only to get beaten

43.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnston, 2 runs, back of a length, chopped past gulley for a quick two

43.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnston, no run, back of a length, chopped to backward point this time

43.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnston, no run, good length on the stumps, defended back down the track

43.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnston, (no ball) 1 run, he oversteps, a good yorker in the zone, dug out, the ball dies at his feet and they pinch a quick run

43.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to KJ O'Brien, no run, swishes at another one outside off stump and connects with wind

End of over 44 (4 runs) Ireland 186/4 (RR: 4.22)
KJ O'Brien    31* (32b 2x4 1x6)      Mashrafe Mortaza    8-1-21-1
DT Johnston    5* (8b)      Mohammad Rafique    9-0-37-0

44.1

Mohammad Rafique to Johnston, 1 run, flat on off stump, uses his feet well to drive down towards long-on

44.2

Mohammad Rafique to KJ O'Brien, 2 leg byes, quick and flat, hits him on the pad as he plays around it, umpire says no, was missing leg stump, then Johnston calls for the run, shouldve been out but again a Bangladeshi misses the stumps

44.3

Mohammad Rafique to KJ O'Brien, no run, tossed up on the stumps, he plays it back to the bowler

44.4

Mohammad Rafique to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, full and flat, flicked to mid-on

44.5

Mohammad Rafique to Johnston, 1 run, tossed up, he stands and swats that to midwicket for one

44.6

Mohammad Rafique to KJ O'Brien, 2 runs, quicker on the stumps, he flicks across the pads and picks up two out to deep midwicket

End of over 45 (7 runs) Ireland 193/4 (RR: 4.28)
KJ O'Brien    34* (36b 2x4 1x6)      Mohammad Rafique    10-0-42-0
DT Johnston    7* (10b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    8-1-21-1

Shahadat comes back into the attack.

45.1

Shahadat Hossain to Johnston, FOUR, banged in short, with a real grunt, and Johnston flashes the bat at it, getting a thick edge that flies high and down to third man

45.2

Shahadat Hossain to Johnston, 1 run, short again, on middle and off, he gets up on one leg and pulls to short fine leg

45.3

Shahadat Hossain to KJ O'Brien, 2 runs, overpitched, he flings the bat at it, spooning it over backward point, the ball lands safely, he wants two, well run, and the 200 is up

45.4

Shahadat Hossain to KJ O'Brien, 2 runs, full in the zone, he flicks across the line, in the air over midwicket, lands safely again and a diving stop from Tamim on the ropes saves the boundary

45.5

Shahadat Hossain to KJ O'Brien, SIX, immense! Full, asking for trouble, and O'Brien tees off with a big six rows back over long-on, yowza!

45.6

Shahadat Hossain to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, up he goes on the toes, using the soft hands to just drop it at his feet and responds well to his captain's call for the single

Great over for the Irish

End of over 46 (16 runs) Ireland 209/4 (RR: 4.54)
KJ O'Brien    45* (40b 2x4 2x6)      Shahadat Hossain    9-1-51-0
DT Johnston    12* (12b 1x4)      Mohammad Rafique    10-0-42-0

46.1

Abdur Razzak to KJ O'Brien, no run, tossed up outside off stump, he stands and dabs at it, getting beaten

46.2

Abdur Razzak to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, flatter on off stump, worked to square leg for one

46.3

Abdur Razzak to Johnston, no run, fired in down leg stump, he gets outside the line and swings it away, misses, gets hit on the boot

46.4

Abdur Razzak to Johnston, 2 runs, quick and short, he stands and pulls into deep midwicket, hustles well with his partner, and they pick up two, excellent running between the stumps

46.5

Abdur Razzak to Johnston, 1 leg bye, fired in down leg stump again, he swings, misses, runs, Rahim collects, throws, misses, what more do you need from a cricket match?

46.6

Abdur Razzak to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, out he comes, chipping in the air for one out to deep midwicket

End of over 47 (5 runs) Ireland 214/4 (RR: 4.55)
KJ O'Brien    47* (43b 2x4 2x6)      Abdur Razzak    8-0-37-0
DT Johnston    14* (15b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    9-1-51-0

Just 18 deliveries remain. 240 in sight?

47.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, OUT, full toss outside off stump, slogged back over Mortaza's head, they run hard for two, huffing and puffing, a very tough call for the second, and O'Brien is caught well short of his crease

KJ O'Brien run out 48 (58m 44b 2x4 2x6) SR: 109.09

Fine innings from O'Brien, but. Really upped the tempo when the others were struggling.

Here's Andrew White

47.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to White, 1 run, slow and fullish outside off stump, pushed into the covers for one

47.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnston, 1 run, slow outside off stump, he gets down and slogs it over mid-on, the ball lands safely in front of long-on

47.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to White, 1 run, slow and wide, he reaches out for it and sneaks it down to third man

47.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnston, FOUR, nice! Stand and deliver from the captain, slamming a half-volley through cover and mid-off for four, admired the shot after it was hit, too

47.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnston, 1 run, full moving down leg stump, flicked into the midwicket region for one to keep strike

End of over 48 (9 runs) Ireland 223/5 (RR: 4.64)
DT Johnston    20* (18b 2x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    9-1-30-1
AR White    2* (2b)      Abdur Razzak    8-0-37-0

And then there were 12. Badda-bing-badda-bang-badda-boom.

48.1

Abdur Razzak to Johnston, 1 run, flighted up on middle and off, slogged across the line, inside-edge out past square leg

48.2

Abdur Razzak to White, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, just nudged in front of point for one

48.3

Abdur Razzak to Johnston, SIX, yessa, thats a biggie! Tossed up, Johnston clears the leg, eyes up the leg side, and heaves it over wide long-on with some force!

48.4

Abdur Razzak to Johnston, 1 run, tossed up again, he doesnt get to the pitch of it but carries throuhg, spooning it up over mid-on and getting it to drop in no-man's-land

48.5

Abdur Razzak to White, 1 run, OUT, fired in on middle and leg, he turns it past square leg, runs one easily, but struggles coming back for the second and a good, low throw from deep midwicket accounts for him...no third umpire, just a nod of the head from Steve Bucknor

AR White run out 4 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

48.6

Abdur Razzak to Langford-Smith, 1 run, fired up one leg stump, swept past short fine leg for one

Last over coming up

End of over 49 (11 runs) Ireland 234/6 (RR: 4.77)
D Langford-Smith    1* (1b)      Abdur Razzak    9-0-48-0
DT Johnston    28* (21b 2x4 1x6)      Mashrafe Mortaza    9-1-30-1

49.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Langford-Smith, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, slogged towards square leg, they scamper one

49.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnston, 2 runs, full toss on leg stump, punched down to long-on, "two, two" is the call and thats precisely what they get

49.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnston, OUT, gone! Low full toss again, just outside off stump, and he pops that up to Nafees at cover, placed their for this very delivery, to end a captain's cameo

DT Johnston c Shahriar Nafees b Mashrafe Mortaza 30 (38m 23b 2x4 1x6) SR: 130.43

49.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Botha, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, chopped to backward point for one

49.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Langford-Smith, FOUR, slower one outside off stump, the big man gets down, swings it loosely across the stumps, manages to pick the gap around the corner, and the ball dribbles over the ropes

49.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Langford-Smith, 1 bye, well bowled, slower one on a length outside off stump, again he swings, misses, and scampers a bye

Ireland manage a very healthy 243 for 7, aided by a 91-run opening stand, a dour innings from William Porterfield and some good hitting from Kevin O'Brien and Trent Johnston. Bangladesh need 244 for victory. Do join me in about 40 minutes - 13:49 local, 17:49 GMT - for their chase. I need to muster up some dinner. Later!

End of over 50 (9 runs) Ireland 243/7
D Langford-Smith    6* (4b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    10-1-38-2
AC Botha    1* (1b)      Abdur Razzak    9-0-48-0
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Apr 15, 2007

Trent Johnston does a victory lap after beating Bangladesh, Bangladesh v Ireland, Super Eights, Barbados, April 15, 2007

Trent Johnston does a victory lap after beating Bangladesh

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The Irish players celebrated the win with a victory lap, Bangladesh v Ireland, Super Eights, Barbados, April 15, 2007

The Irish players celebrated the win with a victory lap

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