result
42nd Match, Super Eights, Bridgetown, Apr 15 2007, ICC World Cup
243/7
(41.2/50 ov, target 244)169
Ireland won by 74 runs
Player Of The Match
85 (136)
william-porterfield

Great scenes at the Kensington Oval. Everyone on their feet, Irish, West Indian, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, whatever. Cheers, whoops, tears, bugles, drums, all out in appreciation of a good day's cricket. Johnston, stump in hand, leads his band of merry men off the field, acknowledging the supportive crowd. Bashar lopes off, head down. Bangladesh have beaten India and South Africa, but came up short against Ireland. Some sloppy cricket from them.

Ireland were lead by their captain from the toss, and thanks to Porterfield, Kevin O'Brien and Johnston himself, put up a very good total. Their bowlers backed up the batting effort, the fielding was enthusiastic, the body language better than their opponents. This win will do them plenty of good. The Irish supporters out here should be proud of their side. Irish eyes are smiling, truly.

Well, its been fun for me. Hope you enjoyed the commentary. I'll see you tomorrow - for my third stint in a row, whew! - as I bring you all the action from whats been billed as a finals' dress rehearsal, Australia v Sri Lanka at St George's. Its a 13:30 GMT start, as always, so bring your drinks, popcorn, friends, jerseys or whatever floats your boat and join me for another day's cricket.

Until then, be good, and on behalf of the whole Cricinfo gang, cheers!

Wait a second, you thought I wouldn't tell you who the Man of the Match was? How could you? Its Porterfield, for his fine innings of 85. Now go in, and I will definitely see you all tomorrow.

41.2
W
Johnston to Habibul Bashar, OUT

all over! Johnston clears up Bashar, captain to captain, with a good length delivery on off stump, that sneaks past his ugly swipe and castles him! Ireland win by 74 runs and the crown erupts!

Habibul Bashar b Johnston 32 (92m 57b 2x4 0x6) SR: 56.14
41.1
Johnston to Habibul Bashar, no run

good length outside off stump, he gets forward and just pushes to cover

end of over 41Wicket maiden
BDESH: 169/9CRR: 4.12 RRR: 8.33
Shahadat Hossain0 (2)
Habibul Bashar32 (55)
Kyle McCallan 8-1-25-2
Trent Johnston 7-0-40-1

Successful over from McCallan

40.6
McCallan to Shahadat, no run

tossed up, spins away from his forward prod

40.5
McCallan to Shahadat, no run

tossed up on off stump, defended

Out lopes the No. 11, Shahadat Hossain. Any instructions from his captain? Not that I can see.

40.4
W
McCallan to Razzak, OUT

bowled! You-miss-I-hit kinda stuff! McCallan changes the pace, firing it in quicker on leg stump, Razzak exposes the stumps, swings at it, misses, and the base of leg stump is hit. Ireland one wicket away from their second win over Test-level competition

Abdur Razzak b McCallan 11 (29m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 52.38
40.3
McCallan to Razzak, no run

quicker, spins into him and he just manages to get bat on it, chopping to point

40.2
McCallan to Razzak, no run

flatter, he comes out and swings again, inside-edging onto his boot

40.1
McCallan to Razzak, no run

tossed up, he swings across the line to midwicket

We're into the home stretch now, folks. McCallan comes back on.

end of over 409 runs
BDESH: 169/8CRR: 4.22 RRR: 7.50
Habibul Bashar32 (55)
Abdur Razzak11 (17)
Trent Johnston 7-0-40-1
Andre Botha 8-0-31-1
39.6
4
Johnston to Habibul Bashar, FOUR runs

short and wide, he cuts, Porterfield dives, cant stop it, its in the gap and runs away for four

39.6
1w
Johnston to Habibul Bashar, 1 wide

another slow, dibbly one down leg stump

39.5
Johnston to Habibul Bashar, no run

overpitched, Bashar drives back to Johnston on the bounce

39.5
1w
Johnston to Habibul Bashar, 1 wide

wayward delivery down leg stump

39.4
1
Johnston to Razzak, 1 run

fuller on off stump, played to midwicket for one, the ball bobbed up and landed safely

39.3
1
Johnston to Habibul Bashar, 1 run

shorter one, pulled uneasily through square

39.2
Johnston to Habibul Bashar, no run

fuller on off stump, Bashar lunges over it, gets an inside-edge to midwicket, sets off, then sends Razzak back when he's well down the track, but Mooney from mid-on cant hit the stumps

39.1
1
Johnston to Razzak, 1 run

back of a length, pitches and seams away, squaring him up, balls clips the glove and runs wide of the 'keeper

end of over 393 runs
BDESH: 160/8CRR: 4.10 RRR: 7.63
Abdur Razzak9 (15)
Habibul Bashar27 (51)
Andre Botha 8-0-31-1
Dave Langford-Smith 10-1-27-2
38.6
1
Botha to Razzak, 1 run

full and wide, and Razzak drives in the air over point for one out to the sweeper

38.5
Botha to Razzak, no run

quicker, fuller, outside leg stump, raps him and Botha asks - nay, yells - the question but Bowden says nope

38.4
1
Botha to Habibul Bashar, 1 run

back of a length outside off stump, he goes back and hammers it down past the stumps to long-off

38.3
Botha to Habibul Bashar, no run

good length outside off stump, steered to backward point

38.2
Botha to Habibul Bashar, no run

back of a length, he goes back and defends, inside-edge to short fine leg

38.1
1
Botha to Razzak, 1 run

fuller on middle and leg, flicked to square leg, Mooney fumbles and allows a run

Slightly inebriated section of Irish fans chant and sway. And why not?

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