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Bangladesh vs Ireland, 1st ODI at Sylhet, BAN v IRE, Mar 18 2023 - Ball by Ball Commentary

1st ODI (D/N), Sylhet, March 18, 2023, Ireland tour of Bangladesh
(30.5/50 ov, T:339) 155

Bangladesh won by 183 runs

Player Of The Match
92 (85)
Full commentary

A clinical performance by Bangladesh on a new-look pitch. Ireland had their moments but couldn't string them together to gather momentum or gain an advantage. Can the hosts complete a series win or can the visitors come back to create parity? Join us on Monday to find out. Goodbye for now from me, Ekanth, my co-commentators, Shamya Dasgupta and Sreshth Shah, and our scorer, Thilak.

Aktar: "Mustafiz will have to do exceptionally well to get a spot in playing eleven instead of Hasan and Ebadot since Taskin is number one choice."

Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh Captain: We batted exceptionally. Wasn't the best wicket to bat in our first 20 overs. Shakib was brilliant. Mushy's innings made the difference, shoutout to him. Very pleased with the way we bowled under lights. I think the wicket was great but could have been better in the first 20-25 overs, when it was on the slower side. But these sporting wickets will help us. He's been doing it for the last 17 years. People forget that there will be ups and downs, he's been amazing. Ebadot is world-class. Special mention to Nasum. He doesn't play too many ODIs but has been brilliant when he in in.

Towhid Hridoy, POTM: Missing the hundred hurts a bit but I am happy to have gotten a great start. I felt good. Shakib bhai gave me a lot of confidence. I just tried execute my plan.

Andy Balbirnie, Ireland Captain: At the halfway stage, we weren't too disappointed. The wicket was the best to bat on when we started but those 4-5 wickets cost us. We don't want to use lack of experience as an excuse but they did look in rhythm and played very well. But the beauty of it is we will get another chance on Monday. We want to compete but do better than we did today, especially with the bat.

9:02pm: Bangladesh have their biggest ODI win of all time. They checked off all boxes with bat and ball. Hridoy and Shakib were brilliant, they set up the win. Stirling and Doheny started well but Ebadot and Taskin got to the party and never gave the visitors a sniff after that. Their consistent pace and ability to hit a good length or go back to a hard length challenged batters' edges and made scoring difficult. Ireland would be disappointed with their collapse after a good opening stand. Dockrell offered some resistance but apart from Campher, got very little support. Lots of soul searching remains for them between this and in two days.

Ebadot Hossain to Dockrell, 1 run, OUT

Yorker at 142kph knocks over leg stump to complete 183-run win! Dockrell made room too early, tried to power a cover drive but it rocked back the stumps.

George Dockrell b Ebadot Hossain 45 (47b 6x4 0x6 72m) SR: 95.74
Ebadot Hossain to Dockrell, 2 runs

Makes room and slaps it, goes up off the bottom edge. Mid-off is in and has to run back, it goes too far.

Ebadot Hossain to Hume, 1 run

Length around off, thick inside edge off the slightly open faced bat takes it to deep fine leg

Ebadot Hossain to Hume, no run

Full toss outside off, open-faced push goes to point

Ebadot Hossain to Hume, no run

Yorker around off, tries to drive and gets beaten

end of over 308 runs
IRE: 153/9CRR: 5.10 RRR: 9.30 • Need 186 runs from 20 overs
George Dockrell43 (45b 6x4)
Graham Hume1 (2b)
Nasum Ahmed 8-0-44-3
Ebadot Hossain 6-0-39-3
Nasum to Dockrell, FOUR runs

Litton covers ample ground, dives to the right but isn't able to take it at long-off. Made room and was Nasum tried to follow him, but gave some room. Lofted it straight. Great effort but goes past the man

Nasum to Hume, 1 run

Full outside off, open-faced push takes the flat 92kph ball to deep point

Nasum to Dockrell, 1 run

Flat on a length on leg, flicked to deep midwicket

Nasum to Dockrell, no run

Makes room and slaps a shortish ball to cover

Nasum to Hume, 1 leg bye

Tries flicking the length ball, gets it off the pad behind square

Nasum to Dockrell, 1 run

Full on the stumps, lofted to long-on. On the bounce to the fielder

end of over 2911 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 145/9CRR: 5.00 RRR: 9.23 • Need 194 runs from 21 overs
George Dockrell37 (41b 5x4)
Ebadot Hossain 6-0-39-3
Nasum Ahmed 7-0-37-3

Titas: "Mushfiq the keeper is reborn!" He equals the most number of dismissals for Bangladesh, he currently holds the record, notes Athar Ali Khan on air

Ebadot Hossain to Adair, OUT

Edges the pull, Mushfiqur takes a catch at head-height. Bouncer follows the batter making room, the 142kph ball is too fast for Adair.

Mark Adair c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Ebadot Hossain 13 (11b 2x4 0x6 18m) SR: 118.18
Ebadot Hossain to Adair, FOUR runs

Makes room and connects with the cover drive again. Was another biff. Hit it off a length, raced along the ground

Ebadot Hossain to Adair, no run

Makes room and tries to late cut a shortish ball over the stumps. Went hard and missed it.

Ebadot Hossain to Dockrell, 1 run

Back of length at 119kph following the batter who made room. Flicked to midwicket

Ebadot Hossain to Dockrell, 1 wide

Bouncer around off, Dockrell crouches and goes for the pull. Beaten

Ebadot Hossain to Adair, 1 run

High-ish full toss at the stumps. Makes room and slaps to deep cover. Replay shows it was close to a no-ball, not given.

Ebadot Hossain to Adair, FOUR runs

Creams a slashing cover drive. Was a length ball with little room, Adair clears his front leg and smashes it

end of over 287 runs
IRE: 134/8CRR: 4.78 RRR: 9.31 • Need 205 runs from 22 overs
Mark Adair4 (6b)
George Dockrell36 (40b 5x4)
Nasum Ahmed 7-0-37-3
Mustafizur Rahman 6-0-31-0


Nasum to Adair, 1 run

Clips the slightly short ball outside off, off the back foot to long-on.

Nasum to Dockrell, 1 run

Chops a length ball to deep cover

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