3rd Match, Dublin, May 9 2019, Ireland Tri-Nation Series
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
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• The Report by Mohammad Isam

Rain washes out Ireland-Bangladesh match in Dublin

Persistent showers forced the game to be called off before the toss could take place

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Commentator: Hemant Brar (@Cricquest)

2.12pm The game has been called off. So the points will be shared, two each. The next match is on Saturday when Ireland play against West Indies. But for today, that's all from our side. See you soon.

2.05pm I'm off to make myself a cup of tea. Welcome back, Hemant.

1.45pm We're hearing there'll be an inspection at 2.30pm. Let's see if we can get any play in at all.

Md Mehedi Hasan: "When is the last time to start a 20 over match? " -- The cut-off time for that is 4.30pm local time, I think.

1.15pm While we wait for updates, let's look at some photographs of Bangladesh's batsmen at the nets (though the Cricket Ireland Twitter handle seems to have mixed up Sabbir Rahman and Tamim Iqbal).

Jon: "Thanks Espncricinfo for posting my comment and @Nitish and @Tanveer I didn't consider those points so thanks. Yes, the conditions can change very quickly throughout the course of a game and Bangladesh did find it difficult to bat early on and WI did find bounce later in the game. It's amazing how quickly conditions can change. I guess some teams will find it difficult to play in the World Cup and adjust according to the conditions. The team that's the most versatile will probably win the Cup."

Farid: "That could be Tamim trying out the "reverse drive"! "

12.55pm It's still hammering down.

Neil Visser: "Third ODI within 2 days in danger of being washed out. I was so disappointed after the England v Pakistan game was abandoned. Please the Gods of weather don't spoil our summer!!"

Tanveer : "@jon: Well its hard to predict the pitches right. WI won the toss and elected to bat right? BD batsmen also found it difficult on the early 10-15 overs. I think the bowling and fielding expedited WI's loss. "

Jack: "I'll say this again if it isn't obvious, the idea of cutting teams to the World Cup to 10 is short-sighted and devalues the aim of growing the game. But I'll still watch religiously cause it's the damn World Cup!" -- It's been said often, but it needs to be said again and again. It's a travesty to only have ten teams.

12.50pm Hello all. It's now my turn to bring you weather updates. Hemant's taken a little break.

Nitish: "@Jon: i think its mainly due to the evolution in the playing conditions especially the pitch. As the game went on, the pitch became harder and made it easier to bat on. The ball came on to the bat very well; in fact, Cottrell and Gabriel found a lot of bounce late in the game. "

Jon: "Tuesday's match between Bangladesh and WI reminded me of the 2017 Champions Trophy semi final match between Eng and Pak in which the team bowling first found it relatively easy to keep the opposition team's run rate down, take wickets, restrict the opposition and bat easily in the second innings where as the other team couldn't do that... it's like they were playing on two different pitches. What can explain this?"

12.20pm This is not looking good. It's pelting down now.

AB Siddique: "Tri nation series the most important preparation for team tigers to the world cup"

Nahian: "Pain of rain!!! How could it be so continuous!!! don't wanna be abandoned though! "

12.10pm Covers are still on, the ground staff in the middle standing around but no sign of umpires. Still rain in the air.

Devopriya Tirth: "This series is a burning test for some bangladeshi players whether they can shine in the english condition.If bangladeshi middle-order can play fearless cricket and take the confidence to world-cup, Bangladesh can put a tough fight against top teams."

Rashidul Babor: "Oh rain just stop.. If u can't, please come here in Bangladesh. We need u most "

TasmiaT: "I really hope so. But our weather is of course infamously unpredictable. We did have a scorching summer last year but you can never predict the weather in the UK. no wonder it's our favourite topic of conversation!"

Shah Rukh : "Please send the rain here in Rajshahi, Bangladesh. Rajshahi need that rain very much. The temperature is almost 38° "

Khayam Zafar: "In my opinion Afghanistan got the best spin attack for this world cup. What you think guys ?" -- Mujeeb for Powerplays, Nabi for middle orders and Rashid for death overs.

Wahiduzzaman: "Hardik Pandia is a great discovery for India, BD does not have that much talented player but Liton Das can be the perfect one."

Rocky: "The sun is out in South Dublin..."

Davin: "It's drying up just to the west of Dublin so hopefully that can make it's way to Malahide. Don't know if it will last all day though so need to start asap If we're going to get much cricket In!"

ASM: "Bangladesh is a pretty good one day side. I wish there is someone like Hardik Pandya in the squard to boost up in the death overs."

TasmiaT: "How ironic that we had a complete downpour in London yesterday, washing out the Eng vs Pak game and today the rain has moved to Dublin, while we have relatively calm weather with some chance of the reverse swing here in London. Perhaps we need to set up reserve days for all the World Cup games if the weather promises to continue to be this temperamental." -- Someone from England told me it's just the start of May, where as the World Cup is in June. The weather conditions are expected to be different then.

11.30am There is hardly any change in the conditions. But we have our fingers crossed.

11.05am Live pictures suggest the rain isn't heavy, if there's any. But the big issue I see is that only the square and the bowlers' run-ups are covered. Much of the outfield is open to the elements. A Super Sopper is out and about.

Barry: "Rained in South Leinster this morning but brightened up a lot now - maybe that's on the way to Dublin :)" -- Let's hope so!

Khayam Zafar: "Bangladesh is looking good as a one day unit for this world cup. Settled batting line up plus decent spinners and ok fast bowlers will do well. Proof was comprehensive win against West Indies." -- Yeah, they have a pretty strong squad, and there's a lot of experience in the batting. The one question is whether they have the extra gear to score 350-plus totals on flat pitches, or chase 300-plus targets.

11.00am Nitish: "When do we start losing overs ?" -- One hour after the scheduled start time, or 11.45am, if the lunch break isn't reduced.

Mizan Sohag: "Its a bright sunny day here in Bangladesh. can we move the match in Dhaka. hahahaha?"

Azweer: "If u want the series to happen as such.. shift the games to Chepauk.. not even a single drop of rain for months...!!"

10.45am We're hearing that the rain began just as the umpires were about to go in for an inspection. The covers are still on, and if the rain stops the next inspection should be at around 11.45. Sigh.

Vinod Rajpal: "And in the world of sports, last night was all about Tottenham and their stunning win against Ajax at Asterdam ..... More & More upsets in sports result ; Hope we see Ireland doing the same !!" -- I wouldn't necessarily call Tottenham's win an upset, but yes, a closely contested game today would be great, weather permitting.

10.30am Some bad news. Rain started again before the umpires could even finish the inspection! Covers are coming on.

Riz: "its a nice bright day out here in Dublin city .. expecting to watch some good cricket"

Bangladesh are coming into this game after a convincing eight-wicket win over West Indies, who in the opening match of the series had defeated Ireland. Here's Isam's preview.

Venkat: "Hi Hemant and Karthik, very good morning to you. Hope we will get a game today after yesterday's nonstop rain. I am thinking of going to the stadium for the chase. Wish us good luck." -- Fortunately, there is no rain at the moment. There is an inspection in five minutes.

10.00 Hello and welcome to the third game of the tri-nation series. It's Ireland v Bangladesh at Malahide. I am Hemant Brar, and with my colleague Karthik Krishnaswamy, will be bringing you all the action. Here is an early update from Mohammad Isam: "There was rain in Dublin in the morning. But now it has stopped. The pitch is under cover."

Tim Murtagh Bowler
George Dockrell Bowler
Barry McCarthy Bowler
Boyd Rankin Bowler
Kevin O'Brien Batting allrounder
Andy McBrine Bowler
Gary Wilson Wicketkeeper batsman
William Porterfield (c)Batsman
James McCollum Opening batsman
Mark Adair Bowling allrounder
Andy Balbirnie Batsman
Paul Stirling Batting allrounder
Lorcan Tucker Wicketkeeper batsman
Josh Little Bowler
Match details
The Village, Malahide, Dublin
Tossno toss
SeriesIreland Tri-Nation Series
Match numberODI no. 004130a
Hours of play (local time)10.45 start, First Session 10.45-14.15 Interval 14.15-15.00, Second Session 15.00-18.30
Match days9 May 2019 - day match (50-over match)
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Aleem Dar
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Mark Hawthorne
TV Umpire
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Paul Reynolds
Reserve Umpire
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Alan Neill
Match Referee
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Chris Broad
PointsIreland 2, Bangladesh 2