Bangladesh handed Ireland an emphatic 8-wicket defeat in Dublin on Friday to pick up their first victory of the ongoing tri-nation series, involving New Zealand as the third team. Let’s take a look at some of the key facts of the match.
Ireland were bowled out for just 181 runs, which is their lowest against Bangladesh on home soil. The previous lowest was 189 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in Belfast, 2010 though the match was a 46-over-a-side.
Bangladesh are now just three points behind Sri Lanka in the ICC ODI Team Rankings. If they can beat New Zealand in their coming match, they will gain three points and will eclipse the islanders by a fraction of numbers, and reach No.6 for the very first time.
Mustafizur Rahman has picked up a four-wicket haul in ODIs after 6 matches. The last time ‘cutter master’ had picked up a fifer was against Zimbabwe in November, 2015. Since then, he was out of the team for more than a year owing to injury. After returning from injury, Mustafizur has taken at least one wicket in all the matches he took part in.
In the bilateral showdowns between Bangladesh and Ireland, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is now the jointly second highest wicket taker with Dave Langford-Smith. Both have 9 wickets to their name, while Shakib Al Hasan is at the summit with 12 wickets.
Ireland are now winless in One Day Internationals for 21 matches. The last time they picked up a win in the 50-over format came in October, 2015 when they beat Zimbabwe. Overall the Irish men have 51 wins in 123 ODI matches.
Left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam has become the 124th Bangladeshi player to debut for the national team in ODIs. The 27-year-old spinner replaced Mehedi Hasan Miraz in Friday’s game, and made the occasion special by picking up a wicket in his very first delivery. Overall he took two wickets for 22 runs in five overs.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com