Shakib shines but Bangladesh put off a shambolic start of the Ireland tour

Bangladesh lost by a huge margin of 88 runs in their practice match against Ireland Wolves on Sunday, May 5 at the Vineyard, Hills Cricket Club in Dublin.

Chasing the target of 308 runs, Bangladesh lost their ten wickets by scoring just 219 runs with still 7 overs in hand and ensured their loss by 88 runs.

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Winning the toss, Ireland chose to bat on a great batting surface with shorter boundaries. But the host didn’t start well. Rubel Hossain, who made a return to action nearly a gap of one and a half month took the wicket of the skipper Harry Tector when they were able to collect just 33 runs in the board.

But the other opener James McCollum batted well throughout the innings and was the highest run-scorer for his team with 102 runs from 109 balls. He also made a huge partnership of 124 runs in the third wicket with Simi Singh who scored a well-played 91 runs from 95 balls. Then at the end, a little well-timed cameo from Tyron Kane helped the host to post a huge total of 307 runs ahead of the visitors. Tyron Kane was unbeaten at 27 runs off 13 balls.

Fast-bowler Taskin Ahmed was the standout bowler among all with 3 wickets by giving away 66 runs in 10 overs while Rubel Hossain took 2 wickets in his 9 overs by giving away 63 runs. Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Farhad Reza all took 1 wicket each.

To complete the target of 308 runs, Bangladesh started well in their innings. Opener Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das made 56 runs opening partnership before Tamim got out by Shane Getkate scoring 21 runs from 33 balls. Wicket-keeper batsman Liton also followed him and got out by scoring 26 runs from 39 balls.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun also didn’t able to make-up the innings as they both got out by scoring just 11 runs and 13 runs.

After that, Shakib Al Hasan who captained the visitors in the absence of regular captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza, tried to build-up the innings. But when he looked in good rhythm, he threw away his wicket just after scoring his individual fifty. He scored 54 runs from 43 balls. Then the wickets were fallen in short time as Mahmudullah was the only one who played a modest innings of 37 runs. Sabbir Rahman (0 off 2 balls), Mehidy Hasan Miraz (6 off 6 balls), Farhad Reza (15 off 17 balls), Taskin Ahmed (14 off 22 balls) and Rubel Hossain (2* off 4 balls) didn’t contribute anything, so the visitors were all out by scoring just 219 runs inside 43 overs.

Simi Singh also shined in the bowling for the hosts as he was the standout bowler for them by taking 4 wickets in 9 overs costing just 51 runs.

Bangladesh will play their first match of the tri-nation ODI series against West Indies at Clontarf Cricket Ground, Dublin on Tuesday May 7.

Brief Score:

Ireland Wolves 307-8 (50 overs)

James McCollum 102 (109), Simi Singh 91 (95)

Taskin Ahmed 3/66, Rubel Hossain 2/63

Bangladesh 219-10 (42.4 overs)

Shakib Al Hasan 54 (43), Mahmudullah 37 (48)

Simi Singh 4/51, Tyron Kane 2/38

Toss: Ireland Wolves, elected to bat first

Result: Ireland Wolves won by 88 runs

Man of the Match: Simi Singh

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