Bangladesh stay undefeated before final
Paul Stirling’s brilliant hundred goes in vain as Bangladesh clinch a comfortable victory against Ireland by six wickets and stays undefeated in the tri-nation series.
Batting first, Ireland were 59/2 before the experienced duo of Stirling and Porterfield joined hands. The duo then added 174 runs together before the Irish skipper was dismissed by Abu Jayed in the 45th over. The left-hander missed out on what could have been his 12th ODI hundred.
Stirling, however, managed to notch up a hundred as Ireland put up 292 runs on the board after electing to bat against the Mashrafe Mortaza-led Bangladesh unit. For the visitors, Jayed, who played only his 2nd ODI, returned with a five-wicket haul as Bangladesh did not let Ireland go past 300.
In reply, Bangladesh enjoyed a brisk start as the openers Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das put up a 117-run stand in 100 balls before the former got out after scoring 57 off 53 balls. Shakib Al Hasan, who batted at number three scored fifty before being retired hurt and his injury doesn’t seem to be serious according to the reports.
Liton, meanwhile, was removed by Barry McCarthy after the right-hander, who was also the leading run-getter for Bangladesh in the match, had scored 76 from 67 balls.
While Mushfiqur Rahim, the wicketkeeper-batsman, fell for 35 and Mosaddek Hossain got out for 14, the duo of Mahmudullah, who scored an unbeaten 35, and Sabbir Rahman took Bangladesh over the line with seven overs to spare.
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