Shamim sniffs victory in tight 2nd one-dayer
Bangladesh Emerging have taken 1-0 lead in the five-match series against Ireland Wolves, thanks to a last over win in the second unofficial ODI at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram.
The series was given green light after all the players returned negative for COVID. The first one-day match was called off after Ireland all-rounder Ruhan Pretorius’s result showed positive in middle of the game.
Pretorius led the Irish charge as he made 129-ball 90 runs with the help of a six and 9 boundaries. James McCollum (41) and Stephen Doheny (37) took part in 88 and 85-run partnerships with him.
Harry Tector (31), the captain, and Shane Getkane (29) played quick-fire knocks to take Ireland Wolves to 264/6 after being put into batting first.
Left-arm spinner Rakibul Hasan and right-arm pacer Sumon Khan took two wickets apiece.
Saif Hassans (36) and Tanzid Hasan Tamim (17) carried Bangladesh Emerging to a flier, but both failed to convert the starts into bigger innings. One down Mahmudul Hasan Joy played a steady 95-ball 66 runs while Yasir Ali made 31 off 34.
Towhid Hridoy played a slow innings of 47-ball 31 when the asking rate was going upwards direction.
Then arrived Shamim Hossain in the 36th over. He took over the responsibility and played a brisk knock of 39-ball unbeaten 53 runs, hitting 3 fours and 2 sixes.
Bangladesh Emerging were down to 23 off last two overs. Shamim hit Josh Little for a four and a six in the penultimate over to take the equation to 9 off 6. Sumon Khan’s boundary off the first ball of the 50th over by Mark Adair eased off the pressure.
The hosts went on to win by four wickets with two balls remaining.
Ireland Wolves 263/7 in 50 overs (Pretorius 90, McCollum 41; Rakibul 2/39, Sumon 2/51)
Bangladesh Emerging 264/6 in 49.4 overs (Mahmudul 66, Shamim 53*; White 2/45, Getkate 1/15)
Bangladesh Emerging won by 4 wickets