Stirling, Jayed headline; Tigers need 293
Paul Stirling’s century has provided Ireland a solid score of 292/8 in 50 overs against Bangladesh after the hosts opted to bat first in the sixth match dead-rubber at Clontarf, Dublin.
Rubel Hossain struck early dismissing James McCollum. Abu Jayed Rahi scalped his maiden ODI wicket sending Andrew Balbirnie back for 20.
Shakib Al Hasan, who was eyeing his 250th ODI wicket. was introduced into the attack in the 22nd over. The first ball could have done the 250th for him unless Mohammad Saifuddin spilled Stirling a sitter at point. In the previous over, Stirling was dropped by Sabbir Rahman at long-off off Mosaddek Hossain on the last ball.
Stirling and skipper William Porterfield put on resistance in a 174-run third-wicket stand. Stirling continued his good form into this match as he notched up his eighth ODI century. Porterfield made 106-ball 94 runs before getting dismissed by Jayed.
Shakib was brought back in the 46th over. He conceded 23 runs in that over including a wide. Stirling’s two sixes and four each ruled out Shakib’s possibilty of completing a double of 5000 runs and 250 wickets in ODIs.
Jayed struck again to push back the hosts’ innings. He sent back Stirling, who amassed 130 runs from 141 deliveries including 8 fours and 4 sixes. The 25-year-old seamer grabbed a five-wicket haul in just his second ODI for Bangladesh.
Mohammad Saifuddin contributed two wickets at the death to restrict Ireland to 292.
Ireland 292/8 in 50 overs (Stirling 130, Porterfield 94; Jaye 5/58, Saifuddin 2/43)
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Bangladesh need 293 runs to win