Sumon, Joy, Hridoy power Bangladesh Emerging to series win
Bangladesh Emerging have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match one-day series against Ireland Wolves, beating them comprehensively by 8 wickets in the fourth unofficial ODI at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur.
Being sent into batting first, Ireland Wolves lost Stephen Doheny to Mukidul Islam Mugdho in the fifth over. Sumon Khan then struck on consecutive deliveries to send back Jeremy Lawlor and skipper Harry Tector.
Pacer Mark Adair was promoted to No.3, where he made 49-ball 40 runs striking 5 fours and a six. That remained the highest score for Ireland Wolves in this match.
All-rounder Ruhan Pretorius, who had been opening this series, came in at eight to add 35 off 45 to Wolves’ total of 182 runs in 46.2 overs.
Sumon claimed career-best figures of 4/31. Mukidul, Rakibul Hasan and captain Saif Hassan shared the other six wickets between them, two apiece.
The hosts sent Tanzid Hasan Tamim and Mahmudul Hasan Joy to open their innings. Peter Chase struck in the same over to dismiss Tanzid and Yasir Ali Chowdhury.
Joy set an unbroken partnership of 176 runs with Towhid Hridoy to guide Bangladesh Emerging to the target with 51 balls remaining.
Both played match-winning knocks, Joy making a steady 80* off 135 with 8 fours, and Hridoy powering 97-ball 88* runs with 9 fours.
The fifth and final one-day game will be played on Sunday (March 14) before the two-match unofficial T20I series starts. All the matches will be played in Mirpur.
Ireland Wolves 182/10 in 46.2 overs (Adair 40; Sumon 4/31, Saif 2/25, Mukidul 2/29)
Bangladesh Emerging 186/2 in 41.3 overs (Hridoy 88*, Mahmudul 80*; Chase 2/29)
Bangladesh Emerging won by 8 wickets