Watch: Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi’s 5-wicket haul against Ireland

With the help of pacer Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi’s fifer just in his second match of his career, Bangladesh registered a comfortable 6-wicket victory over Ireland on Wednesday, May 15 in the Tri-nation series. Bangladesh will play against West Indies in the Tri-nation series final on Thursday, May 17.

Bangladesh's Abu Jayed Rahi bowls during the Tri-Nation Series

It was all about the 25-year old paceman’s heroics when Ireland opted to bat first after winning the toss. Though another pacer Rubel Hossain took the first wicket of Ireland innings but after that it was all about Rahi’s show. Rahi took the next 5-wicket of Ireland innings to take a 5-wicket haul just in his second match of his international career. He was gone wicket-less in his first match unfortunately.

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Rahi opened his tally of wickets by dismissing the inform batsman Andy Balbirnie in the 11th over of the innings. Balbirnie looked to take on the short ball of Rahi but that didn’t come on and he’s through with the stroke. He got a little glove on the way through to wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim and it was given out by the umpire. So it was the start of Rahi’s explosive fifer in the match.

After completing his six overs at the beginning of the innings, Rahi came to bowl again for his second spell in the 45th over and he got the breakthrough which Bangladesh badly needed at that time as Paul Stirling and captain William Porterfield made a huge partnership of 176 runs in the 3rd wicket. Rahi took the wicket of Porterfield to break the partnership and also he rejected Porterfield to get the deserved century as he was on 94 then.

Rahi took 2 wickets in the next over including the dangerous Kevin O’Brien and Paul Stirling who had the capability of doing damages if they were at the middle till the end. Then Rahi came for his last over (his 9th over) in the 49th over and he was just 1-wicket away to take the fifer. He took the wicket of wicket-keeper Gary Wilson who was looking dangerous then in the fourth ball of that over and registered a 5-wicket hall just in his second match of his career.

Ireland failed to reach the 300-mark, thanks to Rahi’s superb bowling. Chasing the target of 293 runs, Bangladesh picked up the victory easily after the half-centuries from their top three batsman Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan.

Abu Jayed was adjusted man of the match for his great 5-wicket haul just in his second match of his international career. Surely this performance will diminish the questions which was raised by many when Rahi was picked for the Bangladesh World Cup squad.

Watch Rahi’s 5-wicket haul here-

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