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Rain interrupts first T20I: Ireland need 104 in 8 overs to win

Rain interrupts first T20I: Ireland need 104 in 8 overs to win

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After more than two hours of rain, Ireland got a revised target of 104 in eight overs in the first T20I against Bangladesh in Chattogram on Sunday. 

The fate of the match was uncertain as rain interrupted the game at around 3:37 pm (Dhaka time) after Bangladesh scored 207 for 5 in 19.2 overs, the highest T20I total in Chattogram.

After an hour and 23 minutes of rain, the pitch covers went off but quickly returned within three minutes due to persistent rains. 

Ireland won the toss and chose to bowl first, but they may have to rethink their decision.

Bangladesh reached 100 runs in just nine overs, thanks to the blistering start of the openers Litton Das and Rony Talukdar. Litton scored 47 off 23 deliveries, including 4 boundaries and 3 sixes before being caught by Harry Tector off Craig Young in the 8th over.

Rony provided more impetus to the innings with his blistering knock of 67 off 38 balls. He smashed 7 fours and 3 sixes before being dismissed by Graham Hume in the 14th over. Najmul Hossain Shanto and Shamim Hossain contributed 14 and 30 runs respectively while Towhid Hridoy scored a quickfire 13 off 8 balls.

Skipper Shakib Al Hasan remained unbeaten on 20 off 13 balls, including 3 boundaries. Mehidy Hasan Miraz started giving the finishing touch before the rain came in.

Craig Young was the most successful bowler for Ireland, taking 2 wickets.