Left-handed batsman Shamim Hossain Patwari struck a brilliant unbeaten 53 off 39 balls while Mahmudul Hasan Joy scored 66 runs as Bangladesh Emerging Team beat Ireland Wolves by four wickets in the second of five-match one-day series in Chattogram on Sunday.
Chasing a target of 264 runs, Bangladesh team were reduced to 220-6 in 45.2 overs before Shamim batted spectacularly well to propel Bangladesh side home 264-6 in 49.4 overs and took a 1-0 lead in the series.The first match of the series was abandoned following an Irish player’s tested Covid-19 positive midway in the contest on Friday at the same venue.
However all-rounder Ruhan Pretorius tested Covid-19 negative during the second test on Saturday along with all members of both sides which made it possible to continue the series as per schedule.
Pretorius, who opened the innings for Ireland Wolves on Sunday, made 90 off 125 balls while his opening partner James McCollum and Stephen Doheny scored 41 and 37 runs respectively as the visiting side posted a challenging 263-7 in their stipulated overs.
Pretorius put an 88-run opening stand with McCollum after they were sent into bat first at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium before pacer Sumon Khan dismissed the latter.
Pretorius then added 85 runs with Doheny before both departed in quick succession.
Skipper Harry Tector, Shane Getkate and Gareth Delany made meaningful contributions of 31, 29 and 18 runs respectively for Ireland Wolves as the visiting side set a tough total for the hosts.Sumon and Rakibul Hasan got two wickets for the hosts.
Bangladesh team skipper Saif Hassan (36), Yasir Ali (31) and Towhid Hridoy (31) all got starts but it was Mahmudul’s solid batting and Shamim’s late heroics that helped the hosts clinch an emphatic win in the contest.
The third match of the series will take place on Tuesday at the same venue.