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Clinical Tigers outclass Irish

Register maiden 10-wkt win in any format to clinch ODI series 2-0

  • Samsul Arefin Khan
  • 24 March, 2023 12:00 AM
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Clinical Tigers outclass Irish
Hasan Mahmud

A clinical Bangladesh registered their biggest ODI win when they beat Ireland by 10 wickets in the third and final game of the three-match series at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on Thursday also to confirm a 2-0 series victory over the visiting side.

Pacer Hasan Mahmud was the star of the show as he claimed career-best 5-32 while two other pacers -- Taskin Ahmed (3-26) and Ebadot Hossain (2-29) -- shared the remaining five wickets as Bangladesh bowled Ireland all out for just 101 runs in 28.1 overs.
It was the first time in Bangladesh cricket history that their pacers took all 10 wickets in the same innings of an international game in any format.
Liton Das (50 off 38 balls not out) and Tamim Iqbal (run-a-ball 41 not out) then shared an unbroken stand of 102 runs in a quick manner as Bangladesh raced towards the target in just 13.1 overs to complete a dominating win over the Irish side.
The Tigers previously won five ODIs and two T20Is by the margin of nine wickets but were unable to register a 10-wicket win in any format before this match.
On Thursday, Bangladesh started the game with one change from the previous game as they brought in all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz in place of batsman Yasir Ali while Ireland, who decided to bat first, fielded an unchanged side in game.
Pacer Hasan gave Bangladesh an early breakthrough as he removed Stephen Doheny (eight) in his third over before he trapped both Paul Stirling (seven) and Harry Tector (0) in front in between four deliveries to put the hosts in the driving seat.
Taskin then removed Irish skipper Andrew Balbirnie (six) to pile more misery on the opposition as the visitors were left tottering at 26-4 in the 10th over of their innings.
Lorcan Tucker and Curtis Campher then tried to rebuild their innings as the pair shared a 42-run stand for the fifth wicket before Ebadot gave Ireland a double blow by removing Tucker (28) and George Dockrell (0) in successive deliveries.

Taskin then dismissed Andy McBrine (one) and Mark Adair (0) in space of three deliveries before Hasan removed Campher (36) to raise the prospect of bowling their opposition all out within the double-digit figure.
However, Ireland number 11 Matthew Humphreys struck a boundary off Hasan to help his side reach the 100-run mark but young pacer Hasan soon removed Graham Hume (three) not only to wrap up the innings but also to complete his maiden five-wicket haul in international cricket.
Ireland’s total of 101 runs was their lowest total against Bangladesh in this format while it was their sixth-lowest total in 50-over cricket overall.
Chasing a small target, Bangladesh openers -- Tamim and Liton -- showed no mercy on the Irish bowlers and completed the victory with 221 balls to spare.
It was also Bangladesh’s second-biggest win by balls remaining in the second innings.
Bangladesh’s biggest win in this category came against Zimbabwe when they won the game with 229 balls to spare while chasing a target of 45 runs against the African nation in Chattogram in 2009.
Hasan was adjudged player of the match for his maiden five-wicket haul while Mushfiqur Rahim was named player of the series for scoring 144 runs in the series that included a 60-ball unbeaten hundred in the second game.
Bangladesh earlier won the opening game of the series by 183 runs before the second game was called off due to rain.
Both the teams will now travel to Chattogram to feature in a three-match T20I series, scheduled at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on March 27, 29 and 31.
The teams are also scheduled to play the lone Test in Dhaka on April 4-8.