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Tigers earn biggest ODI win

Seal the ODI series against Ireland

Published : 23 Mar 2023 10:28 PM | Updated : 23 Mar 2023 10:40 PM

A five-wicket haul of Hassan Mahmud and stalwart batting from Tamim and Litton Das steered Tigers to win the ODI series against Ireland when they outplayed the visitors by 10 wickets in the third and last ODI on Thursday at the Sylhet Stadium.

Bangladesh could confirm the series if they would win the second ODI but the rain washed the match when the Tigers threw a challenging target of 350 runs for Ireland.  

But on the day, against the devastating pace attacks of Taskin, Hassan Mahmud and Ebadot Hossain, Ireland were bundled out for a paltry 101 runs when their captain Andrew Balbirnie chose to bat first after winning the toss.

Brilliant batting from the captain Tamim Iqbal and Litton Das steered the Tigers to have a big win when the openers played only 13.1 overs to reach their target 102 runs.     

It is the first ever Bangladesh win in a match by 10 wickets in the ODI following their record 350 runs in this format, they scored in the second match in the ongoing series of three matches against Ireland.  

Tamim Iqbal scored 41 from as many deliveries when he hit five boundaries and two over boundaries.

Liton Das smashed his eighth 50 just off 38 balls with 10 fours.

The pace trio Hassan, Taskin and Ebadot shared 10 wickets among them to restrict Ireland on a paltry total.  

Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie won the toss in the back to back match (his third toss win in a row) and this time opted to bat first.

Might be watching the weather focus Balbirnie decided to bat first to have the favour of the moistened pitch due to overnight rain but it backfired when they fell into trouble from an early stage.

Ireland lost four wickets for 26 runs by 9.2 overs when their four top order batters including the captain Balbirnie got out for single digit.

However, Hassan Mahmud made the first breakthrough with taking the opener Stephen Doheny for 8 and the scoreboard read only 12 runs.

Hassan Mahmud, who was not in the match against Ireland and was considered in the second ODI but could not bowl as the match was washed out, struck again with picking up the other opener on seven runs with 22 was on the board.

Ireland saw another big blow when they lost their captain on 22 runs with the pace spearhead Tasking Ahmed sending back the one down batter Balbirnie for only six runs.

Ireland tumbled into real trouble when Hassan Mahmud trapped Harry Tector for a duck and Ireland reduced to four for 26 runs.

Lorcan Tucker and George Dockrell, looked going to rescue Ireland from the disaster when they were batting with some confidence, but scoring 42 runs in the fifth wicket stand were parted  with Ebadot trapping Lorcan Tucker for lbw, Ireland were 68 for five.  

Lorcan Tucker, who was batting very fluently under pressure, as he scored 28 runs off 31 balls with four boundaries, trying to flick an Ebadot’s yorker, his front foot was across the on off stump. But due to late swing in the air beat the bat and hit the boot, though the batter took review but the result was not in his favour.

His partner Curtis Campher, looked steady and was also batting with some confidence, but did not get any company as three batters left him in quick succession with George Dockrell for a duck, Andy McBrine for one and Mark Adair when Ebadot and Taskin came in action.

Hassan Mahmud finished Ireland innings on 101 runs with taking  Graham Hume for three runs when the young pacer claimed his maiden five wickets haul for 32 runs in his 8.1 over spell.

Taskin picked up three and Ebadot Hossain joined the celebration with a couple of wickets.