Dhaka, Bangladesh
Four-star Mustafizur

Ireland v Bangladesh Tri-nation series

Four-star Mustafizur

A proficient show by the bowlers has helped Bangladesh bundle Ireland out for a measly 181 in their third game of the tri-nation series, reports bdnews24.com. Mustafizur Rahman once again proved to be talismanic as he spearheaded the bowling with 4 for 23 from his 9 overs at Dublin’s Malahide on Friday. Southpaw Sunzamul Islam shone on debut, returning 2 for 22 from his 5 overs while skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza took 2-18 from 6.3 overs. Shakib Al Hasan and Mosaddek Hossain chipped in with a wicket each. With Bangladesh bowlers making regular inroads, Ed Joyce put up a fight with 46 at the top of the batting order while Niall O’Brien was the only other Irish batsman to put on some resistance. After Mashrafe elected to field first, the 21-year-old Mustafizur gave Bangladesh a perfect start by taking out Paul Stirling in the second over with Ireland yet to score. William Porterfield (22) kickstarted the innings with Joyce with 37 runs in the second wicket. But young Mosaddek Hossain got his man with a return catch, making amends for dropping a straightforward catch from Porterfield in the previous over. Shakib then settled the score with Andy Balbirnie (12) with an arm ball after being clubbed for a six in his previous over. With Ireland tottering on 61-3, Mushfiqur failed to hold on to an edge from Niall in the same over. It allowed Niall and Joyce to carve out a 55-run recovery stand. Mashrafe kept rotating his bowlers in search of a wicket, and Mustafizur got the breakthrough by sending Niall back which triggered a mini-collapse. Having shepherded his team through almost 29 overs, Joyce followed Niall back to the hutch in the next over when Sunzamul struck in his first over. The maverick seamer Mustafizur saw the back of Kevin O’Brien (10) and Gary Wilson (6) in successive overs as Ireland lost four wickets for just 20 runs in the slide. Kevin fell to a brilliant diving catch before Wilson was given caught behind, though replays suggested no bat was involved. Reduced from 116-3 to 136-7, Ireland went past 150 through a 35-run partnership between George Dockrell (25) and Barry McCarthy (12) down the order. But Mashrafe struck twice, punctuated by a wicket for Sunzamul, to wrap up the Irish innings. Brief score: Ireland: 181 in 46.3 overs (Joyce 46, Stirling 0, Porterfield 22, Balbirnie 12, Niall 30, Kevin 10, Wilson 6, Dockrell 25, McCarthy 12, Murtagh 5*, Chase 0; Rubel 0/41, Mustafizur 4/23, Mashrafe 2/18, Mosaddek 1/21, Shakib 1/21, Shakib 1/38, Mahmudullah 0/13, Sunzamul 2/22). Ireland: 1 William Porterfield (capt), 2 Paul Stirling, 3 Ed Joyce, 4 Niall O’Brien (wk), 5 Andy Balbirnie, 6 Kevin O’Brien, 7 Gary Wilson, 8 George Dockrell, 9 Barry McCarthy, 10 Tim Murtagh, 11 Peter Chase Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mosaddek Hossain, 8 Sunzamul Islam, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

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