Soumya Sarkar dabs the ball past and Ireland's wicket-keeper Niall John O'Brien looks on during the fourth ODI match of the Ireland Tri-Nation Series at the Malahide Cricket Club in Dublin on Friday. -AFP
Bangladesh thrash Irel-and by eight wickets in their third match of the Tri-Nation Series at Malahide, Dublin on Friday. Soumya Sarkar's unbeaten 87 off 68 balls, Tamim Iqbal's 47 off 57 balls and Sabbir Rahman's 35 off 34 balls helped Bangladesh to overcome tiny 182-target against Ireland with losing only two wickets at 27.1 overs.
Earlier, Bangladesh bundled out Ireland for 181 runs spurred by the brilliant bowling showdown of cutter master Mustafizur Rahman. Sent in to bat first, the host side played 46.3 overs for all wickets to collect the total where opener Ed Joyce top-scored 46 off 74 balls, including three boundaries.
Mustafizur started his bowling charisma in the very second over of the innings by sending back Irish opener Paul Stirling (0). Later, the left-arm pacer captured Niall O'Brien (30 off 42b; 1x4; 1x6), Kevin O'Brien (10 off 11b; 1x4) and Gary Wilson (6 off 17b) conceding only 23 runs in nine overs.
Debut Sunzamul Islam dismissed Ireland opener Ed Joyce in the last ball of his first spell for maiden ODI wicket while hunted Barry McCarthy (12 off 23b; 1x4) as his 2nd one by lbw. Sunzamul conceded 22 runs in five overs. Joyce fell short of four runs for a half century as he was caught by Tamim Iqbal at long-on when the team score was 126/5 in 29 overs. Barry McCarthy was out at 171/8 in 43.2 overs.
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Moratza conceded 18 runs in 6.3 overs for two wickets -George Dockrell and Peter Chase -- in the end. George Dockrell scored 25 off 50 balls with a boundary and was caught by Mushfiqur Rahim at 180/9 in 46.2 overs.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan bowled out Andy Balbirnie (12 off 24b; 1x6) at 61/3 in 14.2 overs while skipper William Porterfield (22 off 25b; 3x4; 1x6) was caught and bowled by Mosaddek Hossain at 37/2 in 8.3 overs.
-AA Sports Desk
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