Pugnacious opener Paul Starling played a whirlwind knock of 130 while skipper William Porterfield scored a classy 94 as hosts Ireland were able to post a daunting total of 298 for eight in the ongoing Tri-Nation series on Wednesday at Castle Avenue, Dublin.
The hosts Ireland won the toss and opted to bat first in the last league fixture of the ongoing Tri-Nation series. Ireland survived a wobble start to post a commanding total thanks to Starling and Porterfield who shared 174 runs for the third wicket. Starling managed his eight ODI hundred by eight fours and four sixes.
Rookie pacer Abu Jayed who made his ODI debut against West Indies in the last match, claimed five wickets for 58 runs. Mohammad Saifuddin also bagged two wickets.
The match became a formality as Bangladesh have already confirmed a place in the final against West Indies, which is slated to be played on May 17 at the Village, Dublin. While Ireland have lost both of their matches against West Indies, Bangladesh came up victorious in their two battles against the Caribbean boys. The other match between Bangladesh and Ireland abandoned without the toss due to persistent rain. However, the game is a rare chance for the Tigers to test their bench ahead of the World Cup.
Bangladesh made four changes in this match- Liton Das came to replace SoumyaSarkar, Moasaddek Hossain got a chance in the place of Mohammad Mithun, Mohammad Saifuddin came in for Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mustafizur Rahman overlooked to pave the way for Rubel Hossain. Bangladesh playing XI: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, MashrafeMortaza(c), , Rubel Hossain, Abu Jayed, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin
Ireland playing XI: Paul Stirling, James McCollum, Andrew Balbirnie, William Porterfield(c), Kevin O Brien, Mark Adair, Gary Wilson(w), George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little.
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