Cricket World Cup: Bangladesh Defeats Ireland in a Dramatic Win

Raul HasibContributor IFebruary 25, 2011

Bangladesh Trio - Shafiul,Naem and Raqibul celebrate
Bangladesh Trio - Shafiul,Naem and Raqibul celebrate

Bangladesh's bowlers held their nerve to atone for the failures of their batsman, as the pluck of the Irish proved insufficient to overcome the most fervent atmosphere of the Cricket World Cup so far.

In a gripping, low-scoring encounter at Mirpur, Bangladesh flirted with disaster as they squandered a flying start from Tamim Iqbal to crash to 205 all out. When Ireland reached 93 for 3 at the halfway mark of their reply, they were well on course for a hugely deserved victory.

However, six wickets for the Bangladeshi spin quartet set the stage for a flying finish from Shafiul Islam. He claimed 4 for 21 in eight hostile and reverse-swinging overs, to seal a wildly acclaimed victory by 27 runs with five overs to spare.

The result was tough on the Irish who, like the Netherlands earlier in the week, gave the match their all and deserved a Test-playing scalp as their reward. But the belief and unity of the Bangladeshis had to be seen to be believed, as they dusted themselves down after a chastising performance with the bat and set about defending their meagre total with skill, tenacity and some sublime commitment in the field.

Mohammad Ashraful, whose mercurial batting once again let him down when the heat was on, proved a revelation with the ball. His spin-bowling all-sorts picked up two vital wickets inside the first 19 overs. Yet his subsequent celebrations imbued both his teammates—and perhaps more crucially, a rammed and expectant Mirpur crowd, with belief.

There will be many higher-profile fixtures than this in the coming weeks, but few could prove as pivotal to the fortunes of two teams who exceeded expectations four years ago in reaching the Super Eights in the Caribbean.

Ireland's hopes of playing in the 2015 tournament hinge on their ability to produce this sort of performance in each of their next five matches to convince the ICC that they deserve their place at the top table.

More immediately however, Bangladesh's victory gives them a real chance of pushing for a quarterfinal place that their form in home internationals suggest could be attainable.

Here's The Score Card -

Bangladesh innings (50 overs maximum)RMB4s6sSR
View dismissalTamim Iqbalc Porterfield b Botha44524370102.32
View dismissalImrul Kayesst †NJ O'Brien b Mooney12291220100.00
View dismissalJunaid Siddiquerun out (Joyce)3980037.50
View dismissalMushfiqur Rahimc White b Dockrell3695662054.54
View dismissalShakib Al Hasan*c & b Botha1617203080.00
View dismissalRaqibul Hasanrun out (White)3887691055.07
View dismissalMohammad Ashrafulc White b Dockrell1960016.66
View dismissalNaeem Islamc Dockrell b Johnston2964383076.31
View dismissalShafiul Islamlbw b Botha214170011.76
View dismissalAbdur Razzakb Johnston1128160068.75

Rubel Hossainnot out27200100.00

Extras(b 2, w 8, nb 1)11

Total(all out; 49.2 overs)205(4.15 runs per over)


WB Rankin906206.88(4w)
View wicketsDT Johnston8.204024.80(1nb)
View wicketJF Mooney702513.57(1w)
View wicketsAC Botha913233.55(1w)
View wicketsGH Dockrell1022322.30

PR Stirling401303.25

KJ O'Brien20804.00

Ireland innings (target: 206 runs from 50 overs)RMB4s6sSR
View dismissalWTS Porterfield*c Raqibul Hasan b Shakib Al Hasan2031302066.66
View dismissalPR Stirlingst †Mushfiqur Rahim b Abdur Razzak918101090.00
View dismissalEC Joycec & b Mohammad Ashraful1645350045.71
View dismissalNJ O'Brienc Tamim Iqbal b Shakib Al Hasan3864523073.07
View dismissalAR Whiteb Mohammad Ashraful1020271037.03
View dismissalKJ O'Brienc sub (Suhrawadi Shuvo) b Shafiul Islam3746403192.50
View dismissalAC Bothab Shafiul Islam2255362061.11
View dismissalJF Mooneyb Naeem Islam0168000.00
View dismissalDT Johnstonlbw b Shafiul Islam610610100.00

GH Dockrellnot out421120033.33
View dismissalWB Rankinc Junaid Siddique b Shafiul Islam312130023.07

Extras(lb 9, w 4)13

Total(all out; 45 overs)178(3.95 runs per over)


View wicketsShafiul Islam812142.62(2w)
View wicketAbdur Razzak803013.75

View wicketNaeem Islam913614.00

View wicketsShakib Al Hasan802823.50(1w)
View wicketsMohammad Ashraful904224.66(1w)

Rubel Hossain301204.00

Match details
Toss Bangladesh, who chose to bat
Points Bangladesh 2, Ireland 0
Player of the match Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)
Umpires Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and RJ Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire BF Bowden (New Zealand)
Match referee RS Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire M Erasmus (South Africa)


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