Cricket World Cup: Bangladesh Defeats Ireland in a Dramatic Win

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Cricket World Cup: Bangladesh Defeats Ireland in a Dramatic Win
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) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Tamim Iqbal c Porterfield b Botha 44 52 43 7 0 102.32
View dismissal Imrul Kayes st †NJ O'Brien b Mooney 12 29 12 2 0 100.00
View dismissal Junaid Siddique run out (Joyce) 3 9 8 0 0 37.50
View dismissal Mushfiqur Rahim c White b Dockrell 36 95 66 2 0 54.54
View dismissal Shakib Al Hasan* c & b Botha 16 17 20 3 0 80.00
View dismissal Raqibul Hasan run out (White) 38 87 69 1 0 55.07
View dismissal Mohammad Ashraful c White b Dockrell 1 9 6 0 0 16.66
View dismissal Naeem Islam c Dockrell b Johnston 29 64 38 3 0 76.31
View dismissal Shafiul Islam lbw b Botha 2 14 17 0 0 11.76
View dismissal Abdur Razzak b Johnston 11 28 16 0 0 68.75

Rubel Hossain not out 2 7 2 0 0 100.00

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











Total (all out; 49.2 overs) 205 (4.15 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-53 (Imrul Kayes, 6.3 ov), 2-61 (Junaid Siddique, 8.5 ov), 3-68 (Tamim Iqbal, 11.1 ov), 4-86 (Shakib Al Hasan, 15.2 ov), 5-147 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 33.3 ov), 6-151 (Mohammad Ashraful, 35.2 ov), 7-159 (Raqibul Hasan, 38.1 ov), 8-170 (Shafiul Islam, 42.3 ov), 9-193 (Abdur Razzak, 47.6 ov), 10-205 (Naeem Islam, 49.2 ov)










Bowling O M R W Econ


WB Rankin 9 0 62 0 6.88 (4w)
View wickets DT Johnston 8.2 0 40 2 4.80 (1nb)
View wicket JF Mooney 7 0 25 1 3.57 (1w)
View wickets AC Botha 9 1 32 3 3.55 (1w)
View wickets GH Dockrell 10 2 23 2 2.30


PR Stirling 4 0 13 0 3.25


KJ O'Brien 2 0 8 0 4.00










Ireland innings (target: 206 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal WTS Porterfield* c Raqibul Hasan b Shakib Al Hasan 20 31 30 2 0 66.66
View dismissal PR Stirling st †Mushfiqur Rahim b Abdur Razzak 9 18 10 1 0 90.00
View dismissal EC Joyce c & b Mohammad Ashraful 16 45 35 0 0 45.71
View dismissal NJ O'Brien c Tamim Iqbal b Shakib Al Hasan 38 64 52 3 0 73.07
View dismissal AR White b Mohammad Ashraful 10 20 27 1 0 37.03
View dismissal KJ O'Brien c sub (Suhrawadi Shuvo) b Shafiul Islam 37 46 40 3 1 92.50
View dismissal AC Botha b Shafiul Islam 22 55 36 2 0 61.11
View dismissal JF Mooney b Naeem Islam 0 16 8 0 0 0.00
View dismissal DT Johnston lbw b Shafiul Islam 6 10 6 1 0 100.00

GH Dockrell not out 4 21 12 0 0 33.33
View dismissal WB Rankin c Junaid Siddique b Shafiul Islam 3 12 13 0 0 23.07

Extras (lb 9, w 4) 13











Total (all out; 45 overs) 178 (3.95 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-23 (Stirling, 5.3 ov), 2-36 (Porterfield, 9.1 ov), 3-75 (Joyce, 18.1 ov), 4-93 (White, 24.4 ov), 5-110 (NJ O'Brien, 27.4 ov), 6-151 (KJ O'Brien, 36.4 ov), 7-164 (Mooney, 39.4 ov), 8-168 (Botha, 40.1 ov), 9-171 (Johnston, 42.1 ov), 10-178 (Rankin, 44.6 ov)










Bowling O M R W Econ

View wickets Shafiul Islam 8 1 21 4 2.62 (2w)
View wicket Abdur Razzak 8 0 30 1 3.75

View wicket Naeem Islam 9 1 36 1 4.00

View wickets Shakib Al Hasan 8 0 28 2 3.50 (1w)
View wickets Mohammad Ashraful 9 0 42 2 4.66 (1w)

Rubel Hossain 3 0 12 0 4.00

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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