Friday, February 25, 2011

Bangladesh Clinched a Crucial Victory over Ireland in World Cup Cricket 2011

Today, Bangladesh defeated Ireland by 27 runs in a highly entertaining match at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. Winning the toss Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan decided to bat first, and two openers- Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes- got off to a flying start for Bangladesh.

However, Bangladesh failed to put on a big total on the board as no Bangladeshi batsmen could carry on after settling down on the wickets. Tamim played only 43 balls to reach 44, but his innings was brought to an end when Botha made him a catch of Porterfield. At one stage, Bangladesh lost 4 wickets at 86.

Then Mushfiqur Rahim and Raqibul Islam contributed 61 runs for the fifth-wicket partnership. However, Bangladesh fell in big trouble when Mushfiq got out for 36 and later Raqibul followed him on 38. Following their departure it looked Bangladesh may not be able to cross 200. However, in the end Naeem Islam’s 29 guided Bangladesh towards a total of 205 runs.

Andrew Botha picked up 3 wickets and 18-year-old spinner Dockrell bowled brilliantly bagging 2 wickets just for 23 runs in 10 overs. Johnston also got 2 wickets.

In reply, Ireland started off safely, but Bangladeshi spinners kept them the home side’s hopes alive. Razzak, Naeem, Shakib as well as occasional spinner Ashraful all brought their best and did not give much room to the Irish batsmen. Still, Ireland looked to be in firm control of the match when O’Brien brothers were batting.

First Niall O’Brien and then Kevin O’Brien tried their best to chase the target successfully. Niall scored 38 off 52 balls before losing his wicket to Shakib. Kevin scored a 40-ball 37 with 3 boundaries and an over boundaries, but was made a catch of substitute Shuvo by Shafiul Islam.

Later in Ireland’s innings, it was Shafiul who ensured Bangladesh’s victory picking up 4 out of Ireland’s 5 last wickets including that of Kevin O’Brien.

Tamim Iqbal, who scored 44 and took a brilliant catch to dismiss dangerous-looking Naill O’Brien, was adjudged man of the match.