Sports Desk: Bangladesh put up yet another clinical performance to crush hosts Ireland by six wickets and got the psychological boost ahead of their tri-series final against West Indies.
The final is on Friday at the Malahide in Dublin as Bangladesh will seek for an elusive title in a tournament involving three or more teams.
In what turned out to be a dead rubber at the Clontarf Cricket Club Ground in Dublin on Wednesday, Ireland compiled a hefty 292-8. Bangladesh made a mockery of it, reaching 294-4 with 42 balls to spare. That spoke the volume of sheer domination.
Ireland opener Paul Stirling struck his eight century and clubbed 141 ball-130 but it went in vain after the fireworks of Bangladesh’s top-order who, once accused for their vulnerability, stood tall for team’s cause for the consecutive third time in the tournament. In doing so, they kept Bangladesh unbeaten in the tournament so far.
Bangladesh beat West Indies twice while their first match against Ireland in double-league tournament was washed out without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain.
Liton Das, who replaced Soumya Sarkar to open the innings with Tamim Iqbal top-scored with 67 ball-76, hitting nine delightful fours and one six. Tamim too continued his rich vein of form with 53 ball-57.
Tamim and Liton put up 117 in just 16.4 overs to make the game a one-way traffic. Shakib Al Hasan kept up the tempo and made 50 off 51 before he was retired hurt. It was believed to be side strain but the extent of the injury is yet to be known.
However Mushfiqur Rahim further paced the chase with 35 off 33 while Mahmudullah finished off the game with 35 not out.
risingbd/May 16, 2019/Mukul