Bangladesh beat Ireland by 183 runs in first ODI
Dhaka, March 18: The Bangladesh cricket team put on a clinical display to trounce Ireland by 183 runs in the first ODI match at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
The visiting Irish side won the toss and decided to bowl first. While they tasted success within 15 balls, as Bangladesh's skipper Tamim Iqbal was dismissed for three runs, Litton Das and Najmul Hossain Shanto put on a partnership of 34 runs for the second wicket before the former got out for 26 runs.
Shanto (25) stitched another 30-odd run partnership with Shakib Al Hasan, who alongside Towhid Hridoy, starred with the bat.
Hasan and Hridoy put on a batting masterclass and put ona partnership of 135 runs for the fourth wicket.
Both Shakib (93) and Hridoy (92) missed out on well deserved centuries. Meanwhile, Mushfiqur Rahim's fiery knock of 44 runs off 26 balls, that was encrusted with three boundaries and an equal number of sixes, helped the home side post a massive total of 338 runs for the loss of eight wickets.
For Ireland, Graham Hume picked up four wickets.
In reply, the Irish folded for 155 runs inside 31 overs.
While they made a promosing start of 60 runs, with openers Stephen Doheny and Paul Stirling scorong 34 and 22 runs respectively, the others failed. George Dockrell's 45 helped the visitors push past 130 runs.
Among the Bangladesho bowlers Ebadot Hossain picked up four wickets, while Nasum Ahmed chipped in with three scalps.
Hridoy was adjudged the Player of the Match.