About the Match
Suffering a shocking defeat against Oman in the opening game, Ireland has an uphill task at hand when they meet Bangladesh for the 8th match of the qualifying round at Dharamsala on 11th March. While Bangladesh emerged victorious against Netherlands by 8 runs defending 153 runs successfully, Ireland lost the game by 2 wickets after failing to defend a total of 154. Both teams have good resources, who can prove to be match-winners for the team and although Bangladesh is at the top of the group at the moment, they will not take any opponent. Ireland will need to regroup and strategize well against Bangladesh, which has performed well in recent outings.
The first game against Netherlands saw Tamim Iqbal posting a well-made unbeaten 83 off 58 deliveries to steady the innings; however, the others failed to impress with the bat and with some help from Sabir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar, they put up a target of 154 runs. The bowlers held their ground in a strong finish as they took regular wickets and stifled the opposition; seamer Al-Amin Hossain and spinner Shakib Al Hasan took 2 scalps each while Nasir Hossain and Mashrafe Mortaza claimed a wicket each to restrict Netherlands to 145 runs.
The victory has surely boosted the morale of the team but they will need to bridge the gaps in the batting line-up soon; the middle-order needs to toughen up and keep the scoreboard ticking instead of depending on a couple of players at the top to share most of the burden. Bowling effort has been superb and they will bring out all the firepower here against Ireland.
Bangladesh will be eager to continue with their winning momentum and make it comfortably through to the main event; however, they will be wary of a batting line-up collapse yet again and must focus on building a strong foundation whether batting first or during chase.
The batsmen started the innings well against Oman with openers Porterfield and Stirling scoring 29 runs each; players like Gary Wilson, who scored a well-made 38 off 34 balls, and the O’Brien brothers helped keep the scoreboard ticking and took the total to 154 runs.
However, it proved to be not enough against a determined Omani side as bowlers Tim Murtagh and Sorensen gave away too many runs. Although Sorensen took 2 scalps and Kevin O’Brien and McBrine took 2 wickets each, they failed to defend the total and lost the match by 2 wickets. Boyd Rankin was useful with his controlled bowling spell and the dismissal of Jatinder Singh, but others like Murtagh need to put up a more disciplined attack here.
Overall, they have the skills and motivation to win here but must come out all guns blazing here against Bangladesh if they want to keep their hopes alive.
Ireland surely had some tough lessons to learn from their recent defeat but they will find the inner strength to fight back hard; Ireland surely have the skill to topple Bangladesh, but we think that Bangladesh have the upper hand largely due to their form, and experienced talent required to win the upcoming match on Friday