About the Match
The upcoming match between Ireland and Bangladesh could be the most important one in the tri-nation series so far. Their first encounter got rained out while New Zealand duly won its next two matches and can be expected to repeat the same in the second round of matches as well.
This means that Ireland will be under pressure to come up with something special this time around or risk being blanked out in the entire series.
There were not too many expectations from the Irish side ahead of their series against England but they would have backed themselves to win at least one game against Bangladesh in conditions of their own choosing.
The weather has meant that this game will be their only chance. It is not an achievement beyond their reach as Ireland has shown a steady improvement in their performances so far. In their previous match against New Zealand, the Irish were able to bowl well for large periods of the New Zealand inning and then put up a creditable performance with the bat as well.
A similar performance against Bangladesh, that has struggled on seaming surfaces itself, could be enough for a win.
Niall O’Brian played a fantastic hand to register his first hundred in ODI’s but was let down by a lack of support from others around him. Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie have got starts but failed to convert them into big scores while the likes of Porterfield, Gary Wilson, and Kevin O’Brian have looked out of touch.
The bowling has looked better with the likes of Chase, McCarthy, and Murtagh utilizing the conditions well and Kevin O’Brian putting in an improved bowling performance last time around.
The Irish must believe that they have the bowling to trouble Bangladesh, especially if they get another green surface to bowl on.
The performance that Bangladesh put in its last game against New Zealand was a strange one. Their batsmen overcame some difficult conditions and some quality bowling to reach a decent total and then followed that up with some absolutely inexplicable bowling choices.
Shakib Al Hasan to open the bowling when Mehedi Hasan has already shown himself to be proficient in that skill was strange, as was the choice to introduce Rubel Hossain as the 7th
bowler. All of these choices meant that New Zealand batsmen always had an easy option even when the run rate got pretty challenging.
Similar mistakes or complacency against Ireland could cost Bangladesh heavily. The pitch that they got against New Zealand was barren as compared to the one being used in Malahide and so discipline with both the disciplines of the game will be needed in this upcoming match.
We think that Sabbir Rahman has tremendous talent but he is unable to spend that little bit of time gauging the conditions and is throwing away his wicket. Soumya Sarkar is a batsman in a similar moult but has shown the willingness to apply himself. Along with Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur and Mahmudallah, the Bangladeshi batting lineup is definitely strong enough to beat any side on its day.
The bowling also has talent but needs to be utilized better. Perhaps the fact that the captain Mortaza himself is struggling for form is leading to some of the poor decisions on the field.
Pitch and Conditions
The weather is expected to be overcast and some amount of rain is forecast during the match. Both the teams will be hoping that this rain does not turn into a never-stopping downpour like it did in their last match. The pitch will be green and offer lots of movement to the seamers.
This is once again a match where the conditions will be skewed heavily in favor of Ireland, however, we doubt whether they have the personnel to be able to stay on top of Bangladesh for the duration of an entire match.
Back Bangladesh to win.
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