Ireland vs Bangladesh: After a disappointing first match against the West Indies, Ireland would look to come into their own against Bangladesh. Ireland, though considered as minnows in the International arena, have often disappointed big teams in the past, including the likes of England, Pakistan and West Indies. They also have a winning experience against Bangladesh twice so far and would certainly be hoping to recreate the same magic again.
It is a known fact that Ireland doesn’t get to play as many games as the other two contending teams, nor do the players get enough exposure in other formats, such as the IPL or the Big Bash League. Yet, as the hosts of this tri-series tournament, they wouldn’t just want to remain as a team who will end up offering practice matches to the visiting teams, just ahead of the World Cup.
However, a comeback in this game isn’t going to be easy either. After West Indies’ colossal victory against Ireland in the series opener, Bangladesh went on to defeat the West Indies in the 2nd ODI of the series by 8 wickets. There’s no denying that Bangladesh are looking strongest amongst all 3 teams. They would look to cast their dominance on the home team and seal yet another victory in this series.
When: 9th May 2019, Thursday
Where: The Village, Malahide, Dublin
Match Start-time: 3:15 PM IST
To begin with, Ireland strongly needs to focus on its bowling department. Their key bowlers leaked runs in their first match against the Windies, where they were managed to get their first breakthrough after 47.1 overs and a record-breaking 365-run opening partnership. It is a no brainer that the top-order of Bangladesh are in-form, after scoring a half-century each against the West Indies. Ireland should be wary of this fact and plan their bowling attack accordingly.
Probable Playing XI
William Porterfield (c), Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Lorcan Tucker/James McCollum, Kevin O’Brien, Gary Wilson (wk), George Dockrell, Barry McCarthy, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Joshua Little
Bangladesh will be coming into this game with a lot of positivity and confidence around them. It is a good season for them, just before the World Cup, as they would look to try all possible combinations and play their chances. As for the team, their key players look in a good form, with Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar scoring a fifty each. Even Mushfiqur Rahim played a decent knock after scoring an unbeaten 32 off 25 balls, taking their team home with an 8-wicket victory. It will be interesting to see if they would try to experiment with the number 3 slot by sending someone else, in-place of Shakib or will continue with the left-hand all-rounder, giving him more exposure till World Cup.
Probable Playing XI
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar/Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman/Taskin Ahmed
Bangladesh and Ireland have played 9 matches so far, out of which Ireland won 2 games, while Bangladesh won 6, with 1 match having no result.
LAST 5 ODI MATCHES (Most recent- first)
Ireland – L, L, W, L, W
Bangladesh – W, L, L, L, W
The pitch at The Village stadium has been home to some high-scoring matches in the past. However, it did have a share of hosting a few low-scoring games too. However, considering the way the pitches have been behaving ever since the start of the series, it does look like a batting paradise.
Prediction: The prediction is for Bangladesh to win the game.
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