Cap­tain Mor­taza happy with bowlers dis­play

New Straits Times - - Sport -

DUBLIN: Mashrafe Mor­taza was a sat­is­fied cap­tain af­ter Bangladesh swept aside Ire­land to win their first match in the one-day in­ter­na­tional Tri-Se­ries.

A much-improved bowl­ing per­for­mance, af­ter Mor­taza won the toss, put the Tigers in con­trol and they knocked off the 182 runs re­quired for vic­tory in­side 28 overs, for the loss of just two wick­ets, with Soumya Sarkar fin­ish­ing 87 not out from 68 balls with 11 fours and two sixes.

“We didn’t take early wick­ets in the last match but this time the bowlers did a re­ally good job and that’s some­thing we are look­ing for all the time,” said Mor­taza.

“Win­ning the toss was cru­cial as there was some mois­ture and both fast bowlers used it well.”

Mustafizur Rah­man took the wicket of the dan­ger­ous Paul Stir­ling with his third ball, and although Rubel Hos­sain did not take a wicket his pace and move­ment con­sis­tently trou­bled the Ire­land batsmen.

The in­tro­duc­tion of Mosad­dek Hos­sain ac­counted for Ire­land cap­tain William Porter­field and when Shakib also struck in his sec­ond over, Ire­land were 61 for three in the 15th over.

Ed Joyce, play­ing his first match of the se­ries, and Niall O’Brien, who scored a cen­tury against New Zealand in their pre­vi­ous match, led a re­cov­ery of sorts.

How­ever, Mustafizur re­turned to have O’Brien caught at third man, cen­time­tres in­side the bound­ary, and when Joyce fol­lowed in the next over, the first in­ter­na­tional wicket for debu­tant slow left armer Sun­za­mul Is­lam, Ire­land were back in trou­ble at 126 for five.

Mustafizur added the wick­ets of Kevin O’Brien and Gary Wil­son to fin­ish an im­pres­sive nine overs with four for 23.

“Early wick­ets al­ways put pres­sure on a team but Tamim Iqbal and Soumya bat­ted re­ally well and scored at seven an over for the first 10 overs which was im­por­tant for us,” added Mor­taza.

The part­ner­ship was ended at 95 but an­other stand of 76 be­tween Soumya and Sab­bir Rah­man (34 off 35 balls), also at seven runs an over, eased Bangladesh to­wards the fin­ish­ing line and gives Mor­taza hope that they can be more com­pet­i­tive in the fi­nal game against New Zealand on Wed­nes­day.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to it, we had a chance in the last match but didn’t go through with it, but if we play as well as we did to­day there is a chance to win the game,” he added.

The next match in the se­ries is to­day with Ire­land’s fi­nal game against New Zealand and Joyce is look­ing for a big fin­ish from the hosts.

“New Zealand had a very good win against Bangladesh,” said Joyce.

“But if we bat the way we have done in the last three games with­out giv­ing silly wick­ets away like we did to­day we can put up a de­cent to­tal, and then the bowlers are ca­pa­ble of put­ting up a good per­for­mance like they did in the first two games.

“But they weren’t so good to­day.” AFP

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