Shakib Al Hasan took five wickets and Liton Das hit a quick-fire half-century as Bangladesh hammered great innings against Ireland by 77 runs in the second t20 that for sealing the three-match series 2-0 in the Chittagong on Wednesday only. Liton hit a career-best run at 83 off 41 balls only and the next player Rony Talukdar made only 44 off 23 balls as they are the two openers who guided Bangladesh to 202-3 in a rain reduced to 17 overs.
Shakib then claimed 5-22 for restricting Ireland to 125-9 and then become the leading international wicket-taker in T20s, then overtaking New Zealander Tim Southee’s 134 wickets. Curtis Campher top-scored for Ireland with 50 only but it came as much later. The visitor was never in the race after Taskin Ahmed, who just finished with 3-27 only, then claiming with a wicket off the first ball of the innings. Then Shakib helped to reduce Ireland to 43.
Liton and Rony shared that 124 runs in the opening stand, which was the best start by Bangladesh in the T20, after then Ireland captain Paul Stirling won the toss and then elected to bowl at first. Liton, who hit 10 fours and three sixes, then reached his fifty within 18 balls, the quickest t20 fifty for Bangladesh. He then surpassed mohammad ashraf ul’s 20-ball half-century against West Indies in the year 2007. Leg-spinner Ben white earned Ireland their breakthrough when he forced Rony to give a great catch to mark Adair in the long run.
White, the only Ireland bowler for giving Bangladesh any trouble, also dismissed Liton in the next over before finishing with 2-28 only. Shakib made 38 and not out. Towhid Hridoy made 61 runs for the fourth wicket to help Bangladesh which put in a big total only. It was a tricky day, no doubt about it. It was probably the same error from the previous couple for some weeks. So I had to play a lot of practice games as Stirling said. Bangladesh was Monday’s opening game by 22 runs only.
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Then the third match was scheduled at the same venue on Friday. The home side was preceding a three-match one-day international series of 2-0. Bangladesh is a strong team wherever they play in the world and they will leave their marks as Stirling said. We know that the tour is going to be difficult for us. We probably never thought that it will be a one-sided match though as Stirling said. Shakib Al Hasan becomes the Player of the Match for his all-round performance. He feels so good to put on a good show for cricket. Adds that they want for playing fearless cricket and then they discuss it every time.
The reckons when he was batting, then he saw that there is something for the spinners. It helps to share that they will try to win the next match while trying to rotate the players. Paul Stirling says that it was a tricky day and it was hectic as well. Paul Stirling has a needless poke at it and gets outside for the right to the keeper. The Liton das dive and then takes a brilliant catch though. A dream starts for Bangladesh who cannot perform at anything at the exact moment. Shakib Hasan did his job at best. An arm ball, that is flat and keeps on coming with an angle on the leg side.
There were only three players in the game able to score a get a double-digit for visitors. Ireland succumbed to pressure starting with the skipper falling in the first ball. It was downhill from there only. The Curtis camper showed some positive signs by scoring a fifty though. Shakib was the start with a great ball, that claimed five-fer while taskin ahmed ended with three only. He said that it was too good with playing with a new ball.
A comprehensive win for Bangladesh and after the ODI series, they won the T20I series. They were just superb throughout. First, due to rain, then the match was slashed to 17 overs. It started from the sky before Bangladesh which shows up for bat. The boy went bonkers from word to go, then scored 200 with everyone making the instant impact for it. Liton das and Hridoy blasted 100 runs in less time and Shakib gave a great finish it.