Ireland stun Bangladesh by 74 runs

Posted by Dresonic on April 16, 2007

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Ireland batted competently, then bowled and fielded purposefully to complete a stunning 74-run victory over Bangladesh in their World Cup Super 8 match here yesterday.

Ireland successfully defended a target of 244, when they dismissed Bangladesh for 169 in 41.2 overs to earn a morale-boosting two points in the Super Eight stage.
Fittingly, Ireland captain Trent Johnston completed the rout, when he bowled Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar for 32.
Bangladesh’s batsmen badly let them down, and apart from Bashar, only Mohammad Ashraful (35) and Tamim Iqbal (29) showed any measure of resistance.

Ireland’s players celebrate their 74-run victory over Bangladesh in the Cricket World Cup Super 8s match at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, yesterday. (Photo: AP)

Kyle McCallan, Dave Langford-Smith, Johnston, and Boyd Rankin, all collected two wickets apiece in a memorable victory for Ireland, an ICC Associate side over the Test-playing Bangladeshis.
Ireland bravely chose to bat on another lively Kensington Oval pitch and posted a respectable 243 for seven from their allocation of 50 overs.

William Porterfield hit the top score of 85 off 136 balls which earned him the Man-of-the-Match award.
Porterfield shared 92 for the first wicket with Jeremy Bray, who scored 31, and Kevin O’Brien made 48 and Trent Johnston got 30 in a late flurry to beef up the Ireland total.
Mashrafe Mortaza was the most successful Bangladesh bowler with two wickets for 38 runs from his allotment of 10 overs.
Then Boyd Rankin got the breakthrough in the seventh over for Ireland, when opener Shahriar Nafees was caught behind for seven top-edging a hook.

Aftab Ahmed came and played a couple of exciting strokes before he got carried away, chased a wide ball from Andre Botha, and was caught behind for 12 in the 11th over.
Two overs later, Saqib-ul-Hasan was run out, when a drive from Tamim ricocheted off the hand off bowler Botha into the stumps at the non-striker’s end.

Mohammad Ashraful came out and immediately eased the tension with some bold strokes. He struck five fours – including a searing, classical cover drive off Botha – and a six over mid-wicket off the same bowler.
Ashraful seemed to energise Tamim, whose timing was askew for most of his innings, but he played a couple authentic off-side strokes and hit a slower ball from Johnston to long-on for another before he was bowled next delivery.


IRELAND (maximum 50 overs)
W Porterfield c Mohammad Rafique b Mashrafe Mortaza 85
J Bray run out (Saqib-ul-Hasan) 31
E Morgan run out (Shahadat Hossain) 5
+N O’Brien c Tamim Iqbal b Saqib-ul-Hasan 10
K O’Brien run out (sub Farhad Reza) 48
*T Johnston c Shahriar Nafees b Mashrafe Mortaza 30
A White run out (sub Farhad Reza) 4
D Langford-Smith not out 6
A Botha not out 1

Extras: (b1, lb11, w6, nb5) 23

Total: (7 wkts-50 overs) 243

K McCallan, B Rankin did not bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-92 (Bray, 25.3 overs); 2-101 (Morgan, 27.5); 3-128 (N. O’Brien, 33.2); 4-176 (Porterfield, 41.3); 5-215 (K. O’Brien, 47.1); 6-233 (White, 48.5); 7-237 (*Johnston, 49.3).
Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 10-1-38-2 (nb3); Shahadat Hossain 9-1-51-2 (nb2, w1); Abdur Razzak 9-0-48-0 (w2); Mohammad Rafique 10-0-42-0 (w2); Saqib-ul-Hasan 10-0-44-1; Aftab Ahmed 2-0-8-0 (w1).

BANGLADESH (target: 244 runs off 50 overs)

Tamim Iqbal b *Johnston 29
Shahriar Nafees c wkpr N. O’Brien b Rankin 7
Aftab Ahmed c wkpr N. O’Brien b Botha 12
Saqib-ul-Hasan run out (Botha) 3
Mohammad Ashraful c Langford-Smith b Rankin 35
*Habibul Bashar b *Johnston 32
+Mushfiqur Rahim b McCallan 16
Mashrafe Mortaza c and b Langford-Smith 0
Mohammad Rafique c *Johnston b Langford-Smith 2
Abdur Razzak b McCallan 11
Shahadat Hossain not out 0

Extras: (lb4, w18) 22

Total: (all out – 41.2 overs) 169

Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Shahriar Nafees, 6.3 overs); 2-45 (Aftab Ahmed, 10.1); 3-48 (Saqib-ul-Hasan, 12.4); 4-93 (Tamim Iqbal, 19.6); 5-102 (Mohammad Ashraful, 21.6); 6-131 (Mushiqur Rahim, 30.4); 7-134 (Mashrafe Mortaza, 31.2); 8-138 (Mohammad Rafique, 33.4); 9-169 (Abdur Razzak, 46.4).
Bowling: Rankin 8-0-42-2 (w13); Langford-Smith 10-1-27-2 (w3); Botha 8-0-31-1; Johnston 7.2-0-40-2 (w2); McCallan 8-1-25-2.
Result: Ireland won by 74 runs.
Points: Ireland 2, Bangladesh 0.
Toss: Ireland.
Umpires: S Bucknor & B Bowden
TV Replays: S Taufel
Reserve: R Koertzen
Match Referee: J Crowe

. Thousands watch game free of cost

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Popular cricket entertainers Gravy and Mac Fingall led from the front as Kensington Oval came alive yesterday.

Thousands of fans crammed into the ground for the Super 8 match as minnows Ireland and Bangladesh battled, after the local organising committee decided to allow over 5,000 spectators in for free.

Fingall, a Barbadian comedian and calypsonian, and Gravy, an Antiguan who thrilled viewers for many years at the Antigua Recreation Ground (ARG), were the cheerleaders as over 100 fans formed a congaline in the new North Stand.
They were joined by visitors from India and Pakistan as they danced and sang in the sunshine.

There was also a large Irish group in the party stand dressed in their team colours, while Bangladeshi fans held up inflatable tigers.

“I like to see people happy and wherever I am, I try to bring my brand of special happiness to the people,” Gravy said.
The local organisers said they had sold 23,000 tickets for the match, and these were bought in the anticipation that Pakistan and India would have been playing. This meant that the seats were made available and special tickets were created for fans to enter free.


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