Ireland came up with a brilliant overall performance to comprehensively beat a lackluster and ‘rusty’ Bangladesh side in their Super 8 fixture at Barbados. With two upsets under their belt, the Bangladeshis looked to be favorite but in a tournament that has seen a few surprises anything could be expected! And by the way Bangladesh played yesterday it was justified for them to lose the match, for, their fielding was below par, batting was jittery and bowling wasn’t exceptional to say the least. Ireland on the other hand stuck to their basics and got all the ingredients in place that was required for a winning effort.
Batting first, Ireland got some vital partnership going at the top and in the middle overs that saw the team reach a position of strength at the end of their allotted 50 overs. The major contribution for the Irish came from a crucial knock by W Porterfield who struck 85 runs from 136 deliveries. Although his scoring rate was not very attractive, he was involved in a partnership with Jeremy Bray that gave the side a good start. The momentum was carried forward by K Obrien and Trent Johnston who scored quickly by running swiftly between the wickets and milking the bowlers in the best possible manner. K Obrien scored 48 while Johnston chipped in with 30 which came in just 23 deliveries.
Ireland ended their innings scoring a healthy 243 for the loss of 7 wickets, a daunting total nonetheless for the Bangladeshis to chase!
Bangladeshis did not get their act together from the beginning with the batsmen gifting their wickets rather than losing them to good deliveries! Nafees and Ahmed both fell prey to some careless shots and out the side under greater pressure. Tamim and Ashraful played some delightful strokes but couldn’t stick in the middle for long and departed after scoring 30 odd runs each. The absence of solid partnerships in the middle overs and a batsman batting through the innings costs the Bangladeshis dearly.
One could find somewhere in the performance, a certain complacency in the Bangladeshi performance, a factor that cost the team the match and brought disappointment to fans back home ebullient with victories over heavyweights!