Rain ruins tri-series opener

May 13, 2017

Incessant rain ruined Bangladesh’s opening match of the tri-series one-day international tournament against Ireland despite showing signs of an exciting contest in Dublin on Friday.
Bangladesh were 157-4 in 31.1 overs when rain stopped the play at Malahide ground never to see it get resumed amid continuous downpour.
Match officials declared the game abandoned around 4:50pm local time (9:50pm Bangladesh time) with no prospect of even a truncated match.
Tamim Iqbal stuck an unbeaten 64 runs and shared 87 runs with Mahmudullah (43 not out) to help Bangladesh get their score before rain came in abundance to spoil their good work.
Sent into bat first on a green wicket that was very difficult to distinguish from the outfield, Bangladesh found life miserable in overcast conditions against Irish medium pacers.
First two wickets fell for nine runs inside four overs though condition had no role to play in at least one of these two dismissals.
After Soumya Sarkar fell for five runs edging Peter Chase behind the stumps, one-down
Sabbir Rahman charged the same bowler in his next over to pay a heavy price.
Tim Murtagh took a fine diving catch at third man to hand Sabbir a third ball duck.
Mushfiqur Rahim staved off further collapse but could not survive
long as edged Barry McCarthy to William Porterfield at first slip after scoring only 13.
Sakib al Hasan, who was leading Bangladesh in the absence of suspended Mashrafee bin Murtaza, did no better edging Chase to wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien for 14 to leave Bangladesh 70-4 inside 15 overs.
It created a sense of panic but Tamim and Mahmudullah successfully saw off the danger that at least kept Bangladesh’s morale on a high.
Tamim hit eight fours in his 88 balls while Mahmudullah, who batted with some kind of aggression, faced 56 for his cameo which included four fours and a six.
Bangladesh will face New Zealand in their next match on May 17.

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