Thursday 20 March 2008 

Five For Farhad Reza As Bangladesh Seal Series

Bangladesh 246-8 (Aftab Ahmed 61, Shahriar Nafees 60)
Ireland 162 (Farhad Reza 5-42, Abdur Razzak 3-27)

Bangladesh won by 84 runs and lead the three-match series 2-0

Farhad Reza took five wickets as Bangladesh comfortably beat Ireland by 84 runs to seal the series in the second One Day International in Dhaka.

Reza picked up five for 42 as Ireland were bowled out for 162 in 38.3 overs after innings of 60 and 61 from Shahriar Nafees and Aftab Ahmed helped Bangladesh post 246 for eight.

Nafees and Tamim Iqbal (46) put on 94 for the first wicket and the two half-centurions shared a stand of 41 for the second wicket.

Another useful contribution of 38 from captain Mohammad Ashraful helped add 64 for the third wicket to leave Bangladesh in a good position before Ireland hit back, Dave Langford-Smith taking three wickets and effecting a run out.

Langford-Smith dismissed Farhad Reza lbw for one, had Shakib Al Hasan caught by William Porterfield for two, saw Mashrafe Mortaza's cameo of 26 from 16 balls ended by a catch by Reinhard Strydom and ran out Raqibul Hasan for two.

There was a wicket apiece for Andre Botha, Kyle McCallan and Greg Thompson.

Ireland made a steady start to their innings before two wickets in two balls from Farhad Reza and one for Abdul Razzaq saw them skip to 47 for three having been 42 without loss before brother Niall (18) and Kevin O'Brien (21) came together to start the rebuilding process.

Shakib Al Hasan removed both to leave Bangladesh well in charge of the match and two further wickets left Ireland on 147 for seven after 35 overs.

Botha hit 34 and Alex Cusack 24 to keep Irland's faint hopes alive before both were undone by the impressive Farhad Reza, who later returned to remove Thompson (nought) to pick up his fifth wicket before Abdur Razzak ended the game by removing Langford-Smith (four) to finish with figures of three for 27.

The final match takes place on Saturday.

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