Porterfield Ton Leads Ireland To Win Over Bangladesh
Ireland 235-3 (Porterfield 108, Stirling 52) beat
Bangladesh 234-9 (Junaid Sidduqe 100) by seven wickets
First One-Day Intenational, Belfast
Ireland captain William Porterfield led by example, scoring his fifth One-Day International century to guide Ireland to a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Bangladesh the first of two games in Belfast.
Junaid Siddique registered his maiden One-Day International century as Bangladesh hit 234 for nine but Porterfield's 108 and opening partner Paul Stirling's 52, enabled the home side to take the game with five overs to spare.
After Bangladesh slipped to 28 for three as Ireland used the new ball to good effect, Siddique shared a partnership of 107 with Shakib Al Hasan, who made 50 before the tourists closed on 234 for nine from their 50 overs.
Siddique went on to reach exactly 100 from 123 balls with nine fours before he was caught by George Dockrell off the bowling of Kevin O'Brien.
Trent Johnston (2-24) and Boyd Rankin (3-43) led Ireland's early charge with the wickets of Tamim Iqbal (5), Imrul Kayes (5) and Jahurul Islam (3).
Rankin returned later on to dismiss Mushfiqur Rahim and Paul Stirling became the third Irish bowler to snap up two wickets by having Shakib and Mahmudullah (14) caught by Gary Wilson.
Alex Cusack bowled Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza for a quickfire 15 and Rankin picked up his third wicket when Rubel Hossain was caught for four.
Ireland came out and took the attack to the Bangladesh bowlers with Stirling and Porterfield smashing an opening partnership of 118.
Stirling, who faced 57 balls, hit seven fours while Porterfield helped himself to seven fours and three sixes to anchor the run chase.
The first wicket fell when Stirling was bowled by Abdur Razzak but Porterfield then added 90 for the second wicket with Cusack, who made an unbeaten 45 to maintain Ireland's dominant position.
Porterfield fell when he was caught by Mortaza off Shakib and although Niall O'Brien (5) was trapped in front by Syed Rasel, Ireland had enough in hand to coast home, with Kevin O'Brien unbeaten on eight.
The two sides meet again tomorrow (16th July) in the final match.
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