Cricket Match Predictions: Ireland get the better of India-beaters Bangladesh
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Bangladesh shook world cricket as they started off their 2007 World Cup campaign, beating India - one of the contenders for the title - by 7 wickets. Similarly, Ireland beat Pakistan in their second match of the tournament by three wickets.
Both teams went on to qualify for the Super Eights while India and Pakistan were sent packing. While Ireland had been unimpressive in the Super Eights, Bangladesh had beaten South Africa and were considered the superior team in this encounter by a fair margin.
Ireland 243/7(50 Overs) - Kevin O'Brien48 (44), William Porterfield85 (136); Mashrafe Mortaza2/38 (10), Shakib Al Hasan1/44 (10)
Bangladesh 169(41.2 Overs) - Habibul Bashar32 (57), Mohammad Ashraful35 (36); Kyle Mccallan2/25 (8), Dave Langford-Smith2/27 (10)
Result - Ireland won by 74 runs
Ireland won the toss and decided to bat first, when it was not the most preferred thing to do. This was only the 11th time in 42 games in this tournament that the captain winning the toss chose to bat. Captains who've taken this risk have won five games and lost six. Of the 31 times teams have chased a target, they've won 14 and lost 16.
William Porterfield and Jeremy Bray got off Ireland to a good start, adding 92. But, once they were out, there were batting collapses on either side of a small partnership in the middle order. Trent Johnston (30) and and Kevin O Brien (48) helped take the team to a respectable 243.
Fall of wickets: 1-92 (Jeremy Bray, 25.3 ov), 2-101 (Eoin Morgan, 27.5 ov), 3-128 (Niall O'Brien, 33.2 ov), 4-176 (William Porterfield, 41.3 ov), 5-215 (Kevin O'Brien, 47.1 ov), 6-233 (Andrew White, 48.5 ov), 7-237 (Trent Johnston, 49.3 ov)
In the chase, Boyd Rankin unsettled Bangladesh by bowling short while Dave Langford-Smith gave nothing away during a miserly opening spell. After eking out only 18 runs off the first six overs, Nafees attempted a pull shot and gloved it to Niall O'Brien behind the stumps. Aftab Ahmed released the pressure by smashing Rankin for a four and a six in the ninth over which cost 18.
Bangladesh were struggling at 48 for 3 when Ashraful took the game by the scruff of the neck. He looked in sublime touch and found the boundary at will as he and Iqbal threatened to bat Ireland into submission. But, the following batsmen couldn't support him. Habibul Bashar scratched around for an unbeaten 32 as wickets continued to tumble and Bangladesh finally ended up 74 runs short.
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Shahriar Nafees, 6.3 ov), 2-45 (Aftab Ahmed, 10.1 ov), 3-48 (Shakib Al Hasan, 12.4 ov), 4-93 (Tamim Iqbal, 19.6 ov), 5-102 (Mohammad Ashraful, 21.6 ov), 6-131 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 30.4 ov), 7-134 (Mashrafe Mortaza, 31.2 ov), 8-138 (Mohammad Rafique, 33.4 ov), 9-169 (Abdur Razzak, 40.4 ov), 10-169 (Habibul Bashar, 41.2 ov)
Bangladesh - Habibul Bashar (c), Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan, Aftab Ahmed, Shahriar Nafees, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain Bench
Ireland - Boyd Rankin, Kyle McCallan, Andre Botha, Dave Langford-Smith, Andrew White, Trent Johnston (c), Kevin O Brien, Niall O Brien (wk), Eoin Morgan, Jeremy Bray, William Porterfield
Match: Bangladesh vs Ireland, 42nd Match, Super Eights, ICC World Cup, 2007
Date: Sunday, April 15, 2007
Toss: Ireland won the toss and opt to bat
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Umpires: Billy Bowden, Steve Bucknor
Third Umpire: Simon Taufel
Match Referee: Jeff Crowe
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