Captain Mahmudullah did not play in this match as a precaution due to injury, Shakib Al Hasan is busy in IPL. Although Mostafizur Rahman played today, he remained a symbol of failure. Bangladesh lost by 33 runs in the warm-up match against Ireland today before the T20 World Cup. After Sri Lanka, the loss to the Irish remained a major concern before the World Cup.
Bangladesh were bowled out for 144 in 20 overs in reply to Gareth Delaney’s unbeaten innings of 7 off 50 balls in Abu Dhabi. Apart from Soumya Sarkar and Nurul Hasan, no one has been able to make such an impression in batting.
Australia and New Zealand Bangladesh will enter the T20 World Cup after playing three consecutive series against these three countries. Despite winning the series three, batting was the biggest concern of Bangladesh. In the middle, batting was good in a warm-up match against Oman ‘A’ team, but in the first warm-up match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, it was a concern again. That is what is repeated today. But today the bowling has also been bad.
Bangladesh stumbled in the beginning chasing big runs. Mohammad Naeem caught in the first over by Craig Young, 3 off 4 balls. In the next over, Naeem was followed by Liton Das, who bowled 1 off 3 balls before being bowled by Joss Little. Mushfiqur Rahim also did not last long. He played 4 balls and scored 4 runs before being the second victim of Young.
Who came down with three wickets, and Afif Hossain, who came up with five, tried to handle the pressure of losing 3 wickets for 15 runs. However, Afif had to stop for 18 off 16 balls, with a catch by Ben White. Then in the 5th wicket, Soumya made 36 runs with Nurul Hasan. Soumya, who scored 36 off 30 balls, had to return after being run-out.
Then Nurul tried a little
But there was no one to accompany him. Shamim Hossain was bowled for 1 off 7 balls by Simi Singh, while Mehedi Hasan was bowled for 9 off 12 balls before being caught by Mark Adair. By then Bangladesh had dropped out of the target. Bangladesh needed 61 runs in the last 5 overs. Nurul has hit six fours in his innings, including three fours in one over by White. However, the wicketkeeper-batsman’s innings of 36 off 24 balls has only reduced the gap.
Earlier, after losing the toss, Bangladesh did not bowl very well. Two fast bowlers Mostafizur Rahman and Shariful Islam were quite expensive. Mostafiz bowled 40 runs in 4 overs and Shariful scored 41 runs. Left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed was also at the expense. Despite getting a wicket, he gave 33 runs in 3 overs. Bangladesh’s most successful bowler of the day Taskin Ahmed, this fast bowler took 2 wickets with 26 runs in 4 overs. He is the most successful bowler of the team in terms of wickets. However, off-spinner Sheikh Mehedi did not get a wicket but gave 15 runs in 3 overs.
Ireland won the toss and elected to bat, breaking the opening pair in the fourth over. Paul Sterling, who scored 22 runs off 17 balls with 5 fours, returned with a bold ball from Nasum. Delaney then teamed up with captain Andrew Balberny to score 31 runs. Bangladesh could not stop Delaney even though he returned to Ballburn after being bowled by Taskin for 25 off 22 balls.
George Dockrell made 9 off 9 balls and was caught by Taskin. Delaney was then accompanied by Harry Tector. Tector remained unbeaten on 23 off 23 balls, but his partnership with Delaney rose to 99 runs. In the end, Delaney hit 3 fours and 6 sixes in his innings.
Bangladesh will return to Oman today after the preparation match in Abu Dhabi. Bangladesh’s first match will be against Scotland on October 16 in Muscat.