Bangladesh v Ireland | World T20 | Trent Bridge | 8/06/09


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Bangladesh v Ireland, World Twenty20, Trent Bridge
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June 7, 2009

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Monday, June 8
Start time 13.30 local (12.30 GMT)

Big Picture

This is a must-win match for both sides. A loss to India at Trent Bridge has left Bangladesh needing to beat Ireland in order to move to the Super Eights. Ireland play their first match of the tournament and for them this is essentially a knock-out game, as they will play India next.

Bangladesh will be wary of Ireland in this format, given that they shocked them in round two of the 2007 World Cup in Barbados, and also because Netherlands showed that anything is possible in Twenty20. Bangladesh also know Ireland are more familiar with the conditions.

This is the first time Ireland are up against a professional side in this format and they'll need to relocate the form of their 2007 World Cup campaign if they are to progress. What they lack in experience they can make up for in determination and can also look at emulating the performances of the similarly unseeded Netherlands and Scotland.

Ireland have a real chance of beating Bangladesh due to their experience of conditions and the accurate and tide seam bowlers in their ranks. They are also a good fielding unit, though Eoin Morgan's defection to England will be a blow. The likes of William Porterfield, the captain, Boyd Rankin and the O'Brien brothers - who all play county cricket - are assets and Ireland will need to not look back farther than their wins over Pakistan and Bangladesh in 2007 for that last bit of necessary impetus.

Form guide
(last five matches, most recent first

Bangladesh LLLLL

Bangladesh haven't won in ages but they've been competitive in spurts. On Saturday they had India pinned down until Yuvraj Singh sauntered in and biffed 41 from 18 balls, and their spinners are always a threat. No surprises that it is the batting that remains a concern, with the top order all too often guilty of squandering belligerent starts, often lasting only a couple overs or more.

Ireland N/RWWW
Ireland have only played four Twenty20s, all against Associate nations, three of which they won comfortably. In the prelude to this tournament Ireland beat Netherlands in a warm-up game, only to see the Dutch stun hosts England in the opening match.

Watch out for
Mohammad Ashraful has said the experience of playing against defending champions India will hold Bangladesh in good stead. He's also due a big score. This is a player who has stunned much stronger attacks and with Bangladesh needing to win, this could be his day. Ashraful owes it a legion of supporters who have had to taste more frustration than joy.

Boyd Rankin, the burly fast bowler, is a genuine talent and many in Ireland believe he'll be the next Irishman to don an England shirt. Rankin has the makings of a big player. In a short span of time he has appeared an accomplished bowler, despite a few injuries along the way. The run-up is strong, the delivery powerful, the length probing, the lift steepling, the pace handy.

Team news
Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak did not play against India after suffering a back strain during a training session on Saturday. Bangladesh's physio Michael Henry said he was progressing well. If fit, Razzak could replace Mahmudullah.

Bangladesh: (probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Junaid Siddique, 3 Mohammad Ashraful (capt), 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 6 Raqibul Hasan, 7 Naeem Islam, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza, 9 Abdur Razzak/Mahmudullah, 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Shahadat Hossain.

Ireland have had no injury concerns and should field the same side that beat Netherlands in their last warm-up.

Ireland: (probable) 1 William Porterfield (capt), 2 Jeremy Bray, 3 Paul Stirling, 4 Andre Botha, 5 Kevin O'Brien, 6 Niall O'Brien (wk), 7 Trent Johnston, 8 Kyle McCallan, 9 Regan West, 10 Peter Connell, 11 Boyd Rankin.

Pitch and conditions
It's been rather overcast in Nottingham, with a persistent drizzle since the evening of the match between Bangladesh and India. It's expected to improve on game day, but on Sunday the two teams' outdoor practice sessions were aborted. The sides trained indoors at the Loughborough academy.

"We know this is a 'final' between the two of us to see who goes through. You know now that's for definite. But it was always going to be that we had to get two points in this match."
William Porterfield is keen not to look too far ahead of Ireland's game against India.

"I will be very disappointed if we don't make our mark in this competition."
Ireland coach Phil Simmons lays it out flat.
Ireland have won the toss - and have decided to bowl
I'm backing Bangladesh here. They have good players who play their shots with real intent.

Although 20-20 is anyones game.

Come on Bangladesh.
Triicky game for the Bangladeshis here...hope they win though.
Pakistan should watch this game..........maybe they'll learn what fearless batting is! Also maybe they'll get an idea of what the first 6 overs are actually for!
Zunaid Siddique gone for 13 off 5 balls.

Ashraful new batsman.
20-1 after 2 overs.

4 boundaries in the first 2 overs.
Quick single taken by Ashraful.

Hope Pakistan are watching - its called rotating the strike if you can't hit boundaries.
Another cut shot by Tamim for 4.

That flew to the boundary.

Good ball equally good shot.
Good ball by Johnson.

Ashraful beaten. A bit of seam movement for Johnson.
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Ashraful dropped at slip by Kevin O'Brien.

Poor shot - he guided it to slip.

Lucky escape.
27-1 after 4 overs.

Good over from Johnson.

Slightly slow start but good bowling from Ireland.
Ashraful plays him favourite shot.

Pulled for 6. Short boundary but you still have to hit them.
Ashraful gone.

Poor shot from Ashraful.

Guided to first slip. This time no mistake from the fielder.
Ashraful should not be picked in this format of the game. He's let the team too many times. Maybe even a change of captaincy is needed also.
Once Hassan was gone the game got out of Bangladesh's hand. They need more reliable batsmen.
Where are the BD supporters who were jumping that India were overconfident to say that we will beat them?
I could see Bangla competing Pak, I have a feeling they both wil return home in the same flight real soon
Bangladesh have flopped it.

Poor batting from Bangladesh.
Another one gone.

Roqibul Hasan - clean bowled by McCallum.


Mortaza is the new batsman
Naeem Islam is clean bowled.

They need at least 10 or more runs in the last over
20 runs off the final over.

Bangladesh end up with 137-8.

Mortaza hammers 33 runs off 16 balls.
Can the Irish do it?

There coming out to bat now.

Mortaza to bowl.
Good over from Rubel apart from the wides.

4-0 after 2 overs
Mortaza strikes.

Inside edge onto pad.

Bray gone for 2 off 10 balls.
The main man Niall O'Brien is in. Irish will be relying on him.

Good over again from Mortaza.

8-1 after 3 overs.

Rubel to continue.
Another 4 to Porterfield.

Good over for Ireland.

18-1 after 4 overs.

Mortaza to bowl his third over
Shot for 6. What is it with sub-continetal commentators thougj. Kumble is devoid of any enthusiasm in his voice. They are all just ****.
Zahid87 said:
Could my Pak - Bangla tickets become Netherlands vs Ireland?

Well my Pak v Bangla ticket is looking that way.

I wont go - simple as that. Cut my losses on the tkts & travel!
Mashrafe getting hit here....I thought he was supposed to be good?!
Wow. What a flick. This guy can play.

Another 6 - the second in the over.

73 metres.
Expensive over. 18 off it.

37-1 after 5 overs.

O'Brien 25 runs off 11 balls.
Off spin in the form of Mahmudullah.

2 off the first ball.
Another 4 through the off side.

Mis-hit egde from O'Brien. Gone for 4.