Tri-Nation Series: Woeful Ireland hammered by Bangladesh in Dublin

Soumya Sarkar
Soumya Sarkar was unbeaten on 87 for Bangladesh
Tri-Nation Series, Malahide, Dublin:
Ireland 181 (46.3 overs): Joyce 46, N O'Brien 30; Mustafizur 4-23
Bangladesh 182-2 (27.1 overs) Sarkar 87 no, Tamim 47, Sabbir 35
Bangladesh won by eight wickets

Ireland suffered another chastening defeat as Bangladesh clinched an eight-wicket win with 22.5 overs to spare in the Tri-Nations game in Dublin.

The Irish were dismissed for 181 in 46.3 overs as several of their batsman, including top-scorer Ed Joyce (46), got out playing poor shots.

Bangladesh sealed victory in the 28th over with Soumya Sarkar unbeaten on 87.

This was another untimely Irish display with the game's bosses set to decide on their possible Test status next month.

Mustafizur Rahman did much of the damage in the Ireland innings as he took 4-23 after dismissing opener Paul Stirling in the second over, with the Irish still to get off the mark.

William Porterfield in action at Malahide on Friday
Ireland captain William Porterfield was out caught and bowled

Home captain William Porterfield chipped an easy caught-and-bowled dismissal to Mosaddek Hossain to leave the Irish on 37-2.

A mini-revival as Ireland moved to 116-3 abruptly ended as Niall O'Brien (30) became the first of three Mustafizur victims in a six-over period to leave the home side on 136-7.

O'Brien's brother Kevin top-edged the left-arm seamer to Mosaddek while Joyce was also out during that calamitous spell for the Irish as he went down the pitch and slogged spinner Sunzamul Islam straight to Sabbir Rahman.

Lower-order batsmen George Dockrell (25) and Barry McCarthy (12) put on 35 for the eighth wicket before their departures saw Ireland quickly in the pavilion.

Only a series of early dismissals would have got Ireland back into the game but instead Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal put on 95 for the first wicket as the visitors strolled to the most emphatic of victories.

Joyce acknowledged Ireland "didn't bat well enough" after suffering a defeat arguably worse than the seven-wicket rout by England in Bristol earlier this month.

"I thought lots of the senior players, including myself, got out very cheaply. We'll look to put that right on Sunday against New Zealand," said the former England player.

Ireland were competitive for much of last weekend's game against New Zealand at Malahide and will need a similar display or better on Sunday to take pressure off coach John Bracewell and his struggling side.

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