In a record-breaking performance at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Bangladesh claimed a 10-wicket victory against Ireland in the final game of their three-match ODI series. This feat was achieved thanks to the fast bowlers, who took all 10 wickets in an innings for the first time in any format at the stadium.
Hasan Mahmud, in particular, shone with his first-ever five-wicket haul, while Taskin Ahmed made excellent use of the new ball, claiming three wickets. Ebadot Hossain also impressed, securing two wickets as Ireland were all out for 101.
In response, Bangladesh’s opening pair of Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das comfortably chased down the target in just 13.1 overs, securing Bangladesh’s first-ever 10-wicket victory.
Reflecting on the win, Tamim Iqbal noted in a post-match interview that the team’s authoritative chase sent a strong message to the opposition, especially following the dominant batting performances in the first two matches.
The recent series between Bangladesh and Ireland saw the Tigers demonstrate an outstanding attitude across all three matches, despite the expected outcome of a series win against Ireland.
In the first match, Tamim’s team surpassed their previous highest-ever total of 333 against Australia at the 2019 World Cup, posting an impressive score of 338. However, the Tigers managed to break this record within just two days in the second ODI, where Mushfiqur Rahim’s unbeaten 60-ball 100 led the team to score a record-breaking 349.
What set the Bangladesh team apart was their positivity and a focus on leaving any negativity regarding off-field issues behind. The squad appeared to have moved on from their previous series against England, with batters such as Towhid Hridoy injecting a breath of fresh air and rejuvenating the team. Shakib Al Hasan’s urgency while attempting to up the ante with the bat from good platforms was also notable.
This series was reminiscent of the approach Chandika Hathurusingha established during his first stint as a coach, where he instilled a positive and fearless approach to the game, particularly in the batting scheme of things.
The 54-year-old coach may have been able to ignite a much-needed spark in the Bangladesh cricket team by adjusting their attitude, and this time with better resources. As each game passed, the Tigers grew in confidence and took a proactive approach.
This was evident from the comments made by the team’s fast-bowling coach, Allan Donald, who believed that if given the chance to bat first again, Bangladesh could go for a score of 400. Donald also praised the role of Chandika Hathurusingha in promoting an aggressive approach amongst the team and giving them the freedom to play a fearless brand of cricket that led to a 3-0 T20I series win against England.
While it’s important not to overhype a contest that was heavily one-sided, with the Tigers facing a sub-par Ireland bowling line-up that struggled to challenge them, it’s also important to dominate when the opportunity arises. Displaying strength against weaker sides is often a hallmark of a “big” team or one that wants to compete with the top teams. Bangladesh did just that by punishing Ireland’s offerings with authority, which should give them a lot of confidence going forward.