On March 18, 2023, Bangladesh and Ireland faced off in the first match of their three-game one-day international series at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
The match between Bangladesh and Ireland saw the hosts dominate their opponents with an impressive 183-run victory, providing them with a strong start to the three-match One-day international series. Bangladesh batted first and achieved a formidable 338-5 in their 50 overs, with captain Shakib Al Hasan and debutant Towhid Hridoy both putting up impressive performances with 93 and 92 runs respectively.
Ireland’s bowling efforts were led by Graham Hume, who took 4 wickets, but their batting struggled to chase down the target and they were all out for 155 runs in 30.5 overs. George Dockrell was the top scorer for Ireland with 45 runs. Ebadot Hossain was the pick of the bowlers for Bangladesh with 4 wickets.
Towhid Hridoy was named the Player of the Match for his superb debut performance, scoring 92 runs off 85 balls. Bangladesh achieved several records during the match, including their highest-ever ODI score of 338 runs and their biggest victory in terms of runs, surpassing their previous record of a 169-run win against Zimbabwe at Sylhet in 2020.
Shakib Al Hasan also became the second Bangladeshi cricketer to score 7000 runs in ODIs, and he and Hridoy established a record fourth-wicket partnership of 135 runs. Bangladesh’s performance sets the stage for an exciting contest between the two sides in the remaining matches of the series.
• Bangladesh’s victory by 183 runs is the biggest ever win in terms of runs in their One-day international cricket history, and it surpasses their previous record of a 169-run win against Zimbabwe in Sylhet in 2020.
• Bangladesh achieved their highest-ever total in One-day Internationals (ODIs) cricket history by scoring 338 runs. This beats their previous record of 333 runs against Australia at Nottingham in 2019.
• Bangladesh’s captain Shakib Al Hasan and Towhid Hridoy established a record fourth-wicket partnership of 135 runs against Ireland in the One-day Internationals (ODIs). This surpassed the previous record of 107 runs set by Junaid Siddique and Shakib Al Hasan in Belfast in 2010. The partnership is also Bangladesh’s seventh-highest fourth-wicket stand in the history of ODIs.
• In the One-day Internationals (ODIs) between Bangladesh and Ireland, Towhid Hridoy and Mushfiqur Rahim established the second-highest fifth-wicket partnership for Bangladesh, scoring 80 runs.
• Towhid Hridoy became the fourth Bangladeshi cricketer to win the Man-of-the-Match award in his debut One-day International (ODI) match, following in the footsteps of Sohag Gazi, Taijul Islam, and Mustafizur Rahman.
Overall, Bangladesh’s dominant performance has set the tone for an exciting series against Ireland, with the hosts looking to continue their winning momentum in the remaining two matches. The series promises to be a closely fought contest between two talented teams, with both sides looking to showcase their skills and stake their claim in the world of cricket.