Bangladesh team scored three hundred runs against Ireland at home. That did not happen today in the first ODI in Chelmsford, England. Maybe not because of the condition. Irish pacers swing the ball under cloudy skies, get seam movement. That must have played a role in Bangladesh’s batsmen not being able to play big innings.
Chelmsford’s wicket is batting friendly, so it is safe. Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, Bangladesh managed to build small pairs. That’s why Bangladesh scored 246 runs for 9 wickets in the first of the three-match ODI series. On his 36th birthday, the highest innings score of 61 came from the bat of Mushfiqur Rahim.
Bangladesh suffered a shock at the beginning of the innings. LBW Liton Das in the first over. It was the fourth ball of the innings, Lytton’s first of the game. Left-arm pacer Jos Little’s ball was a yorker in length. The inswinging ball hits Lytton’s front boot before bringing the bat down.
Another opener Tamim Iqbal’s innings did not last long either. However, he looked quite comfortable before getting out after scoring 14 runs off 19 balls. Little and Mark Adair’s swing played off mixed balls. He also hit 2 boundaries on the ball. It seemed that Tamim’s innings would be big. But Tamim gave away the wicket while driving Edair’s outside ball.
However, Bangladesh handled the shock of losing two openers in the team’s 15 runs. Nazmul Hossain and Shakib Al Hasan were also handling the tough conditions. Both were playing well outside the crease to avoid swing. Which forced the Irish bowlers to change the line-length. In that opportunity, the two left-handers got the ball to hit some boundaries. Shakib-Nazmul have used it.
A strike by the duo took Bangladesh to 50 runs in the power play. After that, Shakib made the mistake. In the 12th over of the innings, Graham tried to play a length ball from Hume out of the crease and down the leg side. The all-rounder who scored 20 runs off 21 balls was bowled after missing the line of the ball.
Bangladesh could not maintain the rhythm lost in the beginning with Shakib’s dismissal.
Nazmul had to try to repair the innings with Tawhid Hriday, who was down for five. The two were doing well with a 50-run partnership off 63 balls. The team also scored a hundred thanks to the duo.
But the pair did not grow up because of Nazmul’s mistake. He played a pull shot off an innocent ball from Curtis Kampfer and was caught by Adair at deep square. Nazmul, who scored 44 runs off 66 balls, also entered the list of dismissed batsmen. Nazmul’s path followed the heart. Hume’s out-swing mixed with a length ball and the bat touched the cut behind. He scored 27 runs off 32 balls before getting out.
Then Mushfiqur Rahim fought alone. Mehdi Hasan Miraj gave him some support. Both of them formed the highest partnership of 65 runs in the Bangladesh innings. Which could have been longer. Mirage (27 off 34) was caught out by George Dockrell and the run rate slowed. Mushfiqur’s run rate also decreased after losing the last recognized batsman. Mushfiqur’s fifty came at one time, before Bangladesh’s run crossed two hundred.
But Mushfiqur had to survive till the end to take the run into a fighting position. But Little did not let that happen. In his third spell, he came to the bowling and picked up Mushfiq. Mushfiq caught the ball outside the off stump at backward point. His innings of 61 runs from 70 balls had 6 boundaries. Mushfiqur’s dismissal made Bangladesh score 220 for 7 wickets. After that, Taijul Islam and Shariful Islam have the credit of taking Bangladesh’s run close to 200. Taijul scored 14 runs, Shariful scored 16. Little took the maximum 3 wickets for Ireland. 2 wickets each for Adair and Hume.