Ireland dump Bangladesh, India through to Super8s
Ireland stormed into the Super Eights, dumping Bangladesh out of the tournament with a six-wicket win, and thereby ensured that India were through to the next round as well, reports Arjun Sen. See full coveragecricket Updated: Jun 09, 2009 03:16 IST
Ireland stormed into the Super Eights, dumping Bangladesh out of the tournament with a six-wicket win, and thereby ensured that India were through to the next round as well. Bangladesh have lost both their matches while India still have a game to play.
Ireland, who fielded first, put in a disciplined performance. They never let the normally aggressive Bangladesh batsmen get away. Veteran bowler Trent Johnston was the best of the lot, picking up three crucial wickets in his four overs.
He first got rid of the dangerous Junaid Siddique, following it up with the twin scalps of skipper Mohammad Ashraful (14) and Shakib Al Hasan (7).
Had it not been the use of the long handle by Mashrafe Mortaza (33 off 16), even a total of 137 would not have been possible.
Bangladesh were more determined outfit in the field. With their batsmen not scoring a total that was easily gettable, the onus was on the bowlers to perform.
And for a while, it did look like Ireland had bottled the chase, Niall O’Brien’s 25-ball 40 released a lot of pressure, but it was Bangladesh’s game to lose.
At 89 for the loss of four wickets, Ireland looked as good as gone. But then, in stepped Kevin O’Brien. The 25-year-old from Dublin, brother of Niall, literally took the game away from Bangladesh, tonking the ball all over Trent Bridge.
He scored 39 off 17, with 4 boundaries and 2 game changing sixes.
In the end, it was a rather comfortable win for Ireland, who overhauled the total with 10 balls to spare.
Bangladesh: Mohammad Ashraful (capt), Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Siddique, Raqibul Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Rubel Hossain.
Ireland: William Porterfield (capt), Jeremy Bray, Alex Cusack, Trent Johnston, Kyle McCallan, John Mooney, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Boyd Rankin, Regan West, Gary Wilson.
Umpires: Simon Taufel (AUS) and Nigel Llong (ENG)
TV umpire: Ian Gould (ENG)
Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)