Bangladesh lost all three batsmen in the top order when Nazmul Hasan Shanto returned for the team’s 81 runs. After that, Shakib Al Hasan put Bangladesh on the path to a big capital by making a great pair of 135 runs with the anointed Touhid Hriday. Shakib Al Hasan regretted only 7 runs after coming very close to the century after 4 long years. And Hridoy also came back to be just 8 runs away from making a century record in his debut ODI. With these two, Mushfiqur Rahim’s cameo made Bangladesh’s collection 338 runs for 8 wickets in the scheduled 50 overs.
Bangladesh scored 333 runs against Australia in 2019. This was Bangladesh’s highest run-scoring innings in ODIs for four years. Finally, the Tigers set a new record by topping that record against Ireland in Sylhet. In the first ODI, Bangladesh scored 338 runs for 8 wickets in the scheduled 50 overs.
After losing the toss and batting, Bangladesh was losing wickets at regular intervals from the beginning. Captain Tamim Iqbal returned to Sajghar at the beginning, then Nazmul Hossain Shanto could not increase the innings even though he formed a pair with Liton Das and Shakib. In this, Bangladesh defeated three batsmen of the top order by 81 runs. 15 runs for 1 wicket in 2.3 overs. Nazmul Hossain Shanto, who is in great form, came to bat at number three. Liton Das tried to turn around with him. However, Liton could not increase the innings even after settling on the wicket. In the last over of the power play, Litton was brought back by Curtis Kampfer. The back-foot push was not timed at all. Instead, the ball goes up into the sky. Paul Stirling takes a simple catch at short cover.
Bangladesh lost their third wicket for 81 runs in 16.3 overs. Nazmul Hossain Shanto played from distance hoping to turn Andrew McBrien’s off-stump delivery. But after pitching, that delivery went in. Shantar hits the off-stump with a huge gap on the bat-pad. This is why Shanto has to return. Shanto scored 25 runs off 34 balls before getting out.
After that, he made a great partnership of 135 runs with the anointed Touhid Hriday. After scoring a half century, Shakib Al Hasan batted towards the century. However, Shakib had to return to be only 7 runs away from the century. Shakib Al Hasan and Touhid Hriday led Bangladesh’s middle order under pressure. These two batsmen completed the pair’s half century in just 57 balls to handle the pressure. After the pair’s half-century, Shakib also completed his own half-century. Shakib Al Hasan took 1 run easily by playing Curtis Camper’s slower bouncer on the off side. Reached fifty. This is Shakib’s third consecutive fifty after the last two matches of the ODI series against England. He scored 58 and 75 runs in those two matches. In total, Shakib played 65 balls to make his 53rd fifty in ODI career and his third fifty against Ireland.
Shakib was just 7 runs away from the century when Graham Hume’s ball was caught in the hands of the wicketkeeper and this pair broke. Graham Hume delivered a yorker type well outside the off stump. Shakib tried to play from a distance. The ball hit the outside edge of his bat and went into the hands of keeper Lorcan Tucker.
When Shakib returned, Mushfiqur Rahim came and stormed the wicket. He started hitting the ball on the boundary with four sixes one after the other. Mushfiq played a stormy innings of 44 runs off 26 balls. In this, he made a great partnership of 80 runs off 49 balls with Hriday. When Mushfiq returned, Hriday continued to advance the innings. However, being only 8 runs away from the century, Touhid Hriday also had to burn in despair. Fifth ball of the 46th over Hume’s yorker misses the line of the ball. And with that the heart had to return boldly. He scored 92 runs off 85 balls with two sixes and 8 fours before getting out.
At the end, Yasir scored 17, Taskin 11 and Nasum 11, Bangladesh capitalized by building a record of 338 runs. Graham Hume took the maximum 4 wickets for Ireland. Another wicket was taken by Mark Adair, Curtis Camper and Andrew Balbirnie.