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Twitter Reactions: Bangladesh overcome Ireland challenge with ease yet again

A brilliant batting display from William Porterfield and Paul Stirling went in vain with the Tigers' top three once again smashing fifties.

Liton Das
Liton Das. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Although there was nothing to play for, Bangladesh managed to pull off another big win in the series. This sees them finish on top of the table in the Tri-series and they will be heading into the final with a whole lot of momentum. A brilliant batting display from William Porterfield and Paul Stirling went in vain with the Tigers’ top three once again smashing fifties.

Batting first, Porterfield once again made James McCollum open the innings alongside Stirling. The move backfired with McCollum getting dismissed early in the innings. Nevertheless, Stirling started smashing the ball to all parts and stitched a 36-run partnership with Andy Balbirnie to start off the onslaught. After Balbirnie’s dismissal, Porterfield and Stirling put on a stupendous show together.

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The duo seemed impregnable on their home soil and struck boundaries for fun. While Porterfield showed the composure, Stirling kept knocking boundaries and the scorecard was moving at a brilliant rate. After the duo completed a 100-run stand, Stirling brought up a brilliant hundred and the pair was closing in on a double century stand.

That never transpired as the skipper fell six runs short of a well-deserved century. Soon after, Kevin O’Brien and Paul Stirling were dismissed off successive deliveries by Abu Jayed to put the side under immense pressure. They eventually didn’t get the finish they wanted and settled with 292 runs on the board. Abu Jayed picked up a five-fer for the visiting side.

A collective and brilliant batting effort from the Tigers

There was no individual star in the Bangladeshi batting performance on Wednesday, which perhaps was the best part of the innings. Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das gave a roaring start, with both openers scoring fifties and adding a 117 run partnership in just 100 balls. Their explosion ensured the required rate was very well under control.

There was no respite for the Irish after that as Shakib Al Hasan continued the fireworks alongside Liton Das, who added 43 runs for the next wicket. Liton was on his way to a hundred, but could only manage 76 off 67 balls after Barry McCarthy brought an end to his knock.

Mushfiqur Rahim stepped up once again after scoring a fifty in the previous game. The only concern for the Asian side was Shakib Al Hasan returning back to the pavilion after a side strain. It seemed just like a precautionary measure ahead of the big tournament and he might be back in full fitness for the final.

Although Mushfiqur got dismissed for 35, Mahmudullah chipped in with a cameo to take his side home by 6 wickets and a whopping seven overs remaining. Their overall performance in the series makes them firm favourites to beat the Windies on Friday.

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