In the sixth game of the tri-series, Bangladesh recorded a fabulous six-wicket victory over hosts Ireland in Dublin. The home team were initially looking set to reach a huge total after the massive partnership between Paul Stirling and William Porterfield, but then Abu Jayed bowled a sensational spell to restrict the opposition within a par first innings total. And then in the second innings, the Bangladesh top-order batters once again displayed a clinical combined effort to steer their team to a splendid win.
Stirling and Porterfield's record third wicket stand takes Ireland to 292
After losing the toss and being asked to bowl first, Bangladeshi new ball bowler Rubel Hossain started things with a fine opening spell to dismiss James McCollum with just 23 runs on the board. Andrew Balbirnie, who scored an amazing hundred in the last outing, this time failed to convert his start of 20 runs into a big innings. The pair of Paul Stirling and skipper William Porterfield then joined hands to resurrect the Ireland innings. The duo of Porterfield and Stirling showed great temperament and composure to register a remarkable partnership of 174 runs, which is also the highest by an Irish pair for any wicket against a Full Member Nation.
Stirling compiled a brilliant knock of 130 runs which included eight fours and four sixes, while Porterfield also batted extremely well for his 106-ball 94. However, after their wickets, Ireland suffered a disappointing batting collapse and as a result, the home team finished with a total of 292 runs on the board. For Bangladesh, Abu Jayed bowled amazingly well to claim his maiden five-wicket haul.
Top-order once again shines and steers Bangladesh home comfortably
Chasing a pretty challenging target of 293 runs, the two Bangladeshi openers, Tamim Iqbal and his new partner Litton Das laid a strong foundation at the top. The pair of Tamim and Litton batted really well to stitch an excellent opening partnership of 117 runs. Tamim continued his impressive form in this game as well, scoring a fine 57 off 53 balls before falling victim to Boyd Rankin in the 17th over. Litton Das was also looking in a great touch but he too failed to carry on getting dismissed for a significant 67-ball 76.
After those two wickets, the duo of Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan got together to take control of the game with a remarkable stand of 84 runs for third wicket. Shakib scored a vital half-century before getting retired hurt. Towards the end, Mahmudullah once again stood tall to guide Bangladesh towards an easy win with seven overs to spare in the game.
Ireland: 292/8 in 50 overs (Paul Stirling-130, William Porterfield-94; Abu Jayed 5/58)
Bangladesh: 294/4 in 43 overs (Litton Das-76, Tamim Iqbal-57, Shakib Al Hasan-50)
Result: Bangladesh won the match by 6 wickets.