Ireland are back in 11th place in the ODI rankings after they undid all their good work of the previous day with a below par performance in the second one-day international against Bangladesh at Stormont. William Porterfield, the Ireland captain, knew the Tigers would come back hard after their seven wickets defeat on Thursday but it was desperately disappointing that the home side had so few answers.
Having set the standard in the first game between the teams, it all went wrong from the start for Ireland with Porterfield admitting, with hindsight, it was "probably a mistake" to bat. He denied his decision was influenced by the absence from the ground at the toss of Trent Johnston, his experienced opening bowler who was at the doctor's, but his hope that the pitch would take turn later in the day proved unfounded. Although Andrew White ended the match-winning third wicket stand of 84 and George Dockrell followed up with the wicket of Tamim Iqbal, for 74, the slow bowlers sent down almost 12 overs with figures of two for 64.
The pace bowlers hadn't much more joy, with Johnston - playing against doctor's orders, and O'Brien the only wicket-takers and even their 13 overs cost 71 runs. But it was virtually mission impossible for the bowlers trying to defend 190 in 46 overs, the game further reduced after a delayed start because of overnight rain. Before the first powerplay had finished, Ireland were 28 for three, exactly the same position Bangladesh were the day before but, unlike their visitors, the wickets continued to fall in the Ireland innings, with a series of culpable shots.
Niall O'Brien, one of three Ireland batsmen who were dropped before they had scored, was trapped in front by the slow left arm of Abdur Razzak, his brother Kevin then danced down the wicket and was stumped and when Andrew White played a nothing shot and was leg before, Ireland were 106 for six. At least they still had Gary Wilson, now playing as a specialist batsman at Surrey and John Mooney, Ireland's in-form No 7 who averaged 66 at the World League in Holland last week. Mooney, with four fours and a six in his 28 played his part but it was Wilson who stood tallest with his third ODI half-century.
He hadn't got past 51 previously but this time he reached 60 off 64 balls, with six boundaries from No 7 in this powerful Ireland batting line-up. Unfortunately both Mooney and Wilson departed in the space of eight balls and in between Johnston was also caught on the long-on boundary so, from being 168 for six with 26 balls left, they were 176 for nine and with only Boyd Rankin and Dockrell to face the last three overs. They managed 13, without being parted, but it would have been more like 43 with the established batsmen still in the middle. The extra runs probably would not have affected the result, though. as the Tigers swept home with more than eight overs to spare. Tamim admitted afterwards he was struggling for form at the start of his innings and while it affected his performance it could not have worked out better for his team. Instead of his usual gung-ho approach, which always gives the bowlers a chance, he was cautiously responsible and took 64 balls to bring up his 50 with only five fours and the solitary six of the innings. He has still to record a "not out' in international cricket however but yesterday he was just 19 runs short of doing it when he skied one into the covers.
By then though the game was up for Ireland and now they must wait until their trip to Zimbabwe in October for their next tilt at a Full Member and another chance to impress on the world stage.
- Boundary for William Portefield
- Porterfield edges to gully..
- Jahrul celebrates his catch
- Paul Stirling edges to wicket keeper Mushfiqur
- Mushfiqur throws up the ball
- Niall O'Brien cuts for 4
- Alex Cusack edges to wicket keeper Mushfiqur
- Boundary for Kevin O'Brien
- Worked away by Kevin O'Brien
- Kevin O'Brien stumped by Mushfiqur
- Gary Wilson cuts
- Andrew White reverse sweeps
- Conventional sweep by White
- White trapped lbw
- Wilson hooks
- 50 for Gary Wilson
- John Mooney sent back
- Mooney hooks
- Straight 6 for Mooney
- Gary Wilson top scored with 60
- Jahrul catches Trent Johnston at long on
- Even Boyd Rankin could not reach this one
- Zunaed Siddique pulls
- Siddique pulls again but caught by Trent Johnston
- Clipped away by Jahrul
- Jahrul pulls Boyd Rankin
- Cusack to Jahrul
- Tamim Iqbal pulls
- Evasive action
- Second catch for Trent Johnston
- Kevin O'Brien
- Ireland appeal in vain
- Tamim Iqbal top scored with 74
- Mushfiqur Rahim hits the winning runs
- Shafiul Ialsm receives Man of the Match Award from Cricket Ireland President Dr Basil McNamee