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Thus, the league phase of the tri-nation series ends with another simple win for Bangladesh. They head into the final as favorites to win it, with two wins already in the series over their opposition in that game, West Indies. It will be played on the 17th of May, Friday and will begin at 1045 local time (0945 GMT). See you for that one. Till then, it is goodbye from us. Take care and cheers!
Victorious Bangladesh skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza says that it was a nice wicket to bat on. Adds that their bowling wasn't too bad as they restricted Ireland under 300. Lauds the batting effort, especially from the top order. Mentions that they have a lot of confidence heading into the final and considers it a very important match. Signs off by saying that they have to play really well on that day.
Ireland skipper, William Porterfield says that it was disappointing for them. Adds they they were short with the bat and ball and praises Bangladesh for playing better than them. Regarding future games, Porterfield informs that they will be facing Afghanistan and they know what to expect from them.
Abu Jayed is given the Man of the Match award for his maiden fifer in ODIs. First, he thanks the Almighty and then thanks his bowling coach, Courtney Walsh.
Earlier in the morning, Ireland won the toss and elected to bat first but they could only rack up 292, that too mainly due to a ton by Paul Stirling and a good knock of 90-plus from their skipper, William Porterfield. The lower order did wield the willow a bit but they could not get over 300, which would still be a little under par on this beautiful batting deck. Thus, the total of 292 proved far too little in the end and the hosts ended the tri-nation series without a win. The presentation to follow...
Coming to the bowling of the Irish, well, not much can be said. They were off the mark again today as they were throughout the series. Adair was the only bowler with an economy of under 6 runs per over, which is one of the reasons why the victory of the Bangla Tigers got delayed a bit and entered the Powerplay 3.
Bangladesh got off to a sedate start with 58 runs in the Powerplay 1 losing no wicket. The openers went on to add 117 and it was when Tamim chopped on, that Ireland had their first wicket. Liton Das too got dismissed after scoring 76. Shakib Al Hasan was batting beautifully and got to his half ton but then had to limp off due to a side strain. That would be the only worry for the Asian side as they head into the final with another commanding victory.
This chase has been another stroll in the park for Bangladesh. They have been the best side on show in this tri-nation series and showed us why exactly once more! A complete batting performance where every batsman in the top 5 scored more than 30, with 3 of them getting to their half centuries. And when a team does that, usually a target of 293 is chased down with ease!
42.6MAdair to SRahman
FOUR! Bangladesh win by 6 wickets (with 42 balls remaining)! Sabbir finishes it handsomely. He gives the charge to a length ball and hammers it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
42.5MAdair to MahmudullahMahmudullah
Width on offer outside off, it's guided down to third man for a run.
42.4MAdair to MahmudullahMahmudullah
Full and angling in on middle, Mahmudullah brings down a straight bat and pushes it out to mid-wicket.
42.3MAdair to MahmudullahMahmudullah
Slower shortish ball outside off, Mahmudullah taps it down to point.
42.2MAdair to SRahman
Offers width outside off, Rahman throws his bat at it and under edges it down to third man for a run. One boundary away now...
42.1MAdair to SRahman
Beauty! Adair gets a good length ball to nip away from a length around off, Sabbir is squared up completely as the ball screams past the outside edge.
41.6GDockrell to SRahman
Loopy and on off, drilled down to long off for a run.
41.5GDockrell to MahmudullahMahmudullah
Dockrell shortens his length and delivers it outside off, Mahmudullah cuts it to deep point for a run. One big hit away now.
41.4GDockrell to MahmudullahMahmudullah
SIX! Tossed up ball on off, Mahmudullah shimmies down the track and launches it over long on for a maximum.
41.3GDockrell to SRahman
Knocks down a full ball through mid off for a run.
41.2GDockrell to SRahman
Arm ball on off, skidding back in, Sabbir defends it near his front pad. It drops in front of the stumps and then rolls behind. Rahman stops it with his leg.
41.1GDockrell to MahmudullahMahmudullah
Flatter and shorter outside off, Mahmudullah reaches out for it and slaps it to deep cover for one.
George Dockrell is back on.
40.6MAdair to SRahman
Angles in a length ball on off, Sabbir defends it by covering the line.
40.5MAdair to SRahman
Lands it on a good length outside off, Sabbir covers his stumps and allows it through.
Sabbir Rahman walks in next with 15 more needed.
40.4MAdair to MHossain
OUT! Guided into the hands of the keeper! Another good take by Wilson. Too late though. Good length delivery in the zone outside off, Mosaddek probably tries to run it down to third man but ends up edging it too close to the keeper. Gary does the rest.
40.3MAdair to MahmudullahMahmudullah
A leg stump half-volley, it's nudged to fine leg for a run.
40.2MAdair to MHossain
Shortish and outside off, guided down to third man for one.
40.1MAdair to MHossain
Fullish and outside off, driven off the front foot to mid off.
Powerplay 3 time. A maximum of five fielders are now allowed outside the ring. Mark Adair returns into the attack. 17 needed more.
39.6BMcCarthy to MahmudullahMahmudullah
Ducked under. Mahmudullah receives a short ball and leans back to allow it through to the keeper.
39.5BMcCarthy to MHossain
Shortish and on off, Mosaddek gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through square leg for a single.
39.4BMcCarthy to MahmudullahMahmudullah
A gentle delivery this time, on the slower side, Mahmudullah glides it down to third man for a run.
39.3BMcCarthy to MHossain
Nicely driven again, this time by Mosaddek. Full and outside off, Hossain strokes it to sweeper cover for one. 19 more needed.
39.2BMcCarthy to MahmudullahMahmudullah
Gets on the front foot and drives a full ball to deep cover for a single.
39.1BMcCarthy to MHossain
Short and outside off, Hossain goes on his toes and taps it down on the off side for a run.
38.7JLittle to MahmudullahMahmudullah
EDGY FOUR! Little pitches it up and outside off, Mahmudullah gets on the front foot for a big booming cover drive. But it takes the outside edge and flies wide of the keeper for a boundary at third man. 16 from the over, 22 needed more off 11 overs.
38.6JLittle to MHossain
Goes full this time but the line is too straight, it's worked through backward square leg for one.
38.5JLittle to MHossain
FOUR! Poor bowling! Little is short with his length, it's too wide outside off and Mosaddek has cracked it off his back foot to the point fence.
38.4JLittle to MahmudullahMahmudullah
Two wides. Slips it down the leg side, Mahmudullah fails to flick and the keeper also fails to collect. They cross.
38.3JLittle to MahmudullahMahmudullah
FOUR! A direction-less delivery, short and drifting down the leg side, Mahmudullah pulls it down to fine leg for a boundary. Easy pickings.
38.2JLittle to MHossain
Short ball again, around off, Mosaddek lifts his front leg and pulls it behind square leg for a run.
38.1JLittle to MHossain
Short delivery outside off, Mosaddek goes on the back foot and taps it down to point.
37.8BMcCarthy to MHossain
Short of a length on off, pulled away to the left of deep mid-wicket who does well to mop it up and just keep the Bangladeshi batsmen down to a single. 5 runs off this over.
37.7BMcCarthy to MahmudullahMahmudullah
The batsman opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. They pick up a single.