Bangladesh eased to a comfortable victory over Ireland to maintain their unbeaten Tri-Series record but were made to sweat on the fitness of their star all-rounder, Shakib al Hasan. At that point, with Bangladesh 247/3 and needing a further 46 runs from 14 overs, the result was almost confirmed, and though Mosaddek Hossain nicked off in the 41st over for 14, they reached their target with six wickets in hand and seven overs to spare. An injury to Shakib was one blot on an otherwise sunny day for Bangladesh Apart from Shakib’s, Tamim Iqbal’s and Liton Das’ were the key knocks for Bangladesh, the pair adding 117 for the first wicket in quick time to break the back of the chase. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah also chipped in with useful 35s to tune up for both the final this Friday, 17 May, against West Indies, and the upcoming Men’s Cricket World Cup. They helped lay a strong platform, adding 174 for the third wicket after James McCollum and Andy Balbirnie had fallen early, Ireland’s highest stand against an ICC Full Member in ODIs, before Porterfield was dismissed in the 45th over with Ireland 233/3.
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