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Bangladesh vs Ireland, BAN vs IRE, Today Match Prediction 23 March 2023

Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet, Bangladesh

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Toss Winner - Ireland won the toss and chose to bat first

Bangladesh beat Ireland by 10 wickets

Ireland look to tie the series as they take on Bangladesh in the 3rd ODI in Sylhet

  • Bangladesh have been in their best form on the home soil in recent times
  • Ireland suffered a big defeat in the opening match of the series and are on the backfoot
  • The bowlers’ form and consistency give Bangladesh a huge advantage over the visitors

Our prediction is for Bangladesh to win the match

Tournament: Ireland tour of Bangladesh, 2023 | Format: ODI | Venue: Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet, Bangladesh | Toss: To Bat

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Bangladesh will be eying a series win as they gear up to face Ireland in the last match of the series. The 2nd ODI was washed out due to rain after the hosts posted 349 runs batting first.

Bangladesh were big favourites to win that game at the end of the 1st innings. Rain robbed Ireland of their chance to bounce back with the bat. Ireland’s batting lineup crumbled while chasing 339 runs in the 1st ODI.

The bowlers ended up conceding yet another 300+ total and it was a great opportunity for the batters to make a comeback. Andrew Balbirnie would be hoping for his batters to find their rhythm and deliver what they are capable of. The visitors have a strong batting order with great potential.

However, Ireland are playing in Bangladesh after 12 years and have never won a single ODI on this soil. The hosts are in great touch in every department and will pose a tough challenge to the visiting Ireland team.

Bangladesh Preview

The veteran wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim looks in fine touch this series. He scored 44 off 26 at number 6 in the 1st ODI and followed it up with a 60-ball hundred in the second.

His form will be crucial for Bangladesh ahead of the World Cup. Not only has Rahim delivered in the lower middle order but Liton Das and Najmul Hossain Shanto have also found their form. Das was struggling to score runs in the last few series at home. And the opener finding his rhythm is another great news for Bangladesh.

The reliable all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan missed his hundred by 7 runs in the 1st ODI. Towhid Hridoy and Mushfiqur Rahim are not just scoring runs in the lower middle order but also maintaining a good strike rate.

Quick runs from the lower order will help Bangladesh boost their total in the death overs and finish a few runs more than expected. This will also be crucial in a run chase.

The pacers were on top of the game when they successfully defended 338 runs in the 1st ODI. Nasum Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, and Taskin Ahmed got through the Irish batting order handing them a 183-run defeat.

Bangladesh Predicted Playing XI:

Tamim Iqbal (c), Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Yasir Ali, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Nasum Ahmed , Hasan Mahmud

Bangladesh Actual Playing XI:

Mehidy Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Tamim Iqbal, Ebadot Hossain, Litton Das, Nasum Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mushfiqur Rahim, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy

Ireland Preview

Ireland are a much better side than what we’ve seen in the last couple of matches. The bowlers have been impressive on their home soil back in Ireland bowling in conditions that help swing. The batters also had a great time playing on those tracks in Ireland and England.

The last time Ireland played in Bangladesh was in 2011 during the ICC World Cup. Andrew Balbirnie and co. are out to achieve something big. Ireland’s first-ever win against Bangladesh in Bangladesh.

And for that, Ireland need Paul Stirling to fire at the top while skipper Balbirnie will also be key for building partnerships. Harry Tector and Loran Tucker are young and not as experienced as some of the batters in the Bangladesh squad.

Nevertheless, they are among the most promising batsmen in Ireland who have delivered some match-winning knocks in their brief career so far. The all-rounders add strength in the lower middle order. The likes of Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, and Curtis Campher will be the ones to watch out for.

These three will be responsible for delivering a good finish and keeping Ireland alive in a run-chase. The visitors desperately need their bowlers to turn things around and deliver an impactful performance.

Mark Adair and Andy McBrine are the key bowlers who’ve led Ireland’s bowling attack for quite some time now. The new addition of Graham Hume to this bowling attack has been effective with the right-arm fast-medium bowler picking up 7 wickets in the last two outings. 

Ireland Predicted Playing XI:

Stephen Doheny, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Matthew Humphreys, Graham Hume

Ireland Actual Playing XI:

Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Matthew Humphreys, Curtis Campher, Paul Stirling, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Lorcan Tucker, Graham Hume, Harry Tector, Andrew Balbirnie

W. speed
W. direction
0.31 mm.
1.91 k/h
From: ESE
0.19 mm.
1.68 k/h
From: SE
0.17 mm.
2.52 k/h
From: W
0 mm.
4.09 k/h
From: NW
0 mm.
2.11 k/h
From: N
0 mm.
2.24 k/h
From: SSW
0 mm.
2.26 k/h
From: S
0.79 mm.
1.76 k/h
From: E

Weather Conditions

The pitch is great for batting in the 1st innings but gets that much more difficult in the second. The bowlers will have a good time in the second innings and would also get a bit of a turn. Scattered thunderstorms are expected on the match day with a high of 28 degrees Celsius

Venue Details

Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet will host the final ODI of this series. There have been only 6 ODIs on this ground so far. The average 1st innings score is 308 runs while that in the 2nd innings is 209. This is indicative of the difficult batting conditions for the chasing team. A 300+ total will be a very competitive score on this ground.

Toss: To Bat

Teams batting first have won 4 of the 6 ODIs played at this venue. Bangladesh posted 330+ totals batting first in their last two innings here. It will not be easy to chase down anything above 310 runs for the visitors. And they’re likely to opt to bat first on winning the toss. Tamim Iqbal also wouldn’t look to change their strategy that has worked well so far.

Bangladesh have the upper hand in this contest. Their key players have found their rhythm and that makes the batting lineup even stronger. The opposition hasn’t been comfortable in these conditions. The toss will play a key role and if Ireland opts to bat first, they would have a chance at gaining the advantage in the game. Overall, Bangladesh are the stronger side going into this match and will be the favourites in our match prediction.

Our prediction is for Bangladesh to win the match


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Author: Vijay G.