Hosts Ireland in search of the consolation win
Our prediction is Bangladesh will win the match!
Ireland team cannot qualify for the finals of the Tri-series as both West Indies and Bangladesh have sealed their place with higher points. Ireland is yet to win a match this series and is striving hard for a win against top-ranked teams. Ireland put up a much-improved batting display in the last match scoring 327 runs in 50 overs.
Andy Balbirnie notched up a brilliant 135 runs off just 124 balls to help his team post a massive total. Kevin O Brien and Paul Stirling made vital partnerships with Balbirnie and scored their respective 50+ scores. Ireland batting looks good with experienced players standing up. Their bowling unit was not able to contain West Indian batsmen and eventually, they lost by 5 wickets. Boyd Rankin was the pick of the bowlers picking up 3 wickets. Paul Stirling and Joshua Little took a wicket each but were not able to make an impact in the match. Their bowling unit needs to stand up to help their team win.
Bangladesh team sealed their spot in finals with two back to back wins against the West Indies team. They chased down the target comfortably in both the matches with ease. Their top four batsmen Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim have made a 50+ score in this series and are looking in good form and rhythm. Mahmudullah ad Sabbir Rahman have scored the 30s and 40s whenever they got a chance to bat.
Their batting has been hugely untested so far in this series. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman are the chief wicket takers and have combined tally of 12 wickets. Mehdi Hasan and Shakib play the perfect second fiddle to the pace department and are bowling with good economy rate chipping with wickets in middle overs. Abu Jayed who made his debut replacing injured Saifuddin is expected to retain his place in the team. Bangladesh will be looking to give their players in bench some match practice ahead of the World Cup 2019.
Kevin O Brien – Kevin has scored 68 & 63 runs in the two matches played this series and will be looking to bat well again to help his team to win. He is a player who can score runs quickly and take the attack to the opposition team.
George Dockrell – Dockrell is one of the experienced players in the team and he is yet to take a wicket this series. He has figures of 0/57 & /53 in two matches and did not complete his quota of 10 overs in both the matches.
Recent Stats (This series)
Andrew Balbirnie – 164 runs, Avg. -82, 100s -1, HS-135
Boyd Rankin – 3 wickets, Economy – 8.3 RPO, BB -3/65
William Porterfield (c), Kevin O Brien, Gary Wilson (wk), Paul Stirling, George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Andrew Balbirnie, Mark Adair, Boyd Rankin, James McCollum, Joshua Little
James McCollum, Kevin O'Brien, Mark Richard Adair, George Dockrell, WTS Porterfield, Joshua Little, Paul Stirling, Barry McCarthy, WB Rankin, GC Wilson, Andy Balbirnie
Soumya Sarkar – Sarkar has made scores of 73 & 54 in the two ODIs played against West Indies and will look to notch up a big score against the Ireland bowling attack. He will look to take up the openers spot in the World cup 2019.
Mustafizur Rahman – Mustafizur bowled brilliantly and took 4 wickets for just 43 runs last match. His bowling set up the match for Bangladesh and was rightly awarded the Man of the Match for his performance.
Recent Stats (This series)
Soumya Sarkar – 127 runs, Avg. -63.5, 50s -2, HS-73
Mashrafe Mortaza – 6 wickets, Economy – 5.5 RPO, BB -3/49
Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Tamim Iqbal/Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wk), Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehdi Hasan Miraz, Mohammed Mithun, Abu Jayed, Sabbir Rahman
Mohammad Saifuddin, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Jayed, Mushfiqur Rahim, Rubel Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza
Clontarf pitch is an excellent batting surface and we can expect a lot of runs in this match. Both team players will be looking to score bid this match and put the opposition under pressure. We expect scores in a range of 300-350 runs this match. The weather looks good with little to no chances of rain.
Both teams will be looking to put a massive score on board and trouble the opposition with the scoring rate. Both captains will look to bat first here.
Ireland is a strong team in their home soil, but the Bangladesh team has a better experience, quality and depth in their team playing XI on paper. So, we expect Bangladesh to win this contest. But we will have an exciting contest between two good sides!
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