SYLHET: Shakib Al Hasan and debutant Towhid Hridoy both narrowly missed centuries but still guided Bangladesh to a record 183-run victory over Ireland in Saturday’s first one-day international in Sylhet.
Shakib hit 93 and Towhid added 92 to guide Bangladesh to their highest ever ODI score of 338-8 after the tourists put them in to bat.
Ebadot Hossain led the reply with 4-42 and left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed chipped in with 3-42 to bowl out Ireland for 155 runs just shy of 31 overs.
“The way we batted was exceptional. Wasn’t the easiest wicket to bat for the first 20 overs. But Shakib was brilliant, Towhid also impressive,” skipper Tamim Iqbal said after the match, according to Cricbuzz.
George Dockrell was the last man dismissed after making 45, Ireland’s highest total.
Stephen Doheny and Paul Stirling put on 60 runs in the opening stand but once Shakib dismissed Doheny for 34 Ireland collapsed to 5-76, never to recover. “We were not too disappointed at the halfway stage as the wicket was good and the best time was to bat under lights,” Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie said.
“But we kept losing wickets and didn’t get any partnerships.”
Graham Hume finished with a career best 4-60 but the hosts shrugged off early pressure from the Irish bowling attack.
Shakib and Towhid added 135 for the fourth wicket to lift Bangladesh from 81-3 after Tamim (3), Litton Das (26) and Najmul Hossain (25) all fell cheaply.
He became the second Bangladeshi cricketer to reach 7,000 ODI runs after Tamim.
Shakib is now also just the third cricketer to surpass that milestone in ODI runs and 300 one-day wickets after Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi.
He shifted gears after reaching his third successive ODI fifty and hitting Harry Tector for five fours in an over.
He fell seven runs short of his 10th ODI hundred after chasing a wide yorker from Hume to get the bottom edge.
Towhid played the best debut innings for Bangladesh in ODIs, adding 80 runs for the fifth wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim, who struck 44 off 26 balls.
Hume removed both batsmen in the same over before taking the wicket of Taskin Ahmed but the tourists were unable to stop the flow of runs.
Ireland won the toss
Iqbal (c) c Stirling b Adair 3
Das c Stirling b Campher 26
Hossain Shanto b McBrine 25
Shakib c †Tucker b Hume 93
Hridoy b Hume 92
Mushfiqur † c McBrine b Hume 44
Yasir run out (Campher/†Tucker) 17
Taskin c Adair b Hume 11
Nasum Ahmed not out 11
Mustafizur Rahman not out 1
Extras: (b 1, lb 2, w 12) 15
Total: 50 Ov 338/8
Fall: 1-15, 2-49, 3-81, 4-216, 5-296, 6-297, 7-311, 8-331
Bowling: Mark Adair 10-0-77-1, Graham Hume 10-0-60-4, Andy McBrine 10-0-47-1, Curtis Campher 8-0-56-1, Harry Tector 6-0-45-0, Gareth Delany 6-0-50-0
Stephen c †Mushfiqur b Shakib 34
Paul c †Mushfiqur b Ebadot 22
Andy (c) b Taskin 5
Harry c †Mushfiqur b Ebadot 3
Lorcan † c Yasir b Taskin 6
Curtis lbw b Nasum 16
George b Ebadot 45
Gareth lbw b Nasum 1
Andy c †Mushfiqur b Nasum 0
Mark c †Mushfiqur b Ebadot 13
Graham Hume not out 2
Extras: (lb 1, w 7) 8
Total: 30.5 Ov 155
Fall: 1-60, 2-62, 3-68, 4-73, 5-76, 6-109, 7-118, 8-118, 9-144, 10-155
Bowling: Mustafizur Rahman 6-0-31-0, Taskin Ahmed 6-2-15-2, Nasum Ahmed 8-0-43-3, Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-23-1, Ebadot Hossain 6.5-0-42-4
Result: Bangladesh won by 183 runs
Player of the match: Towhid Hridoy
Umpires: Rod Tucker, Tanvir Ahmed