Shafiul scripts Bangladesh win
Fri, Feb 25, 2011 9:39 PM
Mohammed Ashraful celebrates
Paceman Shafiul Islam's spell of 4-21 helped Bangladesh beat Ireland by 27 runs in a Group B match in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 at Mirpur on Friday.
Batting first Bangladesh was restricted to 205 in 49.2 overs and in reply Ireland was restricted to 178 in 45 overs.
Bangladesh got off to a quick start as Tamim Iqbal (44) and Imrul Kayes added 53 runs in 6.3 overs. But thereafter there was a middle-order collapse as Bangladesh slipped to 86 for 4.
A 61-run fifth wicket stand between Mushfiqur Rahim (36) and Roqibul Hassan (38) revived the innings. Later Naeem Islam (29) played a crucial hand as Bangladesh posted a modest total.
For Ireland, Trent Johnston (2-40), Andre Botha (3-32) and George Dockrell (2-23) were the best bowlers on view.
In its chase, Ireland lost wickets at regular intervals. Only the O'Brien brothers, Kevin (37) and Niall (38), managed to offer any resistance.
Bangladesh's spinners Mohammed Ashraful (2-42) and skipper Shakib Al Hasan (2-28) backed paceman Shafiul very well. In the end Bangladesh managed to successfully defend a modest target. Islam's spell was the best by a Bangladesh bowler in a Cricket World Cup game.