BALBIRNIE STEERS IRELAND TO WIN OVER BANGLADESH

BALBIRNIE STEERS IRELAND TO WIN OVER BANGLADESH

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Ireland stormed to a four-wicket win against Bangladesh in its World Cup 2015 warm-up match in Sydney on Thursday (February 12), while West Indies won by three runs against a spirited Scotland side.

Having elected to field first at the Blacktown Olympic Park Oval, Ireland made an impression immediately as John Mooney and Max Sorensen, the two new ball bowlers who picked up three wickets each, led the way in dismissing Bangladesh for 189 in 48.2 overs. Then, Ed Joyce’s 47 and Andy Balbirnie’s unbeaten 63 helped Ireland finish the formalities with 19 balls to spare.

The day started with Mooney having Tamim Iqbal, who had made 81 in Bangladesh’s three-wicket defeat against Pakistan, caught by William Porterfield in the fifth over, and that set the tone. Anamul Haque and Soumya Sarkar (45), who was tried out at No. 4, tried to resurrect the innings with a 58-run stand, but once Haque gave Porterfield his second catch, Ireland didn’t give an inch.

Mushfiqur Rahim made 26 when George Dockrell got the better of him, while Shakib Al Hasan and Mashrafe Mortaza fell to Sorensen as he finished with figures of 3 for 31 in 9.2 overs.

Ireland lost Paul Stirling early in the chase, and was soon 78 for 4, but Joyce and Balbirnie added 59 runs for the fifth wicket in 14.1 overs to keep the chase on course. After Joyce became Taijul Islam’s second wicket, Balbirnie and Kevin O’Brien added 41 runs at nearly seven runs per over to take Ireland to the finish line.

Ireland, who are in Pool B, opens its World Cup campaign against West Indies in Nelson on February 16, and Bangladesh plays its first Pool A match against Afghanistan in Canberra on February 18.