Mustafiz on a roll
Observer Online Desk
Brief score: Ireland 153/7 in 38 overs v Bangladesh
Irish batsmen are falling like ninepins as Mustafizur Rahman sent back the dangerous Kevin O’Brien in their third game of the tri-nation series, thanks to a brilliant catch from Mosaddek Hossain.
Kevin (10) failed to read Mustafizur’s change up and ended up skying it as Mosaddek raced in from the outfield to hold on to a spectacular diving catch at Dublin’s Malahide on Friday.
In his next over the 21-year-old seamer bagged his fourth wicket when Gary Wilson (6) was given caught behind to a hook outside legstump, though replays suggested the ball may have grazed his hip on its way to Mushfiqur Rahim.
Before this, debutant spinner Sunzamul Islam struck in his first over to take out Ed Joyce as Bangladesh piled pressure on Ireland.
Having seen his team through almost 29 overs, opener Joyce (46) danced down the track but missed the pitch of the ball. His skier was caught by Tamim Iqbal, giving southpaw Sunzamul a fine start to his ODI career.
In the previous over, Joyce’s 55-run recovery stand with Niall O’Brien was ended by Mustafizur Rahman. Niall (30) threw his bat wide of the offstump and ball flew straight to Tamim Iqbal in third man.
Before that, Shakib Al Hasan went through the gates of Andy Balbirnie (12) with an arm ball to settle the score with the batsman after getting hit for a six in his previous over to leave Ireland struggling on 61-3.
In the same over Mushfiqur Rahim failed to hold on to an edge from Niall O’Brien.
Young Mosaddek Hossain spilled a straightforward catch from the same batsmen at short extra cover when he tried to celebrate too early.
But the reprieve allowed Porterfield to add just a run to his 22 before the 21-year-old Mosaddek got his man in the following over with a return catch.
Mustafizur Rahman gave Bangladesh an ideal start by taking out Irish opener Paul Stirling for a duck after asking Ireland to bat first.
The maverick seamer got Stirling out with a wider delivery which the batsmen edge to short third man in the second over.