Walton ODI Tri-Series
Bangladesh, Ireland to play a dead-rubber today
Bangladesh reached the final of the Ireland tri-series as the table-topper with 10-points by virtue of twin wins over West Indies and shared 2 points with Ireland after shower over Dublin on May 9. West Indies also berthed the final with their two victories over Ireland against two defeats to Bangladesh. Thus, the last clash of the tri-series becomes the match of formalities, where Bangladesh will meet with hosts.
The match kicks off at 3:45pm (BST) today at the Village Malahide in Dublin.
Bangladesh however, are not taking Ireland lightly and will play for win, who took the tri-series as the best platform for World Cup preparation and sent a huge troop of 19 men. BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon recently clued up about the changes in playing against Ireland prior to securing final spot and hence, Tigers will do some lab-work today.
They must try to solve the fifth pacer enigma in World Cup squad. They did not keep Taskin Ahmed in the 15-member World Cup squad while Abu Jayed Rahi entered as surprise pack. But considering the experience and pace, Taskin was included in the Ireland squad at the eleventh hour, who shone with the wickets in the warm-up match. He is possibly going to spot in the Bangladesh playing eleven today after about two years.
Rahi conceded 56 runs in his wicketless debut on Monday against Windies. Taskin thus, with minimum gleam today can replace Rahi in World Cup squad.
Rubel Hossain also has possibility to come in and possibly for Mustafizur Rahman. Liton Das can replace Tamim Iqbal while Mosaddek Hossain for Mehidy Miraz. Soumya Sarkar regained his rhythm and his back to back half centuries created comfort for himself and the team. He can emerge as slaughter for Irish bowlers in early innings. Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah Riyad and Sabbir Rahman made a solid, steady and elongated batting line-up for Tigers.
Bangladesh have one of the most varied bowling unit with right and left handed orb-throwers in both spin and pace departments. They already prove their potency against Windies by confining them at 261 and 247 runs in last two meets in batting friendly Ireland wickets. Irish batters therefore, need to play their best to score runs against mighty Bangladesh bowling attack.
Ireland on the other hand, will play reluctant cricket in 'nothing to lose' spar. They must try to finish with consolidating win utilizing the advantage of home ground and supports. Ireland led by experienced William Porterfield have some game changers like Paul Starling, Andy Balbirnie and Kevin O'Brien.
Weather forecast showed nothing wrong with cricket in Dublin and toss winning skipper must prefer to bat first at the flat wicket in Dublin.