Rahi hauls five wickets in second ODI
Bangladesh speed star Abu Jayed Rahi got his maiden five-for in the dead-rubber clash of the Ireland tri-series between Bangladesh and Ireland on Wednesday and guests restricted hosts at 292 for eight.
Bangladesh have been facing sweet problem in finalising the fifth pacer in the World Cup squad between the two available quick Taskin Ahmed and Abu Jayed Rahi.
Experienced Taskin Ahmed had been mistreated for Tigers World Cup troop considering fitness problem. He has been dropped from national side earlier in 2017 for inconsistent performance and regained national call after brilliance in the latest edition of BPL. But poor Taskin remained sidelined sustaining injury in his last BPL appearance and missed the New Zealand tour.
Taskin burst into tears after failing to spot in World Cup horde and was included in the Ireland tri-nation squad at the eleventh hour. He shone with three wickets in the warm-up match. For his velocity and height, Taskin can give team more variation thinks Bangladesh think tank.
Rahi, 25, on the other hand, named in as a surprise element in the Bangladesh squad. Bangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin recently intimated media that Taskin possibly will reclaim spot in final 15 and Rahi will accompany Tigers as the 16th man. BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon conversely, showed his unwillingness to drop Rahi without providing him any chance to prove himself.
Rahi thus, was awarded with the 131st Tigers ODI cap on Monday against West Indies but was blunt with the ball. He conceded 56 runs to deliver wicketless nine overs spell on debut. The fast bowler showed his class in the very next match against Ireland yesterday and picked-up five-wicket in his second ODI involvement spending 58 runs.
Andrew Balbirnie was the first international prey for Rahi in his sixth over of the day. He then seized the wickets of two Irish danger-men Paul Starling and skipper William Porterfield. Kevin O'Brien and Gary Wilson were the next two dismissals of Rahi. Besides, Mohammad Saifuddin took two wickets conceding 43 runs.
Starling by the grace of twin drop-catches scored 130 while Porterfield missed his ton for six runs.
Bangladesh now will be puzzled more to select the right man abutting Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin.