1st ODI: Shakib Al Hasan, Towhid Hridoy Star as Bangladesh Crush Ireland by 183 Runs

Last Update: March 18, 2023, 23:12 IST

Bangladesh has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.  (AFP photo)

Bangladesh has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. (AFP photo)

This is Bangladesh’s biggest win in terms of runs in ODI history.

Shakib Al Hasan and debutant Towheed Hriday both missed out on centuries but still guided Bangladesh to a record 183-run win over Ireland in the first one-day international in Sylhet on Saturday.

Shakib scored 93 and Tauheed added 92 to help Bangladesh reach their highest ODI score of 338/8 before the tourists put them in to bat.

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Ebadot Hossain led the reply with 4/42 and left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed took 3/42 as Ireland were bowled out for 155 in 31 overs.

“The way we batted was exceptional. It was not an easy wicket to bat on in the first 20 overs. But Shakib was brilliant, Tauheed was impressive too,” said captain Tamim Iqbal after the match.

George Dockrell was the last man out after scoring 45, which was Ireland’s highest score.

Stephen Doheny and Paul Stirling added 60 runs in the opening stand but once Shakib dismissed Doheny for 34, Ireland collapsed to 76/5, never to recover.

Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie said, “At the halfway point we weren’t too disappointed as the wicket was good and the lights were the best time to bat.”

But we kept losing wickets and could not build any partnership.

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Graham Hume finished with a career-best 4/60, but the hosts withstood the early pressure of the Irish bowling attack.

After the cheap dismissals of Tamim (3), Liton Das (26) and Nazmul Hossain (25), Shakib and Tauheed put on 135 for the fourth wicket to take Bangladesh to 81/3.

He became the second Bangladeshi cricketer after Tamim to reach 7,000 ODI runs.

Shakib is now only the third cricketer after Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi to cross that milestone in ODI runs and 300 ODI wickets.

He changed gears after reaching his third consecutive ODI half-century and hitting Harry Tector for five boundaries in an over.

He fell seven runs short of his 10th ODI century after following a wide yorker from Hume.

Tauheed had the best first innings performance for Bangladesh in ODIs, putting on 80 for the fifth wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim, who scored 44 off 26 balls.

Hume dismissed both batsmen in the same over before taking the wicket of Taskin Ahmed but the tourists were unable to stem the flow of runs.

The remaining ODIs will be played in Sylhet on Monday and Thursday.

Ireland, who will also play three Twenty20 Internationals and one Test during their tour, last toured Bangladesh in 2008 for a bilateral series.

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