Bangladesh will be aiming for a series victory as they prepare to face Ireland in the series finale. The second ODI was called off due to rain after the hosts batted first and scored 349 runs.
At the end of the first innings, Bangladesh were heavy favourites to win the game. Rain denied Ireland the opportunity to respond with the bat. In the first ODI, Ireland’s batting lineup crumbled while chasing 339 runs.
The bowlers ended up conceding another 300+ total, giving the batters a great opportunity to make a comeback. Andrew Balbirnie will be hoping that his batters find their groove and deliver what they are capable of. The visitors have a powerful batting order with a lot of potential.
However, Ireland is playing in Bangladesh for the first time in 12 years and has never won an ODI there. The hosts are well-connected in every department and will present a difficult challenge to the visiting Ireland team.
The 3rd ODI between Bangladesh vs Ireland will take place on March 23rd, 2023 at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet.
Match Details to Note
Match: Bangladesh vs Ireland, 3rd ODI, Ireland tour of Bangladesh, 2023
Date: March 23, 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 2:00 PM IST
Venue: Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet
Mushfiqur Rahim, the veteran wicket-keeper batsman, appears to be in good form this series. In the first ODI, he scored 44 off 26 balls at number 6, and he followed that up with a 60-ball century in the second.
His form will be critical for Bangladesh as they prepare for the World Cup. Not only has Rahim delivered in the lower middle order, but so have Liton Das and Najmul Hossain Shanto. Das had struggled to score runs in his last few home series. Another piece of good news for Bangladesh is that the opener has found his groove.
Shakib Al Hasan, the dependable all-rounder, missed his century by 7 runs in the first ODI. Towhid Hridoy and Mushfiqur Rahim are not only scoring runs in the lower middle order, but they are also striking at a high rate.
Rapid runs from the lower order will help Bangladesh increase their total in the death overs and finish a few runs ahead of schedule. This is also important in a run chase.
The pacers were on top of the game in the first ODI, successfully defending 338 runs. Nasum Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, and Taskin Ahmed batted their way through the Irish batting order, resulting in a 183-run defeat.
Taskin Ahmed, Nasum Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Yasir Ali, Litton Das, Zakir Hasan, Afif Hossain, Ebadot Hossain, Towhid Hridoy, Tamim Iqbal, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Mehidy Miraz, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Najmul Shanto
Players to watch out for:
Najmul Hossain Shanto
At the start of this month, the 24-year-old had yet to score a half-century in this format, but he has now hit three 50+ scores.
The keeper-batter scored Bangladesh’s fastest ODI century on Monday, reaching three figures in only 60 balls.
The 29-year-old right-arm fast medium bowler has 17 wickets in six ODI innings, including his best-ever figures in the most recent game.
Possible Playing XI:
Tamim Iqbal (c), Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Yasir Ali, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Nasum Ahmed , Hasan Mahmud
Ireland are a much better team than we’ve seen in the last few games. The bowlers have been impressive on their home turf in Ireland, bowling in swing-friendly conditions. Batters had a great time playing on those tracks in Ireland and England as well.
Ireland last played in Bangladesh during the ICC World Cup in 2011. Andrew Balbirnie and company are aiming for big things. Ireland’s first victory over Bangladesh in Bangladesh.
And for that, Ireland will need Paul Stirling to shine at the top, while skipper Balbirnie will be crucial in forging alliances. Harry Tector and Loran Tucker are younger and less experienced than some of Bangladesh’s batters.
Nonetheless, they are among Ireland’s most promising batsmen, having delivered some match-winning knocks in their brief career. The all-rounders bolster the lower middle order. Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, and Curtis Campher are among those to keep an eye on.
These three will be in charge of delivering a strong finish and keeping Ireland in contention in a run-chase. The visitors are counting on their bowlers to turn things around and deliver a memorable performance.
Mark Adair and Andy McBrine are the key bowlers who have long led Ireland’s bowling attack. Graham Hume, the new addition to this bowling attack, has been effective, with the right-arm fast-medium bowler picking up 7 wickets in his last two outings.
Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Fionn Hand, Graham Hume, Matthew Humphreys, Joshua Little, Thomas Mayes, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White
Players to watch out for:
The 32-year-old batting all-rounder is one of the team’s most experienced players, having scored 13 ODI centuries.
The right-handed 23-year-old has been in outstanding ODI form over the last year. In this format, he has a 51.14 average.
The fast medium bowler has seven wickets in the series so far, including Shakib Al Hasan in both games.
Possible Playing XI:
Stephen Doheny, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Matthew Humphreys, Graham Hume
Bangladesh vs Ireland Top Team Batsmen
Our batting recommendations for Bangladesh are Najmul Hossain Shanto, Litton Das, and Towhid Hridoy. Hridoy has scored 92 and 49 runs in his first two ODI innings. Das has five centuries in this format and scored 70 runs off 71 balls in the series’ second match.
Our batting picks for Ireland are Harry Tector, Paul Stirling, and Andy Balbirnie. Balbirnie has eight ODI centuries, including a best of 145 not out. Tector has one of the best records in this format over the last 12 months, and his record has improved dramatically during that time.
Bangladesh vs Ireland Top Team Bowlers
Our bowling recommendations for Bangladesh are Ebadot Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, and Nasum Ahmed. Nasum Ahmed took three wickets in the first ODI, and his left-arm spin proved too strong for Ireland’s middle order. Taskin Ahmed has been in superb form against England and Ireland, bowling with precision and vigour throughout.
Graham Hume, Curtis Campher, and Mark Adair are our bowling picks for Ireland. So far in the series, Hume has been Ireland’s standout bowler in terms of wickets taken. Adair has dismissed a Bangladesh batter in both of the series’ two One-Day Internationals.
Bangladesh vs Ireland Head to Head
Bangladesh leads the head-to-head 8-2, with Ireland winning in Bridgetown and Barbados. Ireland last defeated Bangladesh in an ODI in 2010.
Bangladesh vs Ireland Head to Head Stats in ODIs
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Bangladesh vs Ireland Toss Prediction
Teams batting first have won four of the six One-Day Internationals played at this venue. In their last two innings here, Bangladesh batted first and posted 330+ totals. It will be difficult for the visitors to score more than 310 runs. And if they win the toss, they’re likely to bat first. Tamim Iqbal, for one, would not consider changing their successful strategy.
Bangladesh vs Ireland Pitch Report
The final ODI of this series will be played at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet. So far, only six One-Day Internationals (ODIs) have been played on this ground. The average first-inning score is 308 runs, while the average second-inning score is 209. This reflects the chasing team’s difficult batting conditions. A total of 300 or higher will be a very competitive score on this ground.
In the first innings, the pitch is ideal for batting, but it becomes much more difficult in the second. In the second innings, the bowlers will have a good time and will also get a bit of a turn. On match day, scattered thunderstorms are expected, with a high of 28 degrees Celsius.
Bangladesh vs Ireland Prediction
In this competition, Bangladesh has the upper hand. Their key players have found their groove, which strengthens the batting lineup. The opposition has not felt at ease in these circumstances. The toss will be crucial, and if Ireland chooses to bat first, they will have a better chance of winning the game. Overall, Bangladesh is the stronger team going into this match and will be our match prediction favourites. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Bangladesh is the favourite to beat Ireland at the odds of 1.15.
Bangladesh vs Ireland Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Najmul Hossain Shanto has been in excellent form throughout 2023, and the left-hander scored 73 runs off 77 balls on Monday. Our pick for Bangladesh’s highest run scorer on Thursday is the top order batter.