Ireland ODI Tri-Series 2019 (Final): Bangladesh Creates History By Winning This Tri-Series Trophy
On Friday (17th May), Bangladesh created history by winning their first tournament final in international cricket.
Bangladesh faced Windies in the final of ODI tri-series in Ireland. In that rain-interrupted final, they beat Windies by five wickets (with seven balls remaining) and won that tournament.
After winning the toss, Bangladesh decided to field first. Initially, it was a 50-over game, but the rain stopped that match when Windies were batting on 131/0 (20.1 overs). At that time, the opener Shai Hope was batting on 68 runs off 56 balls while another opener Sunil Ambris was batting on 59 runs off 65 balls. This half-century was Hope’s fifth consecutive 50+ ODI scores (including three successive centuries) against Bangladesh.
The match restarted more than five hours later, and it became the 24-over game per side. Windies managed to score 152/1 in 24 overs. While Hope lost his wicket on 74 runs (64 balls), Ambris remained not out on 69 runs (78 balls).
Bangladesh off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz (1/22) was the only bowler to pick up a wicket in that innings.
Mosaddek Hossain’s record half-century helped Bangladesh to create history
Due to the DLS method, Bangladesh had to chase 210 runs in 24 overs. In reply, Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar provided a powerful start with a 59-run partnership (5.3 overs). After Tamim lost his wicket on 18 runs, no.3 batsman Sabbir Rahman scored a duck.
Then, Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim put a 49-run partnership for the third wicket. Sarkar scored 66 runs off 41 balls before losing his wicket. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rahim also played a crucial innings of 36 runs off 22 balls.
However, in the middle stage, Bangladesh was under pressure due to losing wickets at regular intervals. In the late of that innings, the 23-year-old Mosaddek Hossain slammed the fastest ODI half-century in Bangladesh cricket history. He completed his 50 runs in just 20 balls and broke Mohammad Ashraful and Abdur Razzaq’s previous joint record of 21-ball fifties.
Hossain had an unbroken 70-run partnership with Mahmudullah for the sixth wicket which secured their historic victory. Bangladesh chased down the target in 22.5 overs after losing five wickets (213/5). While Mahmudullah was batting on 19 runs off 21 balls, Hossain was not out on 52 runs off 24 balls.
Bangladesh remained unbeaten in this ODI tri-series. Hossain won the Player of the Match award for his brilliant match-winning batting performance. Meanwhile, Hope won the Player of the Series award for scoring 470 runs in five innings with an average of 94.00.
Previously, Bangladesh never won a tournament final
It was the first tournament final victory for Bangladesh in their international cricket history. Before this match, Bangladesh played six tournament finals in international cricket (four in ODIs and two in T20Is). However, they suffered defeats in all those previous finals. Before their latest victory in the tri-series final, Bangladesh never won an international match at the knockout stages.
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