Pitch and weather: On four previous ODIs played here, the hosts have won all four. These are batting-friendly conditions, three of the past games had the team batting first scored over 300. Spinners won’t get as much purchase. Local players have requested to play more ODIs in preparation of India. Quick outfields with a 61-meter short boundary and 65 meters elsewhere.
Bangladesh vs Ireland Highlights today, Saturday 18-3-2023. 1st ODI (D/N), Ireland tour of Bangladesh, Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
Andy Balbirnie: Looks a good wicket, might be some dew as well. Nice place to bat if you get in, it’s a good cricket wicket. The facilities have been great as the preparations. We were able to bowl and bat most of the players in the practice games.
Tamim Iqbal: I don’t mind batting first, looks like a good wicket with a bit of grass. Should be tough in the first ten but should ease out. We’ve had the same batch of players for ODIs and T20Is, and we are in a winning habit which is great. 300 will be nice but we want to start well and see how it goes. Mehidy is not available but is recovering well.
Toss: Ireland chose to field.
Bangladesh team: Tamim (capt), Litton, Najmul, Mushfiqur (wk), Shakib, Yasir, Towhid, Taskin, Ebadot, Nasum, Mustafizur.
Ireland team: Stirling, Balbirnie (capt), Delany, Tector, Tucker (wk), Doheny, Dockrell, Campher, McBrine, Adair, Hume.
Head to Head In ODI’s: 10
Bangladesh Won: 7
Ireland Won: 2
Bangladesh ODI Rankings: 7th
Ireland ODI Rankings: 11th
(Last five matches; most recent first)
Match Timings: 8:00 AM GMT | 2:00 PM Local
Umpires – Rod Tucker, Tanvir Ahmed
TV Umpire – Sharfuddoula
Match Referee – David Boon
Reserve Umpire – Masudur Rahman
Match number – ODI no. 4539