Andy Balbirnie: Hard one to pinpoint, will sit down tomorrow and look at it. It’s a tough ground to defend, credit to them for the chase. We can take a lot of confidence. When you have a good score, you’re in the game. Can’t fault batters. Shoutout to Tector. I wouldn’t look too much into him making tons in losing causes. He’ll score more in wins. Bangladesh have a great team. We were good but not enough. We entertained the crowd, hope to do it on Sunday.
Tamim Iqbal: The support is unbelievable when we played in England. I remember our crowd outnumbered England in 2017, it’s special. Due to the ground dimensions and the wicket, we thought it was chaseable. It’s not a ground where you need to look for a boundary all the time, they will come. Kudos to Shanto. If Towhid keeps performing the way he does, he will be gold.
Najmul Hossain Shanto, POTM: I feel very happy, it was nice. I think Hridoy batted well. His intent helped me. It’s pretty cold but we can’t control conditions. We just focus on our game. We didn’t feel we were outside Bangladesh, thanks to the crowd. Hopefully they can come in the next match as well. He later thanks the crowd for coming in Bangla, his native tongue.
Bangladesh vs Ireland Highlights today. 2nd ODI, Friday 12-5-2023, Ireland tour of England 2023, County Ground, Chelmsford.
Tamim Iqbal: We could have batted better on a challenging wicket last game. We were in a position to put 270-280 but our bowling was great. We had a good training session yesterday, long one and the weather was fantastic. No changes
Andy Balbirnie: It’s a pretty good wicket. We could’ve bowled a bit better but it was strange as we were 60 for 3. No changes
Bangladesh win the toss and bowl first.
Bangladesh team: 1 Tamim Iqbal (capt), 2 Litton Das, 3 Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Towhid Hridoy, 7 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 8 Shoriful Islam, 9 Ebadot Hossain, 10 Taijul Islam, 11 Hasan Mahmud.
Ireland team: 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Stephen Doheny, 3 Andrew Balbirnie (capt), 4 Harry Tector, 5 Lorcan Tucker, 6 Curtis Campher, 7 George Dockrell, 8 Andrew McBrine, 9 Mark Adair, 10 Graham Hume, 11 Josh Little.
Head to Head In ODI’s: 14
Bangladesh Won: 9
Ireland Won: 2
Bangladesh ODI Rankings: 7th
Ireland ODI Rankings: 11th
(Last five matches, most recent first)
Match Timings: 9:45 AM GMT | 10:45 AM Local
Umpires – Adrian Holdstock, Paul Reynolds
TV Umpire – Michael Gough
Match Referee – Jeff Crowe
Reserve Umpire – Roly Black
Match number – ODI no. 4577