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Bangladesh warm up for Ireland T20 internationals with win in County Down

Updated: Monday, 16 Jul 2012 17:22 | Comments

Andrew White hit 16 off 25 balls
Andrew White hit 16 off 25 balls

Bangladesh won the first of their warm up games when they turned in a thoroughly convincing performance to beat an Ireland XI by seven wickets ahead of their three Twenty20 internationals against Ireland this week.

Bangladesh play Ireland on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in Belfast.

The Ireland XI never recovered from an early blitz from Mashrafe Mortaza (3-14) who removed Andrew Balbirnie and Andrew Poynter in the first over, and then followed it up with the dismissal of James Shannon.

Skipper Andrew White tried to steady the ship with 16 from 25 balls, but once he and Stuart Thompson went Ireland were in deep trouble at 58 for six with just 4.5 overs left.

The Irish total was given a semblance of respectability by Nigel Jones, who hit an unbeaten 41 from 26 balls (one four, three sixes), sharing an unbroken stand of 45 with Rory McCann (15).

Elias Sunny (2-14), and Mahmudallah (1-11) were the other wicket takers for the Tigers as the Ireland XI finished on 103 for six in their 20 overs.

Stuart Thompson removed openers Tamim Iqbal (7) and Mohammed Ashraful (9) cheaply, but Shakib Al Hasan steadied proceedings with a run a ball for 37 (four fours, one six).

Captain Mushifuqur Rahim blasted 40 from just 25 balls (four fours, two sixes) before being bowled by his Irish counterpart, Andrew White, with the winning line in sight.

Mahmudallah (11) finished the game with a straight six as Bangladesh completed a comprehensive seven-wicket win with 5.4 overs to spare.

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