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Ahead of ODI World Cup nail-biting win against Ireland a huge boost up for the Tigers

Published : 13 May 2023 08:43 PM

The nerve shattering victory in the second ODI against Ireland on Friday will be a huge inspiration for the Tigers when they also had a wonderful dress rehearsal before their third match of the three-match ODI series against hosts to be held today. 

Tigers had to win the second match on Friday just three balls to spare losing seven wickets replying to the hosts 319 runs in 45 overs. Ahead of the upcoming World Cup in India in winter, Tigers had a big experiences in their second match when they had the nerve-wracking win at Chelmsford, England.   

The experience of Ireland might be useful for the Tigers during the World Cup, as some of the venues in India will belong almost similar characters, as they are facing in England.       

Tigers also had some findings from this tour that a pitch does not always show the real picture at any condition, it can behave in a different ways or turned into different characters than its’ initial stage. As deciding to bowl first after winning toss in the rain interrupted curtail over match, initially it looked a right decision of the Tigers’ captain Tamim Iqbal when the bowlers struck at the very early stage.

But gradually the pitch changed it’s character and turned to a flat wicket, as the Irish batters were very match comfort to get rid of the early damage and finally set a mammoth total of 319 runs in 45 overs. After losing the opening batters Paul Stirling and Stephen Doheny, rest of batters - Andy Balbirnie, Harry Tector and George Dockrell did not look back, as they were batting on the fully changed pitch, as to it was at the beginning of their innings. The Irish batters scored their third 100 off 300 runs only from 49 deliveries, which was not at all speculated at the beginning.  

Bangladesh batters also had almost same favoure of the pitch, though the Tigers had to struggle a bit, as they lost seven wickets and won the match three balls left to play and might be they survived for their experiences. 

The win was also a great experience for the Tigers, as they learned how to handle the nail-biting situations and keep the cool during tensed situations, as after losing wickets in a regular interval Tigers’ batters maintained the required run rate to win the match.

Ahead of the World Cup this facing this kind of situation is big experience form the Tigers, as they will have to take bigger challenges world cricket powerhouses.

On the day (Friday), after the early debacle of losing Litton Das and Tamim Iqbal very cheaply, and the departure of third wicket Shakib Al Hassan on the way to rebuild the damage, Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Tawhid Ridoy superbly dealt with the tough situation. 

Though the Tigers’ were losing their wickets in regular intervals at the middle and the match was heading to tough position and seemingly going to out of their reach, they could not lose their guts and kept their cool at the very nerve shattering situation and finally won all the tough conditions. All these experiences will make the Tigers perfect and will boost up during the World Cup and when they would be habituated to face and overcome all the tricky situations will appear as a big team.