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All-round Shakib gives Bangladesh win

Hosts wrap up successful round of warm-up games before the ICC World T20

All-round Shakib gives Bangladesh win - Cricket News
Abdur Razzak celebrates a wicket.
Thanks to an all-round effort from Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh defeated Ireland by 44 runs in its second warm-up game – it beat UAE in the first game – at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Friday (March 14), in the lead up to the ICC World Twenty20 2014.
Batting first after winning the toss, Bangladesh scored an imposing 179 for 3 in its 20 overs, with unbeaten half-centuries from Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim keeping the scoreboard looking healthy. Despite William Porterfield batting for almost 15 overs during Ireland’s reply, it eventually finished at 135 for 8 in 20 overs. 
Big partnerships, that lasted the major chunk of the overs, gave Bangladesh the advantage. Although Paul Stirling dismissed opener Anamul Haque in the third over, Tamim Iqbal (32) and Sabbir Rahman (23) put on 48 runs in 6.2 overs for the second wicket. That was followed by an unbeaten 116-run stand for the fourth wicket between Shakib (58 in 32 balls) and Rahim (59 in 30) that lasted for almost ten overs. 
Ireland’s chase got off to a shaky start as Stirling and Ed Joyce were dismissed within the first six overs. Porterfield, the captain, tried to resurrect the innings and shared partnerships with the top and middle order, but his run-a-ball 44 only delayed the inevitable. Porterfield was dismissed with just 84 runs on the board. 
A late blitz came when Stuart Thompson (35 in 19) took charge, but after he and Max Sorensen were dismissed within four balls, Ireland’s resistance ended.
Shakib and Mashrafe Mortaza finished with two wickets apiece. 
Bangladesh starts its World T20 campaign against Afghanistan in the first round on Sunday, while Ireland faces Zimbabwe on Monday.

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