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Ire v Ban, 6th ODI, tri-series, preview

Having already secured a place in the final, Bangladesh will be confident about defeating hosts Ireland in the final league match of the tri-nation series on Wednesday, 14 May.

Overview

Ireland v Bangladesh
6th ODI, Ireland tri-nation series
Clontarf Cricket Club, Dublin
Wednesday, 15 May; 10:45am local, 09:45am GMT

Bangladesh have been thoroughly dominant this series, securing a place in the final with a game to spare despite their earlier match against Ireland getting washed out. The 3-0 drubbing they received at the hands of New Zealand in February is a thing of the past as the visitors have not yet lost a game in the tri-series and are ruling the table with 10 points, thanks to two wins over West Indies.

On the other hand, Ireland have been below-par. In the opening game, they were completely blown away by Shai Hope and John Campbell's record opening stand. They did hit back with a total of 327/5 in the next game against West Indies thanks to Andrew Balbirnie's ton, but their bowlers were unable to hold fort.

Key players

Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh): With six wickets in two games, Mustafizur has been Bangladesh's leading wicket-taker in this series along with captain Mashrafe Mortaza. He was expensive in the first game against West Indies but came back strongly in the previous match registering figures of 4/43. With the English conditions suiting fast bowlers, the youngster's form bodes well for his team. 

Paul Stirling scored a solid 77 in the second game against West Indies
Paul Stirling scored a solid 77 in the second game against West Indies

Paul Stirling (Ireland): One of Ireland's most experienced batsmen, Stirling's form is critical to the team's success. He failed in the first ODI against West Indies but scored a solid 77 in the next one, a stable innings that laid the foundation for a huge total. If he can get Ireland to a good start on Wednesday, chances are the hosts can interrupt Bangladesh's momentum.

Conditions

Rain has interrupted a few games in the series but come Wednesday, it is going to be pleasant and sunny with a high of 17 degree celsius. There is no rain on the radar and a full game is on the cards.

Squads

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Liton Das, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Saifuddin, Abu Jayed Rahi, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Yasir Ali, Nayeem Hasan

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