CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Ireland vs Bangladesh on May 15 by Soubhagya Swain,131 days ago  

CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips

Ireland vs Bangladesh on May 15


Last night, Bangladesh beat Windies by five wickets and qualified for the final of the Tri-Nation ODI series. On a decent batting wicket, the likes of Mashrafe Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman restricted the Caribbean batting to 247. Thereafter, half-centuries from Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim guided the Tigers home with 16 deliveries to spare. Bangladesh has 10 points with a NRR of +0.465. It also means that irrespective of the result of the last league game, Mortaza’s men will finish atop the points table. In the meantime, after yesterday’s encounter, Ireland was knocked out of the series. William Porterfield & Co have nothing, but pride to play for now. The first two games of the tri-nation series were played at this venue and the bowlers had to strain hard on the strip. Windies racked up 381 in the first game here and the numbers are a testament to the batting-friendly nature of the deck. Fielding first after winning the toss seems to be the wisest decision, at least for the time being. The last game of the league is scheduled to be played tomorrow between Ireland and Bangladesh at the Clontarf Cricket Club Ground in Dublin.

Best economical pick – With six wickets in two games, Mustafizur Rahman 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.

Top captains & vice captains – One of Ireland's most experienced batsmen, Paul 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. Shakib Al Hasan is one of the best all-rounders in the world and should be picked without any hesitation.

Smart pick – Bangladesh were brilliant in their first game of the series, shining in all departments to defeat West Indies by eight wickets. Soumya Sarkar made a fluent 73 in that match. Then in their second match he scored 48 runs and in their last game against West Indies he scored a match winning knock of 54 runs off 67 balls.

Cautions Pick – Ireland may give Andy McBrine a chance in place of George Dockrell, who hasn’t picked up a wicket thus far, giving away runs at an economy rate of 6.87. Dockrell hasn’t had much to do with the bat either.


My XI – Paul Stirling (Captain), Shakib Al Hasan (Vice-Captain), Mustafizur Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Joshua Little, Rubel Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, Gary Wilson, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Mithun, Andrew Balbirnie 

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