Andrew Balbirnie: We’re very disappointed. Don’t think the cricket over the past three days reflects the type of cricket we’ve played in the last 2-3 years. We did expect spin to play a big part, but our defense with the bat wasn’t good enough. We did not adapt well enough. We had a good T20 World cup in Australia and will have to be a lot better to show up there. Our fielding has been okay, but it’s been the batting that has let us down.
Tamim Iqbal: Unbelievable. The way we played the whole series was very nice. The performances with the bat in the first two balls, we haven’t done before. Now I can proudly say we have a solid, solid, solid fast-bowling department. Players like Miraz, when they start performing with the bat, we can go in with a batter short.
We need to keep believing in our players, there will be ups and downs but we have the unit to be the best in the world. The wicket was very good, and the way we chased down with authority was a message. Litton played very well. (On the pitches) If you remember, a few weeks ago, I said in a press conference that going forward, we will be playing on high-scoring wickets. Credit to the coach who has helped us develop this new way of playing. When you play on these wickets, you can end up surprising yourself with the results you can achieve.
Hasan Mahmud is the player of the match: Grateful for everyone, and very excited about the performance. The weather and conditions helped the fast bowlers, who enjoyed bowling here. Allan Donald has been the one man who’s been behind our improvement, the bowlers have improved gradually as well. We have been working hard on moving the new balls away and hitting our lengths.
Mushfiqur Rahim is the player of the series: Another series win, all the boys chipped-in well which was great. The conditions were good in the first two games, the top order did well and set up situations where we could express ourselves. When you’re an allrounder, you need to chip in with both bat and gloves, happy to have done it.
Bangladesh vs Ireland Highlights today, Thursday 23-3-2023. 3rd ODI (D/N), Ireland tour of Bangladesh, Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
Toss: Ireland chose to bat.
Bangladesh team: 1 Tamim Iqbal (capt), 2 Litton Das, 3 Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Towhid Hridoy, 7 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 8 Taskin Ahmed, 9, Ebadot Hossain, 10 Nasum Ahmed, 11 Hasan Mahmud
Ireland team: 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Stephen Doheny, 3 Andy Balbirnie (capt), 4 Harry Tector, 5 Lorcan Tucker (wk), 6 Matthew Humphreys, 7 George Dockrell, 8 Curtis Campher, 9 Andy McBrine, 10 Mark Adair, 11 Graham Hume
Head to Head In ODI’s: 12
Bangladesh Won: 8
Ireland Won: 2
Bangladesh ODI Rankings: 7th
Ireland ODI Rankings: 11th
(Last five matches; most recent first)
Match Timings: 8:00 AM GMT | 2:00 PM Local
Umpires – Masudur Rahman, Rod Tucker
TV Umpire – Gazi Sohel
Match Referee – David Boon
Reserve Umpire – Tanvir Ahmed
Match number – ODI no. 4547