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Bangladesh has to make a record to survive in the World Cup

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Bangladesh lost the first match against India by 84 runs. While playing with the title of favourites, the performance of the Asian champions was disappointing, but there was no fear of going to the second round. If you win the next two matches, you will be in the knockout stage.

But today Ireland has thrown a tough challenge towards Bangladesh. Batting first, the Irish youth scored 235 runs for 8 wickets.

In the previous match, India scored the third highest run in youth ODIs in Bloemfontein. Bangladesh failed miserably to chase that run. Ireland set the record for the fifth highest score by batting first at the same venue today. There is only one record of winning by chasing 235 or more runs at this ground. In the 2020 World Cup, New Zealand chased Sri Lanka’s target of 243 runs with 1 ball in hand.

Why this ground only, Bangladesh scored 235 or more runs only thrice in the World Cup after batting. And none of this has been seen in the last 10 years. Last in 2012, Babar Azam chased down 239 runs to win the match against Pakistan.

Today is a tough test for Shibli and Arif. And it is the responsibility of the fielders of Bangladesh. Bangladesh did not get the expected start with the fielding after winning the toss. Maruf Mridha took one wicket in the sixth over but the team did not see success in the power play. However, Bangladesh’s spinners pressed, Ireland could not score runs.

The Irish lost 4 wickets for 95 runs in the middle of the innings. Kian Hilton came in to repair the innings with Scott McBeth. The fielders of Bangladesh have caught both of them at this time. Hilton scored 81 runs with Macbeth (27).

Macbeth returned at the start of the slog over, but Hilton survived until almost the end. Maruf brought back Hilton who scored 90 runs in the 49th over. Hilton had 11 fours and 1 six in an innings of 113 balls.


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