Bangladesh beat Ireland by two wickets to complete whitewash

Bangladesh secured a thrilling last-ball victory over Ireland to complete a 3-0 whitewash in the Twenty20 series between the sides at Stormont.

Batting first, Ireland set a target of 140-8, with William Porterfield scoring 28 and Trent Johnston 24.
Tamim Iqbal (39) and Mohammad Ashraful (24) put on an opening partnership of 62 to provide the platform for Bangladesh's score of 141-8.

A flurry of wickets, as Paul Stirling took three for 21 and Ziaur Rehman was run out without facing, made the match tense with the Tigers struggling on 87 for six.

Mashrafe Mortaza was the hero for Bangldesh rescuing through his 30 from only 13 balls. 

Earlier he claimed 4 wickets of just 19 runs to restrict the hosts after they had made a strong start blasting 11 of the first over. But Stirling could only make 17 and Porterfield, having hit a six into the media tent, tried to repeat the stroke two overs later but holed out off Mortaza for 28.

Niall O'Brien followed for 22, brother Kevin was dismissed for a duck and the wicket of Andrew Poynter (one) gave Mortaza figures of four for eight at that stage and left Ireland 84 for five.

John Mooney made 12 and Gary Wilson and Trent Johnston both cleared the ropes before the former fell for 22, Johnston remaining on 24 not out to see his side to 140 for eight.


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