Right-handed batter Towhid Hridoy made a stunning ODI debut against Ireland on Saturday at the picturesque Sylhet International Stadium, scoring a brilliant 92 off 85 balls. His performance helped Bangladesh post their highest total in ODI history, finishing at 338 for eight.
Towhid fell just short of a century, missing out by eight runs, while Shakib Al Hasan was also denied a hundred, falling seven runs short. After losing three early wickets for 83 runs, Towhid and Shakib put on a partnership of 135 runs for the fourth wicket.
Thanks to their excellent batting display, which was boosted by Mushfqiur Rahim's quickfire 44 off just 26 deliveries, Bangladesh posed a formidable challenge for Ireland.
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Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie won the toss and chose to bowl first. Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal failed to lead from the front, departing early after being caught by Paul Stirling off the bowling of Adair for just 3 runs. Litton Das followed shortly after, attempting to build a partnership with Najmul Hossain Shanto. They put on a cautious 49-run stand before Das was caught by Stirling off Curtis Campher's bowling for 26.
Shanto, who had been playing a steady innings, was dismissed by McBrine after scoring 25 runs.
Shakib then took control of the innings, playing an impressive knock of 93 from just 89 balls, including nine fours, at a strike rate of 104.49. He and Towhid shared a crucial 135-run partnership, with Towhid himself playing a superb innings of 92 from 85 balls, hitting eight fours and two sixes.
Mushfiqur added quick runs to the total, smashing 44 off just 26 balls, including three fours and three sixes. His onslaught helped Bangladesh reach a formidable score, but he was eventually caught by McBrine off Hume's bowling.
At the tail end of the innings, Taskin Ahmed hit a quick-fire 11 before being caught by Adair off Hume's bowling. Yasir Ali also contributed well with his 10-ball 17.
For Ireland, Graham Hume was the most successful bowler, claiming four wickets for 60 runs. Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, and Campher also took a wicket each.
Ireland have never won an ODI chasing a total of 338 or more. Their highest second-innings total in ODI is 329, which they scored against England in 2011.