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Taijul, Shakib strikes put Bangladesh on top after Mushfiqur's ton

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Last updated on 05 Apr 2023 | 02:51 PM
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Taijul, Shakib strikes put Bangladesh on top after Mushfiqur's ton

Ireland trail the hosts by 128 runs despite Andy McBrine's six-wicket haul in the first innings

Bangladeshi left-arm spin duo Shakib Al Hasan and Taijul Islam made quick work of Ireland's top-order on Wednesday (April 5) to leave the tourists flailing at 27 for 4 on day two of their one-off Test in Dhaka. Mushfiqur Rahim's knock of 126 put the hosts on the front foot after early wobbles in the first innings and Bangladesh were still 128 runs ahead at stumps.

"We were served up a few bad balls, so it was good that the boys were ready and willing to put them away," said Bangladesh batting coach Jamie Siddons.

"So, the scoring rate went quick, which took the game forward really fast. Happy with the way we batted."

Andy McBrine claimed 6 for 118, becoming only the second Irish bowler to take five wickets in an innings, to help close out the first innings in the final session with Bangladesh reaching 369.

But Ireland's batsmen spoiled his party with four quick wickets before the day was done. Murray Commins (1), James McCollum (0), Andy Balbirnie (3) and Curtis Campher (1) wilted in front of Taijul and Shakib, who claimed 2 for 7 and 2 for 11 respectively.

Herry Tector was batting on eight alongside Peter Moor on 10 not out at the end of play to leave Ireland staring at the prospect of an innings defeat. "Feel we have to see out that first half an hour tomorrow morning, and who knows what could happen," McBrine said of his team's chances.

Bangladesh resumed on 34 for 2 and looked shaky after losing Mominul Haque, bowled round his legs for 17, in the third over of the morning. But Shakib and Mushfiqur turned up the aggression to quickly claw back the deficit with a 159-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Shakib was at his mercurial best until he chased a ball from McBrine wide outside the off stump to get a feather touch on the bat. He was caught behind on 87 after an impressive 14 fours from his 94-ball knock.

Litton Das joined Mushfiqur to continue on the front foot, adding another 87 runs for the fifth wicket. Mushfiqur finished his hundred from 135 balls with a four off Mark Adair before Ben White dismissed Liton for 43 runs.

McBrine finally dispatched Mushfiqur -- with Commins taking a fine diving catch at long-on -- and cut short the tail with three wickets in three consecutive overs. Ireland have lost all three of their previous Tests since becoming a full member of the International Cricket Council in 2017.

Brief scores:

Ireland 214 (Harry Tector 50, Lorcan Tucker 37; Taijul Islam 5 for 58) & 27 for 4 (Peter Moor 10*, Harry Tector 8*; Taijul Islam 2 for 7) trail Bangladesh 369 (Mushfiqur Rahim 126, Shakib Al Hasan 87; Andy McBrine 6 for 118) by 128 runs

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