Ireland opt to bat; McCarthy replaces Murtagh

Toss Ireland opt to bat v Bangladesh

Ireland captain William Porterfield chose to bat first against Bangladesh in their final league fixture of the tri-series. Porterfield hoped to follow a similar template to the one against West indies: bat first, bat big and try to defend.

Ireland brought in Barry McCarthy in place of Tim Murtagh.

Bangladesh Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mustafizur Rahman. This meant there was an opportunity for Liton Das to open with Tamim Iqbal. There were opportunities for Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin and Rubel Hossain too.

Saifuddin’s return is encouraging, as his selection means a quick recovery from back spasm that he picked up prior to Bangladesh’s previous outing.

Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Liton Das, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Sabbir Rahman, 7 Mosaddak Hossain, 8 Mohammad Saifuddin, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza, 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Abu Jayed

Ireland: 1 Paul Stirling, 2 James McCollum, Andy Balbirnie, 5 William Porterfield (capt), 6 Kevin O’Brien, 6 Mark Adair, 7 Gary Wilson (wk), 8 George Dockrell, 9 Boyd Rankin, 10 Barry McCarthy, 11 Josh Little

Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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