Bangladesh will be looking to seize the initiative. The recent confident 3-0 T29 series win over England will gain the Bangladesh team – they are clearly in their best form! Ireland on the other hand have not played ODI cricket regularly for 12 months, so it will be a big challenge for the team to play in new conditions that their players are not used to.
This is only the first game of the series, and both sides will fight hard to win.
Tamim Iqbal’s team alas lost the ODI series against England in the first two matches, but since then they have had a new turn of success!
They defeated England in the T20 series and the Bangladeshi skipper would clearly like to continue in the same vein and the team will be aiming for an early lead.
Tamim Iqbal is the kind of player who can definitely hit the ball hard and he would like a solid start against Litton Das. They have a strong and experienced middle order with Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, and the whole team will expect victories from these players. And Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain and Mehidi Hassan Miraz add strength to the team in the lower ranks.
Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman, in turn, should hold down the pace of scoring with the new ball and take early wickets. Shakib is clearly the most experienced bowler in the team and will play an important role in the middle overs along with the slightly less experienced Mehidi Hassan Miraz. Ebadot Hossain and Mahmudullah in turn should do well in a support role.
Andrew Balbirnie should have the circumlocution to expect his players to perform well. Against Zimbabwe, the Greens played to a draw. Bangladesh has consistency issues, and Balbirnie is sure to take advantage of that.
Paul Stirling and Stephen Doheny should make a big stand in the first wicket in this game to put the team in a winning position. Balbirnie should back up the innings in the middle order and add runs along with Harry Tector and George Dockrell. Curtis Camper and Lorcan Tucker, on the other hand, will be tasked with getting fast runs in the final overs of the inning.
The bowling attack should always be on guard, because the Bangladeshis have a strong lineup of players. Andy McBryne and Mark Adair will need to make a breakthrough with the new ball. Delaney is as experienced a bowler as it gets and should do well in the middle overs along with Harry Tector. I would also like to see tight throws from Camper, Dockrell, and Fionn Hand.
Ireland are going through a very difficult tour. Their batsmen will obviously find it difficult to bat on the slow wicket. They need to alternate batting and strike out balls for the bowlers to defend in order to come out on a good score.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, play at home and know all the conditions of the court and the game well. They have a very strong spin bowling attack which will probably allow them to beat the Irish team in this game.