Ireland v Bangladesh, 1st Twenty20, StormontSunny's Five Gives Bangladesh Big Win19-Jul-2012 04:29:00 GMT
Belfast: Bangladesh spun their way to an emphatic 71-run victory in the first Twenty20 international against Ireland in Belfast with Elias Sunny recording his country's best ever figures.
The Ireland batsmen had no answer to Sunny, the slow left-arm spinner, who took 5 for 13 as Ireland were restricted to 119 for 8, never threatening the tourists' imposing 190 for 5 on a blameless Stormont pitch.
The start was delayed by 30 minutes because of two heavy showers just before the start but that was the only respite the home team enjoyed. William Porterfield won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Tamim Iqbal with a run-a-ball 31 and Shakib Al Hasan, with nine boundaries in his 57 from just 33 deliveries, put Bangladesh 190 for five.
Ziaur Rahman facing just 17 balls he had scored 40, including five sixes. Four successive balls in the 16th and 17th overs from Paul Stirling and Max Sorensen cleared the boundary as the Ireland bowlers wilted.
Of Ireland's 119 runs, more than half (63) came from seven overs of pace, including 25 from the first two overs as Porterfield raced away, hitting two fours and two sixes. But he failed to survive Razzak's first over and when Paul Stirling ran himself out in the next Ireland were immediately on the back foot.
Next match at same venue on Friday.
Bangladesh 190 for 5 (Shakib 57, Rahman 40*)
Ireland 119 for 8 (Wilson 41*, Sunny 5-13)
Result Bangladesh won by 71 runs
MOM Elias Sunny (Bangladesh)