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The first match of the three-match ODI series between Bangladesh and Ireland has been called off due to persistent rain at County Ground Chelmsford, England on Tuesday.
In response to the 247-run target, Ireland managed to score 65-3 in 16.3 overs before the arrival of rain. According to the rules, a minimum of 20 overs have to be played for a result in case of rain.
With this outcome, South Africa have secured a direct qualification for the 2023 World Cup, which will be held in India later this year.
Ireland required to win all three matches of this series in order to move up from eleventh place in the points table.
Batting first Bangladesh made 246-9 in 50 overs with the help of Mushfiqur Rahim's remarkable half-century on his Birthday.
The visitors failed to make an ideal start as they lost opener Liton Das for nought in the very first over. IPL returnee Josh Little bowled an in-swinging yorker on off-stump, getting the right-hander out leg-before.
Captain Tamim Iqbal also got dismissed early by Mark Adair being edged to the wicket-keeper. Tamim faced 19 balls to score 14 with two boundaries while Shakib departed after scoring 20 off 21.
Following Shakib Al Hasan's dismissal in the 12th over when the score was 52 for three, Najmul Hossain Shanto along with Tawhid Hridoy put together a 50-run stand.
Shanto scored 66-ball 44, was caught out at deep square-leg while trying to heave a length delivery bowled by Curtis Campher in the 22nd over when the score was 102.
Then Mushfiqur (61 off 70) carried the side registering the 44th ODI fifty with contributions from Mehidy Hasan Miraz (27) and Tawhid Hridoy 27.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Md. Towhid Hridoy, Yasir Ali, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Ebadot Hossain.
Ireland XI: Paul Stirling, Stephen Doheny, Andrew Balbirnie (capt), Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Andrew McBrine, Mark Adair, Graham Hume, Josh Little.
More to follow....