The first match between the two teams was washed away with rain, a game each against New Zealand resulted in a loss and both teams are without a win to their name after playing a couple of games. Both teams can seek this opportunity to secure a win and confirm their second spot in the series. However both teams are capable of causing upset and making the series to their name too. Bangladesh could take a lots of positive from the last game against New Zealand, the form of their openers is one among that. Mashrafe Mortaza looked in great bowling streak after returning to captain his side and Mustafizur once again was phenomenal with his bowling. On the other hand, Ireland would be having home advantage and liked in the rain affected first ODI, they would likely to dominate Bangladesh. Niall O’Brien looked at great Nick against New Zealand and can prove vital against Bangladesh too. Bangladesh would need both batting bowling cooperation to overcome the Irish battle.
Ireland: to strengthen their batting Irish team debuted 30 year old Simi Singh. They would stick with him despite his failure against New Zealand as their batting has looked a little weak.
Bangladesh: Taskin Ahmed and other bench strengths could be tested seing the preparation for champions trophy. So few changes or none can happen for the game against Ireland.
Players in the Spotlight:
Tamim Iqbal: in the rain affected first match against the same opponent, Tamim Iqbal provided solidity and stability to the team batting and scored half a ton. He will be in the Spotlight to perform more if Bangladesh want to win the match.
Niall O’Brien: the left handed wicketkeeper batsman was the only one who looked positive in his approach against New Zealand bowlers. He would again hold key against Bangladesh for Ireland to win the match.
What: Ireland vs Bangladesh, 19th May, 3:15 IST
Where: The village, Dublin
What to expect: rain is again expected to interrupt the game as there is 51% chances of rain to occur. Pitch will assist fast bowlers much than spinners.
Match Prediction: despite Ireland having home advantage, Bangladesh are the favourite to win this match.