World Twenty20: Bangladesh beat Ireland in warm-up game

William Porterfield
William Porterfield
World Twenty20 warm-up, Fatullah
Bangladesh 179-3 (20 overs) beat Ireland 135-8 (20 overs) by 44 runs
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Ireland lost by 44 runs to Bangladesh in their final warm-up game before next week's World Twenty20.

Shakib Al Hasan hit 58 off 32 balls as the hosts made 179-3, then took 2-13 to limit Ireland to 135-8 in Fatullah.

Captain William Porterfield made 44 and Stuart Thompson a rapid 35 in an otherwise flat Ireland response.

Phil Simmons's side, who beat Nepal in their previous warm-up game, start their World T20 campaign against Zimbabwe on Monday.

Bangladesh, who won the toss, had been in some trouble at 63-3 in the 11th over before Shakib and captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who smashed 59 not out off 30 balls, shared an unbroken 116-run stand.

Ireland slipped to 84-6 in reply, with Porterfield the only member of the top five to score more than 15.

Although Thompson hit three fours and two sixes in his 19-ball innings, Ireland never threatened to overhaul an imposing target.

They were beaten by Worcestershire and Hong Kong in their pre-tournament games in Dubai.

Also in Fatullah on Friday, the United Arab Emirates beat Nepalexternal-link by six wickets, while in Chittagong, Zimbabwe beat Afghanistanexternal-link by seven wickets while Hong Kong overcame the Netherlandsexternal-link by seven runs.

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