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Taijul five-fer keeps Ireland to 214 on opening day
Taijul five-fer keeps Ireland to 214 on opening day

On the first day of the one-off Test in Dhaka, Bangladesh dismissed Ireland for 214 thanks in large part to Taijul Islam's five-fer. With seven debutants in their starting Eleven and their first Test match in nearly four years, Ireland managed to get rid of Bangladesh's openers before the game ended.

James McCollom didn’t last long as well as he edged a wide delivery to second slip as Ireland lost both their openers inside the first ten overs. Taijul then opened his account by bagging the key wicket of skipper Andy Balbirnie which was then followed by a period of rebuilding as Harry Tector and Curtis Camphor joined forces to keep the hosts at bay.

DHAKA: Tector took on Mehidy Hasan to fetch a six straight down the ground and then picked another boundary off Taijul just before the lunch break. Campher then punched one through cover for the first boundary of the session as Ireland slowly got back control courtesy a fruitful stand. Tector managed to register a fifty but Bangladesh struck just after the drinks break to ensure Ireland didn’t run away with the session. Mehidy got one to turn to beat Tector’s inside edge and crash into the stumps and Peter Moor played a tame shot to get dismissed in the very next over.

The advantage was lost and Ireland was under the pump again as the wellset Campher was then trapped lbw by Taijul. Lorcan Tucker and Mark Adair were defiant, adding vital runs to carry Ireland past the 200-run mark before Taijul completed his five-fer. After getting bowled out for 214, Ireland was hopeful of striking early in that tricky period before stumps. Adair got one to swing back in to take Najmul Shanto’s inside edge and shatter the stumps in the very first over before the dangerous Tamim Iqbal edged one to gully to close out the day. The hosts now trail by 180 runs.

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