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Ireland qualified for the Super Eight stage of the World Twenty20 with a victory over Bangladesh that came courtesy of brothers Niall and Kevin O’Brien.

Of the two teams, Bangladesh looked more like the side unused to the big occasion, with wickets being thrown away with gay abandon throughout their innings, with Tamim Iqbal’s run out being a comic highlight. Mohammad Ashraful also committed the cricketing equivalent of hari-kiri in the sort of display that had coach Jamie Siddons up in arms. Apparently, one of the main issues is “getting to the bus on time”.

For Ireland, such minor transportation issues are as insignificant as the absence of Eoin Morgan. Roll on the Super Eights…

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The ICC World Twenty20 gets underway from Friday. Here’s part one of my preview:

India, the defending champions, will face high expectations after emerging triumphant from the thrilling finale last time out.  The intervening years have of course seen the development of the Indian Premier League, a competition that means India’s players have a wealth of Twenty20 experience (although the national side has only played five T20 Internationals since the last competition, winning only one). Twenty20 superstars such as MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh will certainly strengthen the holders’ chances of retaining the title.

Bangladesh caused a minor shock last time out when they beat the West Indies to make the Super Eight, and hopes will be high that they can reach that stage again. The likes of Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful and Shakib Al Hasan are potential match-winners, but no Bangladeshi player has yet set the IPL alight, and any progression beyond the last eight seems unlikely for the Tigers.

Ireland qualified for the tournament mainly thanks to an impressive performance from Andre Botha. The side will, however, be missing a key player of recent years in Eoin Morgan, who has been called into England’s squad for the tournament.  A surprise result against Bangladesh could see the Irish sneak into the Super Eight (much as they did in the last 50-over World Cup), but on balance the current side (especially without Morgan) may be hard-pressed to repeat the heroics of 2007.

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Whilst the attention of the cricketing world has been elsewhere, Bangladesh have been battling away in Dhaka, taking their Test match against Sri Lanka into a fifth day. The fact that the Tigers’ supremely unlikely chase of 521 will continue tomorrow is largely due to Mohammad Ashraful and Shakib Al Hasan, both of who will resume tomorrow to try and extend their partnership of 74.

Ashraful in particular looked impressive while making his first half-century in nearly 20 innings, and Al Hasan is a contender for the home side’s man of the match, given his five-for in the first innings. Earlier, Tamim Iqbal had made 47 before getting out rashly.

For the tourists, Bangladesh’s fightback is an inconvenience, but the might of Murali is likely to be too much for the hosts to hold out. And Mendis will be back in the side for the Second Test, so things will only get harder for the Tigers.

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Bangladesh, depleted by the departure of 13 players for the ICL, have named six rookies in their provisional squad for the series against New Zealand.

The provisional squad in full is: Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Siddique, Mohammad Ashraful, Raqibul Hassan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehrab Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Syed Rasel, Nazmul Hossain, Mahmud Ullah Riyad, Dollar Mahmud, Nafees Iqbal, Rajin Saleh, Tushar Imran, Enamul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Shamsur Rahman, Naeem Islam, Suhrawardy Shuvo, Mahbubul Alam, Sahagir Hossain.

I bet New Zealand are quaking in their boots.

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Today was all about the minnows. The UAE took on Bangladesh, whilst Hong Kong were up against Pakistan.

The results were never really in doubt, but there were at least some creditable performances. Not least of these was from Hong Kong’s young left-arm spinner Nadeem Ahmed, who took 4-51, and (as has been mentioned elsewhere) those wickets weren’t exactly tail-enders. In the same match, Sohail Tanvir made 59 (not bad for a No. 9) and took a couple of wickets too.

The UAE shipped 300 against Bangladesh, but Zahid Shah only went for 49 of them, and took 3 wickets for his trouble. Mohammad Ashraful made an unbeaten ton for Bangladesh, whilst Khurram Khan led the resistance for the UAE, making 78 from 81 balls.

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…as if anyone would want them on current form. Those who will be involved in the second Indian Premier League auction include Misbah-ul-Haq, Brad Hodge and Mohammad Ashraful. Also involved will be Ashwell Prince and Mohammad Yousuf, who nobody wanted last time around.

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