Dockrell’s 74* and Tector’s 140 could not stop Bangladesh from stealing the game by 3 wickets

Harry Tector celebrates his century

In the second One Day International against Bangladesh, which was postponed due to weather, Ireland scored 319 for six thanks to Harry Tector’s career-high 140. 

After being given the opportunity to bat by Tamim Iqbal in the 45 overs-a-side contest, Tector led the Ireland effort with ten sixes and seven fours in his 113-ball outing.

Even though the size of the stadium and the quality of the field will inspire the visitors, it will be a difficult task.

Tector hit his fourth century in his past nine ODI innings while his parents watched from the hospitality stand. He surpassed Andy Balbirnie’s eight sixes against Afghanistan in 2019 to break the Irish record for the most sixes in an ODI inning. 

The fastest century partnership in ODI history for Ireland was his 115-run sixth wicket stand with George Dockrell. Dockrell struck three fours and four sixes in his undefeated 74 off 47 balls. Tector, Dockrell, and Mark Adair helped Ireland score 16 sixes, which is a record for them in an ODI innings.

Bangladesh’s bowlers, especially Shoriful Islam, who went for 83 in his nine overs for two wickets, were completely worn out. While Taijul Islam was struck for 59 from his seven overs, Shakib Al Hasan failed to pick up a wicket. 

Hasan Mahmud bowled consistently well, finishing with 1 for 48 off nine overs. And after Bangladesh decided to bowl, he delivered early punches.

Paul Stirling and Stephen Doheny, the two openers, were both struck out by Mahmud’s first pitch. By using the inside edge of the bat, he had Stirling caught behind, and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim made a diving catch. After Doheny crawled to 12 off 21, he then had him caught at point.

With Balbirnie, who was also playing poorly, Tector put up a third-wicket total of 98 runs. At the beginning of Tector’s innings, Bangladesh initially targeted him around the ribs, but they rapidly changed their minds. 

They mishandled him instead, dropping him on 23 after bowling short at him. Despite having a difficult chance at midwicket, Tamim Iqbal was unable to catch the ball.

Before launching three sixes in a Taijul over that produced 20 runs, Tector’s first six was a pulled one off Shariful in the twelfth over. Ireland’s run rate increased from a meager 3.73 to a promising 4.55 in the 20th over, with two of those hits going over midwicket and one going over long-on. 

Balbirnie was caught behind by Shoriful shortly after, and he fell for 42, but he had contributed to Ireland’s massive score by helping to set the groundwork. Even though Tector had hit the most sixes against Bangladesh as an Irish batter, he wasn’t done.

Before Tector completed his century in the 35th over, Lorcan Tucker and Curtis Campher both lost their wickets on either side of his sixth six. Around this time, Dockrell began his innings as well, hitting Shakib for his first six before Tector added two more runs in the 37th over off Taijul. Then, in a 24-run over, Dockrell hammered Shoriful for three sixes.

Before Ebadot pulled Tector in the 42nd over, Tector had hit two additional sixes, but Dockrell kept the Bangladesh attack on its toes. On 59, Shakib misplayed a straightforward opportunity at cover from Mehidy, who had just been added to the attack for two overs.