Bangladesh Emerging Team won the only T20 contest by 30 runs
Bangladesh Emerging Team 184 for 7 (Towhid 58, Saif 48, Shamim 28, Chase 2-36) beat Ireland Wolves 154 (Tucker 38, Sumon 4-28, Tanvir 2-32, Aminul 2-37) by 30 runs
Sumon Khan, the 21-year-old medium pacer, fired the Bangladesh Emerging Team to a 30-run win in the only T20 fixture against the Ireland Wolves, ensuring that the visiting side leaves for home without a win in seven games.
The only match the Irish travellers didn’t lose was the first 50-over game in Chattogram, which was called off after 30 overs following news that a member of the Wolves’ XI – Ruhan Pretorius – had tested positive for Covid-19. As such, the tour was expected to include one more T20 game, but it had to be cancelled on account of Covid-19-related restrictions in Ireland about their transit country – UAE – on the flight home.
Batting first on the day at Dhaka’s Shere Bangla National Stadium, Bangladesh made 184 for 7 in their 20 overs, with Towhid Hridoy top scoring with a 35-ball 58 from No. 5. He struck seven fours and a six in his innings, and added 52 runs for the fourth wicket with Saif Hassan, who made 48 off 36 with five fours and a six.
Shamim Hossain‘s cameo, however, was the most entertaining innings of the lot, as he hammered four sixes in an 11-ball 28 to take the home side to a strong total.
Khan took a wicket with the third ball of the Ireland chase when he removed Gareth Delany for a duck, after which Harry Tector and Stephen Doheny lifted the innings with a 45-run stand before falling in the space of six balls to leave Ireland 53 for 3 after eight overs.
Lorcan Tucker‘s 38 and Shane Getkate’s 26* were useful hands, but with Khan returning 4 for 28 and both Tanvir Islam and Aminul Islam Biplob picking up two wickets each, the result was never in doubt.
The Wolves had earlier lost the only four-day game by an innings and 23 runs and the one-day series 4-0. They will leave for home from Dhaka on Wednesday.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84