The start of the T20 series against Ireland has been positive for the hosts Bangladesh as they won the first fixture. The result was on the basis of the DLS method but overall it was a solid performance. Ireland will be planning to bounce back in the 2nd T20i but Bangladesh will be prepared to register another win and name the series to themselves. The 2nd T20I is scheduled to take place at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram on 29th March.
Bangladesh have won the last five fixtures out of six T20s they have played. The team has been having a good time in international cricket since the England series. The top bookmakers have attractive cricket odds for this encounter.
Ireland turned out to be a weak opposition and the players have struggled to make an impact on the Bangladeshi pitches. Winning the 2nd T20I against Bangladesh will be a bigger challenge than climbing Everest.
The visitors displayed an all-round performance in the last game. Litton Das and Rony Talukdar gave a positive start to the team that took off the pressure from the rest of the batting lineup. Shamim Hossain came at number four and played a cameo of 30 runs at a strike rate of 150. Taskin Ahmed was the star in the bowling department as he picked up 4 wickets in 2 overs at an economy of 8. Hasan Mahmud contributed with 1 wicket in 2 overs.
Captain Shakib Al Hasan won't be making any changes in the winning combination of the team.
Predicted Lineup: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Das (wk), Rony Talukdar, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud
Paul Sterling will be coming up with some life-changing ideas to motivate his players after a below-average performance in the first T20. Irish bowlers witnessed a very poor start as they failed to break the opening partnership and the damage was already done. Skipper Paul Sterling, Ross Adair and Lorcan Tucker failed to give the team a good start and that created major trouble for the rest of the players.
The primary concern for Ireland is their poor bowling performance. The team management might try some different combinations, however, there is no official announcement yet.
Predicted Lineup: Paul Stirling (c), Ross Adair, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Graham Hume, Benjamin White
Bangladesh are always a strong team when they are playing at home. They have much better and more experienced players than Ireland and we predict a win for Bangladesh in the 2nd T20.