Saif’s ton leads Emerging Team to victory against Ireland Wolves

Captain Saif Hasan led the side from the front

with a sublime 120 runs knock as Bangladesh Emerging Team romped to a six-

wicket win over visiting Ireland Wolves in the third match of the five-match

one-day series at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram today.

By virtue of the victory, Bangladesh took a 2-0 lead with the first match

being called off. The victory also meant Ireland, who lost the lone four-day

game, has no option to win the one-day series from here.

The game was delayed by two hours and started at 11 AM instead of 9 AM in

line with the Covid-19 medical protocol for the series as a local support

staff attached to the Ireland Wolves had tested positive for Covid-19

yesterday (Monday).

As per the protocol, re-test was conducted on the suspected person and

close contacts on the same day. Test results for all these individuals have

returned negative this morning.

Being sent to bat first, Ireland Wolves put up a respectable 260-7 but it

was not enough to make sure their victory against a rampant local side, who,

rode on captain Saif Hasan’s century, overhauled the target with 264-4 in

45.3 overs.

Saif indeed kept the side rolling even though the top order trio Tanzid

Hasan Tamim (17), Mahmudul Hasan Joy (16) and Yasir Ali Chowdhury (13)

couldn’t prolong their innings.

All of them got dismissed before crossing the 20-run mark but Saif found

an apt support from Towhid Hridoy, with whom he put on a 68-run for the

fourth wicket to take the side on the verge of the victory.

Saif struck 11 fours and five sixes in his 125 ball-120 after which he was

dismissed against the play of the game.

Hridoy and Shamim Hossain then formed another vital partnership, sharing 69

runs off just 40 balls in an undefeated fifth wicket stand to sail the side

home. Shamim blasted 44 off 25 with seven fours and one six while Hridoy

hammered 43 off 44 with three fours and one six.

Earlier, Ireland Wolves wobbled at the start of the innings but firstly

opener James McCollum resisted with 40 and then wicket-keeper batsman Lorcan

Tucker unleashed a quick fire knock to help the side get past 250.

Tucker clobbered nine fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 82 off 52.

Curtis Campher was the other notable scorer for visitors with 43 while

captain Harry Tector made 36.

Fast bowler Mukidul Islam Mugdho was the highest wicket-taker for

Bangladesh Emerging Team with 3-53 while Sumon Khan and Towhid Hridoy took

one wicket apiece.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)