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Irish final hopes are crushed by Bangladesh victory

Mashrafe Mortaza
Mashrafe Mortaza

Bangaldesh took advantage of poor West Indian fielding to claim their second win of the Tri-Series at Malahide yesterday and end Ireland's chances of reaching the final on Friday.

Ireland face Bangladesh at Clontarf tomorrow but it is now a dead rubber after the Tigers' five-wicket victory, made easier by at least three dropped catches and a missed run-out.

This was Bangladesh's sixth victory in the last eight ODIs between the teams, underlining the size of Ireland's task tomorrow if they are to claim a consolation win.

Captain Mashrafe Mortaza (3-60) and fellow pace bowler Mustafizur Rahmam (4-43) shared seven wickets as the West Indies were restricted to 247-9, and with a second half century in the series from opener Soumya Sarkar (54) and 63 from Musfiqur Rahman, Bangladesh eased home with 16 balls to spare.

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