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Porterfield scores century as Ireland beat Bangladesh

First one-day international, Stormont:
Ireland 235-3 (45 ovs) bt Bangladesh 234-9 (50 ovs) by seven wickets
Match scorecard


Gary Wilson and William Porterfield of Ireland
Gary Wilson and William Porterfield celebrate a wicket

Captain William Porterfield scored his fifth ODI century as Ireland humbled Bangladesh by five wickets at Stormont.

Junaid Siddique hit 100 for Bangladesh but the visitors, who had celebrated a great win over England last Saturday, posted a modest total of 234-9.

The Irish openers attacked from the start, with Paul Stirling falling after hitting 52 off 57 balls.

Alex Cusack got 45 but Porterfied was the star with 108 as the Irish reached their target with five overs to spare.

Bangladesh lost the toss and were quickly in trouble, Tamim Iqbal falling to Boyd Rankin for five and Trent Johnston adding the scalps of Imrul Kayes (5) and Jahurul Islam (3).

Number three Junaid and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan rebuilt the innings from 28 for three, moving the total on to 135 before Shakib was dismissed by Stirling for 50.

Junaid reached his century off his 121st delivery, nine of which he hit for four, but lasted just two more balls, Kevin O'Brien claiming the wicket.

The rest of the Bangladesh order crumbled with minimal fuss to a total of 234-9, Rankin taking two more wickets to finish with three for 43.

Porterfield and Stirling set about their target with relish, Syed Rasel shipping 14 off the second over the innings.

Both men continued to pepper the boundary, with Porterfield smashing Shakib for six over long-on, as the score reached an imposing 69-0 after 10 overs.

There were six more from the skipper in the 15th over, the loose Rubel Hossain the victim this time, and his 50 came from just 51 balls.

Stirling celebrated his own landmark off the same number before departing.

Cusack was next in and rightly sought to give Porterfield the strike.

The opener responded by reaching his century in 105 balls, having hit a third six off Rubel in the 25th over.

Shakib eventually saw him off for 108 with Ireland 27 short and Niall O'Brien came and went for five to increase the tension.

But there was plenty of time remaining and Cusack (45 not out) and Kevin O'Brien (8 not out) saw the hosts over the finishing line.



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Ireland defeat Scotland in final
10 Jul 10 |  Ireland
Bangladesh in England 2010
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