The versatile and talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has unfortunately been ruled out of the third One Day International (ODI) against Ireland, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday. This news comes as a result of Shakib sustaining a finger injury during the second ODI that was played on Friday. It is worth noting that the incident occurred when Shakib dropped Dockrell’s catch off Mehidy Hasan Miraz in Ireland’s innings.
Despite this setback, Bangladesh has reason to be confident after their victory in the second ODI. It was a memorable win, and the team will be keen to maintain their winning momentum and clinch the series when they face Ireland in the final ODI on Sunday.
The third ODI is a crucial match for both teams, as it is the final fixture of the ICC ODI Super League in the current cycle. Bangladesh currently leads the three-match series 1-0, and a victory in the final ODI will ensure that they finish in the top seven of the Super League standings.
The absence of Shakib will be a significant blow to Bangladesh, but the team has some talented players who can step up and fill the void. Najmul Hossain Shanto’s performance in the second ODI was particularly impressive, and he will be expected to continue his good form in the final match.
As for Shakib, the six-week recovery period means that he is likely to miss the one-off Test against Afghanistan. This is a significant setback for Bangladesh, as Shakib’s experience and skills will be sorely missed. The team will be hoping that he makes a swift recovery and is available for selection in the near future.
According to a report in Cricinfo, Bayjedul Islam Khan stated that “Shakib hurt the tip of his right index finger while attempting a catch in the second ODI. An X-ray today confirmed a fracture on the base of the index finger. Such injuries usually take around six weeks to heal. Unfortunately, this means he is not available for the last match against Ireland.”
Najmul Hossain Shanto Help Bangladesh Pull Off Brilliant Chase Against Ireland
Shakib Al Hasan’s decision to continue playing despite sustaining an injury is a testament to his commitment to the team’s cause. He displayed tremendous grit and determination, showcasing his value as one of Bangladesh’s most influential players.
Chasing a mammoth target of 320 runs in just 45 overs, Bangladesh got off to a rocky start, losing their top order early on in the innings. However, Shakib’s arrival at the crease provided some much-needed stability to the team. His partnership of 61 runs with Najmul Hossain Shanto was crucial in keeping Bangladesh’s hopes alive.
Although Shakib eventually departed, it was Shanto’s heroics that stole the show, as he smashed a sensational century to guide Bangladesh to a thrilling three-wicket victory. His innings was well-supported by Towhid Hridoy’s quickfire 68 and Mushfiqur Rahim’s contribution of 36 runs, which helped Bangladesh chase down the target in a record-breaking run chase.
In the first innings, the conditions were challenging for the batsmen due to the overcast weather, but Harry Tector’s magnificent knock of 140 runs provided Ireland with a solid foundation, allowing them to post a big total of 319-6.
With a 1-0 lead heading into the final match of the series, Bangladesh will be eager to clinch the series win against Ireland. However, the absence of Shakib Al Hasan due to his finger injury will undoubtedly be a massive blow to the visitors, and they will need to work hard and rally together as a team to overcome this setback.
Shakib To Miss ODI Final Match
Unfortunately, Shakib Al Hasan’s finger injury sustained during the second ODI against Ireland means he will not be able to participate in the final ODI match scheduled for Sunday. Bangladesh has dominated the three-match series thus far, with a 1-0 lead heading into the final fixture.
In the second ODI, Bangladesh successfully chased down a challenging target of 320 runs with three wickets in hand, thanks to a sensational century from Najmul Hossain Shanto and valuable contributions from Towhid Hridoy and Mushfiqur Rahim. The opening game of the series was washed out due to rain.
Notably, the upcoming ODI match against Ireland will mark the end of the current cycle of the ICC ODI Super League, which is an important tournament for teams vying to qualify for the 2023 Cricket World Cup. Bangladesh will be eager to clinch the series win with a victory in the final ODI.
However, the absence of Shakib, one of the team’s most experienced and reliable players, will undoubtedly pose a significant challenge for Bangladesh. The visitors will need to work hard and rally together as a team to overcome this setback and emerge victorious in the crucial final match.