Bangladesh posted their highest one-day score against Ireland in the first of three one-day internationals in Sylhet. Shakib Al Hasan hit 93 runs and Towhid Hridoy added 92 in his debut innings, with the pair adding 135 for the fourth wicket after Bangladesh fell to 81-3. Graham Hume claimed four wickets for Ireland, but the home team posted a strong 338-8 overall. Shakib became the second Bangladeshi cricketer to reach 7,000 ODI runs and the third cricketer to surpass 300 one-day wickets following Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi. After Shakib reached his third successive ODI fifty, he began to accelerate and hit Harry Tector for five fours in an over before falling just short of his 10th ODI century. Towhid followed Shakib’s lead, contributing the best debut innings for Bangladesh in ODIs. Hume removed both Towhid and Mushfiqur Rahim, who added 44 off 26 balls, in the same over, but couldn’t stop the flow of runs.
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