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BAN vs IRE, 1st T20I | Cricket Exchange Fantasy Teams, Probable XIs and Pitch Report

image-lfpsy9uwBAN vs IRE, Cricket Exchange Fantasy Predictions: Ireland tour of Bangladesh, 1st T20I (Source: Twitter/@BCBtigers)

The first of the three T20 international matches will see the home side, Bangladesh, lock horns with Ireland. The encounter is slated to take place at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Monday, March 27, 2023, at 1.30 PM IST. Before the game begins, let us look at some of the important stats, the prime player picks, and the best-predicted XIs for the fantasy contests of the match.

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After sealing the ODI series 2-0 (3), Bangladesh now faces Ireland in the shortest international format. The home side is confident after recently defeating the T20 World Cup 2022 Champions, England, 3-0 (3) on home soil. On the other hand, the Irish side had a good T20 WC campaign and would be looking to seal the T20I series after losing the ODIs.

BAN vs IRE, 1st T20I: Pitch Report- Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram

The Chattogram surface usually helps the spin bowlers as there is hardly any help for the seamers. However, it's almost even in terms of results, as chasing sides have won 11 out of the 21 T20 internationals played at the venue.

Numbers at the ground (Overall T20I Cricket)

Total Matches: 21
Matches won batting first: 10
Matches won batting second: 11

Average score batting first: 146
Average score batting second: 130

Average runs per over: 7.49
Average runs per wicket: 20.82

BAN vs IRE, 1st T20I: Head-to-Head

Bangladesh and Ireland have clashed against each other five times in T20 internationals, with the Bangla Tigers winning on three occasions and Ireland only on 1. One encounter ended with no result.

Head-to-Head (Overall)

Total Matches: 5
Bangladesh won: 3
Ireland won: 1
No Result: 1

BAN vs IRE, 1st T20I: Probable Playing XIs

Bangladesh Team News

No major updates.

Bangladesh Probable Playing XI

Litton Das (wk), Rony Talukdar, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Towhid Hridoy, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shamim Hossain/Jaker Ali, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, and Hasan Mahmud.

Ireland Team News

Regular skipper Andrew Balbirnie has been rested for the series. Paul Stirling will lead the Irish side, while Lorcan Tucker will be his deputy.

Ireland Probable Playing XI

Paul Stirling (c), Ross Adair, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Fionn Hand/Ben White, Mark Adair, Craig Young, and Graham Hume.

BAN vs IRE, 1st T20I: Top Five Picks

  1. Najmul Hossain Shanto (BAN): Left-handed batter Najmul Hossain Shanto was the highest run-getter for Bangladesh when they whitewashed England 3-0 recently at home. He scored 144 runs in 3 innings at an average of 144.00 with scores of 51, 46* and 47*. Picking an in-form player is a worthy choice for this fixture.
  2. Litton Das (BAN): Litton Das has been amongst the runs in his last four international innings. The right-handed batter has smashed 50*, 70, 26 (against Ireland in ODIs), and 73 (against England in T20I) as the wicketkeeper batter looks a safe bet for the 20-overs series opener. Das is also the leading run-scorer for his team since 2022, with 638 runs in 22 innings.
  3. Taskin Ahmed (BAN): Pacer Taskin Ahmed ended the England series as the joint-highest wicket-taker. The right-arm fast seamer has also picked up the most wickets (17) for Bangladesh since 2022, as he is a valuable pick for this tie.
  4. Paul Stirling (IRE): With 3181 runs in 120 innings, Ireland's explosive opener Paul Stirling is the fifth-highest run-getter in T20Is. He has hammered one century and 21 half-centuries in the 20-over format. He had a quiet ODI series against Bangladesh, scoring only 29 runs in 2 innings. However, Stirling would look to hit form in the opening game.
  5. Mark Adair (IRE): Right-arm fast-medium bowler Mark Adair has taken the second-most wickets for Ireland in this format. Adair has snared 80 scalps in 61 innings at an impressive average of 20.55 and a strike rate of 16.0. He looks like a good option for the series opener.

BAN vs IRE, 1st T20I: Must picks for the match


  1. Najmul Hossain Shanto
  2. Litton Das
  3. Taskin Ahmed


  1. Paul Stirling
  2. Mark Adair
  3. Harry Tector

BAN vs IRE, 1st T20I: Risky Picks

Bangladesh: Rony Talukdar, Nasum Ahmed

Ireland: Ross Adair, Lorcan Tucker

BAN vs IRE, 1st T20I: Best Captain and Vice-captain choices

  1. Najmul Hossain Shanto (BAN)
  2. Shakib Al Hasan (BAN)
  3. Paul Stirling (IRE)

BAN vs IRE, 1st T20I: Team for Head-to-Head Contests

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image-lfpsgvp6BAN vs IRE, 1st T20I: Team for Head-to-Head Contests (Powered by Cricket Exchange)

Wicketkeeper: Litton Das
Batters: Najmul Hossain Shanto, Paul Stirling, George Dockrell
All-rounders: Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher
Bowlers: Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Mark Adair

Captain: Shakib Al Hasan
Vice-captain: Paul Stirling

BAN: 6 Players, IRE: 5 Players

BAN vs IRE, 1st T20I: Team for Winner Takes All Contests

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image-lfpsm8fhBAN vs IRE, 1st T20I: Team for Winner Takes All Contests (Powered by Cricket Exchange)

Wicketkeeper: Litton Das   
Batters: Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Paul Stirling, George Dockrell
All-rounders: Shakib Al Hasan, Harry Tector
Bowlers: Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Craig Young, Graham Hume

Captain: Litton Das
Vice-captain: Harry Tector

BAN: 6 Players, IRE: 5 Players