Shivani Shukla ∙ May 8 2023, 6:00 PM | 2 Min Read

IRE vs BAN, 1st ODI | Preview, Pitch Report, Predicted XIs, Fantasy Tips, & Prediction 

image-lhenk9r8Ireland will host Bangladesh in three-match ODI series | Source: Twitter 

Ireland will host Bangladesh for the three-match ODI series, starting Tuesday, May 9. The first match of the series will be played at the County Ground in Chelmsford. 

Ireland's chances of making it to the 50-overs World Cup in India later this year hinge on this series, making it a must-win for the team. 

The hosts will be looking to the likes of Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector, and Curtis Campher, to score runs with the bat. On the bowling front Joshua Little, and Mark Adair will be relied upon to take wickets and keep the opposition's score in check.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, have already secured their place in the World Cup, so this upcoming series will serve as a valuable opportunity for the team to fine-tune their preparations. 

The visitors will be fielding a full-strength side, with Tamim Iqbal at the helm and the likes of Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan expected to lead the charge. All in all, an exciting 50-Overs contest beckons at Chelmsford.

Match Details

Date and Time: 9 May, 3:15 PM IST
Venue: County Ground Chelmsford, England 
Live Streaming: FanCode 

Pitch Report 

The pitch at Chelmsford has always been a balanced one, providing equal assistance to both the bowlers and the batters. Seamers are likely to get some early movement with the ball, making them a key factor in the upcoming game. A competitive total here would be in the range of 270-300 runs.  

Predicted Playing XIs

Ireland: Paul Stirling, Stephen Doheny, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Joshua Little, and Mark Adair.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal (c), Litton Das (wk), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Yasir Ali, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, and Ebadot Hossain. 

Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips

Wicket-Keeper: Litton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim
Batters: Tamim Iqbal, Najmul Hossain Shanto
All-Rounders: Shakib Al Hasan, Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher
Bowlers: Mark Adair, Joshua Little, Hasan Mahmud 

Captain: Shakib Al Hasan 
Vice-Captain: Andrew Balbirnie 


Even though Ireland will be playing at home, Bangladesh boasts a much stronger team on paper and are the clear favourites heading into this game.