Pawan ∙ Mar 17 2023, 7:59 PM

BAN vs IRE, 1st ODI: Cricket Exchange Fantasy Teams, Probable XIs and Pitch Report

image-lfcybjp8BAN vs IRE, Cricket Exchange Fantasy Prediction: Ireland tour of Bangladeh, 1st ODI (Source: Twitter/@BCBtigers)

The first of the three-match one-day international series will see hosts Bangladesh lock horns with Ireland. The encounter is scheduled to take place on a Super Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet at 1.30 PM IST. Before the game begins, let us take a 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 a historic 3-0 whitewash over England in the recently concluded T20 international series, Bangladesh now faces the Irish challenge in a three-match ODI and T20I series and also a one-off Test. The Bangla Tigers must be riding high on confidence as they thrashed the World Champions England on their home soil. Tamim Iqbal's side enters the series as heavy favorites with the preparations for the World Cup beginning here.

BAN vs IRE, 1st ODI: Pitch Report - Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet

The pacers have picked up 32 wickets in the four games played at the venue as compared to the spinner's 19. In terms of results, it has favoured sides batting first as they have won three matches in Sylhet.

Numbers at the ground (Overall ODI Cricket)

Total Matches: 4
Matches won batting first: 3
Matches won batting second: 1

Average score batting first: 291
Average score batting second: 222

Average runs per over: 5.73
Average runs per wicket: 36.66

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

The Asian side Bangladesh and the Irish have met each other 10 times in ODIs with Bangladesh dominating the fixture with seven victories. Two games have been won by Ireland while one ended up in no result.

Head-to-Head (Overall)

Total Matches: 10
Bangladesh won: 7
Ireland won: 2
No Result: 1

BAN vs IRE, 1st ODI: Probable Playing XIs

Bangladesh Team News

Experienced all-rounder Mahmudullah has been rested for the first two ODI matches.

Bangladesh Probable Playing XI

Litton Das, Tamim Iqbal (c), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, and Hasan Mahmud/Ebadot Hossain.

Ireland Team News

No major updates

Ireland Probable Playing XI

Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Stephen Doheny, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, George Dockrell, Curtis Campher, Fionn Hand/Gareth Delany, Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, and Graham Hume.

BAN vs IRE, 1st ODI: Top Five Picks

  1. Shakib Al Hasan (BAN): Veteran Shakib Al Hasan struck the most runs (141) and picked up the joint-most wickets (6) for Bangladesh against England in the 3-match ODI series at home recently. The quality all-rounder is approaching 7000 runs in the format with 6976 runs to his name. He also reached the landmark of 300 wickets in the England series.
  2. Najmul Hossain Shanto (BAN): Left-handed batter Najmul Hossain Shanto is the man in form for the Bangla Tigers as he smashed 111 runs in 3 innings with two half-centuries against the English side in the 50-overs series. He also ended up the T20I series that followed with 144 runs at an average of 144.00.
  3. Mushfiqur Rahim (BAN): Experienced campaigner Mushfiqur Rahim managed to score only 90 runs in the 3 matches against England of which 70 came in one game itself. With 6901 runs, Rahim is also nearing the landmark of 7000 runs.
  4. Harry Tector (IRE): 23-year old young Harry Tector was the leading run-getter in the Ireland-Zimbabwe series held in Zimbabwe in January this year. The talent right-handed batter smashed 176 runs in just 2 innings with one hundred and one fifty. He looks to be an ideal choice for this first game.
  5. Paul Stirling (IRE): Irish's destructive opener Paul Stirling has accumulated the most runs (5230) for his side in the 50-overs format. In 138 innings, he is averaging 38.74 with 13 centuries and 26 fifties.

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


  1. Shakib Al Hasan
  2. Najmul Hossain Shanto
  3. Mushfiqur Rahim


  1. Harry Tector
  2. Paul Stirling
  3. Andrew Balbirnie

BAN vs IRE, 1st ODI: Risky Picks

Bangladesh: Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali

Ireland: Lorcan Tucker, Andy McBrine

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

  1. Shakib Al Hasan (BAN)
  2. Tamim Iqbal (BAN)
  3. Harry Tector (IRE)

BAN vs IRE, 1st ODI: Winner for Head-to-Head Contests

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Wicketkeepers: Mushfiqur  Rahim, Stephen Doheny
Batters: Tamim Iqbal, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector
All-rounders: Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Bowlers: Mustafizur Rahman, Mark Adair, Graham Hume

Captain: Shakib al Hasan
Vice-captain: Tamim Iqbal

BAN: 6 Players, IRE: 5 Players

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

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Wicketkeepers: Litton Das, Lorcan Tucker
Batters: Najmul Hossain Shanto, Tamim Iqbal, Harry Tector, Paul Stirling
All-rounders: Shakib Al Hasan, Curtis Campher
Bowlers: Taskin Ahmed, Mark Adair, Mustafizur Rahman

Captain: Mushfiqur Rahim
Vice-captain: George Dockrell

BAN: 6 Players, IRE: 5 Players