Ireland stage remarkable recovery after Tucker’s ton


Ireland stage remarkable recovery after Tucker’s ton

by Staff • Published on Thu, Apr 6, 2023

Ireland staged a remarkable recovery with the bat in the ongoing one-off Test against Bangladesh after a masterful century from Lorcan Tucker. Ireland, who were on the brink of an innings defeat on the third morning, turned the tables and finished the day with a lead of 131 runs with two more wickets in hand.

Resuming from 27/4, Ireland were expected to cave in given their lack of experience in the format. Harry Tector was handed a reprieve in just the second over of the day and he fully encashed that opportunity and smashed Taijul Islam for a six. However, Peter Moor was dismissed by Shoriful Islam to leave Ireland reeling at 51/5. That’s when Tucker and Tector joined forces to resurrect the innings.

The two batters batted in positive fashion, fetching regular boundaries and continued in the same vein post lunch as well. Tector brought up a fighting fifty off 145 balls as Ireland slowly edged closer to erasing the deficit. But before they could do that, Ireland were handed a blow as Taijul trapped Tector leg-before-wicket. While Bangladesh may have expected Ireland to finally fold after that resistance, the visitors stunned them with a huge partnership for the seventh wicket.

Andy McBrine swept just his fourth ball for a boundary to get off the mark and played the ideal foil with Tucker getting a move on. The wicketkeeper-batter smashed a six to get to his half-century and then hit a boundary off Taijul to fetch the lead. McBrine hit a six in the same over as Bangladesh were put under the pump for the first time. Post the Tea break, McBrine managed to overturn a decision after being given out initially and Tucker brought up a stunning century on debut to keep Bangladesh at bay.

The century partnership was finally brought to an end by Ebadot Hossain much to Bangladesh’s delight but Mark Adair and McBrine kept the hosts at bay for more than ten overs again. While Taijul managed to dismiss Adair, McBrine went past fifty and remained unbeaten on 71 at stumps. Ireland currently lead by 131 runs and if they can add another 40 runs for the final two wickets, they will fancy their chances of pulling off an upset.

Brief scores: Ireland 214 & 286/8 (Lorcan Tucker 108, Andy McBrine 71*; Taijul Islam 4/86) lead Bangladesh 369 by 131 runs

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