Rookie pacer Abu Jayed didn’t take long to justify his selection in Bangladesh’s World Cup squad as he completed his maiden five-wicket haul in his just second match in the tri-series match against Ireland in Dublin on Wednesday.
Jayed, whose place in the national team looked unsettled just a week before with rumours of his omission from the World Cup squad flying high, owed his success to a fiery second spell which helped him finish the game with 5-58.
The performance of the 25-year old pacer also helped Bangladesh restricting Ireland to 292-8 after they made a strong start in the contest thanks to Paul Stirling, who struck 130 off 141 balls and shared 174-run with skipper William Porterfield (94 off 106 balls).
Jayed was the only uncapped player to get a call up in Bangladesh’s World Cup squad after Taskin Ahmed failed to impress the selectors with his match fitness.
However, Jayed’s own injury problem as he was struggling with some niggles before the start of the tri-series, threw his World Cup dream in doubt as chief selector Minhajul Abedin showed interest on Taskin in Jayed’s place.
Jayed could not feature in lone warm-up contest against Ireland Wolves and also Bangladesh’s first fixture against West Indies on May 7 and it looked like he might not get any chance before facing the chop.
Amid speculations of Tigers replacing him with Taskin, the Bangladesh Cricket Board president in hurriedly arranged press conference at home last week promised to give the 25-year old swing bowler enough chances before making a decision on him.
Accordingly Jayed was handed his ODI debut against West Indies in Bangladesh’s third match of the tournament but the pacer could not impress, finishing with 0-56.
He seemed to have kept his composure under pressure during his second chance despite remaining wicketless in his first five overs to give 28 runs.
Jayed had his luck to thank for his maiden wicket ball in his sixth over as in-form Andy Balbirnie was declared caught behind for 20 off his bowing though replay remained inconclusive if the ball had touched the bat.
He nevertheless looked completely a different bowler during his second spell and provided most crucial breakthroughs which helped Bangladesh fight back in the contest.
Porterfield tried to hit Jayed an over ambitious shot over sweeper cover region to complete his hundred only to find Liton Das, which ended the massive third wicket stand.
Jayed then forced Kevin O Brien (three) to give a catch to Tamim Iqbal at long-on and in the next delivery he ended Stirling’s chancy innings.
Jayed then removed Gary Wilson in the penultimate over of their innings to complete his maiden five-wicket haul becoming the only fourth Bangladeshi bowler to achieve the feat in overseas condition.
Mashrafee bin Murtaza, Ziaur Rahman and Abdur Razzak were the other bowlers who had earlier achieved the feat on foreign soil.
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