John Mooney and Max Sorensen ripped through the Bangladeshi batting lineup as Ireland secured a morale-boosting 4 wicket win in an ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up on Thursday in Sydney. The Irish were coming off a shock hammering at the hands of Scotland and set the record straight after winning the toss. Mooney (3/32) and Sorensen (3/31) were the stars of the show as no Bangladesh batsmen could muster a half-century.
Soumya Sarkar’s 45 was the best of the bunch as the subcontinent side were dismissed for 189 in 48.2 overs. However Ireland did not have it their own way with the bat either. At 78/4 it was certainly game on as far as Bangladesh were concerned.
Ed Joyce scored 47 before Andy Balbirnie’s unbeaten 63 saw the Associate nation over the line. Ireland caused major upsets in their first two World Cup appearances by beating Pakistan (2007) and England (2011) but their pre-tournament form in 2015 has not been ideal and they will be hoping come the tournament proper, that they show their steel of old.