Ban vs Ire – Heinrich Malan will not change Ireland’s methods of attack despite losing Sylhet

Ireland coach Heinrich Malan wants his side to continue playing with the aggressive mentality they have shown in recent months. This, despite their 183-run loss to Bangladesh in the first ODI at Sylhet where they fell to 76 for 5 – and eventually 155 all-out – despite being 60 without a loss in the 12th over in the chase of 339.

“The captain said we are focusing on the way we play,” said Malan. “Of course it’s about results. We understand that international cricket is about winning and losing, but it’s the way we do business. I think if you look at the last 12 months, the way we’ve tried to play, our in chances to beat some of the bigger teams We beat England in the [T20] World Cup.

“We also see this series as one of those opportunities: to come here in different circumstances against a team that has just beaten the world champions, and show what we can do.” [have] got on the couch.”

Ireland has had mixed results in both limited overs formats since 2022, having won an away ODI series against the West Indies and a home T20I series against Afghanistan, drawing an ODI series in Zimbabwe and T20I series against South Africa in England along the way. They also came close to beating New Zealand and India on several occasions during their own season last year – margins of defeat include four runs, one wicket, three wickets and one run.

Malan said Ireland will still continue to fight in its own way, even though Bangladesh has been quite dominant domestically since 2015. He even found the funny side of how the weather in Sylhet turned slightly Irish overnight; it has been raining non-stop in the region and the temperature is also dropping. But Malan also acknowledged that this would work in favor of the speed attack in Bangladesh.

“It’s much more our kind of conditions, isn’t it? Hopefully it will continue to rain and hopefully it will [the ball] keep moving,” he said. ‘Look, let’s look no further than the fact that Bangladesh also has three quality presses. They emphasized last night that they have become a very good all-round team.

“It’s not just about playing spin anymore. They have a skillful seam attack. If it’s a bit overcast and rainy it will be a bit more comfortable for us. We need to play on what’s ahead; we’re looking forward to the challenge in Bangladesh.”

Malan said his team were working on identifying areas where they did well in the first ODI and correcting areas where they failed.

“It’s not the result we’re obviously looking for. I think it was a nice little opportunity for us to get a feel for the conditions,” he said. “They were better than we expected. It was a nice surface. It wasn’t as effected as we thought it would be. It’s something we’ve identified and something we’ll correct tomorrow.

“We’re trying to find ways to get wickets in the middle overs of white-ball matches. We picked up some wickets in the power play, [but] they built a nice partnership through the middle and enabled them to get a foundation to have a successful death period. We take that into account. Looking to tomorrow, we need to come up with one or two creative ways to put pressure on some quality players in the opposition.”

Malan praised how Graham Hume bowled with his right arm and achieved a career best 4 for 60 in what was only his fifth ODI. While a bit expensive, Hume turned down the dangerous-looking Shakib Al Hasan and Towhid Hridoy, as well as Mushfiqur Rahim.

“He is always an option as a bowler. He trains diligently and puts everything in the nets. I think it comes down to the match-ups”

Heinrich Malan on not using George Dockrell’s left arm spin in the first ODI

“We know what we’re going to get from Hume. He’s a very consistent performer,” said Malan. “He’s been around for a long time. He’s been a great addition to our bowling stock. He’s had a lot of chances over the last year with a few injuries. It’s exciting that we’re building a tempo bowling stock. He’s got his name now honored by his performance and hopefully he can continue to do that for us.”

Malan also said they could use the left arm spin of George Dockrell who, although he didn’t bowl a single over in the first game, is someone who continues to work on his bowling despite changing jobs as an international cricketer.

“He has for the last few years [has] transformed himself into a good hitter after coming out as a bowler,” said Malan. “He is always an option as a bowler. He trains diligently and does everything in the nets. I think it’s the matchups. We tried to do some matchups yesterday with the left-handers, so you saw a couple of overs from [Harry] Tector too.”


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