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Rain a worry as Ireland, Bangladesh chase first wins


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Big picture A win percentage of 31.5 in completed ODIs since the start of last year pretty much encapsulates how far Ireland have slid in recent times. In two series preceding the ongoing tri-nation tournament, they lost 2-3 to Afghanistan in Greater Noida, before being swept 2-0 by England in England. Conditions played a part in their toils against Afghanistan as Ireland couldn't quite cope with the slow surfaces in Greater Noida and succumbed to a team that clearly had superior spin stocks. The familiarity of the cold, harsh climes of Malahide, however, hasn't bred success for them either: they came up short against a weakened New Zealand team, led by Tom Latham. An ageing team has also played a part - the average age of their XI against New Zealand was 29. Veterans like William Porterfield, Niall O'Brien, Kevin O'Brien and Gary Wilson - all of whom played significant roles in Ireland becoming the top Associate nation - are well into their 30s now. Bangladesh's graph has moved in the opposite direction. Since making the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal, series wins over Pakistan, India and South Africa have made them a force to be reckoned with in home conditions. They came into the tri-series fresh off levelling Test, ODI and T20I series on the tour of Sri Lanka. However, their recent record outside the subcontinent hasn't been too encouraging. They returned from their tour of New Zealand without a single win in eight international games across formats and have also had mixed results in Ireland overall, with four wins from eight international matches.
Rain a worry as Ireland, Bangladesh chase first wins