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10 December, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 10 December, 2018 02:21:37 AM

Tigers maintain winning spree against Windies

Mashrafe, Mushfiq lead to win 1st of ongoing ODI series
Sports Reporter, Dhaka
Tigers maintain winning spree against Windies
Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim blasts a boundary on his way to make an unbeaten 55 against West Indies in the first ODI match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka yesterday. BCB Photo


Mashrafe Bin Mortaza produced a remarkable performance to mark his 200th ODI as Bangladesh recorded a five-wicket win over West Indies in the three-match one-day series opener yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

Mashrafe led the side from the front, claiming three for 30 to strangle West Indies on a sluggish wicket from which they couldn’t escape and eventually were restricted to 195 for nine. The batsmen made it one-way traffic, with Mushfiqur Rahim struck 70 ball-55 not out to help the side chase it down with 89 balls to spare.

Mashrafe’s economical bowling figure and the impact of his bowling in the match earned his the man of the match award.

The ODI captain wreaked havoc on West Indies top order after which pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman cleaned up the tail in a display of off cutter and slower cutter- his stock weapon that earned him the nick name of ‘Cutter Master.’

Mustafizur also ended up with three for 35, including two wickets in the last over, that effectively prevented West Indies from going past 200 runs.

Pace bowler Rubel Hossain, left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan and off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraj all picked up one wicket apiece.

"Variations helped a lot," Mashrafe said. "Our bowlers bowled in right areas, they were quite disciplined. But in the last five overs, we leaked some runs.”

Bangladesh conceded 66 runs in the last 10 overs, which helped the visitors to give their bowlers something to fight for. Keemo Paul was the chief destroyer, smashing a 28 ball-36, including one four and two sixes, one of which hit the sightscreen.

However the highest scorer of West Indies was opener Shai Hope (43), who gave the visitors hope with his tranquility in the pitch after Rovman Powell won the toss and opted to bat first.

It looked to be a right decision until Shakib Al Hasan produced a beauty to get the better of Keiran Powell for 10 for the third straight time in the series (twice in second Test). Darren Bravo, playing his first match in two years, survived twice, before Tamim Iqbal sprinted towards from deep-midwicket and dived his forward to hold on a tough catch. Tamim’s blinder gave Mashrafe his first wicket in his 200th match, ending Bravo’s struggling 19.

With the wicket offered variable bounce and the balls kept low, patience was key. Most of the West Indies batsmen got the start but couldn’t carry on it, largely due to the Bangladesh bowlers’ disciplined attack.

The defining wicket of the match was Hope’s as Mashrafe had him caught by Mehidy at point on 43.  Mehidy then got dangerman Shimron Hetmyer (6) with one that kept extremely low while Rubel Hossain removed Marlon Samuels (25) who perished to a rash shot.

With 127 for six, Roston Chase and Keemo Paul combined for a 51-run for the seventh wicket to raise hopes for the visitors. As the partnership looked threatening, Mustafizur ended Chase’s vigilance, after he scored 32 off 38.

Paul took the charge but Mustafizur was at his beauty best to deny West Indies 200 eventually.

In pursuit of tricky chase, Bangladesh was far from an ideal start.

Coming off after long injury lay-off, opener Tamim Iqbal was foxed by offspinner Roston Chase (2-47) delivery to be out on 12 while Imrul Kayes (4) was undone by a searing pace of Oshane Thomas (1-34), leaving Bangladesh at 42 for two.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das combined for 47-run for the third wicket, to keep the side aloft but Liton too played a loose shot to throw away his wicket after he smacked five boundaries in his 57 ball-41.

Shakib Al Hasan made 26 ball-30, to pace the innings when West Indies appeared to be in the control of the game.

West Indies bowlers dismissed Shakib and Soumya Sarkar (19) in quick space but Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah (14 not out) finished the job without any trouble and gave the side a 1-0 lead. The second match is on Tuesday.

Earlier all of the leading players of Bangladesh are back in the side in captain Mashrafe Mortaza’s 200th match as the first Bangladeshi player, after they experimented with their ODI side in the series against Zimbabwe.

Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan and Rubel Hossain came in the place of Mohammad Mithun, Nazmul Islam, Mohammad Saifuddin, Abu Hider and Ariful Haque from their third ODI against Zimbabwe in October.





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