1st ODI: Tigers notch up 48- run win against Windies

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Sports Desk:

Bangladesh notched up a 48-run victory against hosts West Indies in the 1st ODI to take 1-0 lead in the three-match series at Providence Stadium in Guyana on Sunday.

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal hit an unbeaten 130 and shared a painstaking 207-run in the second wicket stand with all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan [97] as a visibly diffident Bangladesh posted 279 for 4 in 50 overs.

Making the 1st breakthrough for Bangladesh, skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza became the main destroyer with pace bowling attacks for 4/37 from his 10 overs for restricting West Indies to 231 for 9 in 50 overs where Shimron Hetmyer [52 off 78b; 5×4] and opener Chris Gayle [40 off 60b; 1×4; 2x] were notable scorers for the host side.

Mashrafe’s fellow pacer Mustafizur Rahman captured 2/35 while spin all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz 1/37 and pacer Rubel Hossain 1/52 shared two wickets.

Earlier, Bangladesh opted bat after winning the toss and collected a fighting total with Tamim’s 10th ODI century, Shakib’s ODI 38th fifty and Mushfiqur Rahim’s late cameo of 30 off 11 balls contained three boundaries and two sixes before he was dismissed on 275/4 in 49.5 overs.

Opening the innings, Bangladesh lost the 1st wicket Anamul Haque in the second over but Tamim [130* off 160b; 10×4; 3×6] and Test captain Shakib [97 off 121b; 6×4], respectively the highest and second-highest runs corers for Bangladesh in the format, played out 43 painstaking overs to share the record 2nd wicket partnership to recouver the early damage.

Bangladesh may regret the missed opportunity to post a more formidable total from their quota of 50 overs than they did in the end.

Mashrafe’s men defended a modest total otherwise they will mean nothing and the records, which included the highest 2nd wicket partnership and overall 2nd highest partnership for Bangladesh.

The highest is 224, just last year in the Champions Trophy, a partnership that  Shakib and MahmudullahRiyad in the 5th stand against New Zealand in Cardiff during ICC Champions Trophy on Jun 9 2017.

Man of the match Tamim hit a century, in the process scoring the slowest of all 43 centuries scored by Bangladeshis in 50-over cricket in ODIs. He played 146 balls to reach 100 runs with a single off Alzarri Joseph to become the ODI slowest century makers for Bangladesh when the team collection was on 212/2 in 45.1 overs.

Certainly this wasn’t the free-flowing Tamim we’re used to seeing but at least he took the effort to apply himself on a tour that has been a nightmare for the batsmen so far.

It really took the effervescent Mushfiqur to provide the impetus that seemed so elusive at one point, and shake Tamim out of the headspace he was in, during a stormy partnership of 54 off 20 balls in the 4th wicket to carry the team collection to 275/4 with one ball left in the innings.

DevendraBishoo (2/52), Jason Holder (1/47) and Andre Russell (1/62) were the wicket takers for West Indies.

West Indies swept Bangladesh in the two-Test series at the start of the tour with commanding wins in Antigua and Jamaica.

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