Tamim Iqbal scored a half century & spinner Mehidy Hasan claimed a career best four wickets for 25 runs on Friday as Bangladesh beat West Indies by stupendous seven wickets to clinch the three match ODI series with 2-0 scores.
Tamim hit 50 runs off 76 balls to glide Bangladesh to 149-3 in just 33.2 overs as West Indies was without the service of their top stars & were all put for 148 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. Bangladesh won Wednesday’s opening match by massive six wickets & build on the pressure after the West Indies stand-in captain Jason Mohammed won the toss & opted to bat. Mehidy led the bowling attack while spinner Shakib Al Hasan & pacer Mustafizur Rahman complemented with two wickets each. Rovman Powell hit 41 runs off 66 balls while debutant Opener Kjorn Ottley & Nkrumah Bonner scored 24 & 20 runs to boost up West Indies scores.
West Indies spinner Akeal Hossain trapped Liton Das for 22 before captain Mohammed scalped the wicket of Najmul Hossain for 17 runs to give West Indies some hope. Tamim who hit three fours & a six & Shakib then frustrated the visitors to make sure of victory. Experienced Shakib remained unbeaten on 43.
“It was nice to spend some time in the middle,” Tamim said.
“There is a lot of hunger in the dressing room, and there are people breaking the door down like Saif (Mohammad Saifuddiin) and Taskin (Ahmed),” he added.
West Indies captain Mohammed was again disappointed with the performance of his team. “We didn’t build partnerships and lost wickets in clusters, so that’s just not good enough. There’s some positives, but hopefully some other guys put their hands up as well,” he said.
Mustafizur claimed the first breakthrough for his team by removing Sunil Ambris for a six which directly went as a catch to Mehidy. West Indies wicket woes increased when Bnagladesh introduced their spinners. Mehidy removed Ottley & Joshua Da Silva in the same over while Shakib bowled Andre McCarthy for only three.
Kyle Mayers, the highest scorer in the previous match was run out for zero before Shakib trapped Captain Mohammed leg before for 11 runs to leave the West Indies struggling at 67-6. Powell & Alzarri Joseph scored 32 runs for 9th wicket down to help West Indies surpass 100 runs. Mustafizur gave away just two runs in his opening four overs returned to remove Joseph for 17. Mehidy stumped Powell to wrap-up the innings in 43.4 overs. The final match is in Chittagong on Monday.