Playing his 200th One-Day International, Mashrafe Mortaza (3 for 30) marked the occasion with a three-wicket haul as Bangladesh defeated Windies by five wickets in the first 50-over match at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday (December 9). Mustafizur Rahman (3 for 35) and Mushfiqur Rahim (60-ball 55*) were the other two stars for Bangladesh as the home side gained a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Opting to bat, quite a few Windies batsmen got decent starts but couldn't convert it into something substantial as they could only manage 195 for 9 in 50 overs. In response, Bangladesh rode on Mushfiqur's 31st ODI fifty to chase down the total with 14.5 overs to spare. The hosts finished on 196 for 5 in 35.1 overs.
Bangladesh skipper Mortaza wasted no time and straightaway started with spinners. Windies openers Kieran Powell and Shai Hope began cautiously but did play a couple of stunning shots through the off side. It was Shakib Al Hasan (1 for 36) who drew the first blood by getting rid of Kieran for 10.
Hope and Darren Bravo (19) played out the spinners and Mortaza had to introduce quick bowlers. The move paid dividends as Mortaza himself dismissed both the batsmen in the space of four overs. While Bravo was caught at long off where Tamim Iqbal pulled off a spectacular diving catch, Hope hit one straight to point when he was on 43. Marlon Samuels (25), Shimron Hetmyer (6) and captain Rovman Powell (14) didn't contribute much as the visiting side were reduced to 129 for 6 by the end of 40 overs.
Windies needed some score to compete and that's when Roston Chase and Keemo Paul chipped in. Chase finally broke the 57-ball boundary drought with a six over cow corner in the final delivery of the 44th over. Windies managed 33 runs in the final four overs and that was largely because of two expensive over from Rubel Hossain. The right-arm paceman conceded 29 runs in his final two overs to finish with the figures of 1 for 61.
Meanwhile, Mustafizur, was superb during that stage, picking up three wickets in his last two overs. Paul smashed one four and two sixes in his 28-ball 36 while Chase managed 32 in 38 deliveries as the two propelled Windies to a respectable total.
Windies needed quick wickets to push Bangladesh on the back foot and they managed to get rid of Tamim Iqbal (12) and Imrul Kayes (4) inside 10 overs. While Tamim mistimed a drive straight into the hands of Devendra Bishoo at cover, Kayes was knocked over by Oshane Thomas in his very second delivery. Liton Das, who was dismissed off a no-ball early in the innings, made a handy 57-ball 41, studded with five fours, before falling to Paul.
The home team still needed over 100 runs and that's when Mushfiqur and Shakib joined hands to share a crucial 57-run stand for the fourth wicket. Shakib smacked three fours in no time to announce his arrival and was the aggressor in this partnership. Mushfiqur too pounced on every bad delivery and took Bangladesh to a match-winning position before Shakib became Rovman's only victim.
Soumya Sarkar came out all guns blazing and took the game away from Windies. The left-hander timed Thomas for a four and six in the 29th over and eased the pressure off Mushfiqur's shoulders. Sarkar perished for 13-ball 19 but Mushfiqur left the field only after the job was done.
The second ODI will be played at the same venue on Tuesday.
First Published: December 9, 2018, 8:12 PM IST