West Indies in Bangladesh, 3 ODI Series, 2018
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Date & Time: 09 December 2018
RR: 5.57 | Bangladesh beat West Indies by 5 wickets
Alright then. Did we see this coming? Bangladesh trouncing the Windies? Ummm... perhaps we did. This unit in Green is way too confident right now while the visitors are losing their competitive edge with every game they play. Can we see some more competitiveness in the next game? Join us for the second ODI on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 1 pm local (0700 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious Bangladesh captain, Mashrafe Mortaza has been named the MAN OF THE MATCH. Feels that Windies are dangerous in this format and hence, is happy with his bowlers for keeping them quiet and not allowing the opposition to forge a partnership. On the ploy to open with spin, Mortaza says that he just wanted to spring a surprise, given the way the Windies collapsed against spin in the Tests. Praises Rahim, Liton and Shakib for playing well and being professional. On his upcoming 200th match in the third ODI in Sylhet, Mashrafe deflects the question away, saying that he has got other challenges in mind, stating that the second ODI is to be played first.
Windies skipper, Rovman Powell, admits that the toss was a big factor. Agrees that the batting was not great which brought about their downfall and hopes that there is a better performance in the next game. Scrutinizes that batsmen getting in did not make use of their starts. On the pitch, Powell says that he thought that the difficulty to bat would have been only for some time but got surprised to see that for so long. Credits the entire support staff and the seniors for helping him in his captaincy stint.
Should Powell have elected to chase? There was plenty of dew around and the bowlers were finding it difficult to grip the ball. Worth a thought if he does win the toss in the second game, which is at this same venue. As he impressed in India, Oshane Thomas rung the alarm bells here as well. But only in his first spell. After he was seen off, there was hardly any threat from the other bowlers. Please stay tuned for the presentation.
Perhaps Rovman Powell could have set attacking fields. Maybe, he might have got a couple of more wickets. Bangladesh were 2 down in Powerplay 1 but once the fielding restrictions were over, the Windies just spread the field, allowing a partnership to grow. Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das made full use of that, soaking in the early pressure and then the former used his experience to guide his side through, with help from Shakib.
196 was never a massive target but the Windies could have made the victory a bit difficult. They dismissed Tamim and Kayes in the span of 5 balls but the Rahim-Das partnership pegged them back. And then, Shakib's cameo sealed the deal.
Easy peasy then. Won't say the hosts have won without breaking a sweat as losing two quick wickets would have put a doubt in their minds but eventually, the lack of a bigger target enabled them to cruise home.
Dead ball. Paul comes running in but then loses his runup as he approaches the umpire. Aborts it.
Devendra Bishoo to bowl now. 5-0-26-0 so far.
Keemo Paul comes back into the attack. 5-0-29-1 so far.
Mahmudullah walks in next at number 7, replacing Sarkar.
DRINKS BREAK. Well, does anyone need this break right now? But such are the laws of the game. Just 23 runs more needed and Bangladesh are about to finish this off in a jiffy. Given the way Soumya is playing, it could be done and dusted with in the next couple of overs.
Oshane Thomas is back on. 4-0-18-1 so far.
And we have a run out appeal straightaway. Is Rahim safe?
Soumya Sarkar is the new man in at number 6, replacing Shakib.
Rovman Powell brings himself on.
Roston Chase is back on. 4-1-16-1 so far.
Kemar Roach is back on. 4-0-17-0 so far.
Shakib Al Hasan walks in at number 5, replacing Das.
Is that a wicket? Could be a catch, could be a stumping... it is the latter which is referred upstairs.
Keemo Paul returns. 2-0-8-0 so far.
DRINKS BREAK. A good passage of play. Windies have mixed pressure with freebies and Bangladesh have mixed caution with carelessness. They are slightly ahead on the comparison worm at the end of 15 overs but their batsmen are far more superior in comparison to the visitors. They should pull it off but a couple of quick wickets and funny things can happen.
Devendra Bishoo introduced now.
POWERPLAY 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
Keemo Paul introduced.
Second Free Hit.
Mushfiqur Rahim walks in at number 4, replacing Kayes.
Imrul Kayes walks in at number 3, replacing Tamim. Meanwhile, Oshane Thomas is called to bowl.
FREE HIT TIME!
NO BALL? Das has been caught but has Roach overstepped? Referred upstairs...
Roston Chase to bowl with the second new ball.
Welcome back for the run chase. Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das are the openers for Bangladesh. Kemar Roach will bowl with the first new ball. Tamim on strike. Here we go!