The visiting Bangladesh side registered a thrilling 18 runs victory against Windies led by Jason Holder during the recently-concluded three-match One-day International series at Warner Park in Basseterre.
The victory was yet again built around a great century by Tamim Iqbal. His innings helped Bangladesh post a competitive total of 301 runs in their allotted 50 overs in the series decider.
Mahmudullah Riyad also stroked his way to 69 and played a vital role towards the later part of the innings. Windies batted well in patches. Chris Gayle and Rovman Powell scored 70-odd in quick time. However, the visiting bowlers held their nerves and won the clash by 18 runs. Even after Bangladesh, losing Anamul Haque was dismissed early.
Tamim Iqbal smashes yet another century:
Southpaw Tamim Iqbal played the sheet anchor’s role to perfection. He accumulated runs steadily. Mahmudullah came in the middle order and smashed his way to 69 off just 45 deliveries. It was a sensational knock, to say the least.
Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza also chipped in with a useful 37 off 25 deliveries. Bangladesh eventually reached a competitive total in the end.
Windies started off pretty well. Openers Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis shared a half-century partnership before the wicket of Lewis. Gayle looked in great touch. He was eventually dismissed on 73 off 66 deliveries.
Shai Hope chipped in with a crucial 64. However, his individual score came in 94 deliveries which brought down the scoring rate quite a bit.
Wickets kept falling in crucial intervals as Bangladesh piled on the pressure on the hosts. It was a great knock by Rovman Powell which kept Windies in the match. He remained unbeaten on 74 off just 41 deliveries which included five fours and four sixes.
The hosts eventually batted out the 50 overs for 283 runs. It was a much-needed victory for Bangladesh after losing the Test series by a 2-0 margin.
Windies Vs Bangladesh: Here is what the losing skipper Jason Holder said at the post-match presentation –
“We struggled completely throughout the series. Just not good enough today, particularly. We should have done better with the ball. We came back well in the last game, but we couldn’t quite make it happen today. Lost momentum in the middle,” Holder rues.
“Credit to Chris and Powell, they gave us a chance and credit must also go to Bangladesh as well, they kept mounting pressure on us. Got a lot of work to do building up to the World Cup next year. Hetmyer and Keemo Paul were good in the series. Chris (Gayle) and Powell are the big positives for us,” he concluded.