Mushfiqur Rahim (L) plays a backfoot cut through the gully during his match-winning unbeaten 55 against Windies at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday. A view of jubilant crowd at gallery. Photo: Kazi Borhan Uddin

Talha Kamal

Bangladesh thumped Windies by 5 wickets and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on Sunday.

Earlier, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza led a thoroughly professional bowling performance as Tigers restricted Windies to 195/9. Bangladesh batsmen had no problem to chase 195 as Tigers won the match with 89 balls to spare.

 

Chasing 196, Tigers faced a bit of turmoil early but the experienced Mushfiqur Rahim kept his temperament to see the Tigers through to victory with an elegant innings of 55 from 70 balls.

Tamim Iqbal was trapped by Chase to give Windies their first breakthrough. Soon after Tamim, Imrul fell to Thomas, leaving Bangladesh at 42/2 after 9 overs. From there, opener Liton Das has faced upto the West Indies bowlers. He along with Msuhfiq handled the situation well, before

Liton fell to Paul after scoring 41, leaving Bangladesh 89/3 after 19 overs. Then Shakib came into the crease he and Mushfiq had 57 run alliance, before Shakib fell to Powell, leaving Bangladesh at 146/4. Then Soumya Sarkar came in and played some lovely shots as Bangladesh went closer to victory but he was trapped by Chase, who was the pick of the bowlers for Windies with two wickets. Then, Mushfiq picked up his half century off 59 balls.

He and Mahmudullah made sure that Tigers get through without any more fuss.

Earlier, Windies won the toss and opted to bowl first. Shai Hope was the only batsman who passed 40-runs mark for the Windies. Mashrafe and cutter master Mustafizur Rahman bagged three wickets each for the Tigers.

Shakib got the first break through for Bangladesh as he trapped Kieran Powell. After losing the first wicket, the Windies got as slow as they had to wait until 31st over to pass the 100-runs mark. And along the way, the Caribbean boys lost another three wickets.

Mashrafe, the Bangladesh captain who is playing his 200th One-day International, pushed the Tigers to the commanding position taking the second and third wicket in a span of 13 runs. He scalped Darren Bravo and Shai Hope.