Bangladesh ace all rounder Shakib Al Hasan, wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and southpaw opener Tamim Iqbal batted in an elegant and mature manner against Windies in the second of three-match ODI series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
Tamim and Mushfiq’s 111-run partnership for third wicket stand was pivotal as Tigers posted 255 after they were sent to bat first by the Windies. Shakib also played a blistering innings of 65 runs to help Tigers post a challenging total. Bangladesh’s innings started with a blow as Liton Das got injured during second over of the innings. After that Imrul Kayes came into the crease but he wasn’t there for long as he fell to Thomas in the third over, leaving Bangladesh at 14/1. From there Tamim and Mushfiq started to show their supremacy over the Windies bowlers.
Tamim and Mushfiqur starred in a fifty partnership off just 51 deliveries. The duo looked immense after Bangladesh’s loss of Liton Das to injury and Imrul Kayes falling for a duck. Tamim was the aggressor, as he took full advantage of the Powerplay. Mushfiqur brought up his 32nd ODI fifty off 62 deliveries in 21st over. Tamim brought up his 43rd ODI fifty right after Mushfiqur but he was soon dismissed by Devendra Bishoo during 22nd over. Mushfiq followed him two overs later as he was trapped by Thomas. Mushfiq’s innings of 62 runs from 80 deliveries included 5 fours. Tamim’s steady innings of 50 runs off 63 balls included 4 fours and 1 maximum.
After Tamim-Mushfiq’s departure Tigers were struggling to build partnerships and wickets were falling at regular intervals. However, after Tamim’s departure Shakib came at the crease, he saw wickets crumbling at the other end but he stood his ground and continued his resolute batting. Mahmudullah Riyad and Shakib had put on fifty-run partnership after the fall of two wickets. West Indies came back into the match after picking up the wickets of Mushfiq and Tamim. Mahmudullah and Soumya soon left Shakib, leaving Bangladesh at 208/5 after 43 overs. Shakib brought up his fifty in the 45th over. He then tried to take on the Windies bowlers and started to bat in an aggressive manner. However, his stumps were rattled by Roach in the 47th over. Before getting out, Shakib played a superlative innings of 65 runs from 62 deliveries. His innings included 6 fours and 1 maximum, with a strike rate of 104.83. He was the highest scoring Bangladeshi batsman.