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Bangladesh cruise to ODI victory as seamers punish Windies

By Opta
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Mirpur, December 9: West Indies are still yet to record a win on their tour of Bangladesh after they were beaten by five wickets in the opening one-dayer in Mirpur on Sunday (December 9).

After struggling against the turning ball when losing the Test series 2-0, the Windies were undone by Bangladesh's seam attack as attention switched to the 50-over format – Mustafizur Rahman and Mashrafe Mortaza sharing six wickets.

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All too often their batsmen failed to build on promising starts, and even 66 runs off their final 10 overs could not fire the tourists to a competitive total.

Bangladesh made a stuttering start in their reply, but Mushfiqur Rahim's unbeaten 55 helped steer them to victory and a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Bangladesh's discipline with the ball immediately put West Indies under pressure and it quickly paid dividends as Kieran Powell (10) and Darren Bravo (19) perished early – the latter having already had two reprieves on his return to the one-day side.

Building substantial partnerships proved to be a tough ask for the tourists, Shai Hope's 43 offering the only real substantial score as they slipped to 93-4 in the 29th over.

The spin of Mehidy Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan had helped put Bangladesh in control, and they soon made way for the pace attack - led by Mortaza on his 200th ODI appearance - to maintain the home side's firm grip on proceedings.

Having finished their innings on 195-9, the Windies needed early wickets, something Roston Chase and Oshane Thomas duly provided by dismissing Tamim Iqbal (12) and Imrul Kayes (4), leaving Bangladesh 42-2.

Liton Das' quickfire 41 carried the hosts away from trouble, though, before Mushfiqur anchored a successful run chase with his 31st ODI half-century.

He was ably assisted by Shakib (30) and Soumya Sarkar (19) as Bangladesh eased home with 89 balls to spare, Mushfiqur fittingly hit the winning runs to complete a clinical display with both bat and ball.

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    Story first published: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 21:00 [IST]
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