Half-centuries from each of Bangladesh’s top three and a strong bowling performance in the last 10 overs ensured the Tigers claimed victory over West Indies in the ODI Tri-Series, also involving Ireland.
West Indies had been cruising batting first, having progressed to 197/2 after 40 overs on the back of Shai Hope’s second century in succession, and fifth since the start of October 2018 – in that time, only Virat Kohli has more ODI tons.
With Sunil Ambris, playing instead of the injured John Campbell, having helped lay the platform, and Roston Chase unbeaten on 50, they looked set to push on past 300, but ended up falling short as Bangladesh rallied.
Also Congratulations to the West Indies' Shai Hope, who won today's Walton Series Man of the Match for his 109.— Cricket Ireland (@Irelandcricket) May 7, 2019
This was Shai's second century in as many games. pic.twitter.com/Qba4j06LKV
Tigers captain Mashrafe Mortaza was the star, dismissing both set batsmen on his way to figures of 3/49, while Mohammad Saifuddin, who finished with 2/47, was marginally less incisive and marginally more economical.
No one else could go past 20 for the Windies, and with their success in the first game against Ireland having been founded on their opening pair, they will be desperate for their lower order to come good before long.
Chasing 262, Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal marched out the blocks, taking Bangladesh past three figures in quick time. Sarkar was the aggressor but fell in sight of his hundred to a juggling catch on the rope by Darren Bravo off the bowling of Roston Chase.
Tamim was more sedate, in the end facing 48 more balls than Sarkar for just seven more runs, but also had a chance of a century before flicking Shannon Gabriel to Windies captain Jason Holder at short midwicket.
Bangladesh beat West Indies by eight wickets!— ICC (@ICC) May 7, 2019
What a batting performance from their top three, with each of Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan passing fifty!#WIvBAN SCORE ➡️ https://t.co/yJdQgICJI0 pic.twitter.com/ZOdKnPIPgq
Still, the damage had been done, and a run-a-ball 61* from Shakib Al Hasan and a slightly quicker 32* from Mushfiqur Rahim was enough to see the Asian side home with eight wickets and five overs to spare.
Bangladesh next face Ireland on Wednesday, 9 May, while the West Indies next encounter is also against Ireland on Saturday, 11 May,