Bangladesh clinch place in Walton ODI Tri-Series Final with convincing win over West Indies
Half centuries from Mushfiqir Rahim and Soumya Sarkar helped Bangladesh to chase down 247 and book their spot in the final of the Walton ODI Tri-Series against the West Indies.
West Indies 247 - 9 (Shai Hope 87, Jason Holder 62; Mustafizur Rahman 4-43, Mashrafe Mortaza 3-60)
Bangladesh 248 - 5 (Soumya Sarkar 54, Mushfiqur Rahim 63, Mohammad Mithun 43; Ashley Nurse 3-53)
Result - Bangladesh won by 5 wickets
Rahim, who contributed 63 and Sarkar, 54, were the main men involved in the Bangladesh run chase after four wickets from Mustafizir Rahman and three wickets from Mashrafe Mortaza had reduced the West Indies to what was considered a below par total.
Shai Hope and Jason Holder were the main contributors to the West Indies innings as they made their way to 247-9 from their 50 overs. At half time, it had seemed like this would be a little light on what looked another good Malahide wicket.
Hope and Sunil Ambris, who scored 148 on Saturday against Ireland, started brightly again against the Bangladesh openers. Ambris in particular looked in fine form, but his innings was curtailed by a fine slip catch from Soumya Sarkar to depart for 23. Darren Bravo fell cheaply when being trapped in front for 6 soon after.
Roston Chase joined Hope and they rebuilt against some tough Bangladesh bowling, Shakib Al Hasan proving to be extremely tricky to get away. Yet, it was Mustafizir Rahman who created two breakthroughs when first getting Chase caught at mid-wicket, and then accounting for Jonathan Carter LBW soon after.
This brought captain, Jason Holder to the crease to join Hope and these two provided the backbone of the West Indies innings. Both of them accumulated runs well despite very well disciplined bowling. Hope looked as if he was well on his way to his third One-Day International hundred of this tournament, but fell thirteen runs short when edging behind off captain, Mortaza. Holder departed for 62 in the exact same way two overs later.
This left the West Indies with no momentum for the final few overs. Mortaza, Mustafizir and Shakib all took wickets as the West Indies innings faded quite tamely in the final couple of overs. Nurse added 14 and Sheldon Cottrell managed to hook a six over fine leg in the final over to get the West Indies up to 247-9.
Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar started the Bangladesh run chase with great intent and quickly got themselves into a good position. Sarkar, who’s natural game is to attack and play with flair, needed no second invitation to do so with a flurry of early boundaries. Tamim showed his own class when driving beautifully through the covers off Sheldon Cottrell and dancing down the wicket to drive Ashley Nurse for four straight past him. However, Nurse struck back when sliding one past Tamim to clean bowl him for 21.
Shakib Al Hasan joined Sarkar and they added another fifty runs. However, the West Indies might rue some of the dropped chances they missed. Sarkar and Shakib both provided chances that weren’t taken, allowing Sarkar to motor to 50. Yet, Ashley Nurse kept working hard from the Pavilion End and dismissed the two set batsman in the same over, caught at extra cover and mid-wicket respectively.
This brought wicketkeeper Mushfiqir Rahim and Mohammad Mithun together at the crease and both applied themselves well early. Yet, a key runout opportunity was missed with Mithun only on 5, which proved to be a costly mistake. Rahim looked very comfortable at the crease, dabbing down to third man in amongst a catalogue of drives and sweeps.
Mithun was dismissed by a Jason Holder nip-backer for 43 but that just brought Mahmudullah to the crease. He and Mushfiqir Rahim guided Bangladesh towards victory, only for the latter to fall for a brilliant compiled 63, when caught at fine leg with only ten runs to win. Mahmudullah saw it through though, finishing on 30 not out as Bangladesh came out on top by five wickets.
Bangladesh will now meet West Indies in the Walton ODI Tri-Series Final, while Ireland will meet Bangladesh on Wednesday at Clontarf in the final match of the round-robin stage.
West Indies - Shai Hope(wk), Sunil Ambris, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Jonathan Carter, Jason Holder(c), Fabian Allen, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach, Raymon Reifer
Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mehedi Hasan, Abu Jayed, Mustafizur Rahman
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