Bangladesh 279 for 4 (Tamim 130*, Shakib 97, Bishoo 2-52) v West Indies
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Tamim Iqbal’s longest ODI innings, which featured 160 balls and ended with his 10th hundred, and a 207-run second-wicket stand with Shakib Al Hasan (97), gave Bangladesh a competitive 279 for 4 to defend in the first ODI in Guyana. While it could have been a lot less had the two senior batsmen not forged the big partnership, it could also have been a lot more had they switched gears earlier. When that happened, Shakib perished, three short of a hundred, but Tamim went on to notch up one, finishing unbeaten on 130. However, it was a boundary-laden 11-ball burst from Mushfiqur Rahim (30) that gave the innings the much-needed thrust, as Bangladesh plundered 43 runs in the last two overs.
Having arrived in the 47th over, Mushfiqur pinged three fours and two sweet sixes in the second-fastest ODI innings by a Bangladesh batsman. Picking on Mushfiqur’s cue, Tamim, too, shifted gears, biffing three fours and two sixes after reaching his century. The pair’s 54-run stand came off just 20 balls, a steep rise after the grinding Tamim-Shakib stand that had not seen a single boundary in its last 9.3 overs
What the two did do during the course of the stand, though, was break a few records. Apart from being Bangladesh’s second 200-plus partnership – both featuring Shakib – the stand also broke three partnership records. It is Bangladesh’s highest partnership against West Indies and their highest for the second wicket. It is also a venue record, breaking the previous best of 183 between Mahela Jayawardene and Sanath Jayasuriya in 2007.
However it tapered out, this partnership was much-needed for a batting unit that had spent the last 18 days bereft of confidence. Playing a match after being finished off in two Tests in five days, Bangladesh’s slow start was expected, even more so when Anamul Haque fell in the second over.
Tamim and Shakib had to wait till the ninth over to find the first boundary, but Tamim got three in the same over. He struck an awkward cover drive before helping two poor deliveries from Andre Russell, playing his first ODI in three years, through fine leg.
The pair then survived three dropped chances between them in the space of 3.4 overs: Tamim was put down by Ashley Nurse at cover on 17, and then again on 20 by Chris Gayle at first slip; three balls later, Shakib was put down on 15, also by Gayle, who leaped to his left but allowed the ball to pop out.
Benefiting from these lapses, the two batsmen steadily consolidated Bangladesh’s position. When Tamim hammered Nurse over long-on, it was the first six in the innings, after which both batsmen reached their fifties. Then, Shakib survived another chance when Gayle couldn’t get around a top edge near the square-leg umpire.
When Shakib struck Holder for two fours in the 35th over, a score close to 280 was starting to look realistic. And then, the slowdown began, as Bangladesh collected just 47 runs in nine overs starting from the 36th. It was a passage when Shimron Hetmyer gave Shakib a third life, putting down a catch at short fine-leg, when the batsman was on 84.
However, it wasn’t as though est Indies didn’t have their slice of luck. After Shakib perished in the 45th over to Bishoo, top-edging a sweep to deep midwicket, Sabbir Rahman was given out stumped by the on-field umpire, although replays later showed that his back foot had never left the crease.
Source : ESPN Cricinfo