Windies batting surrenders ODI series to Bangladesh
West Indies stand-in captain Jason Mohammed was a dejected man after the team’s loss in the second One-Day International (ODI) against Bangladesh yesterday.
Another hapless batting display saw the regional side falter for another below-par score of 148, which in the end proved easy pickings for the host, who raced to a seven-wicket win and an unassailable 2-0 series lead.
Mohammed tried to remain diplomatic during the post-match interviews and blamed a lack of experience and the inability to play the Bangladeshi spinners as the reasons for the team’s demise.
It was the seventh straight defeat for the West Indies against Bangladesh in ODIs and Mohammed summed up the team’s performance as best as he could.
“It’s a little bit of inexperience,” he said. “A lot of the guys making their debuts but, obviously, the guys have the potential and I think we are just not putting the performances together and not being able to put up big partnerships, so individuals can get big scores. The guys are capable, so, hopefully, we can get it right in the last game.”
After struggling with the bat in the opening contest, it was somewhat of a surprise when Mohammed won the toss and batted, knowing well that the Bangladesh spinners were expected to create havoc once again on the same slow-turning Dhaka pitch.
The West Indies handed a debut to Kjorn Ottley, who looked the part at the top of the order for his 24 before he was the second wicket to fall with just 36 runs on the board in the 14th over.
Once the spinners came into the attack, it was the same old story, as the regional side moved from 36 for two to 41 for five in the space of 28 balls, with Mehidy Hasan ripping through the side, claiming his best ODI figures of four for 25 from nine overs and four deliveries.
Only Rovman Powell with a fighting 66-ball 41 and Nkrumah Bonner, with 20, saved face, as the Windies’ poor run in the short format continued.
“With two quality spinners, especially Shakib, one of the best in the world and Mehidy, who has been good, we have not been able to manage them. Hence the reason why we have been getting low totals,” Mohammed said.
The hosts made light work of the chase, however, Akeal Hosein put in some effort, claiming one for 45 from nine overs and two deliveries.
Tamim Iqbal made 50 and Shakib scored an unbeaten 43 for the home side.
The teams will now move to Chattogram for the third ODI tomorrow.
S Ambris c Mehidy Hasan Miraz b Mustafizur Rahman 6
K Ottley c Tamim Iqbal b Mehidy Hasan Miraz 24
+J Da Silva b Mehidy Hasan Miraz 5
A McCarthy b Shakib-al-Hasan 3
+J Mohammed lbw b Shakib-al-Hasan 11
K Mayers run out 0
N Bonner b Hasan Mahmud 20
R Powell st Mushfiqur Rahim b Mehidy Hasan Miraz 41
R Reifer lbw b Mehidy Hasan Miraz 2
A Joseph c Liton Das b Mustafizur Rahman 17
A Hosein not out 12
Extras (lb1, w4, nb2) 7
TOTAL (all out, 43.4 overs) 148
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Ambris), 2-36 (Ottley), 3-37 (Da Silva), 4-39 (McCarthy), 5-41 (Mayers), 6-67 (Mohammed), 7-71 (Bonner), 8-88 (Reifer), 9-120 (Joseph), 10-148 (Powell)
Bowling: Mustafizur Rahman 8-3-15-2, Rubel Hossain 7-0-23-0, Hasan Mahmud 9-0-54-1, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 9.4-0-25-4, Shakib-al-Hasan 10-0-30-2.
Liton Das lbw b Hosein 22
Tamim Iqbal c wkp Da Silvla b Reifer 50
Najmul Hossain c Ottley b Mohammed 17
Shakib-al-Hasan not out 43
Mushfiqur Rahim not out 9
Extras: (w7, nb1) 8
TOTAL: (3 wkts, 33.2 overs) 149
Did not bat: Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Hasan Mahmud, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.
Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Liton Das), 2-77 (Najmul Hossain), 3-109 (Tamim Iqbal).
Bowling: Joseph 10-0-42-0 (nb1), Mayers 2-0-15-0, Hosein 9.2-0-45-1, Mohammed 7-0-29-1, Reifer 5-0-18-1.
Result: Bangladesh won by seven wickets.
Series: Bangladesh lead three-match series 2-0.
Man-of-the-Match: Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: Gazi Sohel, Sharfuddoula; TV – Masudur Rahman.