WINDIES AND BANGLADESH IN IRELAND TRI-SERIES 2019
Soumya Sarkar set the tone at the top with a 41-ball 66 during the chase © Getty
Mosaddek Hossain’s unbeaten 52 off 24 balls, which included fives sixes and two fours, and a breezy 41-ball 66 by Soumya Sarkar helped Bangladesh to a five-wicket win over West Indies in the rain-marred tri-series final on Friday (May 17). West Indies posted a total of 152 for 1 in a contest reduced to 24 overs, with Bangladesh needing 210 for victory as per DLS revision of the target. The Asian team, riding on the two half-centuries from the opener and the number seven batsman, reached the target with seven deliveries to spare to end the tri-series unbeaten.
Sarkar set the tone for the chase by finding the fence regularly. Having started with a couple of fours off Ashley Nurse in the opening over, the 26-year old left-hander preferred the pace on the ball as he took the attack to Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach, powering Bangladesh past 50 by the time the fifth over was completed. Tamim Iqbal, who was happy to feed Sarkar most of the strike, hit two boundaries off Gabriel but the bowler had the last laugh in the contest and also accounted for Sabbir Rahman in the same over.
The quick wickets didn’t deter Sarkar, who found an able partner in Mushfiqur Rahim as they put on a brisk 49-run stand to keep Bangladesh on track in the chase. But West Indies added intrigue to what was appearing to be a one-way traffic through quick wickets as they clawed back into the game. Change of pace did the trick for Raymon Reifer, who got Sarkar to miscue an attempted big hit before trapping Rahim in front. With Fabian Allen getting Mohammad Mithun out with a slider, Bangladesh were in a spot of bother having lost three wickets for the addition of only 24 runs.
Mosaddek then took over the responsibility of finding the boundaries as he prevented the required rate from soaring, while Mahmudullah played a sedate role at the other end. With a six apiece off Jason Holder and Roach, Mosaddek brought the equation down to 27 off the last three overs. Then came the over which pretty much sealed the game in favour of Bangladesh. Mosaddek hit three sixes and a four off Allen in the 22nd, which yielded 25 runs, and also brought up a 20-ball fifty in the process, before Mahmudullah struck the winning boundary.
Earlier, asked to bat first, West Indies were off to a good start courtesy their openers who were involved in a steady partnership to give their team a solid platform. Although they had managed only 15 off the first five overs, a 13-run over by Saifuddin in the sixth helped the Caribbean side get a move on with their scoring rate.
Boundaries came at regular intervals with Hope and Ambris taking a liking to Mustafizur Rahman. Ambris scored three fours off the left-arm seamer in the 12th over while Hope struck a four and a six in the 18th over to bring up his fifty and help West Indies past the 100-run mark. Mustafizur had conceded 36 runs off three overs while Hope hit his second six, off Mehidy Hasan, when the players went off the field due to rain, with West Indies looking well placed for a good total having moved to 131 for 0.
Following a lengthy delay, which led to overs being reduced, West Indies were only left with 3.5 overs in their innings when they returned to bat. It wasn’t a flourishing end to their innings as they managed to add only 21 runs to the total, finishing with 152 for 1, with Hope getting out to Mehidy during this period. Although the revised target was a challenging one as Bangladesh needed to score at 8.75 an over to win the contest; it wasn’t sufficient in the end as West Indies’ wait for an ODI series win since August 2014 continued.
Brief scores: West Indies 152/1 in 24 overs (Shai Hope 74, Sunil Ambris 69*; Mehidy Hasan 1-22) lost to Bangladesh 213/5 in 22.5 overs (Soumya Sarkar 66, Mosaddek Hossain 52*; Raymon Reifer 2-23) by 5 wickets.