Tigers whitewash Windies

Samsul Arefin Khan

26 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh trounced West Indies by 120 runs in the third and final ODI match, whitewashing the visitors at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Monday.

Skipper Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah scored fifty each to clinch a comprehensive victory against a weak Caribbean side as the hosts made 297-6 in their stipulated 50 overs -- their highest-ever ODI total at the venue.

This was the only third time four Bangladeshi players made 50-plus scores in the same ODI after they achieved the feat against Pakistan in 2014 Asia Cup in Dhaka and against Scotland during the 2015 ICC World Cup in Nelson, New Zealand.

Ironically, Bangladesh’s experienced quartet, who made fifty each on Monday, struck fifty each against Scotland in the Tigers’ highest run-chase in the World Cup at that time.

Injury-return all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin then claimed 3-51 while off-spinner Mehidy Hasan and pacer Mustafizur Rahman bagged two wickets each as Bangladesh bowled out West Indies for 177 runs in 44.2 overs to give a 3-0 thrashing.

Mushfiqur was named the man of the match while Shakib, who made 113 runs and picked six wickets in the tournament, was adjudged the player of the series.

It was also Bangladesh’s only second clean-sweep over West Indies in the 50-over format after they achieved the milestone in 2009 against the same sort of weak Caribbean opposition after the first choice players skipped the series due to the financial spat with the board.

Bangladesh could not make a flamboyant start after being asked to bat first by West Indies as they lost Liton Das (0) and Najmul Hossain (20) within the power-play and were reduced to 38-2.

The Tigers could have lost Shakib in the very first delivery he faced but pace-bowling all-rounder Kyle Mayers failed to grab the opportunity on his bowling after Shakib gave him a leading-edge.

Shakib capitalised the chance and built up a 93-run stand with Tamim for the third wicket before the latter was dismissed by pacer Alzarri Joseph (2-48) after making 64 off 80 runs, his second successive fifty in the series.

Shakib then completed his first fifty after returning to international cricket but failed to make his innings big as he was bowled by Raymon Reifer (2-61) after scoring 51 runs off 81 balls.

Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah then carried Bangladesh innings and added 72 runs for the fifth wicket to take Bangladesh’s score over the 250-run mark.

Mushfiqur completed his 39th ODI fifty before getting out on 64, but Mahmudullah finished off Bangladesh’s innings in style by making unbeaten 64 off 43 balls with hitting three fours and three sixes.

Bangladesh’s middle-order batsmen put up exactly 100 runs in the last 10 overs in the contest to give their bowlers a mammoth total to defend against the inexperienced Caribbean side.

West Indies never looked controlled while chasing a gigantic target as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

Shakib, however, received an injury scare while bowling as he had to leave the field without completing his fifth over after sustaining a groin injury and he will be under observation for 24 hours to get the final update on his injury.

Rovman Powell made the highest 47 runs while Nkrumah Bonner and Reifer scored 31 and 27 runs respectively, but it was not enough to make a turnaround against the in-form Bangladesh side.

Both the teams will now contest the two-match Test series with the first one beginning at the same venue on February 3.