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|Shakib Al Hasan||9.0||1||45||2||5.00|
|Shakib Al Hasan||56||72||5||0||77.78|
Bangladesh put behind they horrid test series they had as they handed West Indies a commanding 48-run defeat in the opening match of the three-match One Day International Series. They'll come out as a different outfit on 26th July as they take on West Indies in the 2nd ODI at Providence. The home team, on the other hand, looked only like a shadow of themselves as compared to the test series. The ruthlessness they showed in the longest format of the game was missing and it will be interesting to see if we see any changes in the approach of the Caribbean team.
The change in team combination and change in format didn't work well for the hosts. With the change in format, the limited-overs specialists like Chris Gayle, Ewin Lewis, Andre Russell, and Ashley Nurse were brought back into the squad, but their performances could not weave any magic.
Bowling first, West Indies bowlers began well by picking up Anamul Haque's wicket and keeping the visitors rather quiet for the most part of the innings. However, they dropped Tamim Iqbal a few times and their failure to dismiss any batsman in the middle overs allowed Bangladesh to rack up an above-par total of 279. Ashley Nurse bowled miserly and gave away only 39 runs in his 10 overs. Another spinner, Devender Bishoo picked up two wickets for 52 runs in his 10 overs. Andre Russell and Jason Holder conceded 53 runs combined in the final three overs with Rusell getting carted for 31 in 48th and 50th overs.
Had Chris Gayle and Ewin Lewis got going, the target of 280 could have been a nothing total. Ewin Lewis started the boundary fest with a six over mid-wicket, but apart from that six, he could not do anything substantial. He departed for a laborious 17 off 29 deliveries. Chris Gayle scored an uncharacteristic 40 off 60 balls where he looked rather comfortable in rotating the strike and taking the game deep. He was stranded in the middle of the pitch and got run out. They looked to be well within the game with 140 to get in final fifteen overs, but quick wickets stalled them then and there. Despite the final wicket partnership of over fifty between Bishoo and Joseph, they could get to only 231 which speaks volumes about their poor batting performance.
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Mohammed, Jason Holder, Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph.
Mashrafe Mortaza sparked confidence in the squad which looked to be down and out after a horrible test series. His own performance was effective as he dismissed four West Indies' batsmen and was aggressive with his captaincy both on and off the field. To complement Mashrafe's inspirational performance, other seniors joined the party to bring Bangladesh out of the pit-hole.
Tamim Iqbal started off slowly but picked up in the late stage of his innings. He made full use of the chances he was given by the Windies' fielders as he went on to play a 120-run knock. Shakib al Hasan, following his excellent performance in the Test series, was promoted to number three and went on to register his name in the record books. He along with Tamim Iqbal, put together Bangladesh's highest ever partnership breaking their previous record of 144. He fell three short of a brilliant century. Mushfiqur Rahim smashed 31 runs in just 11 deliveries to take Bangladesh's total from competitive to match-winning.
Bangladesh started off well with the ball as they didn't allow Chris Gayle and Ewin Lewis to run away with the game. Although Mehidy Hasan although picked up only one wicket, he was one of the most impressive bowlers for the visitors in the first ODI. Mustafizur Rahman impressed once again with his variations and the wickets of Shimron Hetmeyer and Rovman Powell proved to be a game changer for the visitors.
Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.
As was the case in the previous game, the pitch will tend to slow down as the game progresses. Expect the team winning the toss to bat first.
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There are a few showers expected on the match day, but the predictions aren't too frightening. The showers are expected to just come and go to induce a little bit of coolness in this hot weather. The surface is likely to behave exactly in the same manner as it did in the opening game. The pitch will get slower as the game progresses and a total of around 250 will be a par score here.
West Indies struggled to cope with the added pressure to perform in the limited overs version of the game whereas the visitors enjoyed the change of format after a horrid test series. Spinners played a vital role on a surface which slowed down considerably when West Indies were batting. Bangladesh are a little too over-reliant on Tamim, Shakib, and Mushfiqur with the bat while the hosts have match-winners right through their batting lineup. Also, playing at home should be advantageous for the home team. For those reasons, we think that West Indies will register a win here to keep themselves alive in the series.
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