The Tigers lost their six previous finals but finally did it right in the seventh attempt, thanks largely to Soumya Sarkar and Mosaddek Hossain’s heroics
Soumya Sarkar and Mosaddek Hossain’s pyrotechnics inspired Bangladesh to a final victory in their seventh attempt as they beat the West Indies by five wickets in the rain-curtailed tri-nation series finale in Dublin, Ireland Friday.
The Tigers lost their six previous finals but finally did it right in the seventh attempt, thanks largely to Soumya and Mosaddek’s heroics.
Chasing their revised target of 210 runs, openers Soumya and Tamim Iqbal were off to a brilliant start as they put on 59 on the board within 5.2 overs.
Tamim got out in the third ball of the sixth over scoring 18. But Soumya continued his aggression and registered a brilliant half-century.
The left-hander scored an entertaining 66 off just 41 balls with nine fours and three sixes before being dismissed in the 12th over.
Batsman Sabbir Rahman was promoted to No 3 but failed to utilize his opportunity as he was trapped in front for nought.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim made a crucial 36 off 22 balls in the middle stages, while middle-order batter Mohammad Mithun made 17.
Unbeaten batsmen Mahmudullah (19*) and Mosaddek (52*) put the finishing touch as the Tigers reached their destination in 22.5 overs.
The Mahmudullah-Mosaddek pair added 70 for the unbroken sixth wicket stand.
Mosaddek was later adjudged man of the match for his undefeated match-winning half-century. Youngster Mosaddek struck two fours and five sixes in his 24-ball knock.
Earlier, the grand finale was reduced to a 24 overs per side affair after persistent rainfall and wet outfield.
The Windies, continuing from their score of 131 without loss in 20.1 overs when rain intervened, batted out their remaining 3.5 overs when play resumed at 10:30pm Bangladesh standard time, 5:30pm local time.
The Windies eventually added 21 for the loss of player of the series Shai Hope’s (74) wicket to take their total to 152/1.
Opener Sunil Ambris and No 3 batsman Darren Bravo were unbeaten on 69 and three respectively.
Bangladesh made a few changes to the playing XI from their last round robin match against Ireland in Dublin Wednesday with the most notable absentee being all-rounder Shakib al Hasan, who sat out the game due to injury.
Shakib’s injury occurred in their final round robin game against Ireland. The left-hander was batting on 50 and could not continue his batting due to back spasm while chasing 293.
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A quite brilliant 52 not out off 24 balls from Mosaddek Hossain gets them over the line by 5 wickets with 7 balls to spare. pic.twitter.com/c9IoWOjMtr
Bangladesh went on to win that dead rubber by six wickets.
Shakib, along with a few other players took rest Thursday, but was unable to become match fit in time.
The team management has also not taken any risk with the ace all-rounder as the World Cup in England and Wales is knocking at the door.
Mosaddek retained his place in the playing XI as the alternative of Shakib.
Soumya, seamer Mustafizur Rahman, all-rounder Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Mithun returned to the playing XI.
Pacer Abu Jayed, who picked up five wickets in the last game, had to make way for Mustafizur in the playing XI.
WEST INDIES INNINGS R B
Hope c Mosaddek b Miraz 74 64
Ambris not out 69 78
Bravo not out 3 3
Extras (lb 2, nb 1, w 3) 6
Total (24 Overs) 152/1
Fall Of Wicket
Mashrafe 6-0-28-0, Saifuddin 5-0-29-0, Mustafizur 5-0-50-0, Mosaddek 2-0-9-0, Miraz 4-0-22-1, Sabbir 2-0-12-0
BANGLADESH INNINGS R B
Tamim c Holder b Gabriel 18 13
Soumya c Cottrell b Reifer 66 41
Sabbir lbw b Gabriel 0 2
Mushfiq lbw b Reifer 36 22
Mithun lbw b Allen 17 14
Mahmudullah not out 19 21
Mosaddek not out 52 24
Extras (w 5) 5
Total (22.5 Overs) 213/5
Fall Of Wickets
1-59 (Tamim), 2-60 (Sabbir), 3-109 (Soumya), 4-134 (Mushfiq), 5-143 (Mithun)
Nurse 3-0-35-0, Holder 4-0-31-0, Roach 5-0-57-0, Gabriel 3-0-30-2, Reifer 3.5-0-23-2, Allen 4-0-37-1
Bangladesh won by five wickets
MoM: Mosaddek Hossain