With the first ODI win, Bangladesh also registered their first 10 points on the board in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League
A confident Bangladesh team will look to seal the ODI series against the West Indies at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Friday when they face the visitors in the second and penultimate game of the series.
The Tigers made their return to international cricket after the long Covid-19 break with a six-wicket win over the Windies Wednesday.
The bowling and fielding performance were clinical from the Tigers as they bowled their opponent out for just 122 runs.
Star all-rounder Shakib al Hasan produced a brilliant bowling display picking up four wickets for just eight runs in 7.2 overs, the most economical four-wicket haul for Bangladesh.
But while chasing a small target, Bangladesh batsmen faced more of a challenge as the Calypso spinners, particularly Akeal Hosein, bowled brilliantly with Akeal taking three wickets conceding just 26 runs in his quota of 10 overs.
Both the two captains said after the match that it was slightly difficult to bat due to gloomy weather.
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But Friday's forecast suggests better weather with sunlight, which would make conditions more conducive for run-scoring.
Bangladesh gave young gun Hasan Mahmud his debut Wednesday and the right-arm seamer bowled impressively for his three-wicket haul, which included being on a hat-trick at one stage.
The Tigers might field the same playing XI until any last minute injury occurs.
On the other hand, the West Indies played six debutants in their XI and are likely to persist with the same XI again.
It was their batting that let them down in the first contest which must improve in order to stay alive in the series, admitted their stand-in captain Jason Mohammed.
“We have to give ourselves a little bit more time. It is difficult to score in the middle overs with the spinners so negotiating that part of the innings is going to be crucial for us. Obviously we need to play that period of bowling a little better,” said Jason to the media after the first ODI.
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“I think we are going to discuss things and see what the best plan is to come up with. We have to try to put little bit more runs on the board. Hopefully next game, we can put in a better performance with the bat.”
Bangladesh had an optional practice session in Mirpur Thursdwhile the tourists opted to rest their bodies.
With the win, Bangladesh also registered their first 10 points on the board in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.
Every match will be important for Bangladesh in coming years, and there will be less and less experiments in the side, as points will prove crucial to qualify for the 2023 World Cup directly.
Bangladesh (possible): Tamim Iqbal (capt), Liton Das, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman
West Indies (possible): Joshua da Silva (wk), Sunil Ambris, Andre McCarthy, Jason Mohammed (capt), Kyle Mayers, Nkrumah Bonner, Rovman Powell, Raymon Reifer, Chemar Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph