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Four Bangladesh openers in the XI

  • Published at 07:47 pm December 9th, 2018
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Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal walks back to the dressing room following his dismissal during their first ODI against the West Indies in Mirpur Sunday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The middle-order batsmen are meant to bat in the middle, and not make way for a top-order batter in form

Host Bangladesh went into the first ODI against the Windies with four specialist opening batsmen and created a buzz in the cricketing fraternity. 

With experienced opener Tamim Iqbal coming back to the fold, it was expected Liton Das would come out to open the bat for Bangladesh, followed by Soumya Sarkar at No 3. 

However, the XI featured Imrul Kayes too, batting at No 3, while Soumya got pushed down to No 6, in place of a middle-order batsman. 

Soumya has enough credentials to make it to the XI, having scored a century in the previous ODI series, against Zimbabwe, and a flashy 103 not out in the lone one-day practice game against the West Indians. 

But questions were raised as to whether it was a fair enough move by the selectors. 

Including Soumya to bat down the order meant middle-order batters in the shape of Mohammad Mithun and Ariful Haque had to give away their spots. 

The selection panel might back their decision, citing Soumya’s good form, but then again it remains only half justified. 

The middle-order batsmen are meant to bat in the middle, and not make way for a top-order batter in form.

1ST ODI

WEST INDIES INNINGS    R    B

Powell c Rubel b Shakib    10    27

Hope c Miraz b Mashrafe    43    59

Bravo c Tamim b Mashrafe    19    51

Samuels c Liton b Rubel    25    48

Hetmyer b Miraz         6    13

Rovman c Liton b Mashrafe    14    25

Chase c Miraz b Mustafizur    32    38

Paul c Miraz b Mustafizur    36    28

Roach not out            5    8

Bishoo c & b Mustafizur    0    1

Thomas not out        0    2

Extras (lb 3, w2)        5

Total (50 overs) 195/9

Fall Of Wickets

1-29 (Powell), 2-65 (Bravo), 3-78 (Hope), 4-93 (Hetmyer), 5-119 (Rovman), 6-127(Samuels), 7-178 (Chase), 8-194 (Paul), 9-195 (Bishoo)

Bowling

Miraz 10-0-30-1, Shakib 10-0-36-1, Mustafizur 10-0-35-3, Mashrafe 10-0-30-3 (w1), Rubel 10-0-61-1 (w1)

BANGLADESH INNINGS    R    B

Tamim c Bishoo b Chase    12    24

Liton b Paul            41    57

Imrul b Thomas        4    2

Mushfiq not out        55    70

Shakib c Hope b Rovman    30    26

Soumya c Rovman b Chase    19    13

Mahmudullah not out        14    21

Extras (lb 6, nb 2, w 13)    21 

Total (35.1 Overs)        196/5 

Fall Of Wickets

1-37 (Tamim), 2-42 (Imrul), 3-89 (Liton), 4-146 (Shakib), 5-175 (Soumya)

Bowling

Roach 6-0-35-0, Chase 9-1-47-2, Thomas 5-0-34-1, Paul 8-0-37-1, Bishoo 6.1-0-30-0, Rovman 1-0-7-1

Bangladesh won by five wickets, lead series 1-0

MoM: Mashrafe bin Mortaza

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