Soumya formed a brilliant 146-run opening stand with Tamim Iqbal, who made 83, and although the southpaw failed to reach the magical three figures the innings gave him a lot of confidence
Bangladesh made a confident start in the tri-nation ODI series as they convincingly defeated West Indies by eight wickets during their first match at Clontarf Cricket Ground in Dublin on Tuesday.
Soumya Sarkar, the dashing opening batsman looked very fluent in the crease and his well-made 73 eased Bangladesh’s chase of 262 that they reached losing only two wickets with 30 balls to spare.
Bangladesh side looked completely different from their practice match, when they were beaten by an Ireland A side, in the cold and damp condition as they clinched a dominating win against an in-form Windies side.
West Indies got a huge win against Ireland in the opening match of the series and winning against that time gave Tigers a huge confident booster not only for this tournament but also for the bigger one ahead, the World Cup, which is scheduled to start later at this month in England.
“It’s a brilliant start for us. Whoever plays well will have the upper hand. Since we have a confident start, I believe if we can manage our good form then we can definitely win this tournament,” Soumya said after the match at Clontarf Cricket Ground.
Bangladesh beat West Indies by eight wickets!— ICC (@ICC) May 7, 2019
What a batting performance from their top three, with each of Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan passing fifty!#WIvBAN SCORE ➡️ https://t.co/yJdQgICJI0 pic.twitter.com/ZOdKnPIPgq
Soumya formed a brilliant 146-run opening stand with Tamim Iqbal, who made 83, and although the southpaw failed to reach the magical three figures the innings gave him a lot of confidence. The crucial member of Tigers’ batting line-up was determined to do even better in their next assignments.
“There was a chance of scoring century but both of us missed unfortunately. We started very well and progressed with confidence. Both of us had the chance to score the hundred. Hopefully we will learn from this situation and score even bigger in future if we get the chance,” Soumya talked about his and Tamim’s batting.
Soumya also praised the bowling effort from the Tigers particularly that of captain Mashrafe bin Moratza and spin duo Shakib Al Hasan and Mehediu Hasan Miraz as they played crucial role to check West Indies in an under-par score at the favourable batting conditions.
“He (Mashrafe) got a fair amount of swing in his first spell. He bowled well but could not manage to get wicket then. Later when the weather changed a bit that was a crucial part of the game. Mashrafe bhai bowled well. And also Shakib bhai and Miraz bowled really well in the middle part of the innings which helped us a lot to get back in the game,” Soumya concluded.
Bangladesh’s next match is against hosts Ireland which will be played on Thursday at Malahide Cricket Ground.