Bangladesh's Mashrafe bin Mortaza bowls during their tri-series match against the West Indies in Dublin Monday AFP
Such impressive performances by the bowling unit seem to be a good omen for the Bangladesh team ahead of the World Cup, which is predicted to be a run fest.
Bangladesh bowlers maintained tight line and length against the West Indies yet again in their second ODI of the Tri-nation series at Malahide Cricket Club Ground in Malahide, Ireland on Monday.
West Indies batsmen have scored big in their last two matches against hosts Ireland in the series featuring four hundreds. But in the match against Bangladesh at Clontarf, they only managed to score 262 due to controlled bowling from Bangladesh bowling line-up.
At Malahide on Monday, West Indies had the perfect chance to score a 300-plus again as the pitch was batting friendly and the weather was good. However, they managed to score a below-par 248 runs in their 50 overs and yet again, the credit goes to the Bangladesh bowlers who did not let Windies batsmen to free their arms.
Bangladesh skipper and experienced pacer Mahsrafe Mortaza picked up three wickets, all of which were important considering the context of the match. Mashrafe removed Sunil Ambris, who struck a brilliant hundred in the previous match, early in the innings. And in the slog overs, Mashrafe inflicted crucial blows to the Winides by removing well-set Shai Hope and Jason Holder in 42nd and 44th over, respectively. The duo of the Caribbean side made a 100-run stand and was looking forward to start an assault from a good platform before the Tigers’ skipper hunted them.
Another pacer Mustafizur Rahman also bowled well for the Tigers as he took four wickets conceding only 43 runs in nine overs which featured a maiden. The left arm pacer was impressive on Monday in comparison to his previous two outings in ODIs where he conceded 84 and 93 runs respectively. Mustafiz bowled his natural variations and beat the batsmen quite a few times.
Apart from the pacers, Tigers spinners also bowled well and kept the run rate under control for Bangladesh. Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan with his left arm spin and Mehidy Hasan Miraz with his off-spin kept the West Indies in check during the middle part of the innings.
Shakib conceded only 27 runs in his 10 overs and took one wicket with a maiden. On the other hand, Miraz also bowled well and conceded 41 runs, picking up one wicket. The spin duo worked like a charm for the Tigers against the West Indies as they continued to put on pressure on the batsmen, conceding only three boundaries in their combined 20 overs.
The West Indies batsmen have performed well in the two matches against Ireland in relatively smaller grounds (Clontarf and Malahide) in Dublin. But in their matches against Bangladesh, they failed to score big thanks to some controlled bowling by Tigers bowlers. Such impressive performances by the bowling unit seem to be a good omen for the Bangladesh team ahead of the World Cup, which is predicted to be a run fest.