From the series, Bangladesh gained a total of 30 points to add up in the ICC ODI Super League table, and made a winning start to the journey ahead to the World Cup 2023
Bangladesh registered a clean sweep of the ODI series against the West Indies when they completed a 120-run win in the third and final game in Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Monday.
From the series, Bangladesh gained a total of 30 points to add up in the ICC ODI Super League table, and made a winning start to the journey ahead to the World Cup 2023.
Heading into the series, hosts Bangladesh were clear favorites given the inexperienced Windies squad as their top players opted to pull out of the touring party citing Covid-19 concerns and personal reasons.
Bangladesh thus maintained their winning streak against the Caribbean side and took the tally to eight straight victories in the format, as well as a hat-trick of ODI series wins.
The home team lived up to the expectations winning all three games and their full-time ODI captain Tamim Iqbal got off to a perfect start in his endeavor.
Bangladesh for the first time in the series got the chance to bat first after interim visiting skipper Jason Mohammedan invited them to do so.
The home side continued their sheer dominance as they posted a respectable 297 on the board, their highest at ZACS, thanks to four half-centuries from the four most senior statesmen of the team on a slow pitch.
Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim, who batted at No 6 and 5 respectively, were attacking in their respective half-centuries while Tamim and Shakib al Hasan, batting in the top order, scored according to the merit of the situation after Bangladesh lost early wickets of Liton Das and Nazmul Hossain Shanto.
The West Indies achieved a good start with the ball but the inexperience gave it away as the condition to bat became easier as the game progressed.
Liton got trapped for an LBW in the very first over of the game to Alzarri Joseph.
Shanto got to a start after getting an early life.
But the left-handed batsman could not utilize the opportunity and scored just 20 runs before being trapped in front against Kyle Mayers.
Bangladesh reeling on 38 for 2 in just nine overs found Tamim and Shakib together in the middle and the pair, each of whom has played more ODIs than the opposition XI combined, proved their experience.
Tamim and Shakib did not just add 93 to the board for the third wicket but had built a platform which Bangladesh capitalized on in the later part of the innings.
Shakib, has had a good series on his return to the international arena and on the day scored 81-ball 51, while from the other end Tamim scored his 49th ODI half-century by registering 64 on the board before perishing in the 28th over.
Shakib then got to his fifty but fell soon after as the timber was rattled.
The dismissal saw Mushfiq joined by Mahmudullah in the middle as the duo produced 72 runs off 62 deliveries for the fifth wicket.
Mushfiq played the fluent role in the partnership and reached a quick-fire fifty to lead Bangladesh past 250.
Mahmudullah on the other end remained silent and only accelerated towards the backend of the innings.
Mushfiq returned to the dressing room with a 55-ball 64 to his name while Mahmudullah remained to keep the foot on the gas.
The right-handed batsman added a 42-ball 62 to the board as the last 10 overs saw Bangladesh collect exactly 100 runs and post the second highest total, 297 for six, at ZACS.
The West Indies batters did not have enough to sustain against the Bangladesh attack in the first two matches of the series and it was not different even in the third.
Visitors were all out for just 177 and failed to reach the 200-total throughout the series.
Tamim used eight bowlers in the innings including giving rare action to Shanto of bowling one over in international cricket.
Fast bowling all-rounder Saifuddin, one of two changes for Bangladesh coming into the game, led the home team bowlers with his three for 51 runs in nine overs.
Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Mustafizur Rahman picked up two wickets each.
Shakib could bowl only 4.5 overs and remained without a wicket before the left-arm spinner limped off the field.
The all-rounder fell to the ground almost immediately in the follow through of the delivery and scowled out due to pain in the groin area.
Shakib got back on his feet after the physio made him do some lunges and a mini jog.
But the former captain gave up to the pain and discomfort and walked off.
Soumya Sarkar took the ball to complete the over in the innings.
BANGLADESH INNINGS R B
Tamim c Akeal b Joseph 64 80
Liton lbw b Joseph 0 4
Shanto lbw b Mayers 20 30
Shakib b Reifer 51 81
Mushfiq c Joseph b Reifer 64 55
Mahmudullah not out 64 43
Soumya run out (Akeal) 7 8
Saifuddin not out 5 2
Extras (lb 4, nb 3, w 15) 22
Total (50 Ov, RR: 5.94) 297/6
Fall Of Wickets
1-1 (Liton), 2-38 (Shanto), 3-131 (Tamim), 4-179 (Shakib), 5-251 (Mushfiq), 6-283 (Soumya)
Joseph 10-0-48-2, Harding 10-0-88-0, Mayers 7-0-34-1, Reifer 10-0-61-2, Akeal 10-0-46-0, Jason 3-0-16-0
WEST INDIES INNINGS R B
Ottley c Mushfiq b Mustafizur 1 8
Ambris lbw b Mustafizur 13 14
Bonner b Saifuddin 31 66
Mayers lbw b Miraz 11 23
Jason c Mushfiq b Saifuddin 17 36
Powell lbw b Soumya 47 49
Hamilton c Mushfiq b Miraz 5 16
Reifer c & b Taskin 27 46
Joseph run out (Shanto) 11 7
Akeal c Mushfiq b Saifuddin 0 2
Harding not out 1 1
Extras (b 1, lb 2, nb 2, w 8) 13
Total (44.2 Ov, RR: 3.99) 177
Fall Of Wickets
1-7 (Ottley), 2-30 (Ambris), 3-47 (Mayers), 4-79 (Jason), 5-93 (Bonner), 6-117 (Hamilton), 7-155 (Powell), 8-174 (Joseph), 9-175 (Akeal), 10-177 (Reifer)
Saifuddin 9-0-51-3, Mustafizur 6-0-24-2, Taskin 8.2-1-32-1, Miraz 10-2-18-2, Shakib 4.5-0-12-0, Mahmudullah 2-0-11-0, Soumya 3.1-0-22-1, Shanto 1-0-4-0
Bangladesh won by 120 runs, sweep series 3-0