Mushfiqur Rahim steers Bangladesh to victory over West Indies

Mushfiqur Rahim produced an unbeaten half-century to help Bangladesh beat West Indies in the first game of the one-day series played in Dhaka. Hosts Bangladesh bowled well to restrict West Indies to a below score. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman claimed three wickets each to see West Indies struggle to get going in their innings.

In pursuit of 196 runs, Openers Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das added 37 runs for the opening wicket. Part-timer Roston Chase came into the attack and dismissed Iqbal to see Bangladesh lose their first wicket. Pacer Oshane Thomas bowled Imrul Kayes to see Bangladesh in a precarious position after nine overs.

Mushfiqur Rahim came to the crease and added 45 runs with Liton Das to rebuild the innings for Bangladesh on a slow surface. Liton played well and scored 41 off 57 balls with the help of five boundaries. He was dismissed by Kemo Paul in the 18th over of the innings. Shakib Al Hasan joined Rahim at the crease and put on a 57-run partnership to see Bangladesh take one step closer towards victory.

Shakib played well and scored 30 off 26 balls with the help of four fours. He was dismissed by all-rounder Rovman Powell to see Bangladesh lose their fourth wicket. Soumya Sarkar came to the middle and smashed quick-fire innings of 19 runs. On the other hand, Rahim played well his natural game and notched up his 31st half-century in one-day internationals. He also struck the winning runs to see Bangladesh complete the chase in the 35th over.

For West Indies, Roston Chase was the most economical bowler with two wickets to his name. The rest of the bowling attack leaked a lot of runs.

Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza shine as Bangladesh take 1-0 in the one–day series.

Earlier in the day, West Indies started their innings in a cautious manner. Kieran Powell once again failed to make an impact at the top of the innings. Left-arm orthodox spinner Shakib Al Hasan dismissed Powell to see the visitors lose their first wicket. Darren Bravo really struggled to find any sort of rhythm and scored 19 off 51 balls.

Shai Hope played well and scored 43 runs off 59 balls. He was dismissed by pacer Mashrafe Mortaza to see West Indies lose their third wicket. West Indies lost wickets in a quick succession to see them reeling at one stage at 127 for 6 after 40 overs. Roston Chase and Kemo Paul added vital runs at the end to see West Indies post 195 runs from their 50 overs.

For Bangladesh, Mashrafe Mortaza playing his 200th one-day game was the standout bowler in the game. He picked up three wickets and conceded 30 runs from his ten overs.

Mashrafe Mortaza was named man of the match for his brilliant bowling performance. The second game of the one-day series will be played on 11th December in Mirpur.

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