Riyad, Mushfiqur take Bangladesh to 297
Death over finish from Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad has taken Bangladesh to 297/6 against West Indies in the third ODI in Chattogram.
This is the highest score by Bangladesh at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Four Bangladeshi batsmen have scored fifties in the innings.
Bangladesh, who have taken an unassailable lead of 2-0, were sent in to bat first at the toss. Both teams made changes to the playing XIs in the dead-rubber.
Alzarri Joseph delivered a perfect start for West Indies, trapping Liton Das for a duck in the first over. Najmul Hossain Shanto got start, made 20 off 30. Kyle Mayers brought an end as Shanto failed to cash in for a big innings. Both dismissals had the ball just clipping the leg-stump.
Experienced pair of Shakib Al Hasan and skipper Tamim Iqbal added 93 runs to resist West Indian attack. Tamim played a controlled innings, hitting just 3 fours and a six in 80-ball 64, his 49th ODI half-century. He later fell to Joseph’s short-ball trap at short mid-wicket.
Shakib scored his first international fifty since comeback although he soon departed after reaching the milestone. The left-hander played 81 balls for 51 runs with 3 fours.
While other batsmen struggled to score at a higher rate, Mushfiqur took the responsibility on his shoulders. He shared a quick 72-run partnership with Mahmudullah.
Mushfiqur hit the same score of Tamim’s but in 55 balls, with the help of 4 fours and 2 sixes. Meanwhile, Mahmudullah made use of the death overs with his power-hitting, bringing up his fifty with a six on the 40th ball he faced.
Bangladesh’s plan of sending Soumya Sarkar at No.7 did not pay off as he made 7 runs.
Mahmudullah also finished on 64, unbeaten, off 43 deliveries, hitting 3 fours and 3 sixes.
Joseph and Raymon Reifer took two wickets each. Keon Harding leaked 88 runs with no wickets to his name, the most figures by a debutant for West Indies.
Bangladesh 297/6 in 50 overs (Mahmudullah 64*, Mushfiqur 64, Tamim 64, Shakib 51; Joseph 2/48)
West Indies need 298 runs to win