Mortaza, Mustafizur restrict Windies to 195

On a slow wicket, poor application by the Windies top-order resulted in them managing only 195 for 9 in 50 overs after electing to bat at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. The need to go for their shots in conditions that weren’t as conducive, resulted in them neither being able to stitch big partnerships nor could they maintain a healthy scoring rate.
Shai Hope applied himself well and ensured that Bangladesh’s ploy of opening with spinners from both ends – Mehidy Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan – didn’t prove as effective for the hosts. He rotated the strike well and didn’t go for big shots early on.
However, with Kieran Powell and Darren Bravo not following suit, Windies failed to capitalise on Hope’s steady innings. Eventually, he too fell to the bait of a wide delivery and went for a slash only to be caught by Mehidy Hasan.
The middle order didn’t help revive Windies’ innings as they stumbled from 65 for 1 to 127 for 6 in a period of 18.4 overs. Mashrafe Mortaza was receiving the gifts of their inability to apply themselves on a tricky surface. The Bangladesh skipper struck thrice during this period, dismissing Hope, Bravo and Rovman Powell.
The only positive in Windies’ batting came late in their innings when Keemo Paul and Roston Chase put on a half-century stand, faster than run-a-ball. Their ability to smartly launch their attack on Bangladesh enabled them to score at a brisk rate.
Yet again, it was the lack of pace which troubled the tourists. It was only Rubel Hossain, whose deliveries came easily on to the bat, who was easy for the batters to score off and ended up conceding 61 runs off his 10 overs. None of the other bowlers went for more than 36 from their quota. Only 10 boundaries and three sixes were scored in the innings.
Even as the total is not big, it isn’t the easiest of surfaces to score off. The bounce was inconsistent in the first innings and the pitch was slightly two-paced. Unless Bangladesh apply themselves better in conditions that are familiar to them, Windies are still in with a chance of making this a stronger contest.
Brief Scores: Windies 195/9 in 50 overs (Shai Hope 43, Keemo Paul 36; Mashrafe Mortaza 3-30, Mustafizur Rahman 3-35) vs Bangladesh.