PV Sports Desk : A superb four-wicket haul by Mehidy Hasan Miraz and a gritty half-century from captain Tamim Iqbal have fired Bangladesh to a comprehensive seven-wicket win in the second ODI against the West Indies in Dhaka and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
After Bangladesh were asked to field on a sunny day in Dhaka, Miraz took four for 25 while Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan bagged two wickets apiece to skittle out the visitors for 148 at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on Friday.
Chasing a measly target, Tamim sensibly led from the front by cracking 50 off 76 balls, including three boundaries and a six, before Shakib Al Hasan (43 not out) and Mushfiqur Rahim (9 not out) calmly guided the hosts to the series win with a match to spare.
The win marked Bangladesh’s third straight series win against the West Indies while they bagged 20 points in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, serving as part of the 2023 Cricket World Cup qualification process.
Opener Liton Das looked to set the get off a fluent start with four boundaries but Caribbean orthodox bowler Akeal Hosein trapped him lbw for 22 off 24.
Nazmul Hossain Shanto (17) then paired with Tamim for a 47-run stand before perishing to Jason Mohammed with the Tigers on 77 for two.
Tamim and Shakib looked comfortable playing on both sides of the wicket and added another 32 for the third wicket.
But a delivery after pushing one off the pads to reach his 48th ODI fifty, Tamim edged a Raymon Reifer bouncer back to Joshua Da Silva. His team, however, was well on course by then.
Shakib then got in the groove, cracked four boundaries in his 50-ball innings and added 40 for the fourth wicket with Mushfiqur before the team sauntered off to the target with 100 balls to spare.