West Indies were let down on a difficult batting surface by their own shot selection, their lack of experience on display during their 148 all out after opting to bat in the second ODI in Dhaka. Mehidy Hasan picked 4 for 25 for hosts Bangladesh while Shakib Al Hasan wasn’t far behind, picking up from where he left in the last game and registering figures of 2 for 30.
Rovman Powell’s 41 helped add crucial runs at the back end but the West Indies were still bowled out in only 43.4 overs, underlining their problems on this tour so far.
Mustafizur Rahman kicked off the proceedings for Bangladesh with the early wicket of Sunil Ambris, squaring the batsman up with a hard length before Mehidy Hasan took a good, low catch at gully. This was the only wicket to fall in the first 13 overs but things changed dramatically after that. Mehidy Hasan’s double strike in an over meant that debutant Kjorn Ottley was caught at mid-off before Joshua Da Silva was bowled by a straighter one that kept slightly low.
Shakib Al Hasan then joined the party, striking in his first over to remove Andre McCarthy, who slogged across an arm-ball and was bowled. Arm-ball is how Shakib trapped captain Jason Mohammed lbw too. In between the two wickets was the run out of Kyle Mayers, superbly effected by Nazmul Hossain Shanto.
West Indies were seven down when Nkrumah Bonner chopped one from Hasan Mahmud onto his stumps. Mehidy Hasan then returned for a fresh spell and picked Raymon Reifer lbw on review, leaving the visitors reeling at 88 for 8.
Rovman Powell and Alzarri Joseph then put on 32 runs for the ninth wicket, both batsmen using their feet well against the spin of Shakib and Mehidy. But Mustafizur returned to end Joseph’s cameo on 17, having him caught at gully.
Mehidy picked the last wicket, getting Powell stumped as he looked for quick runs. An uphill task awaits the visiting bowlers in the second innings.
Brief Scores: West Indies 148 in 43.4 overs (Rovman Powell 41, Kjorn Ottley 24; Mehidy Hasan 4-25) vs Bangladesh