Tamim Iqbal hit half a century and spinner Mehidy Hasan claimed a career-25 best four on Friday as Bangladesh defeated a weakened West Indies by seven wickets to seal the three-match, one-day series 2-0. Tamim hit 50 of 76 balls to send Bangladesh to 149-3 in 33.2 overs after the West Indies, missing almost all of their top stars, were all out for 148 at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. Bangladesh won Wednesday’s opening game by six wickets and kept the pressure on after West Indian captain Jason Mohammad won the toss and chose to hit.
Mehidy led the attack while spinner Shakib Al Hasan and pacemaker Mustafizur Rahman each completed two wickets.
Rovman Powell hit 41 of 66 balls while debutant opener Kjorn Ottley and Nkrumah Bonner hit 24 and 20 respectively to improve the West Indies score.
West Indian spinner Akeal Hossain pinned Liton Das for 22 before skipper Mohammed grabbed Najmul Hossain’s wicket for 17 to give the West Indies some hope.
Tamim, who hit three fours and a six, and the veteran Shakib then frustrated the visitors to ensure the victory. Shakib remained undefeated at 43.
“It was nice to spend some time in the middle,” said Tamim.
“There is a lot of hunger in the locker room, and there are people knocking in the door like Saif (Mohammad Saifuddiin) and Taskin (Ahmed),” he added.
The West Indian skipper Mohammed was again disappointed with his side’s performance.
“We didn’t build partnerships and lost wickets in clusters, so that’s just not good enough. There are some positives, but hopefully other guys put their hands up too,” he said.
Mustafizur claimed the first breakthrough for Bangladesh, removing Sunil Ambris for six by catching a flyout to Mehidy.
The wicket woes of the West Indies only increased when Bangladesh introduced their spinners.
Mehidy removed Ottley and Joshua Da Silva (5) in the same over while Shakib bowled Andre McCarthy for just three.
Kyle Mayers, the highest scorer in the previous game, was zeroed before Shakib trapped skipper Mohammed leg-before for 11 to leave the West Indies 67-6.
Powell and Alzarri Joseph put on 32 for the ninth wicket to help the West Indies get past 100 runs.
Mustafizur, who gave away only two runs in his first four overs, returned to remove Joseph for 17. Mehidy stumped Powell to complete the innings in 43.4 overs.
The final is on Monday in Chittagong.
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