Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah warmed up for the higher intensity battles with West Indies, when they set the Bangladeshis up for a 95-run victory over Grenada with purposeful batting in a 50 overs-a-side tour match, yesterday.
Opener Tamim hit the top score of 91 and all-rounder Mahmudullah supported with 78, as the Bangladeshis posted 322 for six from their allocation of 50 overs in the match at Progress Park about half-hour’s drive outside of the Grenada capital of St. George’s.
Keone George led the way for the Grenadians with 62, but the Bangladeshis’ experienced attack, led by former captain Mashrafe Mortaza, restricted them to 227 for nine in their 50 overs. The Bangladeshis stumbled to 66 for two in the 15th over, after an opening of 56 between Tamim and Anamul Haque.
Tamim dominated a third-wicket stand of 88 with Shamsur Rahman and looked set for a confidence-boosting hundred before he was bowled by Josh Thomas in the 29th over, following an 86-ball innings that contained 12 fours and two sixes.
The Bangladeshis slipped to 171 for four when Shamsur fell to Preston McSween in the 33rd over, but Mahmudullah found his captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain stable allies and they punished the Grenadian attack in the remaining overs.
Mahmudullah, whose 61-ball knock included seven fours and three sixes, added 50 for the fifth wicket with Mushfiqur and 101 from the final 50 deliveries with Nasir before he fell to Nelon Pascal from the final ball of the innings.
Mushfiqur made 44 and Nasir made 22; Thomas and Pascal were the most successful bowlers for Grenada with two scalps apiece. The Spice Islanders knew they were going to struggle, when discarded West Indies batsman Devon Smith, their most experienced player, was bowled by off-spinner Sohag Gazi for four in the second over.
But George came to the crease and gave the innings backbone, striking six fours and one six from 89 balls, and shared a 64-run, fourth-wicket stand with Ronald Etienne. A handful of the other Grenada batsmen got starts without carrying on-- Etienne scored 31, team captain Andre Fletcher added 29 and Heron Campbell got 23.
Mortaza grabbed 3-44 from eight overs, Al Amin took 2-34 from eight overs and left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak bagged 2-35 from ten overs. The first One-day International of the Dhaka Bank Cup Series between West Indies and Bangladesh takes place on Wednesday at the National Cricket Stadium in St George’s.
Bangladesh vs Grenada
Tamim Iqbal b Thomas 91
Anamul Haque c Campbell b Thomas 24
Imrul Kayes c and b George 1
Shamsur Rahman c Etienne b McSween 32
Mushfiqur Rahim lbw b Pascal 44
Mahmudullah c Paul b Pascal 78
Nasir Hossain not out 22
Extras: (lb1, nb19) 20
TOTAL: (6 wkts, 50 overs) 322
+Taskin Ahmed, Al Amin, Sohag Gazi, Mominul Haque, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Mithul, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Abdur Razzak did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-56, 2-66, 3-154, 4-171, 5-221, 6-322
Bowling: Pascal 10-0-76-2, McSween 10-0-70-1, Thomas 8-0-54-2, Paul 4-0-21-0, George 8-0-27-1, Alexis 3-0-26-0, Etienne 6-0-29-0, Alexander 1-0-18-0
Grenada Innings (Target: 323)
D.S. Smith b Sohag Gazi 4
H. Campbell b Al Amin 23
K. George c Imrul Kayes b Abdur Razzak 62
A. Fletcher b Mashrafe Mortaza 29
R. Etienne c Mushfiqur Rahim b Taskin Ahmed 31
R. Paul c Nasir Hossain b Abdur Razzak 19
I. George b Al Amin 0
N. St. Hilaire c Al Amin b Mashrafe Mortaza 2
A. Alexis b Mashrafe Mortaza 1
P. McSween not out 14
D. George not out 25
Extras: (b6, lb1, w10) 17
TOTAL: (9 wkts, 50 overs) 227
E. Alexander, N. Pasacal, R. John, R. Cato, J. Thomas did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-34, 3-83, 4-147, 5-177, 6-181, 7-182, 8-185, 9-186
Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 8-1-44-3, Sohag Gazi 7-0-22-1, Al Amin 8-1-34-2, Abdur Razzak 10-1-35-2, Taskin Ahmed 7-0-32-1, Mahmudullah 2-0-13-0, Nasir Hossain 6-0-30-0, Shamsur 2-0-10-0
Result: Bangladesh won by 95 runs
Umpires: K. Fraser, A. Matherson