Bangladesh 279/4 in 50 overs (Tamim Iqbal 130*, Shakib Al Hasan 97; Mushfiqur Rahim 30; Devendra Bishoo 2-52) beat Windies 231/9 in 50 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 52; Mashrafe Mortaza 4-37) by 48 runs
Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mashrafe Mortaza - the four pillars of Bangladesh cricket - answered the country's distress call in unison as the visiting Bangladesh side overcame the ignominy of their Test series drubbing with a fine 48-run victory in the opening game of the three-match ODI series at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. Tamim Iqbal scored a hundred (130*) and shared with Shakib Al Hasan (97) the second-highest ODI stand of Bangladesh history - 207 - to help set a competitive total of 279 before Mashrafe Mortaza broke the back of Windies' chase with figures of 4 for 37.
Tamim and Shakib took a strangely subdued path towards setting up the game after Mortaza had won the toss under slightly overcast conditions and opted to bat. After losing two quick wickets, Tamim and Shakib built ever so slowly and reached their respective half-centuries off 87 and 68 deliveries respectively. , Rahim breathed life into the innings with a buccaneering 11-ball 30 with three fours and two sixes, helping the team score 43 runs off the final two overs.
In the chase, Mehidy Hasan and Mortaza kept the scoring to a trickle. The pressure told on the batters are wickets started falling at regular intervals. Shimron Hetmyer held one end with a 70-ball half-century but his cries for support from the other end fell on deaf ears.
The 2nd ODI will be played on 26th July at the Providence stadium.
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