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Twitter erupts as Bangladesh defeat Windies twice in the Tri-Nation Series

This win ensured the Tigers will finish on top of the table regardless of what happens in the final game between Ireland and Bangladesh.

Soumya Sarkar
Soumya Sarkar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It was another power-packed performance from Bangladesh, who are vindicating the comment made by Mushfiqur Rahim that this is the “Best Bangladeshi squad ever”. They outplayed their Caribbean opponents with ease on Monday, which saw them win the game by five wickets and 16 balls to spare. This win ensured they’ll finish top of the table regardless of what happens in the final game between Ireland and Bangladesh.

Windies won the toss and elected to bat first on a slow track. The move didn’t work very well in their favour as the centurion from the previous match Sunil Ambris walked back after a short-little cameo. Their middle order seemed lost in ideas to score runs, leaving a humongous burden on Shai Hope to do the bulk of the scoring.

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The only proper support he received came from skipper Jason Holder, who struck his seventh half-century in ODIs. Shai Hope looked on course for his third century of the tour but fell short by 13 runs as skipper Mashrafe Mortaza worked out a brilliant trick. The innings never gathered any momentum going into the final phase, hence they ended with a below-par total.

Holder’s 76-ball 62 ensured Windies registered 247 runs on the board losing seven wickets. Skipper Mortaza returned with figures of 3/60 while Mustafizur Rahman remained the star. The left-arm pacer’s fine figures read 4/43 and ensured they got no free runs in the death.

Mushfiqur steps up for the Tigers

After the top three got the fifties in the last game, Mushfiqur Rahim got among the runs this time to steer his side home. It all started with a strong partnership at the top between Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar, who chipped in with 54 runs for the opening wicket before Tamim got dismissed for 21.

Shakib picked up from where he left in the previous game and continued striking the ball crisply. He got a quick-fire 29 while Sarkar completed yet another fifty. But the Tigers fell in deep trouble when Ashley Nurse picked up two big wickets in the 21st over, removing both the set batsmen.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohamad Mithun had some consolidation to do at this stage. They started off cautiously and ensured no more wickets. The duo took the sting away from the match with an 83-run stand for the fourth wicket, which came to an end with Mithun getting dismissed for a 53-ball 43.

It was a formality after that as Mahmudullah and Rahim steered their side close to victory. Although Rahim fell after completing his fifty, Sabbir Rahman and Mahmudullah completed the job for the Asian side.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to this incredible effort from Mortaza’s men

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