Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza led a thoroughly professional bowling effort as Bangladesh restricted West Indies to 195 for nine in the first ODI at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. It could have been even less for West Indies as at the end of the 40th over, which saw Marlon Samuels dismissed by Rubel Hossain, they were 129 for six. A few lusty blows from Roston Chase (32 off 38 balls) and Keemo Paul, who took 14 runs off the penultimate over bowled by Rubel, lifted the score towards respectability.
Mustafizur Rahman then pulled things back in the last over, dismissing Paul (36 off 30) and Devendra Bishoo in an over that cost just two runs. Mustafizur ended with excellent figures of 35 for three from 10 overs.
But it started with the captain. Mashrafe s 10 overs cost just 30 runs and yielded three West Indian wickets. Bangladesh s most successful seam bowler, who also became the first Bangladeshi to play 200 ODI matches in this game, brought himself on in the 15th over of the innings and bowled seven overs on the trot for just 14 runs and the wickets of Darren Bravo and the innings top scorer, Shai Hope.
It was the left-arm spin of Shakib Al Hasan, who opened the bowling along with off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz, that produced the first breakthrough when Kieran powell top-edged a slog to be caught at cover in the eighth over.
Mashrafe came in and bowled a near-perfect line and length, mixing his seam-up deliveries with slower off cutters on the sluggish Mirpur wicket. With Rubel and Mashrafe keeping things tight in tandem, the pressure got to Bravo, who fell in the 21st over courtesy of a superlative fielding effort from Tamim Iqbal.
Bravo went for a big shot against Mashrafe, aiming for the stands behind long off, but was deceived by the slower ball and mistimed it for Tamim to run in full pelt from long off and put in a dive just behind where mid-off would be and caught the ball inches from the ground.
Mashrafe then accounted for Hope in 25th over when the right-hander slashed to point where Mehedi took a sharp catch to his right. 78 for three became 93 for four in the 29th over when the talented Shimron Hetmyer fell to Mehedi for the fifth time in as many innings on tour as he tried to cut a full ball and was bowled.
Mashrafe then came back to complete his quota, and dispatched his opposite number Rovman Powell by having him caught at mid off by Liton Das. After Samuels, who hammered a lofted straight drive that looked to be heading over the ropes before Liton caught a sharp catch less than two feet from the long on ropes, Chase and Paul got together to resuscitate an innings that seemed headed for a score below 170.
While the bowling effort was near flawless, Bangladesh were wasteful in the field, dropping four chances. Bravo was dropped when on 13 by Ariful Haque -- on the field at the time in place of Shakib -- at point when the batsman slashed at a Mustafizur delivery in the 16th over.
Mushfiqur Rahim was the culprit and Bravo again the beneficiary in the 20th over when the diving keeper failed to latch on to an edge off Rubel. Rubel was the unlucky bowler again when Samuels, on seven, hit over mid off where Mahmudullah Riyad was a little slow to get into action and could just get fingertips on the ball before it raced away for four in the 28th over. Rubel was however the culprit four overs later when he dropped an absolute sitter off Shakib at mid on, reprieving Rovman Powell on four.