Bangladesh received big boost ahead of the three-match one-day international series against West Indies as Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar both struck hundreds to guide Bangladesh Cricket Board XI to a 51-run victory in the warm-up match at BKSP on Thursday.
Tamim showed no sign of rust in his comeback match since his injury heroic in the Asia Cup opener, hitting 107 off 73 balls while Soumya added an unbeaten 103 off 83 balls as BCB XI, replying to West Indies’ 331-8, reached 314-6 in 41 overs before bad light stopped play.
The BCB XI were declared winners under Duckworth/Lewis method, though the comprehensive manner in which the victory came pleased the home side more than the victory itself.
‘We chased down 300-plus target with eight to nine overs to spare. If we can have a good start then I think chasing 300-run won’t be difficult for us,’ Soumya said after the match.
The left-hander was full of praise for Tamim, who did not play any competitive match since injuring his wrist in the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka in UAE.
‘I don’t feel that he [Tamim] was out of the game for last few matches,’ said Soumya. ‘I was very happy to see him confident…I hope he will give us this sort of start in ODIs, which he usually gives.’
Chasing a mammoth total, Tamim gave BCB XI a rollicking start when he put 81 runs with Imrul Kayes in just nine overs before Roston Chase removed Imrul for 27 to give West Indies their first breakthrough.
But Tamim continued to play aggressively, adding 114 runs with Soumya before Chase drew him forward for stumping to bring end to his fine innings, featuring 13 fours and four sixes.
Mohammad Mithun (five), Ariful Haque (21), Towhid Hridoy (0) and Shamim Patwari (nine) followed him in quick succession but Soumya remained firm at crease although he was dropped at short cover off Marlon Samuels on 31.
Soumya and Mashrafee bin Murtaza put up an unbeaten 49-run stand for the seventh wicket, ensuring the BCB XI is well ahead of their target before umpire stopped the play.
Mashrafee struck two boundaries and one huge six to amaze a few hundred people in the gallery to remain unbeaten on 22.
Chase and Devendra Bishoo took two wickets each for the visitors.
Earlier, Shai Hope struck 81 off 84 balls while Chase and Fabian Allen made 65 not out and 48 respectively to guide West Indies to a mammoth total.
Hope along with Kieran Powell put up a 101-run opening stand to give the visitors a flying start before spinner Nazmul Islam dismissed Powell for 43.
Left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam, left-arm pacer Mehedi Hasan and skipper Rubel Hossain bagged two wickets each for BCB XI.
Despite losing the game, West Indies skipper Rovman Powell was happy as the game earned a lot of positives for his side after the 2-0 drubbing in the preceding Test series.
‘I think it was a good game. Unfortunately we didn’t come up and was disappointed but we had a lot of positives to take before the first game,’ Powell told reporters after the match.
West Indians 331-8 in 50 overs (Shai Hope 81, Roston Chase 65 not out) v BCB XI 314-6 in 41 overs (Tamim Iqbal 107, Soumya Sarkar 103)
Result: BCB XI won by 51 runs in Duckworth/Lewis method
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