28 July 2009
Half centuries from Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan and former skipper Mohammad Ashraful helped Bangladesh to record their first ever ODI series win against a current Test playing nation as they defeated West Indies by 3 wickets in the second ODI at Windsor Park in Dominica today. Chasing a victory target of 275, Bangladesh wobbled initially but a solid middle order batting display ensured the series victory with 6 balls to spare. Bangladesh has now taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match Digicel ODI sereis.
Shakib slammed 65 from 61 balls with two fours and a six while Ashraful played a measured 64 from 77 balls comprising three fours and a six, to put the Tigers in sight of victory with a crucial 74-run fourth-wicket partnership off just 63 balls.
When both were out with Bangladesh still needing 37 runs from 41 balls, 20-year-old wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim took charge and scored a 31 from 30 balls with four fours, as Bangladesh neared their highest ever victory chase.
Two quick wickets from Devon Thomas, stepped in to replace Kemar Roach who was banned for bowling beamers, sparked a late drama. However, Bangladesh was well ahead in the game and despite some jittery moments they sealed a 3 wicket victory to claim the series.
Earlier, maiden ODI century by Tarvis Dowlin (100*) and useful contributions from Dave Bernard Jr (22), Rawl Lewis (22) and then Darren Sammy (24*) propelled West Indies to 274/6 in the stipulated 50 oovers.
The third and final ODI of the series will be played in St. Kitts on Friday.