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Miraj bemuses WI batsmen again

Spinners bewilder Windies batters with guile and spin-web
Sports Reporter, Sylhet
Miraj bemuses WI batsmen again
Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hasan (3rd L) celebrates with his teammates after the dismissal of the West Indies' Chandrapaul Hemraj during the third ODI match at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet yesterday. AFP PHOTO

West Indian batsmen were struggling against the local spinners from the beginning of their Bangladesh tour that opened with Test series, where the visitors were flattened by the home side with a 2-0 whitewash.

Spinners bewildered the tourists’ batsmen with their guile and spin-web what they maintained its continuation in the first ODI match in Dhaka though the West Indies then levelled the series by a stubborn but scintillating hundred of Shai Hope (146 not out).

The third match turned to be the decider, where Bangladesh spinners’ once again stamped their sheer authority over the Caribbean batsmen. The spinners especially Mehidy Hasan Miraj and Shakib Al Hasan shared six spoils between them.

Miraj was the most successful bowler who grabbed four wickets along with ace all-rounder Shakib, who claimed the remaining two, those important wickets, virtually, halted the Calypso dance for the time being as they managed to muster 198 for nine on the board.

Basically, these two spinners played a catalyst role to keep the total score of West Indies under 200 in the crunch match.

In-form Miraj gave Bangladesh the first breakthrough by removing Chandrapaul Hemraj, who failed yet another to make double-figure score.

West Indies brought in Hemraj to alter their fortune in one day following their humiliating Test defeat to the Tigers, who are fighting to triumph their fourth ODI series victory against the Windies. Hemraj made nine after his three in the second match.

The 20-year-old Bangladesh all-rounder preyed his second victim to Darren Bravo, who was also unimpressive with bat. He fell for just 10 after his previous score of l9 and 27 what he smashed in Dhaka.

It’s not a twist of fate for Miraj, who made his U-19 West Indian counterpart Shimron Hetmyer bunny. He spanned down Hetmyer leg before while he was scoreless after facing six balls. With this dismissal, Miraj mislaid him six times, out of seven, in Bangladesh tour.  

The off-spinner was later accounted for the West Indies captain Rovman Powell to complete his four wickets. He finished with his bowling figures of 10-1-29-4. With these wickets, he extended wickets tally to six in the ODI series.

Miraj’s mesmerising bowling performance indicates his future prospect. He led Bangladesh Under-19 in World Cup where Bangladesh did their best-ever performance. His leading quality from the age-level cricket is thought to be future captain of the Bangladesh.

The senior most players of the Bangladesh, adorably dubbed ‘Fab Five’ or ‘Quintet’, lauded his brilliance with bat and ball.

Whenever the Bangladesh team management conducted their experiment with Miraj, they were successful at every turn. In the last Asia Cup in UAE, Miraj opened for the Tigers and succeeded in his effort. He laid a good foundation for the team with Liton Kumar Das.

BK

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