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First ODI tit-bit

Sports Reporter, Dhaka

Mashrafe’s milestone 200th ODI match

About 47 years back, the window of the one day cricket had opened with the match of England and Australia in 1971. Since then, the world cricket so far witnessed 4,070 ODI matches, where 2,472 cricketers have been enlisted.

Of them, only 77 players could have reached the milestone of the 200 matches in one-day cricket.

With the first match of the three-ODI series against the West Indies, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza inserted his name in the elite club as the 78th player and the first Bangladesh for what he had to cross a 17-year-long career that was not so smooth because of his injury-propensity. It is said that he could have run his career due to his strong willingness despite his seven major operations. Among the matches, he represented Bangladesh in 198 outings and the rest two matches played for Asia XI against Africa XI in 2007.

On his memorable day, the right-handed pacer grabbed three wickets that extended his wicket-tally to 255 which eclipsed Kapil Dev’s record of 253 wickets. He played 25 matches less than Indian pace all-rounder to overtake his record. Now he is the 16th pace bowler and overall 24th bowler in terms of the highest wickets. He is the sixth right-arm pace bowler in Asia after Waqar Yunus, Srinath, Lasith Malinga, Ajit Agarkar and Adbul Razzak.

Miraj proves Hetmyer’s bunny  

Bangladesh took the identical approach in the opener of the ODI series after being succeeded in their efforts in Test, where they bewildered West Indian batsmen with their spin magic. The home side yesterday started their bowling attack against the Caribbean side with spin and offbreak bowler Mehidy Hasan Miraj spearheaded the attack.

He along with his comrades kept West Indiess’ batsmen under pressure with his tight and discipline bowling onslaught though he could not pick too many wickets. But he continued his haunting to Shimron Hetmyer, his U-19 counterparts. He made Hetmyer his bunny as the former claimed the latter’s wicket for the fifth time in the ongoing tour.

Miraj sent Hetmyer back into pavilion in the last four innings of the two-Test series what Bangladesh won by 2-0 margin. The spin all-rounder, therefore, clean bowled the West Indian uprising batsman when he was only on six while he went to punch the length delivery on the back foot but the leg stump is pegging back.

After his seventh-over spell, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza brought Miraj back yet again against Shimron Hetmyer. Mashrafe’s attempt succeeded when Miraj dismissed his U-19 counterpart Shimron Hetmyer for the fifth-time in this tour.

Tigers’ catch missing spree

Even though Bangladesh restricted West Indies to paltry 195 for nine with their tight and discipline bowling display, their catch missing spree in the match was the highlight of their innings, where Ariful Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Rubel Hosssain, Mahmudullah Riyad and Shakib Al Hasan spilled five more catches.

Darren Bravo got life two times in his short-stay wickets. Before his dismissal for 19, Bravo had relieved on 13 and 18 respectively when Ariful Haque in the 15.2 overs (Mustafizur Rahman) and Mushfiqur Rahim in 19.1 overs (Rubel Hossain) failed to grab their catches.

In Shakib Al Hasan’s second delivery of his sixth over, Rubel Hossain at mid-off had all the time in the world but ended up spilling the catch when stand-in captain Roman Powell got down and tried to heave it away, got a top edge.

Tamim’s outstanding mid-air catch

Bangladesh dashing opener Tamim Iqbal got down playing his first international (one-day) match after being recuperated from his injury.  But before playing the match, the opener played a practice match against the West Indies at BKSP for BCB XI, where he showcased his batting prowess smashing an spell-binding century knock. Yesterday he mesmerized the full-house local crowds with his mid-air catch when Darren Bravo’s mistimed hit went to long-off, where Tamim sprinted to his right towards deep extra cover and grabbed it with both hands.

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