Tamim Iqbal Shakib Al Hasan West Indies Bangladesh 2018
Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal take a single during their 207-run partnership AFP

After being routed in the 2-Test series, Bangladesh registered their first win on the ongoing West Indies tour, in the first ODI, at Providence Stadium, Guyana. Batting first, Bangladesh put up a competitive 279 for 4 on a pitch where shots were not easy to come by and restricted West Indies to 231 for 9. The victory margin, if anything, flatters West Indies: they were 172 for 9 before Devendra Bishoo and Alzarri Joseph added 59 inconsequential unbeaten runs for the final wickets.

Tamim Iqbal shed off his usual aggressive instinct and batted through the full fifty overs, facing 160 balls for his unbeaten 130. In fact, he was on 109 from 155 balls at one stage before exploding against comeback man Andre Russell. Shakib Al Hasan, too, had to face 121 balls for his 97, though the score was boosted by a crucial 11-ball 30 from Mushfiqur Rahim, most of them in the last over.

Tamim and Shakib dropped anchor after Bangladesh’s nemesis Jason Holder got Anamul Haque edging off one that moved away late to find the edge. Bangladesh waited for 51 balls for the first boundary before Tamim erupted, hitting Russell for 3 fours in 4 balls.

Tamim and Shakib added 207, but in 43 overs, batting cautiously before Shakib perished, trying to sweep Devendra Bishoo and top-edging. Sabbir Rahman tried to slog Bishoo but lost his balance and was stumped. The score was meandering at 228 for 3 after 47.4 overs before Tamim and Mushfiqur added 47 over a 12-ball period. Mahmudullah put away the only ball he faced for four.

West Indies started well, with Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis mixing caution with the occasional six. Then Lewis hit captain Mashrafe Mortaza straight to mid-off, while Shai Hope shuffled across and was trapped leg-before. Gayle was run out when he attempted a risky single (despite not being a quick runner) and was sent back by Shimron Hetmyer.

The in-form Hetmyer top-scored with 52, but the West Indian lower middle-order did could not hold the fort against Mortaza (4 for 37) and Mustafizur Rahman (2 for 35).

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 279 for 4 in 50 overs (Tamim Iqbal 130*, Shakib Al Hasan 97; Devendra Bishoo 2 for 35) beat West Indies 231 for 9 (Shimron Hetmyer 52; Mashrafe Mortaza 4 for 37).

Player of the Match: Tamim Iqbal.