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Mehidy takes four as West Indies collapse to 148

22 Jan 2021, 19:43 GMT+10

Innings West Indies 148 (Powell 41, Hasan 4-25, Rahman 2-15) vs Bangladesh

Mehidy Hasan registered his best bowling figures in ODI cricket as West Indies' batting collapsed like a sandcastle for the second successive game against Bangladesh at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Hasan bagged 4 for 25, his second four-wicket haul in the format, and Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan chipped in with two wickets to help their side bowl out the visitors for 148 in 43.4 overs. Even that felt like respectable total in the end as West Indies were tottering at 71 for 7 at one stage. The last three wickets, though, more than doubled it. Rovman Powell, surprisingly batting at No. 8 even in this inexperienced line-up, ended as the top-scorer with a 66-ball 41.

After being bundled out for 122 in the first ODI, West Indies decided to strengthen their batting by bringing in debutant Kjorn Ottley, the left-hand opener, in place of fast bowler Chemar Holder. But that didn't change a lot for them.

Jason Mohammed opted to bat on a used pitch that was expected to help spinners, but the gulf between the two sides was evident right from the start. Rahman provided the first breakthrough when he moved one away from Sunil Ambris in the fifth over. The batsman looked to defend only to be squared up. An outside edge flew towards backward point where Hasan took a sharp catch.

Ottley and Joshua Da Silva looked solid for a while but failed to rotate the strike; there were 47 dots in the first ten overs. Once spin was introduced, it was the same story as the first ODI as 36 for 1 became 41 for 5 in the space of 28 balls.

Ottley, who had moved to 24, tried to go over extra cover against Hasan but failed to clear Tamim Iqbal. Three balls later, Hasan had his second wicket when Da Silva was bowled playing for the turn against a straighter one.

In the next over, Andre McCarthy tried to slog-sweep Shakib but, just like the first ODI, failed to pick the arm ball and was bowled. West Indies had only two more to their tally when Kyle Mayers, who had scored an impressive 40 in the last outing, was run out for zero while responding to his captain Jason Mohammed's call for a quick single.

Jason and Nkrumah Bonner gave some semblance of stability during their 26-run stand for the sixth wicket before Shakib struck with yet another arm ball, this time sending back Jason. From the other end, Nkrumah Bonner chopped Hasan Mahmud onto his stumps and at 71 for 7, it looked like West Indies might be bundled out under 100.

Powell then struck a couple of big hits and took the side past the three-figure mark during a 32-run stand with Alzarri Joseph for the ninth wicket. On the eve of the match, Joseph had expressed his desire to develop into an allrounder and he took a small, positive step in that direction today but Mustafizur's cutters proved too good for him and he ended up edging one to gully.

Powell and Akeal Hosein added 28 for the tenth wicket before Hasan returned to have the former stumped to stop West Indies just short of 150.

Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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