Grenada v Bangladeshis, tour game, St Andrew's August 18, 2014

Bangladeshi batsmen thrive in practice game

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladeshis 322 for 6 (Tamim 91, Mahmudullah 78) beat Grenada 227 for 9 (George 62, Mashrafe 3-44) by 95 runs

Bangladesh started their West Indies tour on a positive note with a 95-run victory over Grenada in the only practice game before the ODI series.

Choosing to bat, Bangladeshis posted 322 for 6. Tamim Iqbal led the way, making an 86-ball 91 that included 12 fours and two sixes. Tamim was involved in two substantial stands - a 56-run partnership with Anamul Haque at the start, followed by a brisk 88 for the third wicket with Shamsur Rahman.

There were useful contributions from most of the batsmen, except Imrul Kayes who fell for 1. The pair of Mahmudullah and Nasir Hossain gave the side a strong finish with a 101-run stand that came in just 50 balls.

Grenada's steep chase hit a hurdle early on when Sohag Gazi dismissed Devon Smith in the second over. Keone George tried to anchor the chase with an 89-ball 62, but his dismissal set off a slide that saw Grenada lose five wickets for nine runs and stumble to 186 for 9. The last-wicket pair of Denis George and Preston McSween added 41 to help the side reach 227 for 9. Mashrafe Mortaza picked up the most wickets for Bangladeshis with 3 for 44, while Abdur Razzak and Al-Amin Hossain picked up two wickets apiece.

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  • Shoaib on August 20, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    So where are the Shamsur fans now? :) told you he's no good. Very strange selection to go with 4 openers. Mominul should've definitely played. Team is just poor.

  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    i think BD should give more chances to shamshur .He is a class batsman.playing im in one or two matches is affecting his form and confidence.moreover Nasir must be will emit positive result.

  • Golam on August 19, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Well played BD !!! I do not know when this "hot coffee and cold coffee" has become an expert on BD cricket ?? ... Just using few bad criticism on the team and to the players does not make one a good cricket expert and certainly not a sensible expositor !!

  • Shoaib on August 19, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    @Fogu: I don't understand why so many want Shamsur over Imrul. Shamsur has been poor this year and Imrul has been probably the in form batsman of the year. In the A tour to Caribbean earlier he was unarguably the best batsman scoring 50s and 100s. Even in his return to Test Cricket this year and ODI he scored a 100 and a 50. More experience and technically better than Shamsur as well so it makes sense to have instead. Shamsur should play in tests for now until Anamul has solved his technical issues but definitely not the long term solution.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    whatever the line up..the result will be will be on loosing our cricketers learn everything by heart but forget on the fields...i will be glad if i'm proved wrong..which is most unlikely........

  • Black on August 19, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    @Warm_Coffee, and you picked tamim. You would be a great selector dude.

  • Jonathan on August 18, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    lol the only persons i recognise in that grenada squad are devon smith and andre fletcher. That is really sad wicb why did you do that to bangladesh.

  • nathaniel on August 18, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    Mithun Ali looks promising , why not give him chance so that he can improve ?

  • Amir on August 18, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    Warm_Coffee; I agree with your line up except, I would suggest dropping Imrul for Shamsur. If batting depth is needed, I would drop Razzak for Imrul. In the absence of Shakib, we need Tamim, Nasir, Mominul and Mushfique to step up carry the batting load while Mahmudullah, Nasir and Mominul needs to provide good support for bowling. Go Tigers!

  • Subterraneo on August 18, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    @British_North_America: Tamim performed well as late as the 2nd Test against NZ in 2013. Since then, he and others like Nasir, Zia, Gazi and Razzak lost form, resulting in the debacle of 2014 so far. Given that Anamul's record is not strong in Tests (far better in limited overs) and Shakib is not in the squad, the team is left with a batsman short in his absence (Imrul, Shamsur, Mominul, ?, Mushfique, Nasir, Mahmudullah...). So should Tamim not be played, even for a lack of choice? Encouragingly, he has found some runs in the practice matches, although it does not guarantee anything in the Tests.

    In the ODI's, Anamul can replace him.

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