The Bangladesh team management were delighted with their thumping 95-run win over Grenada at Progress Park on Friday. The foundation of the win was set up by Tamim Iqbal's 86-ball 91 and Mahmudullah Riyad's 61-ball 78 that helped the Tigers to 322.
In reply, the hosts were restricted to 215 for nine with Mashrafe Bin Mortaza picking three wickets.
Team manager Habibul Bashar described the win as an extremely satisfying one.
“There was bounce on the wicket and I thought our boys handled it quite well. We wanted to bat first and we got that opportunity. The wicket initially was a little two-paced and Tamim Iqbal had to adjust to that,” said Bashar.
“Once he got used to the conditions he started batting freely. It was good to see him hit form. Mahmudullah also played well. Kayes was a bit unfortunate. The ball had stopped a bit before it went to him. But on the whole we are satisfied with the batting,” he added.
Although Bashar admitted that the Grenadian national team was not very strong, he was content with the way his bowlers bowled. Apart from Mashrafe's scalps Al-Amin Hossain and Abdur Razzak took two each, while Taskin Ahmed took one.
“The players have played so well that we are actually in a bit of a selection dilemma for the first game,” Bashar claimed.
While the team for the first ODI on August 20 is yet to be finalised, by the looks of the team that played the practice game, Mominul Haque and Rubel Hossain are likely to be left out. The only question that remains is whether the Tigers are going to play three pacers or stick to their traditional two-pacer attack. If they decide to go in with three pacers, either Razzak or Gazi will have to make way.
Speaking on the importance of the win, Bashar added, “The fact is that this was Grenada's best team and there was plenty of publicity for this game before the match. So they were taking it very seriously and it was good to win against them.”
SCORES IN BRIEF
BANGLADESH: 322 for 6 (Tamim 91, Mahmudullah 78; Thomas 2-54)
GRENADA: 227 for 9 (George 62; Mashrafe 3-44, Razzak 2-35)
Result: Bangladesh won by 95 runs.