Buoyed by quick half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah Riyad Bangladesh posted 322-6 in their lone 50-over practice game against Grenada at Progress Park yesterday.
Opener Tamim hit a blazing 91 off 86 deliveries to set the foundation for the middle-order batsmen to build on. Riyad came in at number 6 and finished on 78. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim missed out on a half-century but helped Bangladesh surge with a fine 44.
After electing to bat first, Bangladesh began on a good note as openers Tamim and Anamul raced to 55 in 12 overs. However, the visitors had a brief setback as they lost both Anamul and Imrul Kayes in the next three overs. Imrul was caught and bowled for 1 while Anamul folded for 24.
Tamim reached his 50 by the 20th over. In the next eight overs Tamim and Shamsur Raman added 54 runs before Tamim was bowled by Josh Thomas. Shamsur departed soon after for 32. Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah shared a 42-run stand for the sixth wicket. After Mushfiqur's departure, Mahmudullah and Nasir's aggressive approach—they scored 80 runs in the last six overs -- took the Tigers well over the 300-mark.
Bangladesh will play their first ODI against the West Indies at the National Stadium in Grenada on August 20.