Morale-boosting win for Bangladesh
Bangladesh enjoyed their best one-day performance against an English county by sweeping aside a makeshift Middlesex side to win by 141 runs at Lord’s.
In the second game of their second tour of England this summer, Bangladesh posted 301 for seven, then dismissed the hosts for just 160 with 10 overs unused.
The Panthers never recovered from a miserable start when opener John Simpson dragged the sixth ball of the innings on to his leg stump.
Three overs later Jackson Thompson miscued a pull to mid-on against Shafiul Islam and, at 12 for two, Middlesex were already in trouble.
Owais Shah and Dawid Malan steadied the ship with a third-wicket partnership of 87 in 17 overs, but the required run-rate soon reached seven an over.
Their stand ended when Malan was sent back by Shah and was run out by Mahmudullah’s throw to the non-striker’s end. Malan stomped back to the pavilion shaking his head.
Shah remained to post a 62-ball half-century, but was lbw to Shakib Al Hasan for 61.
Tom Scollay went for three in similar fashion and, with the asking rate now over eight an over, the game was as good as over when captain Neil Dexter clipped Abdur Razzak to mid-on.
Fresh from a poor showing in the Asia Cup, the Bangladesh top order took liberties after deciding to bat first against a rookie Middlesex attack.
The visitors cantered along at a run a ball with star turn Tamim Iqbal setting the tone.
Tamim, who scored a Test century here against England in May, offered a 20-ball cameo worth 28 which ended when he missed a quick, full delivery from Robbie Williams and lost his off stump.
Junaid Siddique picked out Toby Roland-Jones at mid-on, bringing together Imrul Kayes and Jahurul Islam for the match-defining stand.
The third-wicket pair added 143 in 25 overs, forcing Middlesex Dexter to use eight bowlers in a bid to stem the flow of runs.
Jahurul was first to his fifty from 42 balls with six fours, while Kayes followed him to the landmark in from 67 balls with four fours and two sixes.
Kayes was first to go on 77 when, coming down the pitch to Roland-Jones, he sliced to Tom Smith at backward point.
Five overs later and with the Bangladesh score on 222, Jahurul fell 12 short of a century when he too skipped down the wicket only to clip a comfortable catch to long-on.
The Bangladesh innings unravelled thereafter with Danny Evans, the only man to bowl his 10-over allocation, claiming 3-51 and Williams 2-60.