Windies struggle with the bat against Bangladesh continues despite Hope, Holder half centuries

By May 13, 2019
Windies batsman Shai Hope Windies batsman Shai Hope

Mustafizur Rahman and Mashrafe Mortaza have continued to pose problems for the Windies, restricting the visitors playing in the Walton Tri-Series to just 247-9 in their 50 overs earlier on Monday in Dublin Ireland. 

Mustafizur ended with figures of 4-42, while Mashrafe had 3-60 against half centuries from Shai Hope, 87, and Jason Holder, 62.

Unfortunately there was nothing else on for the Windies, as Saturday’s century-maker against Ireland, could only manage 23, the next highest score among the Caribbean side.

Ahsley Nurse, 14, and Roston Chase, 19, were the only other batsmen into double figures.

Bangladesh are well on their way to completing a second victory over the Windies in the Tri-Series at 151-3.

Ashley Nurse has, so far, been the most successful Windies bowler, bagging all three wickets for 53 runs in his 10 overs.

Fabian Allen has bowled well so far, his first three overs going for just 11 runs.

The Windies are already through to the final of the Tri-Series after two victories over Ireland. However, with Bangladesh their likely opponents in the final if they win today, the Windies will be concerned.

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