2012
12.09

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim on Sunday hailed his team’s hard-fought series win over the West Indies as the country’s “biggest” ever given the absence of talismanic all-rounder Shakil Al Hasan.

Bangladesh held their nerves to clinch the deciding fifth and final one-day in Dhaka on Saturday by two wickets for a 3-2 series win, their second over the West Indies in three years.

“We were missing a big performer in this series,” said Rahim of Shakib’s absence, Bangladesh’s best performer in recent seasons who had been laid low by a shin injury. “So it became a huge challenge for us. I would say that this is the biggest win for us,” Rahim added.

Bangladesh won the first match by seven wickets and the second by their biggest margin of 160 runs — both in Khulna. The West Indies staged a comeback by winning the next two matches in Dhaka to level the series at 2-2…

“We deserved to win this one-day series, judging by our performance since the Tests and our cricket skills. We would have at least drawn that first Test had we not made some mistakes.

“We didn’t bat and field well in the third and fourth one-days, though we bowled very well. In the final match our only plan was to get it right in all three departments and that we did,” said Rahim…

gulfnews.com

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