Bangladesh hold nerve to seal series

Bangladesh have sealed the three-match series 2-1 with a 18-run win against Windies in the third ODI at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts. It’s their first ODI series win away from home since 2009.

Bangladesh hold nerve to seal series
Bangladesh have won their third ODI series vs Windies. ©CWI Media


Bangladesh opted to bat first with an unchanged XI. Anamul Haque’s slow start troubled Bangladesh early. He made 10 runs from 31 balls while Tamim Iqbal was set for another big score.

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The Tamim-Shakib partnership continued to be mighty effective in this match as well. They put on 81 runs after Anamul’s dismissal. Shakib Al Hasan made 37 off 44 as he got himself dismissed by playing an outrageous shot off Ashley Nurse. Mushfiqur Rahim missed out in this match scoring only 12 runs.

Meanwhile, Tamim brought up his 11th century, his second in the series. He made 103 runs from 124 deliveries including 7 fours and 2 sixes. He aggregated 287 runs in the series, the most by any in a three-match series in the Caribbean and the second-most against Windies in three-match series.

With four wickets down at a run rate of around five runs per over, captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza himself came out to accelerate the scoring rate. His 25-ball 36 runs cameo boosted Bangladesh.

Mahmudullah Riyad finished the innings on a high. He slammed unbeaten 67 runs off 49 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes. Sabbir Rahman and Mosaddek Hossain contributed boundaries at the end.

Bangladesh put on 301/6, their highest total against the Windies in ODIs.

Windies were off to a good start courtesy by Chris Gayle, who smashed his 49th ODI fifty. He covered up dot balls made by his opening Evin Lewis. Gayle went on to score 74 runs from 66 deliveries hitting 6 fours and 5 sixes.

The hosts lost their way as soon as Gayle was dismissed by Mehidy Hasan Miraz. Shai Hope’s slow batting increased the required rate dangerously. Hope played 94 balls for his 64 runs.

Rovman Powell kept Windies’ hopes alive with his power-hitting ability. He brought up his fifty in just 27 balls. He ended up scoring 41-ball 74* runs hitting 5 fours and 4 sixes. But it was too little, too late for the hosts.

Bangladesh bowlers restricted Windies to 283/6 to ensure victory by 18 runs. They have clinched a series win after remaining winless in 21 series/tournaments. Overall, this is Bangladesh’s fifth ODI series win away from home.

Watch the Bangladesh’s winning moments here-

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 301/6 (Tamim 103, Mahmudullah 67*; Nurse 2/53, Holder 2/55)

Windies 283/6 (R Powell 74*, Gayle 74; Mashrafe 2/63, Rubel 1/34)

Windies won by 18 runs

Man of the Match: Tamim Iqbal

Man of the Series: Tamim Iqbal

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