Dhaka classic ends in thrilling West Indies win

Arguably one of the best in recent times. A fitting end to the series. It’s the West Indies goes who held their nerves to finish 2-0 sweep in Bangladesh.

Just when Mehidy Hasan Miraz was looking threatening enough to pull off a miracle for his side, Jomel Warrican and Rahkeem Cornwall combined to hand West Indies a 17-run victory on the fourth day at Mirpur.

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With Bangladesh being 9 down for 188 in chase of 231, Miraz decided to take the attack on the opposition. The right-hander compiled his 56-ball 31-run innings with 3 fours and 2 sixes.

On the third ball of the 62nd over, Cornwall, at first slip, leaned down slightly to his right to take a low catch off left-arm spinner Warrican. West Indies got rid of ODI series ghosts with a memorable 2-0 win in the Test series.

The margin of defeat is the lowest for Bangladesh in the longest format of the game.

Bangladesh started with 78/3 at tea and lost Mushfiqur Rahim (14) a while into the third session after losing three wickets before the break. Mohammad Mithun departed for 10 as the hosts got reduced to 110/5.

Skipper Mominul Haque steadied the innings with Liton Das but the former fell to Warrican for 68-ball 26. He was followed by Liton’s suicidal cut shot off Cornwall after making 22.

West Indies spinners including the captain Kraigg Brathwaite joined the party as a collapse saw them to triumph. It was Brathwaite who set the tone in breaking Bangladesh’s opening of 59 runs between Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal.

Brief scores:

West Indies 1st innings: 408

Bangladesh 1st innings: 296

West Indies 2nd innings: 117 in 52.5 overs (Bonner 38, Da Silva 20; Taijul 4/36, Nayeem 3/34)

Bangladesh 2nd innings: 213 in 61.3 overs (Tamim 50, Miraz 31; Cornwall 4/105, Brathwaite 3/25 Warrican 3/47)

West Indies won by 17 runs and series 2-0

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