Bangladesh cruises to series win over Windies

Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar slammed half-centuries as Bangladesh cruised to win over the West Indies in the third and final One-Day International in Sylhet on Friday.

SYLHET, Bangladesh — Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar slammed half-centuries as Bangladesh cruised to an eight-wicket win over the West Indies in the third and final one-day international to take the three-match series 2-1 on Friday.

Tamim hit an unbeaten 81 in the northeastern city of Sylhet while Soumya added 80 off 81 balls to guide Bangladesh to 202-2 in 38.3 overs after Mehidy Hasan's career best 4-29 helped the home side restrict the West Indies to 198-8 in 50 overs.

Shai Hope fought a lone battle for the tourists, scoring his second successive hundred of the series but it was in vain as no other batsman provided support.

Fresh from an unbeaten 146 off 144 balls in the previous match, Hope struck another unconquered knock of 108 off 131 to prop up the visitors, taking his tally in the series to 297 runs.

Bangladesh made a steady response, with Tamim and Liton Das hitting 45 runs for the opening wicket before Liton offered a catch to Rovman Powell at mid-on off Keemo Paul.

Soumya and Tamim denied the West Indies any momentum, putting 131 runs in their second wicket stand, which all but sealed the contest and the series. Soumya was the aggressor-in-chief, smashing five sixes and as many fours before Paul sent his leg-stump cartwheeling.

Tamim, who happily anchored the innings, sealed the game with successive fours off Powell, his eighth and ninth boundary of the innings. Mushfiqur Rahim was unbeaten on 16 at the other end.

Earlier, skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and spinner Shakib Al Hasan claimed two wickets each after man-of-the-match Mehidy rattled the West Indies' top-order.

"It was a good match — Hope played an excellent innings," Mashrafe said after the match. "Our bowlers have been very good. Spinners have been tight and pacers also stuck to the plans," he added.

Earlier, Hope defied the spirited Bangladesh attack, hitting Shakib over the long off to bring up his fourth ODI century after the ninth wicket had fallen for 177 runs. The opener, who was named player of the series, also hit 10 fours in his fine innings.

"Still a bit dizzy to be honest, but I've hung in there. Obviously wanted my team to get over the line, but very unfortunate for the guys to not take it till the end and hopefully we will learn from our mistakes," said Hope.

Bangladesh won the first match by five wickets on Sunday before the West Indies leveled the series with four-wicket win in the second match two days later.

The West Indies will wrap up their tour with three Twenty20 internationals, with the opening match scheduled at the same venue on Monday.

Bangladesh on Friday recalled all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin and batsman Mohammad Mithun to their 14-man squad for a three-match Twenty20 series.

Both Saifuddin and Mithun played their last Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka in February before being laid low by injuries and poor form.

Chief selector Minhajul Abedin said the duo had been rewarded for their recent performances in limited-over matches. "We always need someone like Saifuddin who can bat and bowl. Mithun has showed in the past he is a good Twenty20 batsman," he said.

Saifuddin and Mithun replaced Mosaddek Hossain and Sabbir Rahman, who played in Bangladesh's last Twenty20 series against the West Indies in July-August. The hosts also dropped paceman Abu Jayed from their squad.

The first match will be held on Monday at the Sylhet International cricket Stadium in the country's northeast, while Dhaka will host the next two matches on Dec. 20 and 22.

Bangladesh swept West Indies 2-0 in the preceding two-Test series and also won the three-match One-Day International series 2-1.

Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Mohammad Saifuddin, Abu Hider, Ariful Haque. — AFP

Scoreboard

West Indies:


C. Hemraj c Mithun b Mehidy 9

S. Hope not out 108

D. Bravo b Mehidy 10

M. Samuels b Saifuddin 19

S. Hetmyer lbw b Mehidy 0

R. Powell c Mushfiqur b Mehidy 1

R. Chase c Soumya b Shakib 8

F. Allen c Mithun b Shakib 6

K. Paul b Mashrafe 12

K. Roach lbw b Mashrafe 3

D. Bishoo not out 6

Extras (lb 1, lb 4, w6, p5) 16

Total (9 wkts; 50 overs) 198

Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Hemraj), 2-57 (Bravo), 3-96 (Samuels), 4-97 (Hetmyer), 5-99 (Powell), 6-133 (Chase) 7-143 (Allen), 8-171 (Paul), 9-177 (Roach).

Bowling: Mustafizur 10-1-33-0 (w2), Mehidy 10-1-29-4, Shakib 9-0-40-2, Mashrafe 9-1-34-2, Saifuddin 9-0-38-1 (w1), Mahmudullah 3-0-14-0(w3).

Bangladesh:

Tamim Iqbal not out 81

Liton Das c Powell b Paul 23

Soumya Sarkar b Paul 80

Mushfiqur Rahim not out 16

Extras (w1, nb 1) 2

Total (two wickets; 38.3 overs) 202

Did not bat: Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman

Fall of Wickets: 1-45 (Liton), 2-176 (Soumya).

Bowling: Roach 3-0-16-0, Chase 8-0-32-0, Paul 7-0-38-2, Samuels 4-0-25-0 (w1), Bishoo 9-0-48-0 (nb1), Allen 4-0-22-0, Powell 3.3-0-21-0.