3rd ODI: All-round Bangladesh cruise to series win against West Indies
Half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal (L) and Soumya Sarkar powered Bangladesh's chase. (AFP Image)

Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar spoiled the part for West Indies and struck a half-century each to guide Bangladesh to a comfortable eight-wicket win in Sylhet on Friday. Chasing a moderate 199 to win, Tamim and Sarkar forged a 131-run match-winning stand and overshadowed Shai Hope’s fighting unbeaten century to finish the match inside 40 overs and seal the series for Bangladesh 2-1.

3rd ODI, SCORECARD

After a average performance with the bat, the responsibility was on West Indies bowlers to defend a rather chaseable target. But after getting the first wicket, of Liton Das for 45 off Keemo Paul, Bangladesh slowly and gradually batted West Indies out of the game through Tamim and Sarkar. Coming together at 45 for 1, the two left-handed batsmen almost the game through before Paul cleaned up Sarkar (five boundaries and five sixes) for his second wicket.

Tamim, carrying on from his half-century in the previous ODI, registered his career’s 44th one-day international half-century and having struck nine boundaries, remained unbeaten on 81. Fittingly, it was Tamim who scored the winning runs when he hot Paul West Indies captain Rovman Powell for consecutive boundaries in the 39th over.

However, it was Mehidy Hasan’s 4 for 29 earlier in the day which ensured that Bangladesh wouldn’t need to sweat much batting second, despite Hope scoring his second straight ODI century. The wicketkeeper-batsman, coming off a sensational unbeaten 146 that led West Indies to level the series in the second ODI, struck his fourth ODI hundred and held one end while the rest of the batsmen around him struggled against a disciplined Bangladesh bowling attack.

If not for Hope, West Indies could have been rolled over cheaply. Despite running out of partners, and despite another forgettable performance with the bat, the wicketkeeper batsman has kept West Indies in with a chance. Hope reached the three-figure mark with a six off Shakib Al Hasan in the 48th over and hung in with the tail to prevent West Indies from getting all out. He has now been unbeaten for 100 overs.

Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bowl, a decision that majorly proved to be a correct one, considering no one barring Hope, failed to enter the 20s. The next-best was Marlon Samuels’ 19. Chandrapaul Hemraj and Hope added just 15 runs before offspinner Mehidy picked the first of his four wickets. Hope and Darren Bravo took Windies beyond 50 before Mehidy cleaned up Bravo. Samuels laboured his way to a 32-ball 19 before he was cleaned up by Saifuddin, and after that, Mehidy went through the middle-lower order.

Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer and Powell were dismissed in a span of three runs and West Indies were in danger at 99 for 5 before Hope took over and single handily assigned the scoring bit to himself. Paul chipped in with 12 off 22 down the order but once he was dismissed, the equation became tight. But Hope’s century ensured that West Indies were taken to 198 for 9.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 202/2 in 38.3 overs (Tamim Iqbal 81*, Soumya Sarkar 80; Keemo Paul 2-38) beat West Indies 198/9 in 50 overs (Shai Hope 108*; Mehidy Hasan 4-29) by eight wickets.