Bangladesh storm to consolation win
Bangladesh gained a modicum of revenge over West Indies with a stunning eight-wicket rout of Darren Sammy’s side in the third and final one-day international in Chittagong.
Already 2-0 down in the series and with little more than pride to play for at the Zahed Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, the hosts delivered a sensational bowling performance to dismiss West Indies for a paltry 61, their second-lowest score in ODIs.
Shakib Al Hasan was the pick of Bangladesh’s attack with 4-16, while only opener Kieran Powell, playing in place of the injured Lendl Simmons, and Carlos Brathwaite made it into double figures for the tourists.
Although a sluggish pitch offering plenty of turn made life difficult for the batsmen, Bangladesh were never likely to be troubled by such a modest target and knocked off the required runs with 30 overs to spare, Tamim Iqbal finishing on 36 not out.
After home captain Mushfiqur Rahim had won his fourth consecutive toss and elected to field, the Windies struggled from the outset.
A lack of bounce combined with a damp outfield made scoring a tricky task and only 10 runs were on the board by the time Danza Hyatt edged Nazmul Hossain to slip in the sixth over.
Powell and Marlon Samuels took the score on to 33 without further loss, but the innings then went into meltdown as five wickets fell for the addition of five runs in 15 deliveries.
Samuels, frustrated by the lack of pace in the wicket, holed out to deep cover off Shafiul Islam before Nasir Hossain picked up his first two international scalps from consecutive balls; bowling Powell with a stunning off-break before accepting a return catch from Kieron Pollard.
Darren Bravo swiftly followed, caught behind off Shafiul, and Sammy was lbw to Shakib’s first ball as he played with an angled bat to a delivery that straightened.
Shakib made short work of the tail to ensure the Windies made just three more than Bangladesh had managed when the two sides met in a World Cup fixture in Dhaka earlier this year.
Imrul Kayes fell to a typically aggressive Kemar Roach in the fifth over of the hosts’ reply and Shahriar Nafees was bowled for a duck by Samuels.
Yet Tamim and Mushfiqur batted with uncharacteristic patience to ensure there would be no further scares, the skipper contributing 10 to an unbroken stand of 32.