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Ton-up Samuels earns victory

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Marlon Samuels kept West Indies in the series with Bangladesh via a one-day international-best 126 as the tourists won the third match by four wickets in Dhaka.

With a target of of 228 set, the number three came in after four overs and saw the Windies to the brink of victory that, once completed with three overs to spare, left the Tigers 2-1 ahead with two to play.

Samuels, who hit 17 fours and two sixes in the 149 balls he faced, added 111 for the second wicket with Kieran Powell to put West Indies on course.

Shortly after Powell fell for 46, they suffered a mid-order wobble but Samuels flayed 24 in a Rubel Hossain over to put the result beyond doubt.

The Windies, who won the toss, had earlier been aided by spinner Sunil Narine’s 4-37 from 10 overs as only Mahmudullah's 52 helped Bangladesh to a reasonable total.


Mahmudullah steers Bangladesh to a moderate 227 all out with 52, but Marlon Samuels' ODI-best 126 aided a comfortable Windies win

Tigers openers Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque shared a steady stand of 57 before Narine had the former caught behind for 22 and Naeem Islam held at short cover in the 13th over. He trapped Anamul lbw for 33 in his next.

Nasir Hossain and Mominul Haque were respectively caught at cover off ODI debutant Veerasammy Permaul and Chris Gayle, but Mushfiqur Rahim put on 58 with Mahmudullah.

Mushfiqur advanced to 38 before top-edging a sweep at Permaul and Narine had Mashrafe Mortaza stumped for nought. Mahmudullah hit three fours and a six in his innings, which ended when Dwayne Smith had him held at mid-off.

Darren Sammy cheaply removed Abdur Razzak via a top edge and, in his next over, had Sohag Gazi caught at extra-cover for 30 to end the innings five balls early.

Mortaza struck an early blow to the tourists by having Gayle caught behind, but that united Powell and Samuels.

With Samuels having brought up his fifty from 53 balls, Powell came down the wicket to Mahmudullah only to be stumped by Mushfiqur.

But Mahmudullah’s next over summed up Bangladesh’s struggles with two wides, the first of which went to the boundary, and a four straight through Mortaza at deep square-leg.

Mahmudullah then dropped Darren Bravo at slip off Naeem Islam but when the same batsman edged Naeem to Gazi at backward point, it sparked a minor collapse.

Razzaq had two wickets in two overs as Smith holed out to long-off and Kieron Pollard was bowled to leave West Indies 182 for five from 40 overs.

Yet Samuels, who was shelled by Mortaza at slip off Mominul on 96, pressed on to a 141-ball ton before punishing Rubel’s fifth over.

Mortaza had him caught at square-leg as he tried to hit the decisive six, but Devon Thomas and Sammy finished the job.