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Sizzling Sammy sets up decider

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A stunning new-ball burst from Kemar Roach and Darren Sammy paved the way for West Indies to level their one-day international series against Bangladesh in Mirpur.

After skipper Sammy had struck an unbeaten 60 to cobble together a defendable 211 for nine, he then combined with Roach to decimate the hosts’ top order inside six overs.

Bangladesh were in danger of recording the lowest completed ODI total when they slumped to 13 for five, with Sammy narrowly missing out on a hat-trick.

At that stage, Zimbabwe’s record low of 35 against Sri Lanka eight years ago still took some beating, but Mahmudullah at least saved his side from that fate with 56 not out.

Darren Sammy

Darren Sammy impressed with bat and ball to set up a decider against Bangladesh in the ODI series, which is now intriguingly poised at 2-2

It was still not nearly enough to prevent a 75-run defeat that leaves the series to be decided in the fifth and final game at the same venue on Saturday.

Bangladesh’s batsmen will head into that game short on confidence after eight of them failed to get past six.

Anamul Haque and Naeem Islam departed from consecutive balls in Sammy’s first over to start the rot, but the Windies skipper failed to grab his hat-trick when the next ball caught Mushfiqur Rahim too high on the pad.

The pace of Roach was then too much for Tamim Iqbal and Nasir Hossain in the next over and it got worse for the hosts when Sammy grabbed his third scalp, Mominul Haque pulling straight to Kieron Pollard.

Remarkably, with five wickets down, Hossain’s contribution of two was the best score in the top order.

Skipper Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah set about rectifying that, and briefly threatened to establish a partnership to worry West Indies, until Sunil Narine broke their 74-run resistance.

Mushfiqur was stumped after misjudging Narine’s carrom ball and, while Mahmadullah continued on to his half-century, the Bangladesh tail was mopped up by spinners Veerasammy Permaul and Dwayne Smith to finish all out for 136.

Sammy had earlier been required to perform a repair mission with the bat after his top-order also folded, losing four for eight at one stage.

That left the Windies 79 for five, although they at least got some sort of contribution from their top-three; Chris Gayle hit 16, while Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels scored 26 and 27 respectively.

Sammy and Darren Bravo, who struck 34, set about piecing together a respectable target in a 43-run stand from 67 balls before the latter offered a return catch to Sohag Gazi.

With Mahmadullah, who claimed 3-46, then starting to trick his way through the tail, Sammy upped his attack, supplying some late hitting to reach an unbeaten 60 from 62 balls and edge his side past 200.