Tigers edge to series success
A determined batting performance steered Bangladesh to a tense two-wicket win over West Indies that sealed a 3-2 one-day international series triumph.
Victory in Mirpur yesterday ensured the tourists took the rubber to a decider having initially been 2-0 down in the five-match series.
Yet those efforts were to prove in vain as the Tigers held their nerve at the same venue today.
The hosts made full use of winning the toss, dismissing West Indies for just 217 as only Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo – with 85 and 51 respectively – looked settled on a slow surface.
Kemar Roach delivered the goods with the new ball in reply, claiming three quick wickets to derail Bangladesh.
However, Mushfiqur Rahim struck 48, Mahmudullah 44 and Mominul Haque 25 to leave their side in prime position.
A 28-run stand between Nasir Hossain and Sohag Gazi took Bangladesh within sight of victory – only for Roach to remove the latter and Abdur Razzak in the same over.
The seamer's efforts in returning 5-56 could not prevent defeat as Nasir held his nerve, finishing unbeaten on 36 from 51 deliveries.
West Indies made a terrible start after being put in. Kieran Powell was stumped off Gazi, Marlon Samuels departed to a run out and Chris Gayle was caught at backward point.
Yet Pollard then delivered a quite remarkable innings that no other player seemed capable of on a difficult day for batting.
The powerful batsman hit Gazi for a maximum having started his innings with six dot balls, and never looked back.
Striking powerfully through the line down the ground, Pollard hit eight sixes in total – partnering Bravo, who was decidedly more circumspect, in a 132-run stand that appeared to have put the Windies in the ascendancy.
Pollard's departure in the 32nd over prompted a collapse as West Indies were restricted, Shafiul Islam leading the way with 3-31.
Roach then delivered a topsy-turvy encounter’s next dramatic act, yet neither he nor Sunil Narine, who claimed 3-38, could stop the Tigers.