CHITTAGONG: Bangladesh completed a clean sweep of the West Indies by securing a 120-run victory on Monday in the third and final One-day International.

Skipper Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah all hit half-centuries to help Bangladesh post 297-6 after West Indies captain Jason Mohammed won the toss and decided to bowl first.

The West Indies, however, were bowled out for 177 in 44.2 overs, with Bangladesh’s bowlers denying them any significant partnerships.

Tamim scored 64 from 80 balls at the top of the order to establish the innings while Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah paced the innings toward the end. All three scored 64.

Shakib hit a patient 51, his first half century since returning to cricket following a suspension imposed by the International Cricket Council for his failure to report corrupt approaches.

Bangladesh lost Liton Das without scoring in the first over before Nazmul Hossain was trapped lbw by Kyle Mayers for 20, leaving Bangladesh at 38-2 in ninth over.

A 93-run third-wicket stand between Tamim and Shakib steadied the innings.

West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph broke the partnership, dismissing Tamim, and then Shakib was bowled by Raymon Reifer.

Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur added 72 off 58 balls for the fifth wicket to keep the scoring rate up.

Joseph and Reifer took two wickets each.

Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman denied West Indies a fluent start in its pursuit of a stiff chase. He broke through with the wicket of Kjorn Ottley before removing Sunil Ambris (13) for the third time in the series.

Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan and Saifuddin then ripped through the middle order, reducing the visitors to 93-5.

Rovman Powell counter-attacked and hit 47 off 49 balls with two fours and two sixes to be the team’s top-scorer.

Saifuddin returned 3-51 while Mustafizur and Shakib claimed two wickets each.

Bangladesh won the first two matches in Dhaka by six wickets and seven wickets, respectively.

The two teams will play a two-match Test series, starting on Feb 3.

Scoreboard

BANGLADESH:

Tamim Iqbal c Hosein b Joseph 64

Liton Das lbw b Joseph 0

Najmul Hossain lbw b Mayers 20

Shakib Al Hasan b Reifer 51

Mushfiqur Rahim c Joseph b Reifer 64

Mahmudullah not out 64

Soumya Sarkar run out 7

Mohammad Saifuddin not out 5

EXTRAS (LB-4, W-15, NB-3) 22

TOTAL (for six wkts, 50 overs) 297

FALL OF WKTS: 1-1, 2-38, 3-131, 4-179, 5-251, 6-283.

DID NOT BAT: Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman.

BOWLING: Joseph 10-0-48-2 (1nb, 3w); Harding 10-0-88-0 (2nb, 7w); Mayers

7-0-34-1 (1w); Reifer 10-0-61-2; Hosein

10-0-46-0 (4w); Jason 3-0-16-0.

WEST INDIES:

K.Y. Ottley c Mushfiqur b Mustafizur 1

S.W. Ambris lbw b Mustafizur 13

N.E. Bonner b Saifuddin 31

K.R. Mayers lbw b Mehidy 11

J.N. Mohammed c Mushfiqur b Saifuddin 17

R. Powell lbw b Soumya 47

J,N, Hamilton c Mushfiqur b Mehidy 5

R.A. Reifer c and b Taskin 27

A.S. Joseph run out 11

A.J. Hosein c Mushfiqur b Saifuddin 0

K.J. Harding not out 1

EXTRAS (B-1, LB-2, W-8, NB-2) 13

TOTAL (all out, 44.2 overs) 177

FALL OF WKTS: 1-7, 2-30, 3-47, 4-79, 5-93, 6-117, 7-155, 8-174, 9-175.

BOWLING: Mohammad Saifuddin 9-0-51-3 (2w); Mustafizur Rahman 6-0-24-2 (4w); Taskin Ahmed 8.2-1-32-1 (2nb); Mehidy Hasan 10-2-18-2 (1w); Shakib Al Hasan

4.5-0-12-0; Mahmudullah 2-0-11-0 (1w); Soumya Sarkar 3.1-0-22-1; Najmul Hossain 1-0-4-0.

RESULT: Bangladesh won by 120 runs to win three-match series 3-0.

UMPIRES: Sharfuddoula Saikat (Bangladesh) and Tanvir Ahmed (Bangladesh).

TV UMPIRE: Gazi Sohel (Bangladesh).

MATCH REFEREE: Neeyamur Rashid Rahul (Bangladesh).

MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Mushfiqur Rahim.

MAN-OF-THE-SERIES: Shakib Al Hasan.

Published in Dawn, January 26th, 2021

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