Bangladesh Seal Series After Dominica Thriller
Bangladesh 276-7 (Shakib Al Hasan 65) beat
West Indies 274-6 (Dowlin 100no) by three wickets
Second One-Day International, Dominica
Bangladesh beat the West Indies by three wickets in an extraordinary second One-Day International at Dominica, in the process sealing the series by going 2-0 up with one match to play.
Travis Dowlin scored an unbeaten century for the hosts on their way to 274 for six but they conceded 276 with an over to spare, half-centuries from Mohammad Ashraful and Shakib Al Hasan setting up a remarkable win.
Dowlin's maiden century, in just his second match, helped the West Indies overcome a shaky start which saw Dale Richards (20) and Devon Smith (44) run out.
Dowlin closed on exactly 100 not out from 117 balls and a wicket apiece from Syed Rasel, Shakib, Abdur Razzak and Naeem Islam stopped the West Indies pushing on and scoring more than they did.
Bangladesh also made an uncertain start, openers Tamim Iqbal (29) and Junaid Siddique (23) failing to convert starts but where they failed, Ashraful succeeded.
Following on from a half-century in game one on Sunday, he stroked 64 in 77 balls with three fours and a six and despite the departure of both him and Roqibul Hasan for 20, Bangladesh were still in the game.
They were aided by Kemar Roach being warned out of the attack for two beamers, the second of which was smashed by Shakib for a six but the introduction of wicket-keeper Devon Thomas to bowl for the first time in his career to make up the overs almost turned out to be a match-winning masterstroke by captain Floyd Reifer.
After Shakib perished for a superb 65 in 61 balls, the medium pace of Thomas accounted for Mushfiqur Rahim (31) and Mahmudullah (3) and had Darren Sammy not shelled a return catch offered by Razzak, the West Indies might have levelled the series.
It was not to be, Razzak remaining unbeaten on 11 alongside Islam, on three with Razzak edging the winning boundary over short third man to seal a momentous win for the Bangladesh side, completing a Test and ODI double away from home.
Thomas finished his spell with figures of two for 11 while David Bernard managed two for 59 with Roach, Sammy and Rawl Lewis taking one wicket apiece.
The third and final match takes place in Saint Kitts on 31st July.
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