Mahmudullah Stars As Bangladesh Take Clean Sweep
Bangladesh 249-7 (Mahmudullah 51no, Roach 4-63) beat
West Indies 248 (Fletcher 52, Mahmudullah 2-38) by three wickets
Third One-Day International, Warner Park, Saint Kitts
They were pushed close, but Bangladesh, led by an unbeaten half-century from Mahmudullah, held their nerve to seal a 3-0 ODI clean sweep over the West Indies with a three-wicket win in Saint Kitts.
All-rounder Mahmudullah was one of three Bangladeshis to pick up three wickets as the West Indies were bowled out for 248 and he was there at the end to hit the winning runs to finish on 51 not out with an over to spare.
The West Indies did not help themselves with some missed run outs and dropped chances at the business end of the match and Bangladesh took full advantage.
The match started badly for the West Indies when debutant Kieran Powell was dismissed to the first ball of the match when he was trapped in front by Mahbubul Alam, recalled by Bangladesh in place of Rubel Hossain.
Andre Fletcher helped to rebuild the innings by smashing 52 in 42 balls and innings of 40 from Floyd Reifer and Darren Sammy helped them post a decent score.
Travis Dowlin made 38 and Devon Thomas an unbeaten 29 as Alam and Abdur Razzak also picked up a pair of wickets.
Unlike in Dominica, Bangladesh could not rely on Mohammad Ashraful (19) and Shakib Al Hasan (16) to get them the bulk of the runs but they had the strength in depth to cope.
Despite Tamim Iqbal (30) and Roqibul Hasan (5) failing to push on, Junaid Siddique made 55 in 73 balls t ohold the innings together although when he was dismissed, one of four wickets for Kemar Roach, they were in trouble at 133 for five.
Mushfiqur Rahim made a quickfire 31 to add exactly 50 for the sixth wicket with Mahmudullah and an even quicker 26 from Naeem Islam ensured that Bangladesh were in a winning position.
Even his dismissal was not enough to bring the West Indies back into the match, Mahmudullah keeping his head, and Razzak holding an end up to finish unbeaten on six as the match, fittingly some would say, ended when the former was dropped by Devon Smith at midwicket on his way to both his half-century and the winning runs.
Bangladesh also won the Test series 2-0 and will be eyeing a clean sweep in all formats when the two sides meet in the Twenty20 International on Sunday 2nd August.
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