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Bangladesh clinch ODI series win


Bangladesh claimed their first one-day series success over a current Test-playing nation with a three-wicket victory over the West Indies on Tuesday to secure a 2-0 lead with one match remaining.

The triumph adds to the successful tour of the Caribbean for the Tigers who have also enjoyed their first Test series win overseas.

Travis Dowlin struck his maiden international century as the weakened West Indies side racked up an impressive 274 for six in their 50 overs.

Bangladesh had never chased down such a total in any of their previous 199 ODI games but once again Shakib Al Hasan produced a match-winning performance.

Al Hasan (65) and Mohammad Ashraful (64) put on 74 for the fourth wicket in just 10.3 overs — a partnership that turned the match in Bangladesh’s direction.

Al Hasan was fortunate to survive though when he brought up his 50 with a skied shot which was dropped by Darren Sammy as he collided with team-mate Dave Bernard in the deep.

The pair were both injured in the incident and more trouble was to come for the West Indies when their main strike bowler, Kemar Roach, bowled a second “beamer” and was barred from bowling by the umpire.

With no obvious sixth bowler in the team, wicket-keeper Devon Thomas took off his pads and bowled the final ball of Roach’s over.

Mushfiqur Rahim’s 31 in 30 balls took the tourists close to the target helped along by some abysmal work from West Indies in the field.

There was some joy for Thomas though as the keeper turned seamer picked up two wickets but by then Bangladesh were effectively home.

Despite the end of strike action from their leading players, the Windies selectors chose to stick with the back-up squad they had originally selected for the series.

The ODI series ends with the final game in St Kitts tomorrow.

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