Four players hit the 1950s as Bangladesh made light work of the West Indies and recorded a 120-run victory in the third one-day international in Chittagong on Monday to beat the series 3-0. The home team threw a weakened Windies for 177 runs after half centuries of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad and Shakib Al Hasan propelled them to 297-6 in 50 overs.
Mohammad Saifuddin claimed 3-51, while Mustafizur Rahman (2-24) and Mehidy Hasan (2-18) contributed with handy wickets.
West Indies were all eliminated in 44.2 overs with Rovman Powell best with 47 of 49 balls.
Tamim and Mushfiqur each had 64 runs before, while Shakib made 51 and Mahmudullah Riyad posted an unbeaten 64 of 43 balls.
“It has been fantastic for us. The hunger that the whole group showed was great,” said Tamim after the game.
“When they came to international cricket after 10 months, the effort the guys put in was amazing.”
Bangladesh – which has now won eight consecutive ODIs against the West Indies – was used first to hit and took an early blow when Liton Das fell leg for wicket against Alzarri Joseph in the first over.
Kyle Mayers identically dismissed Najmul Hossain after the left-handed had made 20 runs.
Tamim and Shakib set 93 for the third wicket before Joseph ended their partnership, which resulted in Tamim getting caught by Akeal Hosein halfway through the wicket.
Shakib was bowled by Raymon Reifer shortly after he turned 50, ending a 48-run stand with Mushfiqur.
Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah added 72 for the fifth wicket before Reifer struck again.
Joseph caught a flyout on cover and the wicket-keeper-batsman took off after four fours and two sixes in his 55-ball innings.
Mahmudullah then launched an attack, hitting three sixes and three fours.
The West Indies never managed to get started after Mustafizur prematurely turned down two openers Kjorn Ottley (one) and Sunil Ambris (13).
Kyle Mayers (11) fell to Mehidy before Saifuddin, who played his first game in the series, ended the resistance of Nkrumah Bonner (31) and skipper Jason Mohammed (17).
Powell scored at the top with 47, but Bangladesh waited patiently to complete the win.
Taskin Ahmed sealed the match with a relapse from Raymon Reifer (27) after Soumya Sarkar locked Powell leg-before.
The hosts won the first two matches of the series in Dhaka, six wickets and seven wickets respectively.
“We were a little far off in all three games. Bowling did well, today maybe 30 runs too many. Hitting didn’t work at all,” said Windies captain Jason Mohammed.
His team came to the tournament short of at least eight players after several of them skipped matches due to fear of the coronavirus, while one tested positive for infectious disease.
Shakib was referred to as the man-of-the-series, while Mushfiqur was called the man-of-the-match.
The two teams will play two test matches in February.
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