West Indies secured a 3-0 one-day international series victory over Bangladesh, thanks to a win by 91 runs in St. Kitts in the third and final game.
The West Indians did brilliantly to post 338-7 in their innings, and then in reply the visitors reached 247-8 from their 50 overs as they looked largely to occupy the crease.
The home side made one change to their side, as Kirk Edwards was replaced by Darren Sammy, with Lendl Simmons moved up to open.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh also made one switch, as Mominul Haque came in for Shamsur Rahman.
The West Indians won the toss and batted first, but they were immediately under pressure as Simmons skied one off Mashrafe Mortaza and saw Mahmudullah take a good catch.
The following over, things got even worse when Chris Gayle hung his bat at a delivery from Al-Amin Hossain and was caught by Mushfiqur Rahim.
That meant West Indies were 12-2 early on, with Denesh Ramdin and Darren Bravo brought together to try and rebuild the innings.
They made good progress and quickly passed 50 for no further loss, with Ramdin in particular looking aggressive in a somewhat unfamiliar No. 4 position.
The pair then brought up their half-century partnership, while Bangladesh’s bowlers looked to be struggling a little as they were rotated a great deal even before drinks.
Meanwhile, Bravo and Ramdin began to up the run rate, and having been 64-2 after 17 overs, they passed 100 in the 22nd over as the boundaries started to flow.
Ramdin then brought up his fifty with two consecutive sixes off Sohag Gazi, with the century partnership following shortly after.
Bravo also got in on the act alongside his captain and reached his own half-century just after the halfway point in the innings.
The pair continued to look untroubled as they hit boundaries seemingly at will to take West Indies past 200 inside 35 overs against a frustrated bowling attack.
Ramdin was the first to reach his century as he achieved the milestone in 90 balls, then he looked to accelerate immediately for the final stages.
|West Indies vs. Bangladesh, 3rd ODI Scorecard|
|West Indies Innings|
|L. Simmons||c Mahmudullah||b Mortaza||6||13||12|
|C. Gayle||c Rahim||b A. Hossain||6||21||17|
|Darren Bravo||c Kayes||b Mahmudullah||124||161||127|
|D. Ramdin||c N. Hossain||b A. Hossain||169||190||121|
|K. Pollard||c Iqbal||b Razzak||10||11||7|
|D. Sammy||c Razzak||b A. Hossain||10||12||9|
|Dwayne Bravo||Not Out||3||11||6|
|J. Holder||c. N Hossain||b A. Hossain||0||1||1|
|S. Narine||Not Out||0||1||0|
|R. Rampaul||Did Not Bat|
|K. Roach||Did Not Bat|
|T. Iqbal||b Narine||55||92||62|
|A. Haque||c Sammy||b Holder||0||1||2|
|I. Kayes||c Roach||b Rampaul||1||3||6|
|M. Rahim||c Sammy||b Rampaul||72||145||113|
|M. Haque||c Sammy||b Dwayne Bravo||5||9||13|
|Mahmudullah||c Ramdin||b Roach||27||65||38|
|N. Hossain||c Roach||b Rampaul||26||34||28|
|S. Gazi||b Mortaza||24||29||26|
|M. Mortaza||Not Out||15||15||9|
|A. Razzak||Not Out||5||4||5|
|A. Hossain||Did Not Bat|
|Extras||2nb 13w 2lb||17|
He was followed shortly after by Bravo, who reached 100 in 112 balls, with the pair recording the record partnership for any wicket in all ODIs for the West Indies in the process.
The pair then pushed their partnership past 250 and continued to pepper the boundaries, though Bravo would be removed for 124 as he was caught by Kayes off Mahmudullah.
The West Indian innings fell away slightly in the closing overs, with Ramdin finally dismissed for 169, but they managed to close on a very impressive 338-7.
Bangladesh’s reply started very poorly, as Anamul Haque was caught by Sammy off Jason Holder, then Imrul Kayes followed after a great catch by Kemar Roach off Ravi Rampaul.
That brought Rahim to the crease to join Tamim Iqbal, and together the two set about rebuilding from a score of 2-2 against a rampant bowling attack.
Iqbal in particular looked to be positive at every opportunity, and he was backed up well by Rahim as the pair took the score past 50 for no further losses.
Things started to look even better as Bangladesh passed 100, but then on 101 disaster struck as Iqbal was bowled by Sunil Narine, having made 55 and looked in good touch.
Mominul Haque was the new man, but he did not last long before being caught at first slip by Sammy off Dwayne Bravo for just five.
However, Rahim would continue with his knock and pass his half-century, leading from the front as his side entered the second half of the innings.
Bangladesh were well behind the required run rate by the closing 20 overs, which had soared above 10 runs per over, but they started to accelerate and started to gather some momentum.
With drinks taken at the end of 34 overs, Bangladesh were 150-4, requiring 189 to win but at a required rate of 11.81 runs per over, which looked a stretch for the visitors.
Instead, they looked more concerned with batting out their overs for confidence, but that effort would be damaged as Rahim was caught by Sammy off Rampaul for 72.
Mahmudullah looked comfortable for a time as he searched for some personal form, but he would depart for 27 after being caught behind by Ramdin off Roach.
Nasir Hossain and Gazi would take Bangladesh past 200, although Hossain’s knock was ended on 26 as he holed out to Roach at long on from Rampaul.
Gazi would be bowled by Rampaul for 24, and the Bangladeshis would end their 50 overs on 247-8, with the West Indies victorious by 91 runs.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!