Bangladesh v Windies ODIs - Men's
Tigers claim series despite Hope heroics
Hosts Bangladesh cruise to victory in third ODI largely thanks for Mehidy Hasan's 4-29
15 December 2018, 08:57 AM AEST
Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar slammed half-centuries as Bangladesh cruised to an eight-wicket win over the West Indies in the third and final one-day international to take the three-match series 2-1 on Friday.
Tamim hit an unbeaten 81 in the north-eastern city of Sylhet while Soumya added 80 off 81 balls to guide Bangladesh to 2-202 in 38.3 overs after Mehidy Hasan's career best 4-29 helped the home side restrict the West Indies to 8-198 in 50 overs.
Shai Hope fought a lone battle for the tourists, scoring his second successive hundred of the series but it was in vain as no other batsman provided support.
Fresh from an unbeaten 146 off 144 balls in the previous match, Hope struck another unconquered knock of 108 off 131 to prop up the visitors, taking his runs tally in the series to 297.
Bangladesh made a steady response, with Tamim and Liton Das adding 45 for the opening wicket before Liton offered a catch to Rovman Powell at mid-on off Keemo Paul.
Soumya and Tamim denied the West Indies any momentum, combining for a 131-run second-wicket stand, which all but sealed the contest and the series.
Soumya was the aggressor-in-chief, smashing five sixes and as many fours before Paul sent his leg-stump cartwheeling.
Tamim, who happily anchored the innings, sealed the game with successive fours off Powell, while Mushfiqur Rahim was unbeaten on 16 at the other end.
Earlier, skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and spinner Shakib Al Hasan claimed two wickets each after man-of-the-match Mehidy rattled the West Indies' top order.
"It was a good match – Hope played an excellent innings," Mashrafe said after the match.
"Our bowlers have been very good – spinners have been tight and pacers also stuck to the plans."
Earlier, Hope defied the spirited Bangladesh attack, hitting Shakib over long off to bring up his fourth ODI century after the ninth wicket had fallen for 177 runs.
The opener, who was named player of the series, also hit 10 fours in his fine innings.
"Obviously I wanted my team to get over the line," he said. "But very unfortunate for the guys to not take it till the end and hopefully we will learn from our mistakes."
Bangladesh won the first match by five wickets on Sunday before the West Indies levelled the series with a four-wicket win in the second match two days later.
The West Indies will wrap up their tour with three Twenty20 internationals, with the opening match scheduled at the same venue on Monday.