Windies bowlers blow Bangladesh away for series win

Sport360 staff 06:20 23/08/2014
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Too good: Sunil Narine took 3-13 to lead the West Indies to a comfortable win.

An abject batting display by Bangla­desh, who were bowled out for just 70, paved the way for a crushing 177-run victory by the West Indies in the second ODI last night.

Replying to the home side’s to­tal of 247 for seven in a match they had to win to keep the series alive following a three-wicket defeat in the opening fixture at the same venue two days earlier, the tourists showed little resistance in being routed for 70 off 24.4 overs.

The third and final match will be played on Monday in St Kitts.

In capitulating to their third low­est ODI total, Bangladesh lost their last seven wickets for 13 runs in the space of eight overs. Sunil Narine and Kemar Roach combined to dec­imate a Bangladesh side in which only opening batsman Tamim Iqbal offered any meaningful resistance in getting to 37.

His was the last of three wickets to fall with the score on 57, pop­ping up a simple catch to midwicket off Roach after Narine had dashed the tourists’ hopes when he re­moved captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah off successive deliveries in the 16th over. Narine snared three for 13 to take the man of the match award while Roach took three for 19.

“It wasn’t much different from the first match, I just tried to keep it simple and it went my way today,” said Narine.

Earlier, half-centuries by Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo anchored a solid if unspectacular West Indies batting effort.

Gayle’s 58 at the top of the order, which included five sixes and three fours, together with Bravo’s com­paratively serene 53 ensured there was to be no repetition of the em­barrassing collapse in the first ODI.

Mashrafe Mortaza’s experi­ence proved critical for the Bang­ladeshis in limiting the West In­dies progress. The former captain claimed two wickets off two balls in the 49th over to end with figures of three for 39.

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