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Windies lose to Bangladesh yet again

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:22 AM

The Windies went down to Bangladesh by five wickets in the final of the Ireland Tri-Nation Series here yesterday. The Windies were asked to bat first in the rain-shortened contest and reached on 131-0 off 21.1 overs when the showers came. They resumed and posted 152-1 off 24 overs.

Bangladesh were set a target of 213 off 24 overs for victory, under the Duckworth Lewis Stern Method, and they secured the title with seven balls left.

Shai Hope top-scored with 74 off 64 balls, which included six boundaries and three sixes. He was named Player-of-the-Series for his overall aggregate of 470 runs (average 94). His opening partner, Sunil Ambris, made 69 off 78 balls with eight fours. He ended the tournament with an impressive 278 runs (average 92.66).

Hope was the first to get his half-century off 50 balls when he struck seamer Mustafizur Rahman for a straight six in the 18th over, which yielded 13 runs. Ambris, who had earlier smashed three boundaries in the 12th over, reached his second half-century in One-Day Internationals with a smoothly timed stroke to wide long off off leg-spinner Sabbir Rahman in the 19th over.

In the second half of the match, Shannon Gabriel took two wickets in one over to halt the runs after Bangladesh got off to a flying start. He ended as the leading wicket-taker, with eight wickets (average 22.37), to mark a successful return to the white-ball format.

Bangladesh were led to victory by opener Soumya Sarkar, who made 66 off 41 balls while all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain smashed 52 not out off just 24 balls to earn the Man-of-the-Match award.