Bangladesh complete series sweep despite Motie’s heroics

SUMMARY: West Indies 178 all out from 48.4 overs (Nicholas Pooran 73, Keacy Carty 33, Romario Shepherd 19, Taijul Islam 5-28, Mustafizur Rahman 2-24, Nasum Ahmed 2-39) vs Bangladesh 179-6 from 48.3 overs (Litton Das 50, Tamim Iqbal 34, Nurul Hasan 32*, Gudakesh Motie 4-23)

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Left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie put in an impressive performance in front his home crowd, but Bangladesh were the better side in the final game of the CG United three-match ODI series at Providence on Saturday.

The Asian side defeated West Indies by four wickets to complete a clean sweep of the series, ending the tour on a high after defeats in the preceding Test and T20 International series.

Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal won the toss for the third time this series, and he again followed the script of bowling first, a decision that resulted in victory on every occasion. 

West Indies were dismissed for 178 off 48.4 overs, and Bangladesh sealed the win with nine balls to spare.

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On a wicket that once again offered assistance to the bowlers, West Indies didn’t allow Bangladesh to run away with the contest, despite being a bowler short with Keemo Paul picking up an injury while batting.

All the West Indies bowlers went under six runs per over, led by Motie, who produced outstanding figures of 10-2-23-4.

The Albion spinner pulled off a stunning catch off his own bowling to dismiss Bangladesh topscorer Litton Das for 50, and two balls later Afif Hossain was deceived by a massive turning delivery after charging down the track.

Motie had earlier plucked out Bangladesh most experienced batsman Iqbal for 34 and later followed up with the wicket of Mosaddek Hossain for 14 in his final over.

However, Bangladesh got contributions from the top-order, with Mahmudullah Reyad scoring 26 and wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan ending on 32 not out.

Alzarri Joseph took 1-25 and Nicholas Pooran 1-38.

West Indies earlier slipped to 16-3 by the sixth over, with left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, playing his first match of the series, making an immediate impact.

The top three Shai Hope, Brandon King and Shamarh Brooks combined for only 14 runs, before Pooran and Keacy Carty, playing his first match of the series, put together 67 for the fourth wicket.

The right-hander Carty made 33 and after the fall of his wicket, Pooran was left to shepherd the lower-order.

The West Indies captain was dismissed in the 43rd over for 73, his ninth ODI fifty, with Romario Shepherd (19) and Rovman Powell (18) offering assistance.

Islam, who dismissed both Pooran and Powell and added the wicket of Paul, finished with figures of 10-2-28-5. Mustafizur Rahman and Nasum Ahmed took 2-24 and 2-39 respectively.

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