Bangladesh kept their cool under pressure to beat West Indies
by two wickets in the fifth one-day international and take
the five-match series 3-2.
Nasir Hossain played a crucial unbeaten innings of 39 as the
home side survived Kemar Roach's vicious pace and the crafty
spin of Sunil Narine to overhaul the West Indies' 217 all out
with six overs in hand when they ended 221-8.
Roach finished with 5-56 while Narine claimed 3-38 but they
were unable to help defend the West Indies total, driven by a
powerful half-century from Kieran Pollard who cracked 85 off
74 balls including eight sixes.
Roach removed openers Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque in his
second over and then Jahirul Islam in his fifth to leave the
hosts wobbling at 30-3 in front of a 25,000 crowd at Dhaka's
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, including Prime Minister
However, player of the match Mahmudullah and skipper
Mushfiqur Rahim launched a counter attack to bring the roar
back and put Bangladesh firmly on course before Narine
silenced the gallery again when he ended their 91-run
Narine bowled Mahmudullah for 48 and was lucky to bowl Rahim
for 44 when he defended well only to see it bounce and hit
the stumps, putting the pressure back on the home side who
still needed 85 runs for win.
Mominul Haque (25) held his nerve to add a further 53 runs
with Nasir to take Bangladesh close to their target though
the home side almost ruined the party after losing two quick
wickets to Roach at the end of their innings.
Mominul earlier took two vital wickets to help Bangladesh
restrict West Indies to a modest total after Pollard had
threatened to take it beyond them.
Pollard joined Darren Bravo when West Indies were stuttering
at 17-3 and struggling to keep the scoreboard ticking having
gone five overs without scoring a run.
Pollard released the pressure off with eight sixes and five
boundaries before Mominul bowled him to end his 132-run
fourth-wicket stand with Bravo, who played the role of an
anchor to score 51 off 108 balls.
Bangladesh then quickly wrapped up the innings as West Indies
lost their last five wickets for 29 runs.
This is Bangladesh's second series win against West Indies
after they recorded a 3-0 clean sweep against the
under-strength side in the Caribbean in 2009.
West Indies, who won the test series 2-0, will end their tour
with a Twenty20 international on Monday.