West Indies Suffer Series Defeat

West Indies lost by eight wickets to Bangladesh in the decisive third One-Day International.

According  to a CMC dispatch from Bangladesh, the West Indians had high hopes after impressively levelling the series in Dhaka on Tuesday.

But the batsmen once again disappointed, managing an inadequate 198 for nine off their 50 overs, it was reported.

Shai Hope, whose career-best unbeaten 147 was instrumental in Tuesday’s win, was once again the only beacon for the Caribbean side, stroking a high-class 108 not out.

He batted through the innings, facing 131 balls and striking nine fours and a six, but had no support whatsoever as only two other top-order batsmen — Marlon Samuels (19) and Darren Bravo (10) — reached double figures.

Hope was voted Man-of-the-Series.

But CMC reported that he did not take the field when Bangladesh batted, after taking a blow to the helmet at the start of the 50th over and being put under observation.

The news agency said  that not for the first time, the Windies had little answer to off-spinner Mehidy Hasan, whose four for 29 from his 10 overs left him with the Man-of-the-Match honour.

Captain and seamer Mashrafe Mortaza (2-34) and left-arm spinner Shakib-al-Hasan (2-40) supported with two wickets apiece.

Bangladesh coasted in reply, with Tamim Iqbal top-scoring with an unbeaten 81 and Soumya Sarkar carving out a near run-a-ball 80, comfortably reaching their target in the 39th over under no pressure.

The series defeat was the Windies’ second of the year to Bangladesh following a similar 2-1 loss in the Caribbean earlier this year, and they are now without a series success since they got the better of the Tigers in the Caribbean back in 2014.