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Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan bats during a Twenty20 international cricket match against the West Indies, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Lauderhill, Fla.
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West Indies has lost the One-Day International (ODI) by eight wickets to Bangladesh in the three-match series (2-1) last week.

Entering the contest at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium with high hopes after levelling the series in Dhaka, two days before, West Indies faltered again when their batsmen once again disappointed, managing a paltry 198 for nine off their 50 overs.

Barbadian Shai Hope, whose career-best unbeaten 147 was instrumental in leveling the series, was once again the only beacon for the regional team, hitting 108 not out.

He batted through the innings, facing 131 balls, 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 deservedly voted Man-of-the Series, did not take the field when Bangladesh batted, after taking a blow to the helmet at the start of the 50th over and was taken to hospital for observation.

West Indies batting star, Hope struck his fourth One-Day Internatio­nalcentury.

Not for the first time, West Indies had little answer to off-spinner Mehidy Hasan, whose four for 29 from his l0 overs left him with the Man-of-the Match honor.

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

Bangladesh coasted home with Tamin Iqbal top-scoring with an unbeaten 81 and Soumya Sarkar striking a near run-a-ball 80, comfortably reaching their target in the 39th overs 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 are now without a series success since they got the better of the Tigers in the Caribbean in 2014.

Posted 12:00 am, December 21, 2018
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