West Indies beat Bangladesh by 4 wickets to square their ODI series thanks to a brilliant individual performance from opening batsman and man of the match Shai Hope who scored an unbeaten 146 as the visitors chased down the Bangladesh total of 255 with two balls to spare.
Going into the match, the home side were unchanged, whilst the West Indies replaced opener Kieran Powell with Chandrapaul Hemraj. It was the tourists who won the toss and invited Bangladesh to bat first, getting off to a good start when Liton Das was forced to retire injured when he had scored just 5, and then seeing Imrul Kayes fall for a duck off the bowling of Oshane Thomas.
However, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim added 111 for the second wicket at 5 runs an over, as the home side looked to build a big score, before Tamim fell to Devendra Bishoo for 51, having struck a six and 4 fours. Then Mushfiqur, who had reached 62, was caught by Shia Hope off the bowling of Thomas, as the Bangladesh momentum was checked.
A stand of 60 between Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah then ensued before Mahmudullah fell for 30 caught by Shimron Hetmyer off the bowling of Rovman Powell for 30.
Thomas then took his third wicket, accounting for Soumya Sarkar for 6, as the visitors looked to peg the home side back. Das returned to the field but could only add three more to his score before he was out to Keemo Paul for 8, but Shakib helped push his side towards a competitive total as he top-scored with 65, including a six and 6 fours, before he was bowled by Kemar Roach.
Mashrafe Mortaza and Mehedi Hasan added some late runs, as Bangladesh reached 255 for 7 at the end of their 50 overs.
The West Indies innings got off to a disappointing start as Hemraj fell in the second over to Mehedi Hasan for 3. However, Hope and Darren Bravo added 65 for the second wicket, and then when Bravo was bowled by Rubel Hossain for 27, Hope then shared a stand with Marlon Samuels of 62 for the third wicket.
Samuels was out for 26 off the bowling of Mushfiqur, and the West Indies had a mini-wobble when Hetmyer and Powell were removed in successive overs. Chase and Hope added 28, but when Chase was sixth man out to Mustafizur for 9, the visitors still needed 71 from the last 11 overs to win.
However, aided by Keemo Paul, Hope steered his side to victory with a superb innings that saw him reach his third ODI century and go on to rack up his highest score in the shortest form of the game. His undefeated 146 included 3 sixes and 12 fours, and he was ably supported by Paul who was undefeated on 18 at the end, and provided an ideal foil to Hope’s heroics.
Both these teams would hope to win the final ODI in a bid to take some confidence into the 2019 World Cup.