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Bangladesh Clinch Tri-Series in Rain-Affected Final

Bangladesh Clinch Tri-Series in Rain-Affected Final Photo: TT
Bangladesh Won the Tri-Series

Bangladesh beat The West Indies for the third time in a week by 5 wickets on the Duckworth-Lewis Method to clinch the Tri-Nation tournament in Ireland.

It was Bangladesh who won the toss in Dublin and invited The West Indies to bat first.

Shai Hope and Sunil Ambris gave them a fine start, and the pair put on 131 without loss in just over 20 overs, as they looked to give their side a firm platform. However, then the rains came and forced the players off the field for several hours. By the time that the teams took the field again, the match had been reduced to a 24-over innings contest a side, which gave Bangladesh a major advantage, especially as bowlers Mustafizur Rahman and Mehedy Hasan Miraz restricted the scoring to just 21 runs off the remaining 23 balls.

Hope was caught by Mossaddek Hossain off Hasan for 74, having struck 3 sixes, leaving Ambris and Darren Bravo to take the score to 152 – 1 at the close of the innings, with Ambris 69 not out. Bravo meanwhile was unbeaten on 3 having faced that number of balls.

In response Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar added 59 for the first wicket, before Tamim fell for 18m caught by Jason Holder off Shannon Gabriel. The same bowler then had Sabbir Rahman lbw four balls later. Soumya and Mushfiqur Rahim shared a stand of 49, and, after Soumya departed for 66, caught off Raymon Reifer, having struck 3 sixes, Mushfiqur and Mohammad Mithun put on 25. Mushfiqur reached 36, including 2 sixes, before he was lbw to Reifer, and then Mithun made 17 before he too was lbw, with Fabian Allen this time the bowler.

By this time Bangladesh were well on top, and the outcome was decided by Mahmudullah and Mossadek sharing an unbeaten 70 for the sixth wicket, in just over 7 overs, as their side reached their target with seven balls to spare. Mossadek finished on 52 not out, having hit 5 sixes, whilst Mahmudullah was unbeaten on 19.

Mossadek Hossain was named man of the match, whilst Shai Hope was awarded man of the series.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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