One- Day hope dashed

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En­ter­ing the con­test at the Syl­het In­ter­na­tional Cricket Sta­dium with high hopes af­ter im­pres­sively lev­el­ling the series in Dhaka on De­cem­ber 11, West In­dies were brought back down to earth when their bats­men once again dis­ap­pointed, man­ag­ing an in­ad­e­quate 198 for nine off the 50 overs.

The right-handed Hope, whose ca­reer-best un­beaten 146 was in­stru­men­tal in the De­cem­ber 11 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 real sup­port, 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, how­ever, af­ter tak­ing a blow to the hel­met at the start of the 50th over and be­ing put un­der ob­ser­va­tion.

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 top­scor­ing with an un­beaten 81 and Soumya Sarkar carv­ing out a near run-a-ball 80, com­fort­ably reach­ing their tar­get in the 39th over.

Se­cond series de­feat

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

Sent in, West In­dies lost left-han­der Chan­der­paul Hem­raj for nine when he whacked Me­hidy Hasan to point in the fourth over but Hope stead­ied the in­nings, first in a 42-run se­cond-wicket stand with Bravo and then in a 39-run, third-wicket part­ner­ship with Sa­muels.

The left-handed Bravo strug­gled for 26 balls be­fore miss­ing a frus­trated heave at Me­hidy in the 14th over and los­ing his leg stump.

Sa­muels, mean­while, faced 32 balls, struck two fours and was be­gin­ning to find his range when he played on to 22-year-old speed­ster Mo­ham­mad Sai­fud­din in the 23rd over.

Hope was then left to shep­herd the in­nings as wick­ets fell steadily.

He raised his half-cen­tury off 55 balls in the 20th over and was on 53 when Sa­muels fell with the score on 96.

Shim­ron Het­myer (0) and cap­tain Rov­man Pow­ell (1) per­ished in quick suc­ces­sion, leav­ing the Windies deeper in the mire at 99 for five in the 26th over.

The 25-year-old Hope re­mained un­fazed, how­ever, squeez­ing ev­ery run pos­si­ble out of the Windies in­nings, with what­ever part­ner­ship he could muster.

He posted 34 for the sixth wicket with Ros­ton Chase (8), 28 with Keemo Paul (12) for the eighth wicket and 21 in an un­bro­ken last wicket stand with Deven­dra Bishoo (6 not out)

Hope even­tu­ally reached three fig­ures in style at the start of the 48th over, clear­ing the ropes at long off with

Shakib, for his third cen­tury in his last seven ap­pear­ances.

Bangladesh then rammed home their ad­van­tage thanks to Tamim who put on 45 with Li­ton Das (23) for the first wicket be­fore adding 131 for the se­cond wicket with the dom­i­nant Sarkar.

The left-handed Tamim faced 104 de­liv­er­ies and counted nine fours, and was there at the end to see his side over the line.

Sarkar, mean­while, belted five fours and five sixes in an en­ter­tain­ing 81-ball knock be­fore miss­ing a full length one from seamer Paul (2-38) and los­ing his leg-stump, with Bangladesh al­ready as­sured of vic­tory. (CMC)

West In­dies bats­man Shai Hope sweep­ing dur­ing his un­beaten 108. SYL­HET – Shai Hope struck his se­cond suc­ces­sive hun­dred and fourth of his ca­reer but West In­dies’ four-year wait for a one-day series win con­tin­ued last Fri­day when they went down by eight wick­ets to Bangladesh in the de­ci­sive third One-day In­ter­na­tional (ODI).

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