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An ex­cel­lent all-round dis­play by Bangladesh se­cured their spot in the Tri-se­ries fi­nal with a game to spare af­ter they clinched a fivewicket vic­tory over the West Indies in Dublin on Mon­day. Both teams will now take part in the fi­nal on Fri­day, with hosts Ire­land miss­ing out.

Most of the Bangladesh play­ers got in on the act, but the head­line per­for­mances came from Soumya Sarkar and Mush­fiqur Rahim, who both made fifties, while Mustafizur Rah­man and Mashrafe Mor­taza ex­celled with the ball, claim­ing four wick­ets and three wick­ets re­spec­tively.

Bangladesh were set 248 for vic­tory af­ter Shai Hope and Ja­son Holder had shared a 100-run fifth-wicket stand for the West Indies to help post a re­spectable but be­low-par first in­nings score.

Al­though the Tigers were shaken by two wick­ets in two balls from off-spin­ner Ash­ley Nurse (three for 53), Bangladesh re­cov­ered with ma­tu­rity and ul­ti­mately made light work of the chase, boosted by as­sured knocks from Mo­ham­mad Mithun and Mah­mudul­lah to see their side home.

Both Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar got the se­cond in­nings off to flier, flay­ing bound­aries in the first few overs be­fore 15 runs were smashed off the fifth.

Tamim danced down the track to Nurse to bring up Bangladesh’s fifty be­fore the twirler got his re­venge when he squeezed one through the gate to make it 54 for one.

The spin­ners be­gan to tame the Tigers’ early ad­ven­ture, but the classy Soumya Sarkar reached his fifty off 59 balls in the 17th over.

Shortly af­ter Bangladesh posted their hun­dred, Nurse de­liv­ered a dou­ble blow, with dan­ger­men Soumya (54 from 67) and Shakib-al-hasan (29 from 35) both gift­ing chances to the men on the drive, to make it 107 for three.

Fabian Allen en­tered the at­tack, whose first two overs went for just three, as the two offies be­gan to starve Bangladesh of runs.

Rahim and Mithun re­grouped, how­ever, mean­ing the West Indies were soon search­ing for an­other flurry of scalps.

Mithun and Rahim reached their fifty-run part­ner­ship be­fore the for­mer was bowled by Holder, but Mah­mudul­lah and Rahim ush­ered the Tigers ever closer to vic­tory.

Rahim reached a 65-ball fifty be­fore a sharp catch by Dar­ren Bravo off the bowl­ing of Ke­mar Roach saw him de­part, but he and his team­mates had al­ready in­flicted enough dam­age.

Ear­lier, Bangladesh man­aged to re­strict West Indies to 247 for nine in 50 overs, with Mustafizur Rah­man claim­ing four for 43, mak­ing up for some be­low-par re­turns in his pre­vi­ous two ODI out­ings where he con­ceded 84 and 93 runs re­spec­tively, while Mashrafe Mor­taza took three for 60.

Spin duo Shakib-al-hasan and Me­hidy Hasan im­pressed again, with only 68 runs com­ing off their 20 overs.

The West Indies opener Hope fell just short of his third cen­tury in this Tri-se­ries but still cap­i­talised on his good form, with 87 off 108 balls, com­pris­ing six fours and a six.

It was Hope and Holder who pro­pelled the in­nings from 99 for four to 199 for five, with the lat­ter con­tribut­ing 62 off 76 balls.

Su­nil Am­bris and Hope had struck six fours in the first five overs to give West Indies ear­lier im­pe­tus un­til the for­mer, who had hit four bound­aries, fell in the sixth over when he edged to Soumya at first slip off the bowl­ing of Mashrafe Mor­taza. (ICC)

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