WI blown away
CHITTAGONG – West Indies were shockingly routed for 61, their second lowest score ever in One-Day Internationals, as they crashed to a humiliating eight-wicket defeat to Bangladesh in the third and final ODI yesterday.
Sent in on a difficult wicket, the Windies plunged from a position of 33 for one in the 11th over, losing their last nine wickets for 28 runs in the space of 67 balls at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Opener Tamim Iqbal then stroked an accomplished, unbeaten 36 to steer Bangladesh comfortably to their target, with 30 overs to spare.
Despite the result, West Indies took the series 2-1 following convincing back-to-back wins in Dhaka last week.
In a nightmare end to the One-Day series and with the first Test starting Friday, the Windies narrowly avoided the embarrassment of falling to their lowest ever score, 54 against South Africa in Cape Town seven years ago.
Their batsmen struggled on a slow, low wicket and only 20-year-old opener Kieran Powell, drafted in for his first match of the series, showed any resistance with four fours in 25 off 36 balls.
The only other player to reach double figures was Carlos Brathwaite with 11.
Several batsmen were guilty of indiscretion, however, and Bangladesh capitalised to redeem themselves after two previous sub-par performances.
Left-arm spinner Shakib al Hasan was the chief architect of the Windies demise, claiming four for 16 to earn Man Of The Match honours, while 19-year-old off-spinner Nasir Hossain (2-3) and fast bowler Shafiul Islam (2-21), finished with two wickets apiece.
Aiming for a clean sweep of the series, West Indies struggled from the outset and it was no surprise when Danza Hyatt fell for three, caught at slip in the sixth over driving loosely at seamer Nazmul Hossain with the score on 10.
With heavy-scoring opener Lendl Simmons on the sidelines with a sore back, much rested on the in-form Marlon Samuels to guide West Indies to a healthy total.
However, the right-hander had scored five from 15 balls when he perished to an injudicious stroke, caught at deep cover trying to carve Shafiul over the top at 33 for one in the 11th over.
Things then fell apart after Powell was bowled by a ripper from 19-year-old off-spinner Nasir Hossain (2-3) with just one run added three balls later, as Bangladesh proceeded to wipe out the Windies middle and lower order.
Nasir, one of four changes to the Bangladeshi team, got one to spin prodigiously from leg and hit off-stump as Powell prodded uncertainly forward.
Next ball, he gobbled up a return catch from Kieron Pollard, and the two blows then set the tone for the rest of the innings.
Left-handed stroke-maker Darren Bravo nibbled at one from Shafiul in the next over to be caught behind at 36 for five without scoring and captain Darren Sammy then missed one from Shakib and was lbw for two at 38 for six in the 14th over.
Denesh Ramdin was bowled between bat and pad by Shakib for four at 45 for seven, and the innings ended swiftly with Shakib picking two of the last three wickets to fall. (CMC)