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ST GEORGE’S – Mystery spinner Sunil Narine and pacer Kemar Roach each snared three cheap scalps as West Indies routed Bangladesh for only 70 to complete a lopsided 177-run victory in the second One-Day International (ODI) at the Grenada National Stadium, yesterday.

Only Tamim Iqbal, with a top score of 37, reached double figures for the visitors who crashed to their third lowest total in all ODI matches, with Narine bagging three for 13 and Roach three for 19.

Ravi Rampaul, two for 21 and Jason Holder, one for 17, were the other wicket-takers.

The result, Bangladesh’s 12th straight defeat, meant that the West Indies clinched the three-match series by taking an insurmountable 2-0 lead with the final game in St Kitts on Monday.

Earlier, the West Indies scored a respectable 247 for seven after Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo provided the base foundation with half-centuries.

Gayle slammed five sixes and three fours in 58 off 67 balls while fellow left-hander Bravo struck two fours and a six in a solid 53 off 82 deliveries.

There were useful contributions from Lendl Simmons (40), Denesh Ramdin (34) and Kieron Pollard (26).

Mashrafe Mortaza led Bangladesh’s bowling with three for 39, his tally taking him past Shakib-al-Hasan as the second most prolific wicket-taker for his country in One-day Internationals. Fellow seamer Al-Amin Hossain took two for 60.

Al-Amin gave Bangladesh an encouraging start after the tourists won the toss and chose to bowl first. The 24-year-old ripped out the off stump of an out-of-sorts Kirk Edwards for a six-ball “duck” at five for one in the second over.

Gayle and Bravo shared a second-wicket stand of 88 in 19.2 overs to rally the hosts.

When Gayle holed out to deep midwicket off Mahmudullah’s off-spin, Bravo forged another solid partnership of 51 with Ramdin, who was promoted to No.4.

Bravo was eventually lbw to Sohag Gazi’s off spin and, when Ramdin edged Al-Amin through to wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, the innings was at the crossroads at 171 for four in the 40th over.

Simmons laboured for 61 deliveries for his 40 but Pollard, fresh from his Man Of The Match 89 in the first ODI, hit 26 off 20 to energise the hosts.

Sunil Narine and Jason Holder each hit a six in the final over to also boost the total.

Bangladesh’s run chase faltered early when Holder removed the first ODI century-maker Anamul Haque for seven, via a low edge to the wicketkeeper.

Fellow seamers Roach and Rampaul further dented the pursuit as Imrul Kayes (1) top-edged to deep backward square leg and Shamsur Rahman (4) was bowled off the under edge.

Narine claimed captain Mushfiqur Rahim (6) and all-rounder Mahmudullah (0) off successive deliveries in the 16th over.

Mushfiqur edged a cut, while Mahmudullah was bowled through the gate with a delivey which kept low as it spun in to him.

Those Narine wickets sparked a collapse in which the last seven wickets tumbled for a mere 13 runs with Bangladesh going from 57 for three to 70 all out, just 12 runs more than the 58 they made against the Windies in 2011 and the same score versus India in June, earlier this year.

Roach eventually removed Tamim to a chipped catch to midwicket. The left-hander hit five fours off 50 balls.

The end came swiftly with a run-out of last man Al-Amin Hossain. (AP/EZS)

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