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West Indies level the series with a big win in 4th ODI

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An excellent all-round show by skipper Darren Sammy saw the West Indies beat hosts Bangladesh by a comprehensive margin of 75 runs in the 4th ODI of the 5 match series in Dhaka on Friday. After being put into bat the Windies were in trouble at one stage on 102-6 before Darren Sammy (60*) and Darren Bravo (34) turned things around for the visitors and helped them post a respectable 211 all out on the board in their 50 overs. Sammy then completed the job with the ball, striking twice, early in the Bangladeshi innings to rock their chase and ended up with figures of 3/28 for the match. Bangladesh were poor in their effort as they managed only 136 runs and were bowled out in just 34.1 overs.

The West Indies top three in Chris Gayle (16), Kieran Powell (26) and Marlon Samuels (27) all got off to decent starts but weren’t able to convert them into substantial innings. The middle order too barring Bravo (34) failed to mount a significant challenge to the Bangladeshi bowlers as Dwayne Smith went for a duck at No.5 while Kieron Pollard (2) and Devon Thomas (10) too didn’t trouble the scorers much. For Bangladesh, Mahmudullah starred with the ball, picking up 3/46 while Elias Sunny 2/21 and Abdur Razzak 2/47 gave him good support.

Darren Sammy made the only half-century of the innings, scoring 60 runs unbeaten off 81 deliveries, striking 5 fours and 2 sixes. The innings turned out to be the difference in the match as West Indies were quite comfortable in their defense of 211.

Bangladesh were rocked early in their chase as their top order, which had contributed significantly earlier in the series fell cheaply. The hosts were reduced to a hopeless 13/5 in the 4th over with Tamim Iqbal (1), Anamul Haque(1), Naeem Islam (0), Nasir Hossain (2) Mominul Haque(1) departing without making a contribution. Bangladesh were taken to some level of respectability by their skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (27) and Mahmudullah (56*) and they seemed like making a reasonable recovery. Once the 74 run stand was broken by Sunil Narine though it was all over for Bangladesh as none of the tailenders could make another significant score to keep Mahmudullah company. The hosts were bowled out as a result for 136 and lost the 4th ODI by a significant margin of 75 runs.

That win brought the Windies level 2-2 in the series with one game to play. The tide has turned in favour of the visitors who finally seem to have to come to grips with the conditions with one more game to play.


West Indies: K Powell, C Gayle, D Bravo, M Samuels, K Pollard, D Smith, D Thomas, D Sammy, V Permaul, S Narine, K Roach

Bangladesh: T Iqbal, A Haque, N Islam, N Hossain, M Rahim, M Haque, Mahmudullah, A Razzak, S Gazi, M Mortaza,· E Sunny

Mini Scorecard

West Indies 211 all out (50 overs, 4.22 rpo)

D Sammy 60*(81) Mahmudullah 3/46

D Bravo 34(61)  E Sunny 2/21

Bangladesh 136 all out (34.1 overs, 3.98 rpo)

Mahmudullah 56*(78) D Sammy 3/28

M Rahim 27(58)  D Smith 2/7