Bangladesh has completed a clean sweep of the West Indies by securing a 120-run victory in the third and final one-day cricket international.
Skipper Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah all hit half-centuries for Bangladesh to help the hosts post 6-297 in Chittagong on Monday.
Shakib hit a patient 51 in his first half century since returning to cricket following a suspension imposed by the International Cricket Council for his failure to report corrupt approaches. The all-rounder was named player of the series.
The West Indies were bowled out for 177 in 44.2 overs, with Bangladesh’s bowlers denying them any significant partnerships.
“The hunger that the boys showed, coming back into international cricket after such a long time, was appreciable,” Tamim said.
Tamim scored 64 from 80 balls at the top of the order to establish the innings while Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah paced the innings toward the end. All three scored 64.
Bangladesh lost Liton Das without scoring in the first over before Nazmul Hossain was trapped lbw by Kyle Mayers for 20, leaving Bangladesh at 2-38 in the ninth over.
A 93-run third-wicket stand between Tamim and Shakib steadied the innings.
West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph broke the partnership, dismissing Tamim, and then Shakib was bowled by Raymon Reifer.
Joseph and Reifier took two wickets each.
“Our batting has been poor throughout the series,” West Indies coach Phil Simmons said.
Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman denied West Indies a fluent start in its pursuit of a stiff chase. He broke through with the wicket of Kjorn Ottley before removing Sunil Ambris (13) for the third time in a row in the series.
Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan and Saifuddin then ripped through the middle order, reducing the visitors to 5-93.
The two teams will play a two-match test series, starting on February 3.