Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal produced crucial half-centuries to help Bangladesh clinch one-day series over West Indies. The hosts put in a clinical performance with the ball to win the game by eight wickets in Sylhet. Bangladesh bowlers did a terrific job to restrict to a below-par score of 198 in 50 overs.
Chasing 199 for the win, Bangladesh openers got the side off to decent start and added 45 runs for the opening wicket. Liton Das scored 23 off 33 with the help of five boundaries. Kemo Paul dismissed Das to see Bangladesh lose their first wicket. Soumya Sarkar came to the crease and formed a 131-run partnership with Iqbal to put Bangladesh in a great position to win the match.
Tamim Iqbal notched up his 44th fifty in limited-overs cricket and smashed nine boundaries. He remained unbeaten to score 81 off 104 balls. Sarkar also produced fluent innings and scored 80 off 81 balls with the help of five fours and five sixes. Iqbal struck the winning runs to complete the chase in the 38th over of the innings.
For West Indies, Kemo Paul was a standout bowler with two wickets to his name. The rest of the bowling attack failed to take any wickets.
Earlier in the day, West Indies lost the wickets at regular intervals as Bangladesh bowlers maintained the pressure throughout the innings. Mehidy Hasan Miraaz was a standout bowler and finished with figures of 4 for 29 in 10 overs. Shai Hope was the lone performer in the batting department and smashed unbeaten 108 runs off 131 balls with the help of nine fours and a six.
For Bangladesh, Shakib Al Mortaza and Captain Mashrafe Mortaza picked two wickets apiece. Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraaz was named man of the match for his scintillating bowling performance. Shai Hope was named man of the series for his superlative batting performance.