Soumya Sarkar, Mosaddek Hossain star as Bangladesh clinch Ireland Tri-series

Soumya Sarkar and Mosaddek Hossain smashed half-centuries to help Bangladesh beat West Indies in the finals of Ireland Tri-series played at Malahide in Dublin. In a rain-affected game, West Indies played well and scored 152 runs in 24 overs. Due to Duckworth-Lewis method, Bangladesh needed 210 runs to win the tri-series.

Chasing 210 runs for victory, Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar got the side off to a flier and added 59 runs in space of five overs. Iqbal perished while trying to play too many shots as Shannon Gabriel provided crucial breakthrough for the West Indies. Sabbir Rahman was trapped right in front to see Gabriel claim his second wicket of the innings.

Despite losing early wickets, Sarkar continued to attack the likes of Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel. Mushfiqur Rahim came to the crease and played a supporting role to Sarkar to help Bangladesh keep the scoreboard ticking in their innings. The duo added 49 runs to see Bangladesh placed in a strong position to win the game. Sarkar scored 66 off 41 balls with the help of nine fours and three sixes.

Part-time bowler Raymon Reifer came into the attack and dismissed Sarkar to see Bangladesh lose their third wicket in the 12th over of the innings. Mushfiqur Rahim played well and scored 36 off 22 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. All-rounder Fabian Allen dismissed Mohammad Mithun, who scored 17 off 14 balls with the help of one four and one six.

Mosaddek Hossain came to the crease to join Mahmudullah with Bangladesh needing another 67 runs to win the game. He took the charge and decided to take the attack to the bowlers. Mahmudullah played sensibly and picked up singles to give the strike to Mosaddek, who smashed sixes off the bowling of Jason Holder and Kemar Roach.

With Bangladesh needing 27 runs off the last three overs, Mosaddek smashed three sixes and a four off the bowling of Fabian Allen to see Bangladesh inch closer towards a historic win. Mahmudullah smashed a boundary to see Bangladesh win the game by five wickets via (Duckworth Lewis method).

Soumya Sarkar and Mosaddek Hossain smashed half-centuries to help Bangladesh beat West Indies in a rain-curtailed final played in Malahide on Friday.

Earlier in the day, Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bowl first. West Indies openers got the side off to a steady start. The side broke the shackles and picked up 13 runs off the bowling of Mohammad Saifuddin to shift gears in their innings.

Shai Hope and Sunil Ambris picked up boundaries at regular intervals to see West Indies placed in a strong position. Ambris smashed three boundaries off the bowling of Mustafizur Rahman in the 12th over. Hope smashed a four and a six to bring up his half-century and push West Indies score beyond 100-run mark.

Wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope played exceedingly well and scored 74 runs off 64 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes. He was well supported by Ambris, who chipped in with unbeaten 69 off 78 balls with the help of seven boundaries. The rain certainly played spoilsport as West Indies could only bat 24 runs and scored 152 for loss of one wicket.

However, a target of 210 runs was a stiff one for Bangladesh, who played exceedingly well to win their maiden tri-series competition. On the other hand, West Indies have yet to win a one-day series Since August 2014.

All-rounder Mosaddek Hossain was the player of the finals for his breathtaking half-century against West Indies. Wicket-keeper Shai Hope was named man of the series for scoring over 400 runs in the competition.

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