Samuels century steers West Indies to vital victory
DHAKA, Dec 5: Marlon Samuels hit a fighting hundred to help the West Indies stage a comeback in their One-day International series against Bangladesh with a four-wicket win in the third match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old Jamaican notched a 149-ball 126 to steer the West Indies to a 228-run target with three overs to spare after Sunil Narine (4-37) bowled the home team for 227 in 49.1 overs.
Samuels fell in the 47th over with only six required for a win, hitting 17 boundaries and two sixes and more importantly ensuring he held one end intact to help the tourists keep the five-match series alive at 2-1.
Bangladesh won the first match by seven wickets and the second by 160 runs — both in Khulna. The fourth and fifth matches will be played here on Friday and Saturday.
Samuels added an invaluable 111 runs for the second wicket with Kieran Powell (47) after opener Chris Gayle fell for just four in the fourth over, caught behind off Mashrafe Mortaza for his third failure in the series.
Despite losing three wickets in the middle overs, Samuels kept his cool and reached his fourth one-day hundred with a single off Mominul Haque before hitting three fours and two sixes in paceman Rubel Hossain’s 45th over.
Abdur Razzak and Mashrafe took two wickets apiece.
Earlier, Mohammad Mahmudullah (52), Mushfiqur Rahim (38) and Anamul Haque (33) were the main run-getters for Bangladesh who were sent into bat.
Tamim Iqbal (22) and Anamul looked solid during their opening stand of 57 before Bangladesh lost four wickets in the space of just 21 runs, with Narine taking three.
A sixth wicket stand of 58 between Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah allowed the hosts to get back on track. Mahmudullah hit three
fours and a six off 70 balls and ensured his team got past 200.—AFP