Bangladesh sweep West Indies in ODI series

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Bangladesh have completed a clean sweep of the ODI series in the Caribbean by winning the third match against a depleted West Indies team by four wickets.

Bangladesh were favoured to win an 11th consecutive ODI against the West Indies, especially after bowling out the home side in the 49th over for 178, their best total of the series on Saturday.

The West Indies were handicapped further when allrounder Keemo Paul pulled a hamstring and didn't bowl, and part-time medium-pacer Rovman Powell suffered a side strain after delivering 11 balls.

The West Indies used seven bowlers but after spinner Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai used up his 10 overs for a team-best 4-23, Bangladesh strolled to the win at 6-179 with nine balls to spare.

While Bangladesh respected Motie-Kanhai, who claimed captain Tamim Iqbal, caught and bowled Liton Das, bowled Afif Hossain and Mosaddek Hossain, the batters comfortably took runs off everyone else.

Tamim got 34 before miscuing a sweep to fine leg and Liton pushed the scoring with 50 off 65 balls.

Mosaddek charged Motie-Kanhai and hit it straight to the long off fielder to leave Bangladesh on a worrying 5-116, but after Motie-Kanhai finished, Mahmudullah (26) and Mehidy Hasan Miraz (16 not out) remained calm to complete the task.

Bangladesh made one inspired change from the second ODI, giving spinner Taijul Islam his first international match on the tour ahead of pacer Shoriful Islam. Taijul took a career-best 5-28 in 10 overs.

Earlier captain Nicholas Pooran made his ninth 50, which was his slowest in 93 balls, as Taijul, Mustafizur and Mosaddek strangled the home side by bowling a combined 29 overs at less than three per over.

The ODI series was consolation for Bangladesh after losing the Test and T20 series.

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