Sammy leads WI to series-levelling win
DHAKA, Bangladesh – A timely, all-round intervention from Darren Sammy dragged West Indies to a 75-run victory in the fourth One-day International against Bangladesh on Friday here, drawing them level in the five-match series.
The Windies captain, batting at eight, struck five fours and two sixes in an unbeaten 60 from 62 balls, dragging his side to a respectable 211 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs, after they were put in to bat on a damp Sher-e-Bangla Stadium pitch.
Sammy made himself a shoo-in for the Man-of-the-Match award, when he returned to gain appreciable bounce and movement from the surface with the new ball to further silence a crowd of 24,725, knocking over the Bangladeshi top order, snaring 3-28 from eight overs, as the hosts were bowled out for 136.
Dwayne Smith formalised the victory for the visitors with 95 balls remaining, when Sammy held a catch at gully to dismiss last man Abdur Razzak for three.
Smith ended with 2-7 from 2.1 overs, Kemar Roach grabbed 2-29 from eight overs and Veerasammy Permaul took 2-35 from eight overs, as Mahmudullah gathered the top score of 56 not out from 78 balls for Bangladesh, whose captain Mushfiqur Rahim made 27 and was the only other batsman to pass 20.
The result meant that the series is now level 2-2, after Bangladesh won the first ODI by seven wickets last Fiday at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in the south-western city of Khulna, where they also won the second ODI by 160 runs two days later.
West Indies fought back to win the third ODI by four wickets this past Wednesday here – and both sides now look forward to clinch the series when the final ODI is contested on Saturday at this venue.
The Windies batting again struggled and the Caribbean side stumbled to 102 for six in the 32nd over until Sammy came to the crease and rescued them, putting on 43 for the seventh wicket with Darren Bravo.
The left-handed Bravo made 34 from 61 balls before he gave a tame return catch to off-spinner Sohag Gazi in the 43rd over.
Sammy continued to lead the fight, after Gazi dropped him on 30 at deep mid-wicket off Mashrafe Mortaza in the 46th over, giving his side a welcomed boost, collecting most of the 36 runs they accumulated in the final three overs.
Sammy, sharing the new ball with Roach, then undermined Bangladesh’s brittle top-order with two wickets in his first over – the second of the innings – when he held a return catch to remove Anamul Haque for one and had Naeem Islam caught low down at second slip by Bravo for a first-ball duck.
Roach followed up, striking twice in the following over, when he bowled the dangerous Tamim Iqbal for one and had Nasir Hossain caught behind for two three deliveries later.
Sammy sunk the Bangladeshis to 13 for five in the sixth over, when he had Mominul Haque caught at square leg for one before Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur added 74 for the sixth wicket to add some backbone to the home team’s batting.
Off-spinner Sunil Narine made the breakthrough, when he had Mushfiqur stumped in a flash by wicketkeeper Devon Thomas in the 22nd over before Permaul and Smith worked their way through the lower order.
WEST INDIES (maximum 50 overs)
C. Gayle c Sohag Gazi b Mashrafe Mortaza 16
K. Powell lbw b Elias Sunny 26
M. Samuels c Anamul Haque b Elias Sunny 27
D.R. Smith b Abdur Razzak 0
D.M. Bravo c and b Sohag Gazi 34
K. Pollard c wkpr Mushfiqur Rahim b Mahmudullah 2
+D. Thomas b Mahmudullah 10
*D. Sammy not out 60
V. Permaul c Nasir Hossain b Mahmudullah 1
S. Narine c Mominul Haque b Abdur Razzak 13
K. Roach not out 3
Extras (lb5, w14) 19
TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 211
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Gayle, 5.6 overs); 2-71 (Samuels, 17.1); 3-75 (Smith, 18.1); 4-75 (Powell, 19.3); 5-79 (Pollard, 23.3); 6-102 (Thomas, 31.4); 7-145 (Bravo, 42.5); 8-155 (Permaul, 43.5); 9-175 (Narine, 46.2)
Bowling: Sohag Gazi 10-1-38-1; Mashrafe Mortaza 10-0-54-1 (w5); Abdur Razzak 10-1-47-2 (w1); Elias Sunny 10-2-21-2; Mahmudullah 10-1-46-3 (w8)
BANGLADESH (target: 212 off 50 overs)
Tamim Iqbal b Roach 1
Anamul Haque c and b Sammy 1
Naeem Islam c Bravo b Sammy 0
*+Mushfiqur Rahim st Thomas b Narine 27
Nasir Hossain c wkpr Thomas b Roach 2
Mominul Haque c Pollard b Sammy 1
Mahmudullah not out 56
Sohag Gazi c wkpr Thomas b Permaul 13
Elias Sunny b Permaul 0
Mashrafe Mortaza lbw b Smith 6
Abdur Razzak lbw b Smith 3
Extras (lb5, w21) 26
TOTAL (all out, 34.1 overs) 136
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Anamul Haque, 1.4 overs); 2-3 (Naeem Islam, 1.5); 3-4 (Tamim Iqbal, 2.2); 4-7 (Nasir Hossain, 2.5); 5-13 (Mominul Haque, 5.3); 6-87 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 21.2 ov); 7-113 (Sohag Gazi, 27.2); 8-113 (Elias Sunny, 27.3); 9-132 (Mashrafe Mortaza, 32.5)
Bowling: Roach 8-0-29-2 (w7); Sammy 8-1-28-3 (w3); Narine 8-1-32-1 (w10); Permaul 8-0-35-2 (w1); Smith 2.1-0-7-2
Result: West Indies won by 75 runs
Series: Five-match series level 2-2
Umpires: Enamul Haque (Bangladesh), Ranmore Martinesz (Sri Lanka)
TV Replay umpire: Anisur Rahman (Bangladesh)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Reserve umpire: Gazi Sohel (Bangladesh)