Sylhet: Shai Hope's unbeaten century went in vain as Bangladesh beat West Indies by eight wickets in the third and final one-day international to win the three-match series 2-1 in Sylhet on Friday.
Hope struck an unbeaten 108 off 131 balls but West Indies could score just 198 in their stipulated 50 overs after Bangladesh spinner Mehidy Hasan recorded his career best figure of 4-29.
Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar then made unbeaten 81 and 80 runs respectively as Bangladesh cruised to 202-2 in 38.3 overs for a series victory.
Keemo Paul took both the wickets that fell in Bangladesh innings, giving away 38 runs.
Mehidy then removed Shimron Hetmyer (nought) and skipper Rovman Powell (1) in no time as Windies lost half of their side before they could touch the 100-run mark.
While wickets kept falling at the other end, Hope continued to play with the field and kept the scoreboard ticking. Meanwhile, Shakib Al Hasan (2 for 40) dismissed all-rounders Roston Chase (8) and Fabian Allen (6) as the visiting side were reduced to 143 for 7.
Hope finally found some decent support from Keemo Paul (12) and ensured Windies bowlers had something to defend. Hope, who also smashed 10 fours in his innings, brought up his fourth ODI century with a maximum over long-off.
Bangladesh needed a decent start to bat Windes out of the game and they got one from Tamim and Liton Das. The two added 45 runs for the opening wicket and looked quite comfortable against the abortive Windies bowlers. Liton fell prey to Paul in the 11th over for 23 but the arrival of Sarkar brought more bad news for the touring side.
While Tamim was slightly careful with his approach, Sarkar took apart Windies bowlers one by one and didn't allow anyone to settle in. Sarkar especially went after the spinners and tonked them for five sixes. In the process, both the left-handers completed their half-centuries.
The 131-run stand finally came to an end in the 36th over when Paul knocked over Sarkar, but only after the 25-year-old smoked five fours and as many sixes during his stay in the middle. Coming in at No. 4, Mushfiqur Rahim (16*) took care of the pending work and propelled Bangladesh to a solid victory alongside Tamim, who hit nine fours in his innings.
Bangladesh won the first match by five wickets on Sunday before West Indies levelled the series with a four-wicket win in the second match two days later.