West Indies in Bangladesh, 2012
Bangladesh Win Series after Late Drama
8 December 2012
Bangladesh managed to hold their nerve and pull off a tense chase as they won the 5th ODI by 2 wickets and won the 5 match ODI series 3-2 after restricting the tourists to 217 at Mirpur Sher E Bangla Stadium in Dhaka today. There was chaos and drama before the winning run was scored by Nasir Hossain as Elias Sunny failed to complete a run in the previous ball and started to celebrate prematurely. West Indies attempted a run out amid the confusion, but luckily no one was considered out of the crease and play resumed. In the next delivery Nasir smashed a boundary to put all the confusion to bed and clinch the series for Bangladesh. This is Bangladesh's second ODI series win at home against a top opposition after securing a 4-0 whitewash against the Kiwis in October 2010.
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and invited West Indies to bat first considering the spin heavy Bangladesh attack and the evening dew factor. Bangladesh started positively by reducing West Indies to 17 for 3 in 7.2 overs. West Indies started the repair job through Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard who soon cut loose and threatened to bat Bangladesh out of the game as he smashed 8 sixes in a 132 run stand with Bravo.
Bangladesh managed to remove Pollard in the 32nd over of the match through part time spinner Mominul Haque and West Indies innings spectacularly imploded to 217 all out from a commanding 149 for 3. Shafiul Islam picked 3 wickets while Mahmudullah and Mominul bagged 2 wickets each to derail the West Indies innings.
Bangladesh's chase started in the worst possible way as they suddenly found themselves on 30 for 3 and repeat performance of 4th ODI was a realistic possibility. However, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim and vice captain Mahmudullah revived Bangladesh through a positive 91 run partnership in 12.4 overs. West Indies again came back strongly by removing both them leaving Bangladesh on 133 for 5 still needing 85 runs for victory.
Nasir Hossain and young Mominul Haque resisted any further damage through a vital 51 run partnership and Sohag Gazi chipped in with a useful 19 before the late drama and chaotic finish to secure series win for Bangladesh.