31 July 2009
An unbeaten half-century by all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad (51*) helped Bangladesh to seal the first ever ODI series clean sweep against a current Test playing nation as Bangladesh defeated West Indies by 3 wickets in the 3rd and final ODI of the Digicel series at Warner Park in St Kitts today.
Winning the toss and batting, the West Indies managed to post 248 all out off 47.4 overs, but the Tigers, despite some nervy moments in the middle overs, successfully chase down their target with seven balls to spare.
The Tigers were led by opener Junaid Siddique who top-scored with 55 from 73 balls, while all-rounder Mahmudullah hit an unbeaten 51 from 70 balls to guide the tourists home.
Fast bowler Kemar Roach bagged four for 63 while all-rounder Darren Sammy picked up two for 37.
"After winning the Test series, we were looking forward to this ODI series," said Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan.
"It was a total team effort. Every time the team was under pressure, someone was able to put their hands up and do the job. This success in the Caribbean will help to take us to the next level."
However, West Indies skipper Floyd Reifer was understandably disappointed after losing both Test and ODI series.
"I think throughout the series we needed to build more and better partnerships when we were batting," said Reifer.
"Whenever we seem to be building partnerships, the guys always seem to be getting out at the wrong time. They needed to carry on at crucial stages in the game."
He added: "But we had a young, inexperienced team. We have got to continue to play hard, keep talking more about the game, and looking back at our mistakes.
"All the games were very close, and it was just that we kept making crucial mistakes at crucial times."
The two teams will meet again for the only T20 international of the series at the same venue on Sunday.