Denesh Ramdin and Darren Bravo hit centuries in a record partnership as the West Indies completed a clean sweep of the three-match one-day international series against Bangladesh with a 91-run victory on Monday.
Ramdin blazed 169 and dominated a 258-run third-wicket partnership with Bravo (124) to pace the West Indies to 338 for seven batting first.
Needing a monumental effort to even be competitive after their capitulation for just 70 in the second one-dayer, Bangladesh were boosted by a 99-run third-wicket stand between Tamim Iqbal (55) and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (72) but were never really in the hunt and could only manage 247 for eight in reply.
Ramdin’s effort, highlighted by 11 sixes and eight fours off 121 balls, equalled batting legend Brian Lara for the third-highest individual innings by a West Indian in one-dayers.
Only Vivian Richards has higher individual scores — 189 not out against England in Manchester in 1984 and 181 against Sri Lanka at the 1987 World Cup in Karachi.
Bravo may have been overshadowed by the wicketkeeper-batsman’s big hitting, but he eventually unfurled his most fluent and powerful shots, hammering eight sixes and seven fours off 127 deliveries.
Bangladesh were left to rue as Mushfiq missed a straightforward stumping chance off Abdur Razzak when Bravo was just on ten.
Razzak himself was subsequently at fault in the field as he moved lethargically at mid-on towards a miscued swing by Ramdin, then on 35, off Mashrafee bin Murtaza.
Al-Amin Hossain removed the dangerous Chris Gayle to a catch at the wicket early on and then returned to add the key wicket of Darren Sammy in the 48th over.
He was even more impressive in the final over, conceding just two runs and dismissing Ramdin and Jason Holder off successive deliveries to finish with the deserved figures of four for 49, lifting his tally of wickets in the series to ten.
West Indies 338-7 in 50 overs (D Ramdin 169, DM Bravo 124; Al-Amin 4-59) v Bangladesh 247-8 in 50 overs (Mushfiq 72, Tamim 55, Mahmudullah 27, Nasir 26, Sohag 24; R Rampaul 4-29); Result: West Indies won by 91 runs; Man of the match: D Ramdin (West Indies); Man of the series: D Ramdin (West Indies)
Discussion about this post