DUBLIN, Ireland – Shai Hope sustained his impressive form and his captain Jason Holder found the right touch for West Indies in the Tri-Nations Series today.

But they failed to ignite the rest of the west Indies – and Bangladesh walked away with a comfortable five-wicket victory in the penultimate match of the preliminary competition at Malahide, to reach the Final on Friday in a rematch at this venue.

Hope gathered a typically composed 87 from 108 balls that included six fours and one six and anchored the visitors to 247 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs, after they chose to bat.

The West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman was again the glue that held the top order of the batting together, carry his aggregate for the series to 396 runs at an average of 99, as he engineered a recovery with Holder, after the Caribbean side stumbled to 99 for four in the 24th over.

Hope, who has scored 1,153 at 67.82 over the last 18 months for West Indies, shared 112 for the fifth wicket with Holder, whose 62 from 76 balls included three fours and one six.

There was little substance or stability from the rest of the West Indies batting following his departure, as left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman grabbed 4-43 from nine overs and Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza took 3-60 from his allotted 10 overs to undermine the lower order.

West Indies failed to make an early breakthrough, when Bangladesh started their pursuit, but off-spinner Ashley Nurse was the pick of the bowlers, capturing 3-53 from his allotted 10 overs.

The rest of the West Indies attack failed to make any impact on the hard, true pitch, and the Bangladeshi top-order led by half-centuries from wicketkeeper/batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and opener Soumya Sarkar coasted the Asian side to victory with 16 balls remaining.


Source: CWI Media

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