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Samuels lifts West Indies to victory

10 December 2012 17:09

A superb innings by Marlon Samuels fired the West Indies to an 18-run win in the only Twenty20 against Bangladesh in Mirpur on Monday.

Samuels blasted an unbeaten 85 from just 43 deliveries, including nine sixes - four of which came in the final over - as the West Indies racked up 197-4.

Bangladesh batted well in response but finished at 179-1 after Tamim Iqbal (88 not out) and Mahmudullah (64 not out) failed to keep up with the required run-rate.

Looking to bounce back after their surprise 3-2 loss in the ODI series, West Indies won the toss and elected to bat.

Openers Chris Gayle (six) and Dwayne Smith (24) departed cheaply - both bowled by Rubel Hossain (2-63 off four overs) - before Samuels and Darren Bravo (41) started hitting out.

Bravo's innings, which included five fours and two sixes, came to an end when he was stumped off the bowling of Sohag Gazi (1-44 off four) and Kieron Pollard (15) came and went relatively quickly.

Samuels continued to up the tempo and the West Indies thumped 75 runs from the final five overs of their innings, with Hossain coming in for particular punishment.

The paceman bowled the final over of the innings which went for 29, with Samuels belting four sixes and a four to help his side set a formidable target for their opponents.

Bangladesh got off to a flyer and although opener Anamul Haque (22) was dismissed in the fifth over, Iqbal and Mahmudullah put together an unbeaten 132-run partnership to give their team a glimmer of hope.

Mahmudullah scored his 64 from 48 deliveries, with the economical bowling of Chris Gayle (0-18 off four) making life difficult for the Bangladeshi batsmen.

And despite both players being set at the crease, they simply left themselves with too much to do as the West Indies won the one-off match.

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