BAN vs WI: Sarkar and Mosaddek lead Bangladesh to historic ODI win

Soumya Sarkar and Mosaddek Hossain hit half-centuries to help Bangladesh win a rain-shortened final in Malahide on Friday.

Soumya Sarkar plays a shot en route to his 66 against the West Indies at Malahide on Friday.

Bangladesh's Soumya Sarkar plays a shot en route to his 66 against West Indies at Malahide on Friday.   -  AFP

Bangladesh won its first one-day tournament final as it put up a clinical batting display to beat West Indies in the tri-nation series final at Malahide.

With West Indies' promising innings disrupted by rain, the match was cut to 24 overs per-side when play eventually resumed at 17:30 local time.

Shai Hope (74) and Sunil Ambris (69 not out) had been in the middle of an impressive partnership, but the break seemed to serve Bangladesh – without the injured Shakib Al Hasan – well, as it came out with renewed vigour.

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Set a revised target of 210, Bangladesh stepped up the tempo with the bat – Soumya Sarkar (66) and Mosaddek Hossain (52 n.o.) both hitting half-centuries - as the side reached its target with seven balls and five wickets remaining.

Put into bat, West Indies looked set to be heading for a high total before rain stopped play 20 overs into proceedings, Hope and Ambris having shared a century opening stand.

The Windies came back after a lengthy delay at 131-0, but lost Hope when he picked out Mosaddek off Mehidy Hasan’s bowling.

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West Indies finished up on 152-1, but Bangladesh's target was upped based on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

Sarkar cruised to a half-century in 27 balls before succumbing to Raymon Reifer on 66, having hit nine fours and three sixes during his stint at the crease.

Sabbir Rahman's two-ball duck put the Windies in the ascendancy, but a measured 36 from Mushfiqur Rahim put Bangladesh back in contention.

Mosaddek took full advantage, smashing five sixes as he raced to 52 from just 24 balls before Mahmudullah hit a precise cover drive for four to secure a historic victory ahead of the Cricket World Cup.

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