By Azad Majumder
DHAKA, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Marlon Samuels rode his luck for a century as West Indies overcame some nervous moments to beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the third one-day international on Wednesday and keep the series alive after losing the first two.
Samuels’s 126 anchored the chase as West Indies reached 228 with three overs in hand after their spinners, led by Sunil Narine (4-37), had restricted Bangladesh to 227 runs in 49.1 overs.
The visitors trail the five-match series 2-1.
West Indies lost opener Chris Gayle for four but Samuels steadied the innings thanks to a 111-run second-wicket stand with Kieran Powell (47) who had replaced out of form Lendl Simmons for the game.
Mahmudullah broke the dogged partnership when he dragged Powell out of his crease for Mushfiqur Rahim to complete the stumping and put Bangladesh back in the contest.
Off-spinner Sohag Gazi got rid of Darren Bravo for 13 before Abdur Razzak took the wickets of Dwayne Smith (4) and Kieran Pollard (1), leaving West Indies extremely nervous.
But Samuels survived somehow to ensure West Indies did not throw the match away and his 149-ball innings included 17 fours and two sixes.
“It’s a difficult pitch to bat on and runs on the board are always meant to be difficult to get,” Samuels told reporters.
”Its just the way I approached it. I went and batted at three and I knew that the pitch was turning and that I had the technique to bat in the early overs and so the other batsmen could bat around me.
“I did a little bit of work this morning. The coach threw a couple of balls to me and gave me a bit of information about the things that have been creeping in my mind the last couple of days,” he added.
The right-hander, however, lived dangerously. Rahim dropped an edge off Mahmudullah on 61 before Mashrafe Mortaza grassed a simple catch at slip with Samuels on 96.
When Mortaza got him out finally, the match was all but over with West Indies needing just six runs.
Narine earlier made the most out of the turning wicket to derail Bangladesh’s top order after Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque gave the home side a positive start with a 57-run opening stand.
Narine took Tamim (22) and then Naeem Islam (4) in one over before he had Anamul for 33.
Debutant Veerasammy Permaul then removed Nasir Hossain and Gayle join the attack to send back Mominul Haque (12) as Bangladesh reached 110-5.
Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah rescued the hosts from an embarrassing total but the batting powerplay did the damage.
Bangladesh could add just 14 runs in five overs of powerplay and lost the wicket of Mushfiqur (38) and Mashrafe in the process.
Mahmudullah, who was out for 52, and Gazi (30) provided some late resistance to give the Tigers a total from where they could at least compete. (Editing By Alison Wildey)