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Wisden Cricinfo staff
May 19, 2004
West Indies 119 for 3 (Devon Smith 39*) beat Bangladesh 118 for 7 (Bashar 42) by seven wickets
West Indies won the third and final one-dayer against Bangladesh by seven wickets at St George's. After Bangladesh reached 118 for 7 from 25 overs, Devon Smith guided his side home with five balls to spare. Thus they took the series 3-0, and while the first two games were a little too close for comfort for West Indies, at least today was a more convincing win.
The game was reduced to 25 overs per side after heavy rain, which originally threatened to wash out the game. Once play got underway in the afternoon, Habibul Bashar, the Bangladesh captain, won the toss and chose to bat.
It was Bashar himself who played a captain's innings of 42 to hold together Bangladesh's innings after they again slipped to a stumbling start. Bashar, helped by Rajin Saleh, Faisal Hossain and Mushfiqur Rahman, who all made useful contributions, boosted their total to a respectable one. Dwayne Smith was the leading bowler for West Indies, taking 3 for 24, including the wicket of Bashar.
Devon Smith, opening West Indies' innings with Ricardo Powell in place of Chris Gayle, provided the backbone of the innings. After Powell was caught off Mushfiqur Rahman for 17 (21 for 1), Dwayne Smith gave proceedings some momentum with 23 from 24 balls, including four boundaries, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul then scored a handy 24 to put West Indies within sight of the finishing line.
Ramnaresh Sarwan, West Indies' captain, who was still standing in for the rested Brian Lara, kept his cool towards the end before Smith fittingly hit the winning runs from the first ball of the final over.
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