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Bangladesh win ODI series against Windies

England are on the brink of Test victory over India as Bangladesh claim one-day series win in decider.
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2012 17:12
Shafiul Islam (L) claimed three wickets including the wicket of Chris Gayle during final ODI [AFP]

A spirited Bangladesh led by all-rounder Mohammad Mamhmudullah edged out the West Indies in the fifth and final one-day by four wickets in Dhaka on Saturday, taking the series 3-2.

Mahmudullah took 2-38 to help the home team bowl the tourists for 217 in 48 overs and then scored a polished 48 to help the home team chase down the target for the loss of eight wickets with six overs to spare.

Bangladesh won the first match by seven wickets and the second by 160 runs - both in Khulna. The West Indies levelled the series with a four wicket win in the third and 75 runs in the fourth.

Both teams will now play a Twenty20 international in Dhaka on Monday.

It was Mahmudullah and captain Mushfiqur Rahim (44) who set the home team on the victory path through their 91-run stand for the fourth wicket after paceman Kemar Roach (5-56) had derailed them in early overs.

Roach struck thrice in his first five overs, removing Tamim Iqbal (eight), Anamul Haque (nought) and Jahurul Islam (10) to leave the home team in disarray at 30-3.

Mahmudullah hit seven boundaries in his 45-ball knock while Rahim smacked as many boundaries in his 56-ball knock.

But the West Indies staged a comeback through Sunil Narine (3-38) as the spinner removed both the batsmen in the space of 12 runs.

Nasir Hossain (39 not out) and Mominul Haque (25) added 53 for the sixth wicket as Bangladesh survived a late order slump to reach the target. Nasir hit Andre Russell for the winning boundary to send the packed crowd into jubiliation.

England are close, closer than close, to victory over India in the third Test. 

India avoided an innings loss battling to 239-9 at the end of day four. However, they lead by only 32 runs which should be easily rattled off by England on the final day. 

India made a positive start to the day racing to 86-0 at lunch. But straight after the break Graeme Swann bowled Virender Sehwag sparking a collapse that saw India lose six wickets for just 36 runs.  

It is now up to remaining batsmen Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha to achieve a miracle at the crease. That, or one of the biggest collapses ever known.  

India are England are currently level 1-1 in the series. 

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