Nicholas Pooran’s sizzling half-century handed the West Indies victory in the 3rd T20I against Bangladesh at Providence and the series 2-0.
Afif Hossain (50) and Litton Das (49) shared a partnership of 57 after the visitors opted to bat after winning the toss.
Their efforts and 22 from Mahmudullah were essential in Bangladesh’s 163 for 5.
Hayden Walsh Jr took 2 for 25, while Romario Shepherd (1/19) and Odean Smith (1/34) were also among the wickets.
West Indies were 43 for 3 after 6.1 overs before Kyle Mayers (55) put on 85 with skipper Pooran.
Pooran took over after Mayers departed, as the West Indies wiped off the remaining 42 runs for victory in the next 22 balls.
The left-hander struck five sixes and five fours in his 39-ball knock to end on 74 not out.
West Indies won by five wickets with 10 balls to spare and clinched the series 2-0 with the first match in Dominica abandoned because of rain.
Nasum Ahmed took 2 for 44, while Mahedi Hasan (1/21) and Shakib Al Hasan (1/10) also claimed wickets for the visitors.
Pooran was named Player of the Match and Player of the Series after racking up a tournament-best 108 runs.
The West Indies captain, who captained the Guyana Amazon Warriors during the 2021 Caribbean Premier League, expressed his love for Guyana after the game.
“I definitely love Guyana. I love performing here. We wanted to bat first and get some batting practice. Kyle batted really well and coming by leaps and bounds. I ask my players to trust me. They are not always going to like me,” he said after the match.
“The pitch was under covers and if it was ideal for someone, it was Mayers. Odean Smith could’ve put us ahead in the game if he batted well. That was the intention behind sending him in,” the West Indies skipper added.
The first match of the three-game ODI series is on 10 July at Providence Stadium, Guyana.
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