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West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer smashed a superb 125, while captain Jason Holder defended eight runs off the final over to lead their side to a thrilling three-run win over Bangladesh in the second ODI in Guyana.
Hetmyer’s knock also levelled the series at 1-1.
Being put in to bat first, the West Indies lost opener Evin Lewis early on as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza for 12 runs.
Lewis’ opening partner, Chris Gayle, managed to make 29 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
Shai Hope and Jason Mohammed fell shortly after before Hetmyer and Rovman Powell stabilised the innings with a 103-run partnership, during which Hetmyer cruised past his fifty.
Powell ended up making 44 before he was clean bowled by Rubel Hossain.
Once Powell was gone, the West Indies began to lose wickets in a hurry, but Hetmyer continued to frustrate Bangladesh and went on to score 125 off 93 balls, which included three boundaries and seven sixes.
Thanks to Hetmyer’s knock, the hosts made 271 before being bowled out.
Rubel was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Mortaza and Mehidy, they chipped in with one wicket each.
Chasing 272 to win, Bangladesh made a disappointing start to their innings as opener Anamul Haque was cleaned up by Alzarri Joseph for 23.
Tamim Iqbal and Shakib made up for the loss of Anamul with a 97-run partnership, during which Tamim brought up his half-century.
However, he was unable to make the most of it as he was stumped by Hope off the bowling of Devendra Bishoo for 54, which came off 85 balls and included six boundaries.
Shakib went on to score 56 off 72 deliveries, which included five boundaries, before he was caught by Keemo Paul off the bowling of Ashley Nurse.
Despite losing Tamim and Shakib in quick succession, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim came to the rescue with an 87-run stand before Mahmudullah was run out by Nurse for 39.
Sabbir Rahman fell on the last ball of the 49th over, and Bangladesh were subsequently left needing eight runs to win off the final over.
However, disaster struck on the first ball as Rahim hit a full toss straight to Paul at deep midwicket off the bowling of Holder for 68, which came off 67 balls and included five boundaries and six.
With Holder conceding three runs off the next four balls, Bangladesh were left needing five runs to win off the last ball of the match.
However, Mortaza could not get the job done as he only managed a single after striking the ball down to long-on.
Joseph, Holder, Nurse, Paul and Bishoo claimed one wicket each.
Hetmyer was named Man of the Match.