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Samuels stars in WI victory



DHAKA: Explosive batting from Marlon Samuels lifted the World Twenty20 champions West Indies to an 18-run win over Bangladesh in a high-scoring match at Shere Bangla stadium.

Samuels hit a 43-ball 85 not out to steer the champions to 197-4 in their 20 overs. While there was some blistering hitting from the home team's openers, they only managed to reach 179-1 in reply.
 
Bangladesh's openers were strong, with Tamim Iqbal hitting a 61-ball 88 and Mohammad Mahmudullah making 64. 

But the West Indies' quality spin bowling proved too much for them, with Chris Gayle conceding just 18 runs in his four overs and Samuels conceding 32.  Following Anamul Haque's dismissal for a 12-ball 22, the West Indies' spinners managed to limit their score.

Iqbal hit ten boundaries and two sixes during his knock while Mahmudullah notched up four sixes and three fours.

The defeat came after Bangladesh clinched the preceding five-match One-day series 3-2 on Saturday.

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