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MATCH-WINNER:Marlon Samuels's 126 off 149 balls helped Windies to victory in the third ODI.— PHOTO: AFP
MATCH-WINNER:Marlon Samuels's 126 off 149 balls helped Windies to victory in the third ODI.— PHOTO: AFP

Marlon Samuels hit a fighting hundred to help the West Indies stage a comeback in their One-Day Internationals series against Bangladesh with a five-wicket win in the third match in Dhaka on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old Jamaican notched a 149-ball 126 to steer the West Indies to a 228-run target with three overs to spare after Sunil Narine (4-37) bowled the home team for 227 in 49.1 overs.

Samuels fell in the 47th over with only six required for a win, hitting 17 boundaries and two sixes and more importantly ensuring he held one end intact to help the tourists keep the five-match series alive at 2-1.

Bangladesh won the first match by seven wickets and the second by 160 runs — both in Khulna.

The fourth and fifth matches will be played here on Friday and Saturday.

Fourth century

losing three wickets in the middle overs, Samuels kept his cool and reached his fourth one-day hundred with a single off Mominul Haque before hitting three fours and two sixes in paceman Rubel Hossain's 45th over.

Earlier, Mohammad Mahmudullah (52), Mushfiqur Rahim (38) and Anamul Haque (33) were the main run-getters for Bangladesh who were sent into bat. — AFP

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