Runs in store – Samuels says plenty scoring saved up during two-year ban

West Indies’ Marlon Samuels plays a shot as Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim watches during the third one-day… international cricket match between them in Dhaka, Bangladesh, yesterday. – AP

In-form West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has promised that there are plenty more runs to come from his bat, following an outstanding 126-run stand, which anchored the regional team to a crucial four-wicket win over Bangladesh yesterday.

The result halted a two-game losing slide, and hauled the West Indies, who trailed 2-0 in the five-match series at the start of the day, back into the runnings.

“Remember I told you that I have two years of runs put down,” Samuels told journalists in a post-match interview.

“I ain’t going to stop right now there is plenty more runs left for you to see,” he added.

Samuels, who was banned from the sport in 2007, was short of runs during the ODI series, but was back to his best when it truly mattered, scoring his highest ODI total from 149 balls, with 17 fours and two sixes.

Right arm seamer Rubel Hossain bore the brunt of Samuels’ fury in a brutal 45th over where he scored 24 runs, including three fours and two sixes, with the West Indies needing 34. But, it was far from all fireworks for the Jamaican, who batted responsibly throughout the innings.

“I’m a senior player now and that’s lots of responsibility, I don’t mind it, that’s why I can say things before I even do it and put myself under extra pressure, so I can be aware of the things I said, that way I have to deliver,” Samuels said.

But there was also a solid performance from Kieran Powell, in for his first match for the out-of-form Lendl Simmons, which formed the foundation for the Windies triumph after they lost prized opener Chris Gayle cheaply.

The pair put on 111 for the second wicket with the left-handed Powell getting 47 from 59 balls with four fours and a six. The stand between Powell and Samuels is the joint highest second-wicket stand for West Indies against Bangladesh.

Keiran Powell and Darren Bravo tried to go over the top against the spinners but fell cheaply to give Bangladesh an opening.

Abdur Razzak succeeded in picking up two wickets as his quota came to an end, getting Dwayne Smith caught in the deep and bowling Kieron Pollard.

Earlier, Bangladesh had lost the top half of their batting by the 25th over with only 116 runs on the board, before posting a total of 227 all out off 49.1 overs. West Indies reached the target off 47 overs.

The re-emergence of spinner Sunil Narine, after a bleak tour, played a significant role in the Windies comeback.

Narine confused the batsmen with deliveries that drifted and turned and grabbed a four-wicket haul that rekindled a faltering tour.



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