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Windies rebound to take sole T20


HEADING HOME TO WIFE AND KIDS: West Indies captain Darren Sammy

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Samuels to the fore again: West Indies middle order batsman Marlon Samuels works the ball off his pads during their Twenty20 match against Bangladesh, in Dhaka, Bangladesh yesterday. —Photo: AP

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Captain Darren Sammy said yesterday West Indies were pleased to have finished the tour on a winning note but disappointed over failing to win all formats during the series.

He was speaking after the Caribbean side beat Bangladesh by 18 runs in the one-off Twenty20 International at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

The victory came on the heels of their two-wicket defeat on Saturday which saw them concede the five-match one-day series 3-2.

"We won the same amount of series as we did last year [in Bangladesh] so we haven't achieved the goal we left the Caribbean with but with that said I think Bangladesh played really well especially in the limited overs cricket," Sammy told reporters.

"I guess they've worked hard over the years and when you work hard you get results. We're disappointed we didn't win the one-day series but when we look back at the year, we achieved good things in 2012."

West Indies swept the two-match Test series but stumbled badly in the limited overs rubber, losing the first two matches in Khulna to fall behind 0-2. They recovered well to win the first two games here in Dhaka and level the series before succumbing in the decisive fifth game.

Sammy said despite the letdown of the one-day series, there were plenty postives to take from the tour.

"When you look back we won four Test matches in a year and four Test matches in a row, something that has not been done since our manager Richie Richardson was captain," he pointed out.

"We came here to win (the Test series) two-nil and we did that. The wins we will definitely take back home … now we have a little break and we look forward to 2013."

Yesterday, West Indies tallied a challenging 197 for four following Marlon Samuels's outstanding 85 not out off 43 balls, with three fours and nine sixes. The right-hander's savage assault saw him smash four sixes and a four in the final over from seamer Rubel Hossain that cost 29 runs, as West Indies gathered 75 runs from the last five overs of the innings.

Bangladesh responded strongly, however, racing to 43 without loss off the first three overs to put the Windies on the back foot. After teenaged opener Anamul Haque cracked 22 from 12 balls, Tamim Iqbal (88) and Mahmudullah (64) followed up with unbeaten half-centuries in an unbroken 132-run second wicket stand, as Bangladesh came close to finish on 179 for one.

"On any given day you have guys that can be match winners for us and it's good to see that Marlon after two years out of international cricket … he's been brilliant for us. That's the type of performances you want in any set-up," beamed Sammy.

"We expected them to come hard at us but when you have an asking rate of ten runs per over you have to go hard all the time. Although they only lost one wicket, they were short by 18 runs. We wanted to win and end the year on a good note and we did that and now I am looking to going back home to my beautiful wife and kids."