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Marlon props up Windies

Dhaka: 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 here on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old Jamaican notched up 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.

Samuels added an invaluable 111 runs for the second wicket with Kieran Powell (47) after opener Chris Gayle fell for just four in the fourth over, caught behind off Mashrafe Mortaza for his third failure in the series.