• Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018
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Windies too strong for Tigers

  • Published at 11:27 am August 1st, 2018
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West Indies' Andre Russell celebrates during their first T20I against Bangladesh in St Kitts and Nevis Wednesday AFP

Before the second innings started, rain would come and lasted long enough to curtail the match down to 11 overs with Windies requiring 91 as the revised target via the (d/l) method

Windies got off to a good start in the first of three T20I’s as they won by seven wickets with 11 balls remaining against the visiting Bangladesh, at St Kitts on Tuesday.

Batting first, Bangladesh got off to a horror start losing Tamim Iqbal and the returning Soumya Sarkar in the first over off the bowling of Ashley Nurse.

From there Liton Das and skipper Shakib al Hasan formed a quick partnership to take the side to 43 in the powerplay overs before Liton played one pull too many and was dismissed for 23 off a Keemo Paul bouncer, caught at deep fine leg by Andre Russell.

Shakib would lose his wicket the very next ball, caught on the edge of the boundary off the best catch of the match by Kesrick Williams.

Mahmudullah would come in and play some gorgeous strokes down the ground and put together a counter-attacking partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim.

With the score at 90-4 after 9.2 overs, Mushfiqur lost his wicket trying to be too cheeky and guiding a short Williams delivery straight down the throat of Rovan Powell, who was stationed very fine and close to the boundary at third-man.

Ariful came in next and tried to steady things but looked very patchy against the Windies fast bowling, especially their captain Carlos Brathwaite. He too would depart with the score on 116 in the 15th over.

Mahmudullah top scored with 35 but was bowled to a brilliant slower-yorker from Williams. The score was 125-7 after 16.1 overs and what once looked like a 160 plus score soon became a fight to play off the 20 overs.

The tail just about managed to do that, taking the score to a below-par 143-9.

Before the second innings started, rain would come and lasted long enough to curtail the match down to 11 overs with Windies requiring 91 as the revised target via the (d/l) method.

Bangladesh got off to a promising start when Musafizur Rahman had both Evin Lewis and Andre Fletcher out in his first over and with the score at 10-2 after two overs.

From there, Andre Russell steadied the ship with some powerful hitting and forged a partnership with the experienced Marlon Samuels.

Samuels would depart with the score at 52 in the sixth over off the bowling of Rubel Hossain but the momentum had already swung in the favor of the hosts by then.

Russell would then form a partnership with last ODI’s fallen hero Rovman Powell to guide the Windies home with ease as they won with 11 deliveries to spare.

Russell top scored with 35 and his all-round efforts earned him the man-of-the-match award and he had this to say:  "Our intention is to win this series 3-0 after the disappointment of the one-dayers. We are mindful of how good this Bangladesh side is but we are feeling good about ourselves."

Shakib after the match admitted that they could have scored more on a good surface if they had wickets in hand: "We lost too many wickets at crucial times and that cost us." 

Shakib and co will look to regroup and put on a better show the next time these two sides meets in the second T20I in Lauderhill, USA on Saturday.