The Windies, the current champion of the World T20I, lost both the Test and ODI series in the current tour, but they looked a different outfit as they beat Bangladesh convincingly by eight wickets in quick time
The West Indies pacer Sheldon Cottrell said their love of the T20 format helped them pick up their game, and that saw the Caribbean side gain a big win over host Bangladesh in the first match of the three-game series at Sylhet International Stadium Monday.
The Windies, the current champion of the World T20I, lost both the Test and ODI series in the current tour, but they looked a different outfit as they beat Bangladesh convincingly by eight wickets in quick time.
Man-of-the-match Cottrell, who wreaked havoc in the Bangladeshi ranks through pace and bounce, initiated the early damage, picking up 4/28 that proved to be pivotal in bundling the home side out for 129 in 19 overs.
“We just come together, it was just cricket on the day for me,” said the 29-year old Jamaican after the match.
“Our plan in this game was to just bowl aggressive in whatever we do, whether bowling yorkers, length ball, short ball. Just to bowl aggressive, and it paid off,” he added.
Apart from Cottrell, batsman Shai Hope, who made 297 runs in the three-match ODI series, also put the Tigers under the sword as he hit a whirlwind 55-run innings off just 23 balls.
The pacer informed, they enjoyed every moment of the innings played by Hope, who is supposed to be a slower batsman compared to their big hitters.
“It wasn’t surprising at all. He has been in form for a while now and he’s currently eighth in the ODI ranking as a batsman. I mean once you are in form as a batsman you gotta cash in, and he showed a perfect example of that. We were having fun as West Indian boys do. Laughing, mocking each other. It was all smiles,” said the elated bowler.
The body language was evident in the field as the pacer enjoyed his wickets with a celebration of saluting.
Later, he explained his act.
“I am a soldier in the Jamaican defence force, so it’s a way of showing my appreciation to my co-workers. I know I am on international duty, so it’s a way of showing appreciation,” said the bowler.
BANGLADESH INNINGS R B
Tamim c Brathwaite b Cottrell 5 7
Liton c Brathwaite b Thomas 6 5
Soumya c Powell b Cottrell 5 4
Shakib c & b Cottrell 61 43
Mushfiq run out (Powell) 5 3
Mahmudullah c Hope b Cottrell 12 19
Ariful c Pooran b Allen 17 18
Saifuddin c Pooran b Brathwaite 1 2
Miraz c Hope b Paul 8 10
Haider not out 1 2
Mustafizur b Paul 0 2
Extras (b 4, lb 2, nb 1, w 1) 8
Total (19 Overs) 129 all out
Fall Of Wickets
1-11 (Tamim), 2-19 (Liton), 3-31 (Soumya), 4-48 (Mushfiq), 5-73 (Mahmudullah), 6-103 (Ariful), 7-110 (Saifuddin), 8-122 (Shakib), 9-129 (Miraz), 10-129 (Mustafizur)
Thomas 4-0-33-1, Cottrell 4-0-28-4, Paul 4-0-23-2, Brathwaite 3-0-13-1, Allen 3-0-19-1, Powell 1-0-7-0
WEST INDIES INNINGS R B
Lewis c Ariful b Saifuddin 18 11
Hope c Mustafizur b Mahmudullah 55 23
Pooran not out 23 17
Paul not out 28 14
Extras (lb 5, w 1) 6
Total (10.5 Overs) 130/2
Fall Of Wickets
1-51 (Lewis), 2-98 (Hope)
Shakib 3.5-0-32-0, Miraz 2-0-37-0, Haider 1-0-15-0, Saifuddin 1-0-13-1, Mustafizur 1-0-15-0, Mahmudullah 2-0-13-1
WI won by eight wickets
MoM: Sheldon Cottrell