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18 December, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Windies beat Bangladesh in first T20

Sports Reporter, Sylhet
Windies beat Bangladesh in first T20
Two West Indies unbeaten batsmen Kemo Paul (L) and Nicholas Pooran on way to dressing room followed by Bangladesh team after the visiting team wins the first T20 match at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet yesterday. BCB photo

Fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell four-for was complemented by Shai Hope’s jay-dropping half-century guided West Indies to thrash Bangladesh with comprehensive eight wickets in the opening fixture of the three-match T20 series at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet yesterday. Bangladesh T20 captain Shakib Al Hasan chose to bat after winning the toss on Sylhet surface and  managed to put on 129 for 10 in 19 overs after which West Indies overhauled the target with eight wickets in hands and 55 balls remaining. The West Indies, who were out to break their five-match losing streak in their pet T20 format, made a brilliant start with ball. They sent back Tamim Iqbal, Liton Kumar Das and Soumya Sarkar in three successive overs, while Bangladesh were stuttering at 31-3 in 3.3 overs. Sheldon Cottrel picked up two wickets and Oshane Thomas grabbed one. Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim increased the fuss further when Rovman Powell trapped him run-out. None of them crossed double-figure mark.

Together with Mahmudullah Riyad and Ariful Haque, captain Shakib Al Hasan tried to repair the damage but dangerman Cottrell once again made an inroad. This time the paceman turned Mahmudullah Riyad as his third wicket. Riyad became caught behind after he scored 12.

Ariful attempted to rotate the strike and slammed two boundaries but Fabiab Allen didn’t allow him much as he got out for 17.

Though Shakib stood firm at one end, the wickets were falling at other end. But by removing Shakib, Cottrell completed his career-best four-wicket haul that eclipsed his previous best of 3-28. The paceman finished with his bowling figures of 4-28 and later adjudged for player-of-the match award.

Before being clean bowled, Shakib played a cameo knock of 61-the highest of Bangladesh innings- from 43 balls that littered with two big shots over the ropes and eight fours.

This was his eighth half-century in his 70-match T20 career.

Keemo Paul removed Mustafizur Rahman to snare his two wickets that basically restricted Bangladesh to 129.

Chasing the measly target to win, Windies opener Shai Hope gave a solid start with newly-included Evin Lewis. Lewis fell to Mohammad Saifuddin after scoring 18. Hope this time partnered with Nicolas Pooran and done the almost thing for the team. They put on 91 runs on powerplay that made a world record in the powerplay. Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Ireland earlier scored the quickest 91 runs on powerplay to make the record.

Of course, Hope brought up his half century before his dismissal. His whirlwind 23-ball 55, contained with half-a-dozen sixes and three fours.

Later, the West Indies have not lost any wicket as Pooran and Keemo Paul slotted home in emphatic fashion with eight scalps in hand and 55 balls remaining. Pooran remained not out 23, while Paul was 28 not out.

Fast bowler Mohammad Saifuddin and Mahmudullah Riyad evenly shared two wickets between them.

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