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POST TIME: 18 December, 2018 00:00 00 AM
First Twenty-20 tit-bit

First Twenty-20 tit-bit

Sports Reporter, Sylhet

Shakib’s silver-lining fifty

Bangladesh Twenty20 captain Shakib Al Hasan cracked a scintillating fifty-plus knock for the team when they lost their senior most players-Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad cheaply. Shakib, therefore, guided the team with the fellow batsmen. To do that, he brought up his fifty in an emphatic way when he sent the half-volley of Fabian Allen over the ropes.

Finally when he went for a pull but his bat twisted in his hand and the top edge ballooned up towards short square leg, he got out for 61.

Cottrell’s discrete celebration

West Indies left-handed fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell destroyed Bangladesh’s top-order batsmen with his angling bowling attack that restricted the Tigers to paltry 129. He started his prey of wicket with Tamim Iqbal and ended with Shakib Al Hasan to finish with his bowling figures of 4-28 that eclipsed his previous best of 3-28. He drew the attention of all the local crowds with his discrete celebration what he did after getting his wicket. He used to salute in celebration after picking up his wicket in the match.

Hope’s third fastest half century

West Indies in-form opener Shai Hope smashed a 16-ball half-century that was the third fastest in all Twenty20 international cricket. Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh topped the chart with his 12-ball fifty what he did against England in Durban in 2007. New Zealand all-rounder Collin Munro remained second with 14-ball fifty what he slammed against Sri Lanka in Auckland in 2016. Hope, who struck back-to-back century in ODI series, chipped in with 55.

Windies’ joint highest powerplay run getter

Visiting West Indies looked a bit more aggressive on Bangladeshi bowlers when they got a paltry target of 130. Their strategy paid them dividends as they not only broke their losing streak but won also the match. Before the match, they had five-match losing streak. Of them, they lost to Bangladesh twice and thrice to India.

On way to winning the match, they put on 91 for just one wicket in the powerplay that was the highest powerplay score in Twenty20 international cricket. But the record is tied with two other teams-Australia and the Netherlands.