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Tigers’ poor batting allow WI to win in 1st T20

SYLHET, Poor batting display by Bangladesh batsmen allowed visiting West Indies to record an overwhelming eightwicket victory in the first T20I of the threematch series held on Monday at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.

It was the first victory for West Indies of their tour in Bangladesh

following losses of their twomatch Test and threematch ODI series.

Chasing a winning target 130run, West Indies hardly had to sweat as they

comfortable reached home in 10.5 overs with eight wickets in hand.

Thanks to Shai Hope for his blistering half century that helped West Indies

to chase down the target easily after the Caribbean pacer Sheldon Cottrell

paved the way to restrict Bangladesh at 129.

The wicket keeper batsman Shai Hope first shared a blistering 51run

opening stand with Evin Lewis (18) and again paired 47run second wicket

stand with Nicholas Pooran to take his side closer to the victory. He smashed

23ball off 55run hitting three boundaries and six over boundaries before

his destructive knock was stopped by Mahmudullah.

Keemo Paul (28 n.o) and Nicholas Pooran (23 n.o) completed the remaining

formalities to remain unbeaten with 28 and 23 runs respectively.

Mohammad Saifuddin and Mahmudullah shared one West Indies' wicket

conceding 13 each.

Sheldon Cottrell of West Indies was named the player of the match for his

devastating bowling spells.

Earlier, a responsible half century came from the bat of skipper Shakib Al

Hasan helped Bangladesh to score a decent total of 129 for all in 19 overs

against visiting West Indies, after they opted to bat first.

Bangladesh suffered early batting jolt as they lost their first three top

order batsmen Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar inside 3.3 overs

with the scoreboard stuck at 31 for 3.

Bangladesh two most experienced batsmen Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah

also lasted a little as they went to the pavilion leaving Bangladesh in deep

trouble.

Shakib Al Hasan, who completed his eight T20I fifty making 43ball off 61

run with the help of eight boundaries and two over boundaries, kept his nerve

cool as he paring with Ariful Haque contributed an important 30run sixth

wicket stand, the highest partnership of Bangladesh's dilapidated innings, to

stop the rot before Fabian Allen broke the partnership removing Ariful for

17.

The Bangladesh's batsmen failed to build any effective partnership in the

face of tight bowling display by the West Indies bowlers and eventually all

out for 129.

Left arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell was the pick of West Indies bowler as he

grabbed four Bangladesh's wickets conceding 28 runs.

The second and third matches of the series will be held on December 20 and

22 at ShereBangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur.

Brief score:

Bangladesh 129 for all in 19 overs, Shakib 61, Ariful 17, Mahmudullah

12, Sheldon Cottrell 4/28.

West Indies 130 for 2 in 10.5 overs, Shai Hope 55, Paul 28 n.o, Pooran

23 n.o, Saifuddin 1/13 and Mahmudullah 1/13.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)