Dhaka, Dec 20 (UNB) — An all-round performance by skipper Shakib Al Hasan helped Bangladesh earn a thumping 36-run victory over West Indies in the 2nd game at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Thursday to level the three-match T20I series 1-1.
Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain, registered his first-ever five-for in T20I in the match conceding 20 runs and helped the Tigers win the mach.
Earlier, Liton Das hit a fifty and Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah Riyad added 42 and 43 runs respectively on the board to post a total of 211.
Later, Shakib was adjudged man of the match for the all-round performance.
West Indies lost their first wicket when they had only 18 on the board. Evin Lewis, the left-handed explosive batsman, skied a shot straight but Liton Das grabbed a super catch. Abu Hider Rony was the bowler to take the wicket.
In the second wicket stand, the touring side added 41 runs. Mustafizur Rahman conceded 24 runs off the fourth over which was his first over.
Bangladesh could have lost the chance of winning the game, but Shakib Al Hasan broke the stand removing Nicholas Pooran. In the next over, Mehidy Hasan Miraz trapped Shai Hope who has been rolling over the Bangladeshi bowlers since the second ODI of the series.
Shai Hope’s dismissal came as the biggest blow for the visitors while replying to a total of 211 runs. Shakib Al Hasan struck double wickets in the 11th over removing Shimron Hetmyer and Darren Bravo. They suffered further blow when Mushfiqur Rahim’s clever stumping removed Carlos Brathwaite in a wide delivery. Carlos missed going to sweep the ball and failed to back to the crease before Mushfqur shattered his stumps.
After losing six wickets, West Indies needed to do something extraordinary but they failed. They finished their innings on 175 all out. Rovman Powell hit a fifty but his effort went in vain as they lost the match.
Bangladesh posted their highest T20I total against West Indies in the first innings after being sent to bat first having lost the toss. Liton Das hit his second T20I fifty while making a 68-run stand with Soumya Sarkar in the second wicket partnership.
The Tigers lost the first wicket when Tamim failed to clear a Fabian Allen delivery. Tamim added 15 runs as he failed to utilise a chance that he got on 13.
Soumya and Liton departed on 32 and 60 respectively in the same over off Sheldon Cottrell who had struck four wickets in the first contest of the three-match series. In the very next over, Bangladesh lost Mushfiqur Rahim who went for a big shot but skied and got caught at the boundary.
After losing four wickets, Bangladesh were fearing a sub-par score. But in the fifth wicket stand, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah Riyad added 91 runs which is the record of the highest fifth-wicket stand of the Tigers in T20I.
Sheldon Cottrell, the left-arm pacer of West Indies, took two of Bangladesh wickets that fell in the match.
Bangladesh lost the series opener in Sylhet. So, they had no alternative but to win the game to remain alive in the series. The last match of the series will take place at the same venue on December 22 which became a series decider now.
Dhaka, Dec 20 (UNB) — Bangladesh posted their highest T20I total against West Indies scoring 211 in the second encounter of the three-match T20I series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
Bangladesh’s previous highest score in T20I against West Indies was 184 in Lauderhill, Florida.
This was also the highest T20I total at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. The previous highest T20I total in Mirpur was 204 which was struck by New Zealand back in 2013.
The Tigers started the innings with a bang as they scored 61 in the power play losing the wicket of Tamim Iqbal who added 15 on the board. Tamim failed to utilise a chance that he got while being dropped on 13 at the cover when Fabian Allen missed an easy catch.
Despite the departure of Tamim, Bangladesh managed 99 at the end of 10 overs as Litond Das played a superb knock. The right-handed opener hit his second T20I fifty with 26 balls featuring six fours and four sixes to his credit. He was accompanied perfectly by Soumya Sarkar.
In the second wicket stand, Liton and Soumya added 68 runs off 43 balls which gave Bangladesh an edge to climb to a high score.
Soumya, the left-handed top-order batsman, fell to a stunning grab of Carlson Brathwaite. The Caribbean captain took the catch on a second attempt at the cover. Soumya scored 32 off 22 balls before being dismissed by Sheldon Cottrell who had struck four wickets in the first match.
Sheldon shattered the stumps of Liton in the same over when the batsman backed to cut but failed to connect the ball correctly. Liton’s superb knock came to an end after he scored 60 off 34 balls.
Bangladesh lost the third wicket when Mushfiqur Rahim went for a big shot but got caught in the boundary area. Bangladesh lost three wickets in two consecutive overs. But Mahmudullah Riayd made the spectators forget that mini collapse with three back-to-back fours off Sheldon Cottrell.
In the fourth wicket stand, Shakib and Mahmudullah added 91 runs in seven overs. Both of them remained unbeaten on 42 and 43 off 26 and 21 balls respectively.
Sheldon Cottrell took two wickets for the touring side, and Oshane Thomas and Fabian Allen took one wicket each.
Bangladesh lost the series opener in Sylhet. So they have no alternative but to win the game to remain alive in the series. The last match of the series will take place at the same venue on December 22.
Dhaka, Dec 20 (UNB) - The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided not to allow former Australian captain Steve Smith to participate in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) schedule to be played from January 5.
Comilla Victorians recruited Smith earlier but the other franchises of BPL raised question saying it was a violation of the rule of the contest.
Victorians had picked him outside the player’s draft which contradicts with the BPL law. As per the law, no team can include a player who is not in the list of BPL player's draft.
BPL Governing Council held a meeting with all franchises of the tournament to consider the inclusion of Smith, but all denied it. After that fruitless meeting, Governing Council referred the issue to BCB, and eventually they said no to Smiths participation.
The former Australian captain has been serving a ban of 12 months from international cricket along with his fellow teammate David Warner who is a part of the BPL.
Warner will play for Sylhet Sixers as its captain.However, Comilla Victorians are thinking to write a letter to the BCB seeking reconsideration of Smith’s participation, citing that they are unable to replace a player like Smith in a short time.
Dhaka, Dec 19 (UNB)- Bangladesh top-order batsman Soumya Sarkar, who was dismissed by a short-pitched delivery in the first T20I against West Indies, said on Wednesday that “great courage” was required to play short balls.
West Indies beat Bangladesh in Monday’s series opener, putting the Tigers in a tight spot. The hosts must win the remaining two matches to clinch the series.
In the first match, Bangladeshi batsmen struggled against short-pitched bowling. They lost five wickets to the short ball.
“Playing short balls is a matter of great courage. It would have been a different case if it was a Test match. We have to play big shots. I would love to say there is nothing to fear,” Soumya told a press conference prior to the second T20I at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
“They bowled short and we tried to hit them. It is a matter of courage,” he said. “If we went on back foot and were dismissed, you could have said that there was some fear factor involved,” he added.
In the series opener, Bangladesh tumbled for 129. The touring side chased the target losing only two wickets as Shai Hope hit third fastest fifty in the T20I history.
“They are T20I champions. We are also trying to play like them. But what we did in the first match was perhaps a mistake,” Soumya said. “We charged at them at the very early stage. We would have scored more in the death overs if we had played their pacers more carefully at the beginning. We will try to not repeat this [mistake] in the next match.”
Dhaka, Dec 19 (UNB)- Bangladesh are looking to make a strong comeback against the visitors after losing the opener of the three-match series.
The Tigers are desperate to keep their chances of winning the series alive by beating the guests in the second game scheduled for Wednesday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Bangladesh have played 20 matches at the venue and won only seven.
Despite their phenomenal performance throughout the Test and ODI series, the Tigers lost the first T20 by eight wickets. Five of Bangladesh’s wickets fell to short balls, and Bangladesh managed to post only 129, which turned out to be an easy target for the Windies.
Shakib Al Hasan hit 61, the best batting show for the Tigers in the match.
At Wednesday’s pre-match press meet, Soumya Sarkar said they were not worried about facing short deliveries. He was one of the batsmen dismissed to short balls.
“I don’t think there is anything to worry about. They bowled short and we tried to hit them. It is a matter of courage. If we had gone on the back foot and were dismissed, then you could have said that there was some fear factor involved,” he said.
Bangladesh beat the touring side in both the Test and ODI series. A poor performance in the second match will take away Tigers’ chance of winning back-to-back series against any opponent in the three formats of the game.
“We are ready for the challenge. We are trailing by 1-0, and we will try to make a strong comeback tomorrow (December 20),” Soumya said. “We need to make sure that we do not repeat our mistakes from the opening match.”