Dhaka, Dec 21 (UNB) - After winning the Test and ODI series comprehensively, Bangladesh are seeking another series triumph against touring West Indies when they meet each other in the third and final T20I of three-match series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
The match will kick off at 5:00 pm.
The hosts had lost the first T20I of the series in Sylhet by eight wickets, but they staged a strong comeback in Dhaka winning the second one by 36 runs which helped the Tigers level the series 1-1.
Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain, displayed a spectacular all-round performance scoring 42 runs and taking five wickets- his first-ever five-for in T20I - to help the Tigers stay alive in the series. In the second match, Bangladesh posted 211 runs on the board which is their best total against West Indies in T20I.
Bangladesh have never won all three series in a single contest comprising more than two matches in each format against any opponent. They got the chance to create history now. If they can win the last T20I on Saturday, it will be Tigers’ first instance of winning all three series of a single contest.
In the last T20I series against West Indies in August, Bangladesh came victorious when the third and final match of the series became a series decider and the Tigers finished that on a positive note.
As the series is now levelled 1-1, Bangladesh need to repeat the similar act they produced in the last T20I series. On the other hand, West Indies are also keen to end the tour and the year winning a series.
“I think it has been a tough series for us. We have lost the ODI series. But before heading into the last match, we are confident enough to end the series with a win. We need to give our hundred per cent in the last match,” Keemo Paul, the West Indian pacer, told reporters on Friday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium during a practice session.
Bangladesh played a total of 11 T20Is against the Caribbean boys and won five of them. Zimbabwe are the other team against whom Bangladesh won as many as five T20Is.
Bangladesh might keep their playing XI unchanged in the last match as spin-bowling coach Sunil Joshi hinted on Friday while talking to media, “It’s always good to go with the winning combination. Definitely, the opportunities will come to the players who are good as well. The other three members are equally good to play T20Is but only 11 can play."
Dhaka, Dec 20 (UNB) — Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan applauded the batsmen after registering a stunning win over West Indies on Thursday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium to level the three-match T20I series.
Shakib, the southpaw all-rounder, displayed a tremendous all-round performance both in batting and bowling while scoring 42 runs and taking five wickets conceding 20 runs— his best-ever bowling performance in the shortest format of the game.
Despite his own heroics, Shakib did not forget to credit his teammates as he said after the match: “In the first match, we batted with no plan as we tried to hit the ball with more pace than they (Windies) were delivering at. But this time around, we batter sensibly well and made big partnerships which helped us to come up victorious.”
Bangladesh lost the first wicket with 42 runs on the board. They lost Tamim Iqbal as the first wicket to fall. But, Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar stretched the second wicket stand to 68 runs which gave the Tigers the primary foundation of scoring a big total. Shakib and Mahmudullah Riyad utilize the platform with great care as they added 91 runs on the board at the fifth wicket stand.
“The big partnerships that we made today were the key behind our success. Now, we have all the chances to win the series. It was not easy to win over the Caribbeans in Sylhet because of the unfamiliarity with the venue. But we don't have that problem here in Dhaka. And the support we get in Mirpur is always good for us.” Shakib said at the post-match press conference.
After posting 211 runs on the board, which was Bangladesh’s best in T20 against the West Indies and the highest score of Mirpur in the shortest format, Bangladesh bowled superbly well.
“The courage we have after scoring 211 in the first innings of the match, helped us to bowl well and to execute in a better way,” Shakib further said.
There was uncertainty over Shakib’s participation in the match as he was suffering from fever and cold before the match day. But, he opted to play the game as Bangladesh were in a dire need to win the game to stay alive in the match. Despite not being 100 per cent fit, Shakib recorded one his best performance in Bangladesh’s T20I history.
“I think it was my best bowling in the shortest format of the game. I have five-fors in Tests and ODIs, now I got it in T20 as well. It really feels good. I am happy with the way I bowled in the match, and I am also satisfied with my batting. I think I have been batting well throughout the series.” Shakib added.
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.