Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - West Indies earn first points in last-over thriller. West Indies pulled off a late three-run victory over Bangladesh
West Indies pulled off a late three-run victory over Bangladesh
In a nutshell
West Indies pulled off a heist over Bangladesh in Sharjah, stealing victory from the jaws of defeat to stay alive in the ICC Men's T20 WC. With 13 to defend in the final over, Andre Russell brought his wealth of experience to the fore to nail yorkers in as Bangladesh fell short by just three runs. Bangladesh's chances to progress in the tournament diminished massively after the loss.
A tale of two similar powerplays
At the end of their first six overs, both teams were on an even keel, finishing with 29/2. Shakib Al Hasan opened for the first time in T20I cricket, but was struggling with a hamstring injury. He fell for 9, while Mohammad Naim, who was dropped earlier, chopped on in the next over. It's only after the powerplay that Bangladesh started to accelerate.
For West Indies, Chris Gayle opened the batting with Lendl Simmons being left out. However, neither him nor Evin Lewis got going. Gayle's poor tournament continued as he was knocked over by Mahedi Hasan in the fifth over.
What happened in the middle overs then?
Bangladesh had a better one than West Indies. Liton Das was demoted in the order to No.3, and it was just what he needed. He helped stitch Bangladesh's innings together in the chase with a composed 43-ball 44, adding stands with Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah. He was the pivot around which Bangladesh's chase revolved. They scored 70 runs between overs 7 and 15 to stay on course in the chase.
At 55 for 2 at the halfway stage, it looked like a tough task with the asking rate nearing nine. But two big overs off Akeal Hosein and Dwayne Bravo thereafter helped them stay on the game.
Was it an easy job thereafter?
Not really, with West Indies striking in quick succession. They pulled it back a bit with two tight overs, as Ravi Rampaul knocked over Mushfiqur soon after Sarkar. West Indies didn't take their run-out chances, nor did they bowl with discipline, bowling as many as 8 wides. Jason Holder conceded 11 in the 16th over to bring down the equation to 33 off 24 balls.
Liton, however, fell in the 19th over for a 43-ball 44 as West Indies sniffed a chance for a comeback. In the final over where 13 were needed, West Indies missed a run-out chance, a dropped a catch, and had a misfield that conceded two in the final over. Yet, the set Mahmudullah couldn't get the job done as Bangladesh slipped to their third successive loss.
How did West Indies make a poor start again?
It's no secret that West Indies' batters haven't got going so far in the tournament. It wasn't also the easiest pitch to bat on with the ball not coming on. With the bowlers taking the pace off with their offcutters, and with the back of the length ones were hard to hit across the line, it was tough to get the boundaries, with just two coming in ten overs. Good bowling changes in the first ten kept West Indies tied down to 48 for 3.
Could they recover?
It only got worse with skipper Pollard struggling and eventually walking off retired hurt when on 8 off 16. Russell was run-out backing up at the non-striker's end immediately after for a diamond duck as Bangladesh seized control. The West Indies batsmen – who've struggled in overs through 7 and 11 in this tournament, didn't use their feet against the spinners, nor did they use the straighter option, as noted by Pooran at the midway stage. Taskin bowled beautifully with 13 dots in his spell conceding just 17.
How did West Indies then reach 140-plus?
Thanks to an enterprising 22-ball 40 from Pooran, who showed some glimpses of refinding form in the last game and springing into action against Bangladesh. He struck two big leg-side sixes to start the momentum shift. Roston Chase, in his maiden T20I, held his end with a handy 39. Although he couldn't get a move on, he kept Bangladesh at bay. Holder too struck big blows after being handed a reprieve and Pollard returned in the last over to strike a six as West Indies went into the break with momentum on their side.
Brief scores: West Indies 142/7 in 20 overs (Roston Chase 39, Nicholas Pooran 40; Mahedi Hasan 2-27, Mustafizur 2-43, Shoriful Islam 2-20) beat Bangladesh 139/5 in 20 overs (Liton Das 44, Mahmudullah 31*) by 3 runs.