Monday, October 14, 2019

Shakib stars as Bangladesh level T20 series against West Indies with 36-run win

  • Sports Desk
    Published: 2018-12-20 16:50:48 BdST

A sparkling all-round show by Shakib Al Hasan has earned Bangladesh a T20 series-levelling 36-run win over the West Indies.

A blistering half-century by Liton Das at the top assisted by Shakib’s quickfire unbeaten 42 off 26 set Bangladesh on their way to a huge total of 211 for 4 in the second match at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Thursday.

Despite losing opener Evin Lewis in the third over, West Indies started the chase in style with Shai Hope hitting the ball out of the boundary every now and then.

He took 24 runs off Mustafizur Rahman’s first over before being taken out by Mehidy Hasan Miraz on 36.

Photo: ICC

Photo: ICC

Photo: ICC

Photo: ICC

Rovman Powell raised hope of a series win for the Caribbean side with a half-century off 34.

Keemo Paul scored 29 off 16 lower down the order but his team ran out of steam and folded for 175 with four balls remaining.

Captain Shakib triggered a spectacular middle-order collapse by taking five wickets in quick successions.

His victims include dangermen Shimron Hetmyer, Powell, Darren Bravo and skipper Carlos Brathwaite.

Earlier, Liton smashed 60 off 34 deliveries, including 6 boundaries and 4 sixes. His second wicket partnership of 62 runs with Soumya Sarker, who scored a brisk 32, steered the Tigers past 100-run mark inside 11 overs.

Shakib and Mahmudullah then took things from there to blast Bangladesh past 200.

Shakib carried his fine form from the first T20, scoring 42 off 26 balls while Mahmudullah added 43 runs from 21 deliveries.

Sheldon Cottrell, who was the thorn in Bangladesh’s way in the first T20, picked up two wickets but conceded 38 runs from his quota of 4 overs.

Bangladesh lost the toss and were sent to bat first.