Spirited Bangladesh restrict West Indies to 142-7 in T20 WC


Bangladesh bowlers put up a good performance to restrict West Indies to 142-7 in their third match of Super 12 phase in the Twenty20 World Cup today at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

The bowlers performance could be near perfect had Mustafizur Rahman not conceded 19 runs in the last over, that basically gave West Indies bowlers something to defend.

For West Indies, Nicholar Pooran was the top-scorer with 22 ball-40, in
which he smashed one four and four sixes. Pooran indeed ignited West Indies innings after a disastrous start. He was ably supported by Roston Chase, who on his debut T20 match, played a patient 39 ball-46 to hold together the innings amid the regular wickets tumbling.

At the end, Jason Holder struck two sixes for his 15 off five to spoil Bangladesh’s bowling work to some extent.

Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad chose to bowl first and his bowlers justified the decision right.

Mustafizur Rahman broke through with the wicket of Evin Lewis with a top-edge for 6 after which Mahedi Hasan rattled the stump of Chris Gayle for 4.

Mahedi gave Bangladesh the double delight soon after getting rid of Shimron Hetmyer. Roston Chase kept one end intact but West Indies innings took a nosedive after captain Keiron Pollard was retired hurt and in the following delivery Andre Russell was run out in the non strike end after a drive of Chase hit the boot of Taskin before breaking the stump.

However as Bangladesh looked to take the complete control, Pooran came all guns blazing to make their plan disarray.

Bangladesh again came back into the match as Shoriful Islam removed well-set Pooran and Chase in consecutive deliveries. Pollard who again returned to ground after feeling well and Holder helped the side go past 140.

Mahedi, Mustafizur and Shoriful took two wickets apiece but Mustafizur was expensive, leaking 43 runs in his four overs.