Tigers fight back to square T20I series

Publish: 11:55 AM, August 5, 2018 | Update: 11:55:AM, August 5, 2018

DHAKA  – Bangladesh cricketers did what doctor ordered them that to bat and ball well and they romped home to square the three-match T20I series 1-1 as they beat West Indies by 12 runs in the second T20 match held on Sunday at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill in Florida.

Chasing a winning target of 172 runs set by Bangladesh, West Indies found the chase stiff and eventually they were restricted at 159 for 9 in 20 overs.

Thanks to Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam and Shakib Al Hasan for their immaculate bowling display that helped Bangladesh to defend the total.

West Indies plunged into deep trouble as they lost their four batsmen inside 7.1 overs. But Andre Fletcher and Rovman Powell kept West Indies on course with an important 58-run fifth wicket stand to take West Indies to a comfortable position.

Opener Andre Fletcher fell to Nazmul Islam after scoring 38-ball off 43- run with the help of three boundaries and two over boundaries while Mustafizur removed Rovman Powell in the crucial stage ending West Indies all hope of victory.

Powell who also made 34-ball off 43 that contained three boundaries and two over. Nazmul Islam and Mustafizur Rahman were the pick of Bangladesh bowlers taking three West Indies wickets for 28 and 50 runs respectively.

They were well supported by Shakib Al Hasan who bagged two wickets conceding 19 runs. Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh was named the player of the match for his impressive batting performance. Earlier two brilliant half centuries by Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan enabled Tigers to post a challenging 171 for 5 wickets in their allotted 20 overs after they were forced to bat first. The southpaw opener Tamim blasted 44-ball off 74 runs hitting six boundaries and four over boundaries before he fell to Andre Russell.

And during the process, Tamim also shared 90 run fourth wicket partnership with Shakib Al Hasan who chopped away 38-ball off 60-run with the help of nine boundaries and one over boundary.

Ashley Nurse and Keemo Paul shared two Bangladesh wickets conceding 25 and 39 runs respectively. The series deciding final T20 will be held tomorrow at the same venue. Brief scorecard: Bangladesh: 171 for 5 in 20 overs. Tamim Iqbal 74 off 44 (4×6, 6×4), Soumya 14, Liton Das 1, Shakib 60 off 39 (4×9, 6×1) , Mushfiqur Rahim 12, Mahmudullah 13 not out off 10 balls, Ariful 1 not out. , Nurse 2/25, Paul 2/39.

West Indian: 159 for 9 in 20 overs. Fletcher 43 off 38 balls, Lewis 1 , Andre Russell’s 17, Samuel 10, Powell 43 off 34 balls,, Ramdin.5, Carlos Brathwaite 11, Ashley Nurse. 16 , Paul.2 , Williams. 9, Mustafizur 3/50 , Shakib 2/ 19, Rubel 1/ 35, N Islam 3/28.