2018-08-05 16:33:27 BdST
Bangladesh beats West Indies in 2nd T20
A fiery fifty from Tamim Iqbal and an all-round performance from captain Shakib Al Hasan led Bangladesh to a 12-run win over West Indies in the second T20 in Florida on Sunday.
The win levelled the series 1-1, after the Windies team had won the first game thanks to the D/L method.
Winning the toss, West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite invited the Tigers to bat first.
Ashley Nurse struck twice in his first two overs as opener Liton Das (1) and one-down Mushfiqur Rahim (4) fell cheaply while Soumya Sarkar (14) was removed by Teemo Paul soon afterwards to leave the visitors on 48 for 3.
Tamim and Shakib now made 90 in the fourth wicket to take the Tigers to a fighting score.
The former hit six fours and four sixes to hit 74 in just 44 balls while Shakib hammered 60 off 38 deliveries courtesy of nine fours and a six.
Mahmudullah added 13 off 10 at the end to take the Tigers to 171 for 5 in their 20 overs.
When the Windies started their chase, speedster Mustafizur Rahman was quick to unsettle the Caribbean, first getting an out of form Evin Lewis (1) in the second over and then having the ever dangerous Andre Russell (17 off 10) caught behind in the fourth over.
Bangladesh beat West Indies by 12 runs in a Twenty20 international cricket match on Saturday to level a three-match series at one apiece.
After winning the toss and batting, Bangladesh made 171-5, before its bowlers made regular breakthroughs to restrict the West Indies to 159-9 in reply.
Bangladesh's victory was built on a 90-run partnership between Tamim Iqbal and captain Shakib al Hasan, who came together with Bangladesh's innings faltering after the loss of early wickets.
West Indies spinner Ashley Nurse (2-25) took wickets in consecutive overs at the start of the Bangladesh innings, before seamer Keemo Paul (2-39) dismissed Soumya Sarkar for 18 to leave the visitors at 48-3 in the eighth over.
Shakib, 60 off 38 balls, then joined Tamim, 74 from 44 balls, to steady the innings for Bangladesh.
The West Indies' also had a shaky start to its innings, losing Evin Lewis lbw to Mustafizer Rahman in the second over.
Mustafizer (3-50) then took the prize wicket of Andre Russell caught behind for 17 in the fourth over, before experienced duo of Marlon Samuels and Dinesh Ramdin also departed cheaply to leave West Indies at 58-4.
Andre Fletcher and Rovman Powell, 43 from 34, then combined for a 48-run stand before spinner Nazmul Islam had Fletcher (43 from 38 balls) caught by Shakib to end the revival.
Nazmul (3-28) took the wickets of Nurse and Paul in the final over to secure the series-levelling victory for Bangladesh, after it lost the first game by seven wickets on Tuesday.
The final game of the series is at the same venue on Sunday.
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