Williams, Russell power Windies to 7-wicket win

Wed, Aug 1, '18


Windies v Bangladesh

91 in 11 overs was a stiff target, a bit unfair on the hosts after they had managed to restrict Bangladesh to 143. But with rain and DLS expected to play a part, cricket has never been party to everyone's merry. However, as Windies went about their business in the chase, overhauling the target in only 9.1 overs, it was a testimony to their brilliance in the shortest format. The veteran duo of Marlon Samuels and Andre Russell backed up the good work of the young pacer Kesrick Williams, who was their star with the ball, to help the hosts to a seven-wicket win and a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series at Warner Park.

Put into bat, Bangladesh continued to display their recklessness - ill-timed aggression, a feature that refuses to fade from their game, being their nemesis yet again. And it started from the first ball itself when Tamim Iqbal decided to give a pre-meditated charge to Ashley Nurse only to be undone by his fast delivery. The batsman missed, the 'keeper stumped and paved way for an early collapse. Soumya Sarkar too was bowled in the opening over and gave Windies the perfect platform to start off the series.

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