Shakib, Tamim help Bangladesh level series

Sun, Aug 5, '18


Windies v Bangladesh

Tamim Iqbal's half-century and Shakib Al Hasan's all-round performance highlighted Bangladesh's series-levelling effort at Lauderhill, Florida on Saturday (August 4) as they secured a 12-run victory in the second T20I. A 90-run partnership for the fourth wicket off 50 deliveries between Tamim and Shakib set up Bangladesh's total of 171 for 5. In reply, Windies were restricted to 159 for 9, with Mustafizur Rahman and Nazmul Islam bagging three wickets apiece, while Shakib got two.

 Windies suffered an early setback in the chase as Evin Lewis was trapped in front by Mustafizur in the second over and cost his team a review in the process. Having earlier had an expensive outing with the ball, Andre Russell tried to make amends with his positive batting while Andre Fletcher also found the boundaries regularly. Russell struck Mustafizur for a six and a four in the fourth over before top-edging a pull to depart for 17. Marlon Samuels hit the straps straightaway, ending Mustafizur's successful over with a four and a six. However, a casual flick resulted in his downfall, giving Shakib a wicket in his first over.

More trouble was in store for Windies as Denesh Ramdin became the next to depart, out leg-before to Rubel Hossain with Bangladesh using the DRS to good effect. While Windies managed 52 in the powerplay, there was a drought of boundaries for more than five overs before Fletcher sent a short delivery from Nazmul Islam over the long-on fence. Meanwhile, Rovman Powell's first four was off an inside edge off Abu Hider, who had replaced Mehidy Hasan for this game, and his next came off an under edge. But he hung around with Fletcher as the fifth wicket pair went about repairing the innings with a positive half-century stand.

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