Bangladesh win T20 series

Mon, Aug 6, '18


Windies v Bangladesh

A complete turnaround - of fortune, form and result - was completed when Bangladesh beat West Indies by 19 runs to clinch the T20I series, to go along with their ODI series win. They reached the 2-1 margin when umpires called off play after a second rain interruption late on Sunday evening in front of a large Bangladeshi expat crowd in Florida's Lauderhill. Liton Das' rapid 32-ball 61 set up Bangladesh's highest score of the series before Mustafizur Rahman took three key wickets, including that of rampaging Andre Russell, to seal the game.

Russell was Bangladesh's only headache, and it arrived when West Indies needed a further 108 runs in 8.3 overs. His first five scoring shots constituted of four sixes and a four. Three of those were struck over midwicket and the fourth one a very high hit over long-on. He struck Abu Hider for two sixes on either side of Carlos Brathwaite's dismissal in the 17th over but refused Ashley Nurse a single off the final ball to keep the strike.

The tactic backfired when Russell holed out to Ariful Haque, who was inches away from the boundary foam at long off. He had struck six sixes and a four in his 21-ball 47 before the umpires took the players off with rain getting heavier, eventually calling off play 25 minutes later.


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