Bangladesh defeat Windies in 3rd T20I to clinch series
Bangladesh thrashed defending T20I champions, West Indies, by 19 runs in the third T20I to win the 3-match series. Brilliant performances by Liton Das (61) with the bat and Mustafizur Rahman (3/31) with the ball took the series away from West Indies. Andre Russell tried to put up a brave fight, but rain stopped him in his tracks and Bangladesh won by DLS method.
Bangladesh's innings: How did it go?
Liton started the proceedings, hitting the first ball for a boundary. He scored 61 off just 32 deliveries, slamming 6 fours and 3 sixes. Tamim Iqbal gave him the necessary support, with the two of them crossing the fifty run mark off 22 balls, the fastest in Bangladesh's history. Mahmudullah and Ariful Islam added some crucial runs at death, taking the score to 184/5.
West Indies batsmen stunned by the Bangladeshi bowling
The West Indian batting slacked from the beginning, with rain slowing down the ground. Openers Walton and Fletcher got out quickly, followed by Marlon Samuels, reducing the hosts to 32/3. Powell and Ramdin steadied the innings, but couldn't keep pace with the required rate. Andre Russell quick-fired 47, but it was not enough as the Tigers won the match by 19 runs (DLS).
Comments from the 'Man of the Series'
Proving his mettle, once gain, with the bat and the ball, Shakib Al Hasan was declared the 'Man of The Series'. In the post-match interview, the all-rounder commented, "Everybody believed we could come back. We were facing the world champions, and we showed great character." He added, "We kept on losing so many matches after going close but now we have started to win."
How did the entire tour shape out?
Bangladesh's tour of West Indies began on July 4 when they locked horns with West Indies in the first Test. Both matches in the 2-match Test series were won by the hosts. The 3-match ODI series was won by Bangladesh with a 2-1 margin.