West Indies thrash Bangladesh in a rain-curtailed T20I
West Indies romped home with an all-round performance in the first T20I against Bangladesh. The hosts asked Shakib Al Hasan-led Bangladesh to bat first and got the rewards as they restricted them to 143/9. As rain hampered the match, West Indies were set a revised target of 91 in 11 overs and they chased it with 11 balls to spare. Here's the match report.
Russell's 35* the difference for Windies
Andre Russell slammed 35* off 21 deliveries. He stitched a 42-run stand with Marlon Samuels (26) to lay the groundwork for the victory. Russell also added 41 runs with Powell (15*) to dominate the Tigers and see out the match. West Indies were reeling at 10/2, but the experienced Russell played a major role in ensuring that his side got past the line.
Russell, Samuels play whirlwind knocks
Russell smashed a 21-ball 35 that included three sixes and three fours. The powerful batsman kept pace with the steep asking rate and was helped by Samuels, who hit 2 fours and 2 sixes in a 13-ball 26 run knock.
Career-best spell for Williams
The West Indies bowlers put in a commendable shift to halt the Bangladeshi batsman. A career-best spell from Kesrick Williams (4/28) was the turning point. Off-spinner Ashley Nurse was amongst the wickets as well and bagged two wickets for six runs. Bangladesh were rocked with both openers dismissed for noughts. Mahmudullah (35) and Liton Das (24) ensured that they reach a defendable total.
Stat attack: West Indies vs Bangladesh - 1st T20I
This was fifth consecutive loss for Bangladesh, in T20Is. Williams, who earlier had 8 wickets to his name, at Warner Park, continued his resurgence and is the leading bowler. He now has 12 wickets from 4 matches- a record for this venue.