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World Twenty20: West Indies make Bangladesh fans suffer

Mirpur: A packed Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here was left disappointed after Bangladesh were bowled out for just 98 as they lost by 73 runs to the West Indies in the ICC World Twenty20 on Tuesday night.

Openers Dwayne Smith and Chris Gayle steered West Indies to an impressive 171 for seven after being put in to bat, with Smith cracking 72 off just 43 balls with ten boundaries and three sixes, while Gayle hit a run-a-ball 48 with three boundaries and two sixes. Medium pacer Al Ameen Hussain stood out among the bowlers with three wickets for 21 runs.

It was another shoddy performance from the hosts, who managed to clinch a place in the Super-10 stage despite losing to minnows Hong Kong in their last match. In spite of that setback, more than 25,000 people flooded to the stadium, expecting their team to pull off a victory or at least give the defending champions a fight.

But Bangladesh’s batting crumbled before the West Indies attack with little resistance. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim top scored with 22 as leg-spinner Samuel Badree (4-15) and Krishmar Santokie (3-17) ran riot.

Earlier, Gayle and Smith began slowly but, when off-spinner Sohag Gazi was introduced in the fourth over, Smith hit him for consecutive boundaries. By the end of the fifth over, West Indies were 34 for no loss, with Smith on 24 and Gayle yet to hit any boundaries.

Smith hit the first six of the day off Hussain over deep square leg.

Spectators watched with surprise as Gayle scored just six runs from his first 16 balls, but in the eighth over he stepped out and hit his first six off Gazi.

The tenth over saw Smith crack four consecutive boundaries off Gazi and he reached his half-century in 33 balls. The pair put on 97 in 11.5 overs until off-spinner Mohammad Mahamudullah ended the partnership by having Smith top edge to Hussain at short fine-leg for 72.

Lendl Simmons fell to the first ball from left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hassan for a duck, brilliantly stumped by Rahim.

In the 17th over, Gayle cracked Al Hassan for a powerful straight drive to the boundary and then lifted the next ball over long-on for a six.

Gayle and Marlon Samuels recorded a 50 partnership and steered West Indies past the 150 mark in the 18th over. Ziaur Rahman got Gayle out for 48 to a superb catch by Tamim Iqbal at long-off. The shot was so powerfully hit that Iqbal had to lob the ball up before stepping back inside the boundary and completing the catch.

Skipper Darren Sammy hit the last three balls of the same over from Rahman for boundaries.

Hussain took the wickets of Samuels and Andre Russell off successive balls in the last over, but Sammy prevented the hat-trick. Off the fourth ball of the over, Dwayne Bravo fell to another splendid catch from Iqbal for a duck.

The last ball of the innings saw Denesh Ramadin run out and West Indies innings ended at 171 with four wickets falling in the final over.

Bangladesh began their chase with opener Anamul Haque hitting leg-spinner Badree for consecutive boundaries. Tamim Iqbal hit another boundary off left-arm pacer Santokie past point.

Iqbal was the first to go when Badree had him caught by Bravo at mid-off for 5. In the next over, Santokie, silencing the whole stadium, had Haque stumped for 10. He also took the prized wicket of Al Hassan, clean bowled for a duck, next ball.

Rahim hit a six off Samuels to liven up the dejected crowd, but the enthusiasm did not last long.

Brief scores

Group 2

West Indies beat Bangladesh by 73 runs

West Indies 171-7 in 20 overs (Dwayne Smith 72, Chris Gayle 48; Al Amin Hussain 3-21) Bangladesh 98 all out in 19.1 overs (Samuel Badree 4-15, Krishmar Santokie 3-17).

Standings

Team P W L T NR Pts NetRR

India 2 2 0 0 0 4 +0.363

West Indies 2 1 1 0 0 2 +1.752

Pakistan 2 1 1 0 0 2 +0.077

Australia 1 0 1 0 0 0 -0.800

Bangladesh 1 0 1 0 0 0 -3.650