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Bangladesh Level Series Thanks to Shakib Exploits

Bangladesh Level Series Thanks to Shakib Exploits Photo: TT
Shakib al Hasan Won the Man of the Match

Bangladesh beat West Indies by 36 runs to level the series. With the West Indies leading the three match series one-nil, both sides went into the second match in Mirpur unchanged.

It was the visitors who won the toss and invited the hosts to bat first, with openers Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das providing them with a solid start until Tamim was caught by Sheldon Cottrell off the bowling of Fabian Allen for 15.

Das and Soumya Sarkar then combined in a stand of 68 for the second wicket until Soumya was caught by the West Indian captain Carlos Braithwaite off the bowling of Sheldon Cottrell for 32.

Five balls later Das, who had hit 4 sixes and 6 fours, was bowled by Cottrell for 60, and when Mushfiqur Rahim fell to Oushane Thomas for just a single at the end of the next over, the West Indians had fought their way back in to the contest.

However, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah shared an unbeaten partnership of 91 scored off just 7 overs, as they helped their side to 211/4 at the end of their allotted overs. Shakib at the end was unbeaten on 42, with one six and 5 fours to his name; Mahmudullah 43 not out, having scored 7 fours.

In reply, The West Indies lost opener Evin Lewis to Abu Hider for just a single, but Nicholas Pooran and Shai Hope added 41 before Pooran became one of five men to fall to the bowling of Shakib for 14.

The following over, Mehedi Hasan took the prized wicket of Hope for 36, as the visitors stumbled to 62/3. Shimron Hetmyer and Rovman Powell added 36, but then the tourists lost both Hetmyer (19) and Darren Bravo in the same over from Shakib.

Braithwaite and Allen then gave the Bangladesh captain his 4th and 5th victims, as the West Indies slipped to 138 – 7. Powell eventually fell for 50, and despite some late heroics from Keemo Paul who scored 29 off just 16 balls, including 2 sixes and a four, the visitors were bowled out for 175, with 4 balls left to bowl in their innings.

Shakib took 5 for 20 which, together with his 42 not out, earned him the deserved man of the match award.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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