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Windies Clinch T20I with Controversial Win

Windies Clinch T20I with Controversial Win Photo: TT
Evin Lewis won the Man-of-the-Match Award

West Indies beat Bangladesh by 50 runs to win their three match best of series by two matches to one.

For the decider in Mirpur, Bangladesh were unchanged from the last match, whilst the West Indies chose to replace Darren Bravo with Sherfane Rutherford.

It was Bangladesh who won the toss and decided to field first, but they had to watch their opponents get off to a lightening start as the opening pair of Evin Lewis and Shai Hope blasted 76 of the first five overs before Hope was bowled by Shakib Al-Hasan for 23, having hit a six and 3 fours. Keemo Paul was promoted up the order but could only manage to score 2 before he fell to the bowling of Mustafizur Rahim. Then Rovman Powell joined Lewis in the middle and the pair added 32 before Lewis fell for a brilliant 89, scored off just 36 balls, including 8 sixes and 4 fours.

He was bowled by Mahmudullah, who, next ball, had Shimron Hetmyer lbw for a duck. Powell and Nicholas Pooran then shared a stand of 34 before Powell was out for 19, giving Mahmudullah a third wicket.

Pooran added 17 for the sixth wicket with Carlos Braithwaite, but when Pooran fell to Mustafizur for 29, the West Indies suffered a late order collapse, and they were bowled out for 190 in the final over, with Shakib picking up two more late wickets.

In reply, Bangladesh suffered an early loss when opener Tamim Iqbal was run out in the second over for 8. Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar added 43 for the second wicket, but then three wickets fell in 6 balls, with Fabian Allen accounting for Soumya and Shakib in successive balls, and then Paul dismissing Mushfiqur in the next over for 43.

Mahmudullah and Das put on 14 for the 5th wicket, but then Paul struck four times, removing Mahmudullah for 11, Das top-scoring with 43, Ariful Haque for a duck, and Mohammad Saifuddin for 5. Mehedi Hasan and Abu Hider shared a 9th wicket stand of33, but, by the time that Mehedi was caught by Allen off the bowling of Sheldon Cottrell for 19, the result was beyond doubt. Mustafizur was the last man to fall as the home side were bowled out for 140 at the end of the 17th over, with Hider unbeaten on 22, having hit a six and 3 fours.

Paul finished with 5 for 15, but it was his team mate Lewis who was given the man of the match award.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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