World T20: West Indies rout Bangladesh in one-sided encounter
West Indies had a horrible outing against India in their opening game, but on Tuesday, they managed to hand Bangladesh their second-worst loss in T20Is at the Shere-e-Bangla stadium.
Having been put in to bat first, West Indies struggled to put bat on ball on a slow pitch. However, their innings was bolstered by Dwayne Smith who came out all guns blazing with his 43-ball 72. Chris Gayle looked scratchy at the other end, playing his slowest T20I innings, but he hung on long enough till the two accounted for a 97-run 1st wicket stand. Smith was the first one to depart, as he top-edge the ball straight into the fielder's hands.
Mushfiqur Rahim's decision to introduce Shakib Al Hasan right after Smith's dismissal paid off, as the left-armer struck first up to dismiss Lendl Simmons. Marlon Samuels then walked in, stitching a crucial 53-run partnership with Gayle. Bangladesh were sloppy in the field, dropping too many catches which resulted in West Indies adding important runs to their total. Al-Amin Hossain bowled a tight last over, picking three wickets as the Windies finished with 171/7 in 20 overs.
The target was a little too much for Bangladesh, who couldn't even reach the three-figure mark. Samuel Badree (4/15), Krishmar Santokie (3/17) and Andre Russell (2/10) together created mayhem, ratting the Bangladesh batting order. With a high required run-rate and wickets falling like ninepins, it was always going to be difficult for Bangladesh. They were all-out for just 98 in 19.1 overs, conceding a 73-run defeat to the defending champs.