Album: Bangladesh vs Windies 2nd T20I, Dhaka
Bangladesh have squared up the T20I series 1-1 after a comprehensive 36-run victory against Windies in the second T20I at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur. This leaves the final T20I a series decider. [আরও পড়ুন:শিশির থাকায় বোলিং সহজ ছিল না : সাকিব]
A complete all-round performance from the Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has led the way for the Tigers to go on to the third and the final T20I with everything to play for.
Windies captain Carlos Braithwaite opted to field first after winning the toss and Bangladesh openers were off to a flyer. Tamim Iqbal (15) departed after hitting a boundary while his partner Liton Das kept hitting bowlers all over the park. He went on to score yet another T20I fifty and keeps his amazing form going in the short format.
Bangladesh posted 211/4, their second-highest T20I total after they were sent into bat first. Liton Das (62), Soumya Sarkar (32), Shakib Al Hasan (42*) and Mahmudullah Riyad (43*) all were among the runs.
In reply, Windies lost Evin Lewis early, But the man in form Shai Hope started off with all guns blazing yet again. However, the hosts managed to stop him this time as Mehidy Hasan picked up the vital wicket. The ODI captain Rovman Powell, who scored a brisk fifty kept the hopes alive for the visitors.
But after his departure, it was all over for Braithwaite’s men and Bangladesh secured a comfortable win by 36 runs to level the series.
Shakib became the first Bangladeshi and eighth overall to take five-wicket hauls accross formats in international cricket. To be mentioned, he was in doubt to play the match with fever.
Bangladesh 211/4 in 20 overs (Liton 60, Mahmudullah 43*, Shakib 42*; Cottrell 2/38)
Windies 175 allout in 19.2 overs (Powell 50, Hope 36; Shakib 5/21, Mustafizur 2/50)
Bangladesh won by 36 runs
Man of the Match: Shakib Al Hasan