Bangladesh are yet to be a party to play tough in the shortest version of the game. Furthermore, rain performed the major spoil sport at the Warner Park; so whatever difficult the target might come in their way, it is West Indies who trashed the visiting Bangladesh in the first T20I of the series.
The home team is now one up in the three match series with a comprehensive 7 wickets win in the first T20I against Bangladesh in St. Kitts.
Windies won the toss and sent Bangladesh to bat first; the refreshing fragrance of the just completed ODI series win was soon diminished with a horrific start. The man of the series from the limited overs, Tamim Iqbal and his new ball partner Soumya Sarkar both were dismissed in the first delivery they faced in the innings.
Failed to cope with the rapidity of T20 batting, Bangladesh showed yet another lackluster batting show. Having Mahmudullah Riyad in the middle of the lineup respited the Tigers from severe degeneration, helped them passed the hundred run marks in the total.
Mahmudullah was the sole batsman to strike sixes in Bangladesh innings; with two over boundaries and 3 boundaries, the veteran scored highest 35 runs off 27 deliveries.
Youngster Kesrick Williams starred with the ball for West Indies, hunting down 4 of the opposition wickets.
On the eve of the Caribbean batsmen to step down in the field having rather an easy target to achieve, heavy downpour in Basseterre forced to stop the procedure for little more than 45 minutes resulting the score to curtail down to 91 runs in 11 overs.
Mustafizur Rahman gunned down both openers in his maiden first over leaving West Indies in a tougher equation for the chase.
The anarchy of their bowling showdown facilitated Caribbean hitters to grove for big shots managing the target softer. Russel struck 3 sixes while Samuels and Powell went through with two each.
Two of the experienced campaigners for West Indies, Andre Russell and Marlon Samuels assaulted Bangladesh bowlers to their death for the match, eclipsed the winnings target with one ball less than two overs to spare even in the curtailed version.
Russell’s 35 was followed by Samuels’ 26 and Powell’s 15. Andre Russel was adjudged player of the match.
Watch 1 ball 2 Wickets drama here-
West Indies 93/3 (9.1 overs)
Marlon Samuels 26, Andre Russel 35, Rovman Powell 15
Mustafizur Rahman 2/18
Result: West Indies won by 7 wickets.
Toss: West Indies.
Man of the match: Andre Russell.