West Indies in Bangladesh, 3 T20 International Series, 2018 |2nd T20I |12/20/2018 Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
So that's it from this one. With this Bangla win, it means it's going to go down to the decider. It takes place in Dhaka on Saturday, at 1700 local (1100 GMT). Do join in for that. Cheers!
Shakib Al Hasan is awarded the MAN OF THE MATCH. He had a terrific outing with the bat wherein he scored 42 off 26 and also, his 5-wicket haul took the Windies batting order apart. That ensured his side won the game.
Post the good batting show, they wreaked havoc with the ball. Shai Hope blazed right from the start and was looking like scoring another big one, but he departed soon. Post that, it was a mere procession, with Rovman Powell the only one to put up any kind of resistance with his fifty. Shakib derailed the Windies batting order with his maiden T20I 5-fer, and the rest, barring Saifuddin, chipped in with the wickets too. A dominating performance, one which the home side would be thoroughly proud of.
An emphatic victory for the hosts as they level the series 1-1. They were always ahead in this game from the time they were put in to bat. Liton Das took the attack to the Windies bowlers right from the word go. Put on two brisk stands with Tamim and Sarkar to set the tone for the game and scored a fifty too. A couple of wickets were lost in quick succession, but then the experienced heads of Shakib and Mahmudullah took the game completely away from the visitors, as the duo added 91 runs between them in no time. It helped the Tigers post a total well in excess of 200 on the board.
Mahmudullah to O Thomas, OUT! That's the final wicket down of the Windies. Tossed up on middle, Thomas goes for a typical tailender's shot. He tries to hit it across the line and heave it over the fence but misses the ball completely and it hits the off stump. BANGLADESH WIN THIS MATCH BY 36 RUNS and level the series.
Mahmudullah to S Cottrell, Chipped over the bowler's head by Cottrell for a single.
END OF OVER 19 | 1 Runs & 0 Wkt | WI 174/9
Mahmudullah will bowl the last over of the innings.
Abu Hider to O Thomas, Kept out by Thomas. Maybe the Windies are trying not to be bowled out.
Abu Hider to S Cottrell, Top edge but lands safely. A single is taken. Both teams going through the motions here.
Abu Hider to S Cottrell, This ball is punched away on the off side towards cover. The fielder picks up the ball and hits the stumps at the non-striker's end. But the batsman makes it home in time.
Abu Hider to S Cottrell, Another swing to this ball outside off and another miss.
Abu Hider to S Cottrell, This length delivery is on middle and leg, the batsman gets an inside edge that goes onto his pads.
Abu Hider to S Cottrell, Outside off and Cottrell goes for a swipe and misses the ball completely.
END OF OVER 18 | 9 Runs & 1 Wkt | WI 173/9
M Rahman to K Paul, OUT!!! 9th wicket down for the Windies. And Bangladesh are inches away from leveling this series. Short by Mustafizur, Paul tries to heave it over mid-wicket but the ball falls straight down the throat of Ariful Haque at deep mid-wicket.
M Rahman to K Paul, WIDE! Bouncer! The ball is too short and over the head of the batsman. Umpire stretches his arm out for a wide.
M Rahman to K Paul, SIX! A bit shorter on length by Rahim. Keemo Paul rocks back on his back foot and pulls it away over the square leg fence for a maximum.
M Rahman to S Cottrell, Fuller on middle and Cottrell pushes it towards the fielder at long on for a single.
M Rahman to K Paul, Lofted over mid off but the ball is not timed properly and falls short of the fielder at long off. Single taken.
M Rahman to K Paul, Once again on length but this time Mustafizur gets some bounce off the pitch and manages to find the outside edge of Paul's bat. But the ball falls short of the keeper.
M Rahman to K Paul, Length delivery on middle, Paul tries to punch it through covers but misses.
END OF OVER 17 | 13 Runs & 0 Wkt | WI 164/8
M Saifuddin to K Paul, A single to end the over. Paul just drops this length ball on leg towards mid-wicket for a run. Keeps the strike too. The Windies need 48 runs in 18 balls.
M Saifuddin to K Paul, Four in a row! Again quick on middle, Keemo drops it on the leg side towards mid-wicket and gets back for two. This time, it is very comfortable. Wonderful batting this! Might just be a little too late.