Tuesday, March 25, 2014

West Indies won Bangladesh by 73 runs wt20

Dwayne Smith smashed 72 runs off 43 balls before spinner bowler Samuel Badree claimed 4-15 as the West Indies won Bangladesh by 73 runs in a key World T20 match in Dhaka on Tuesday.

The caring champions, who needed a win to stay in contention for the semi-finals after losing to India on Sunday, piled up 171-7 and then bowled out Bangladesh for a paltry 98 in the Super-10 group 2 matches.

Chris Gayle hit a run-a-ball 48 in an impressive batting display by the West Indies after the hosts win the toss and elected to field before a sell-out crowd of 25,000 at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie claimed 2 wickets off successive balls, including the vital one of Shakib Al Hasan, to reduce Bangladesh to 16-3 by the fourth over.

Samuel Badree, who had begun the slide by removing opener Tamim Iqbal for 5, sliced through the middle order with 3 wickets in his last over, the 11 of the innings. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 22 and tailender Mashrafe Mortaza made 19, but six batsmen failed to enter double figures in a worst batting display by the home team.

Smith dominated an opening stand of 97 by slamming 10 boundaries and 3 sixes, outscoring the unusually dour Chris Gayle, whose contribution in the partnership was 19.Smith reached his 72 off 43 balls in the 10th over with a fourth consecutive boundary off spinner Sohag Gazi.

West Indies lost 2 wickets for one run as Smith top-edged a sweep off Mohammad Mahmudullah, and new batsman Lendl Simmons was stumped off a wide from Shakib. Chris Gayle opened out after Smith's dismissal and hit 2 sixes and 3 fours before holing out in the deep off Ziaur Rahman in the 19th over.

The West Indies plundered 44 runs from the 17th to the 19th overs to move to 167-3, before losing 4 wickets in the last over bowled by seamer Al Amin Hossain. India, Pakistan and Australia are the other teams in the group, from which two will advance to the semi-finals.

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