West Indies came up with a strong batting performance to pull off a convincing 50-run win against Bangladesh in the third and final T20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Saturday.
West Indies responded to their Test and ODI series humiliation by reminding Bangladesh why they are World Twenty20 champions in the T20 series as they claimed the three-match series by 2-1.Pugnacious opener Evin Lewis played a whirlwind knock of 89 runs from 36 balls to underline his reputation as T20 cricket’s one of the most destructive batsmen and power Windies to a daunting 190 before all-out.
In answer, Bangladesh were not able to place up a fight and Windies bowlers came up with a superb show to dismiss them in 140 in 17 over with Keemo Paul produced his career-best T20 bowling figure of 15/5.
Litton Das top scored 43 from 25 but his effort proved little. Admirably supported by inspiring fielding, Windies’ seamers and spinners were all over the hosts, who lost wickets at a regular intervals during run chase.
Bangladesh’s openers Litton Das and Tamim Iqbal attacked from the outset and cruised in the first few overs, punishing some wayward Windies bowling during run chase.
The hosts raced to 22 before Tamim was runout in bizarre fashion. But Litton looked comfortable against the Windies attack hitting couple of fours and sixes during the power play overs.
Litton was reprieved by umpire’s controversial “No-ball” decision when he was 34 but failed to utilize the opportunity as he was removed by Paul for 43. However, the game decisively swung the visitors’ way when Fabian Allen and Keemo Paul took Bangladesh’s wickets at a regular intervals as Bangladesh collapsed from 1-64 to 5-80. Both Soumya and Shakib was dismissed by Allen in successive deliveries. Mahmudullah and Mushfiq was forced to surrender by Paul’s bowling guile.Paul then completed his fifth wicket haul by removing Ariful Haque and Saifuddin in successive overs.
With over 14 runs needed per over, Miraz and Abu Hider entertained by playing some fancy strokes. Abu Hider chipped in with unbeaten 22 but could only delay the inevitable.
Earlier, Caribbean T20 rock-star Evin Lewis (89) hammered Bangladeshi bowlers to submission as Windies posted a commendable 190 before being all-out in 19.2 overs.
The left-handed Lewis was virtually unstoppable after Shakib won the toss and sent Windies to bat first.
The decision looked backfired as WIndies innings started with a bang and the pair raised Windies’ fifty inside just three overs. The visitors then went into century in eight overs by losing Shai Hope and experimental Keemo Paul.
Windies could not have hoped for a better start as pugnacious Lewis and inform Hope posted 76-run opening stand from just 30-balls.
Shakib finally broke the violent stand when he castled Hope for 23 but Lewis continued smashing Bangladeshi bowlers to cleaners in all parts of the grounds.
Lewis and Hope, began the innings at a relatively gentle pace, with no over boundary in the first two overs, before Lewis roughed up Abu Hider with his audacious stroke-play in the third overs of the innings, smashing him for four sixes.
The runs began to flow more freely as the bowling changes came into effect and the score crossed 100 mark rapidly. Lewis entertained the Mirpur crowd with his innovating hitting in a counter-attack Including a 107 miter six that left Tigers gasping.
Bangladesh’s bowlers were left clueless where to bowl as the Windies opener dealt only in fours and sixes.
The Windies poster boy’s knock came off just 36 balls as he punished the bowlers with a six four and eight sixes. He did not spare a single Bangladeshi bowler as it rained boundaries when he was batting in full flow.
He was particularly harsh on pacer Abu Hider and Mohammad Saifuddin.
Off-spinner Mahmudullah finally ended the Lewis storm when he foxed the big hitter. His departure after a 36-ball cyclone hardly affected the team’s rhythm as Nicolas Pooran had a fine touch with 24-ball 29. A middle and lower order collapse however, saw Windies bowled out for 189 in 19.2 overs but still the total was gigantic enough to give Shakib’s men the shivers.
Mahmudullah and Mustafizur led Bangladesh fight back in the middle of Windies’ innings before Shakib took two more wickets in the dying overs to keep WIndies’ below 200.
Shakib, Mahmudullah and Mustafizur claimed three wickets each for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh handed Windies a 2-0 Test humiliation before they clinched the three-match ODI series by 2-1.