DHAKA: West Indies made light weather of hosts Bangladesh, beating them by 73 runs in their Group A Super10 game of World Twenty20 game played at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Dhaka.
Chasing a mammoth target of 172, Bangladesh batsmen failed to make an impression bowled out for 98, getting rolled over by the spin duo of Samuel Bandree and Sunil Narine. Bandree, the leg spinner ended with excellent figures of 4/15 from his four overs. Kumar Santokie was also brilliant, taking three wickets.
Bangladesh chase was in tatters early with score reading 16 for three before Badree snared three in single over to take stuffing out middle order to set up West Indies’ thumping win.
Earlier, opener Dwayne Smith smashed a quickfire 72 as West Indies produced an improved batting show, to post a challenging 171 for seven.
Smith whirlwind knock came off just 43 balls that helped in consolidating the West Indies total which could have been much more had Chris Gayle been able to play his natural attacking game as he huffed and puffed en route his run-a-ball 48 that had three fours and two sixes.
Al-Amin in bagged all his three scalps in the last over in which the Caribbeans lost four wickets scoring only four runs.
While Gayle struggled for his timing, Smith, on the other hand, shrugged off the rustiness that affected his game against India as he looked in control against the spinners, especially off-spinner Sohag Gazi, who was brought in for his good record against Chris Gayle. He also muscled a lot of deliveries through the vacant mid-wicket region. In the 10th over of the innings, he hit Gazi for four consecutive boundaries. He reached his 50 off 33 balls. His innings had 10 fours and three sixes.
BRIEF SCORES: West Indies 171/7 in 20 overs (Dwayne Smith 72, Chris Gayle 48, Al-Amin 3/21) beat Bangladesh 98 all-out in 19.1 overs (Badree 4/15, Santokie 3/17) by 73 runs.
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