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Smith hammered 10 boundaries during his knock of 72, while Badree recorded his best bowling figures in a Twenty20 International
West Indies opener Dwayne Smith smashed a stunning half-century and leg-spinner Samuel Badree took four wickets to annihilate Bangladesh by 73 runs in Mirpur.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim would have been regretting his decision to bowl first early on as the West Indies’ opening pair of Chris Gayle and Smith amassed a fabulous 97-run partnership, during which Smith brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Al-Amin Hossain at short fine leg off the bowling of Mahmudullah.
Smith’s fantastic knock of 72 came off 43 balls and included 10 boundaries and three sixes.
Lendl Simmons failed to trouble the scorers as he was stumped by Rahim off the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan for a golden duck.
Gayle ended up making 48 off 48 balls, which included three boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Tamim Iqbal at long-off off the bowling of Ziaur Rahman.
Marlon Samuels made 18 runs before he was caught by Sohag Gazi at extra cover off the bowling of Hossain.
Hossain struck again the very next ball when Andre Russell was caught by Al Hasan at long-off for a golden duck.
Even though Hossain failed to complete his hat-trick, he did get another wicket the ball after when Iqbal pulled off an absolute stunner at short third man to dismiss Dwayne Bravo.
Denesh Ramdin also made a golden duck when he was run out by Rahman off the last ball of the innings.
Hossain was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Mahmudullah, Rahman and Al Hasan chipped in with one wicket apiece as the West Indies finished on 171/7 at the end of their 20 overs.
Chasing 172 to win, Bangladesh got off to a horrible start as Iqbal was caught by Bravo at mid-off off the bowling of Badree for five runs.
Anamul Haque only made 10 runs before he was brilliantly stumped by Ramdin off the bowling of Krishmar Santokie.
Al Hasan failed to have an impact as he was clean bowled by Santokie for a golden duck.
Mominul Haque managed to make 16 runs before he was caught by Santokie at short fine leg off the bowling of Sunil Narine.
Sabbir Rahman only made one run before he was caught by West Indies captain Darren Sammy at midwicket off the bowling of Badree.
Badree struck again two balls later when Rahim was brilliantly caught by Bravo for 22.
Things went from bad to worse for Bangladesh three balls later when Mahmudullah was caught by Simmons off the bowling of Badree.
Ziaur Rahman scored nine runs before he was cleaned up by Russell.
Mashrafe Mortaza made a quickfire 19 before he was caught by Bravo at long-on off the bowling of Santokie.
Russell finished things off when he shattered Sohag Gazi’s stumps.
Badree recorded his career-best figures of 4-15, while Santokie picked up three wickets, Russell snapped up two and Narine chipped in with one.
Rahim was infuriated with his side’s performance, and said: “It was a disappointing effort – first with our fielding because we gave away a lot of cheap runs. To chase 170 you need a good start, but we lost wickets early and it is difficult from there on. Our bowling was good, but our fielding let down as we gave away 20 extra runs…we need bit better shot selection. If you lose three early wickets, you are on a back foot. It hurts (the recent losses) but credit should also go the opposition players.”
Sammy was pleased to have defeated Bangladesh so convincingly, and said: “When you play cricket, the team that plays better wins. Much better game for us. Chris and Smithy played well, then our bowlers bowled fantastically well. We started off really well, Smith had to really graft. So he gave us the platform. The bowlers then bowled well.
“It is important that we won and it also boosted our NRR. Chris, this innings, he didnt score at the strike rate which we are used to, but the fact that he was there was important. The Bangladeshi captain brought Shakib very late because of him. In the next couple of games, i have no doubt he will get to his zone. I am not worried about him. The conditions are for slower bowling.
“Santokie and Badree started off very well. It is hard to leave someone like Ravi Rampaul out, but you saw what Santokie did. it is good to have that sort of bench strength.”
Smith was named Man of the Match, and said: “We have a good bowling attack, so it was important to put the runs on the board. Well done to our bowlers and our fielders. We had a very bad first game so we went and spent time in the nets to work hard on our mistakes. I am glad to see that Santokie performed well and hope he goes from strength to strength.”