Bangladesh vs West Indies 1st T20: Cottrell, Hope demolish Bangladesh

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Sheldon Cottrell finished with career-best figures of 4-28 off his four overs

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Sheldon Cottrell took four wickets and Shai Hope smashed a 23-ball 55 to lead the West Indies to an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in Sylhet.

Choosing to bat first, Bangladesh made a poor start to their innings as opener Tamim Iqbal was caught by West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite at mid-off off the bowling of Cottrell for five runs.

Liton Das only made six runs before he was caught by Brathwaite at mid-off off the bowling of Oshane Thomas.

Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah all fell shortly after to leave Bangladesh reeling at 73/5.

Captain Shakib Al Hasan and Ariful Haque managed to forge a 30-run partnership before Ariful was dismissed by Fabian Allen for 17.

Mohammad Saifuddin was the next to go, while Shakib went on to score a 43-ball 61, which included eight boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught and bowled by Cottrell.

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Shakib Al Hasan scored his eighth Twenty20 International half-century

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Keemo Paul then took out Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mustafizur Rahman in the space of three balls as Bangladesh were bowled out for 129.

Cottrell was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Paul snapped up two, and Thomas, Brathwaite and Allen chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 130 to win, the West Indies got off to a scorching start as Evin Lewis and Hope amassed a 51-run partnership in a little more than three overs before Lewis was removed by Saifuddin for 18.

Hope and Nicholas Pooran kept the runs flowing with a 47-run stand, during which Hope brought up his fifty, before he was caught by Mustafizur at deep extra cover off the bowling of Mahmudullah for 55, which came off 23 balls and included three boundaries and six sixes.

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Shai Hope only needed 16 balls to bring up his fifty, making it the third-fastest half-century in Twenty20 Internationals

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Pooran and Paul proceeded to mop up the remaining runs as the West Indies reached their target with 55 balls to spare.

Pooran finished on 23, which came off 17 balls and included three boundaries, while Paul remained undefeated on 28, which came off 14 deliveries and included a boundary and three sixes.

Saifuddin and Mahmudullah claimed one wicket each.

Cottrell was named Man of the Match.

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