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Hope Blitzkrieg Helps Windies Thrash Bangladesh in First T20I

Cricketnext Staff |December 17, 2018, 3:38 PM IST
Hope Blitzkrieg Helps Windies Thrash Bangladesh in First T20I

Windies Opener Shai Hope helped his team to a massive eight wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first T20I in Sylhet, scoring a rapid 55 off 23 balls chasing a target of 130.

Ably supported by Nicholas Pooran (23 off 17 balls) and fellow opener Ewin Lewis who scored 18 off 11 balls, Hope’s innings was littered with six sixes and three fours as Windies made light work of the target, reaching it in just 10.5 overs for the loss of two wickets.

Bangladesh’s top-order failed to perform once again, with the team losing wickets at regular intervals and failing to stitch together any significant partnerships. Tamim Iqbal (5), Liton Das (6), and Soumya Sarkar could not reach double figures, and the hosts found themselves reeling at 31-3 in as early as the fourth over.

It was due to the efforts of Shakib-Al-Hasan who made 61 off 43 balls that Bangladesh could reach a respectable score. Walking in to bat with the score at 19-2 and Liton Das back in the pavilion courtesy Sheldon Cottrell, Shakib played a mature knock which included eight boundaries and two sixes.

However, Mahmudullah (12) and Ariful Haque (17) were the only other two batsmen who reached double figures, as Shakib kept losing partners around him. With Keemo Paul and Carlos Brathwaite bowling tight lines, Bangladesh found it hard to score runs. Both Mahmudullah and Ariful Haque were dismissed caught in the deep, trying to heave the ball away.

And when Shakib was out caught and bowled by Sheldon Cottrell, who picked up career-best figures of 4 four 28, Bangladesh was soon all-out in 19 overs.

In reply, Shai Hope and Evin Lewis took the attack to the new bowling pair of Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan from the get-go. The opening stand of 51 was brought up in just 3.1 overs, and the assault continued even after Lewis was dismissed by Mohammad Saifuddin.

Nicholas Pooran came in to bat and targeted Abu Hider and Mohammad Saifuddin, who both registered bowling economies of double digits. Hope soon brought up his half-century, but was soon dismissed on 55, Mahmudullah picking up his wicket as he was caught by Mustafizur Rahman.

But the damage had been done by this point, and Keemo Paul finished the job courtesy a brisk 14-ball-28, helping Windies reach the target in just over ten overs.

With the win, Windies take a 1-0 lead in the three match T20I series. The second T20I will be played in Mirpur on Thursday.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
7 6 1 0 12 +0.90
2
NZ
7 5 1 1 11 +1.02
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
7 4 3 0 8 +1.05
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
PAK
7 3 3 1 7 -0.97
7
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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