Shakib Al Hasan was the star of the show for Bangladesh as a 36-run victory in Mirpur tied their Twenty20 series against West Indies.

The Windies cruised to an eight-wicket win in the opening instalment of the three-match series on Monday but found Shakib in inspired form this time around.

The Bangladesh skipper hit an unbeaten 42 as his side set the tourists a winning target of 212, before taking an impressive 5-20 as the Windies were skittled for 175.

Carlos Brathwaite's side found Bangladesh tough to break down, with the hosts reaching 110 runs in just over 11 overs for the loss of only one wicket - Tamim Iqbal dismissed for 15.

Soumya Sarkar (32) and Liton Das (60) both fell in a particularly fruitful 12th over for Sheldon Cottrell (2-38), while Mushfiqur Rahim was dismissed for a single in the next set of six.

That left Shakib and Mahmudullah (43 not out) at the crease and the pair combined for an unbeaten partnership of 91 to take Bangladesh to 211-4 from their 20 overs.

Having made a significant contribution to setting the target, Shakib then set about ensuring the Windies could not reach it, claiming the wickets of Nicholas Pooran (14), Shimron Hetmyer (19), Darren Bravo (2), Brathwaite (7) and Fabian Allen (0).

Shai Hope (36) and Rovman Powell (50) had showed some resistance but could do nothing to prevent Shakib's ruthless demolition of the Windies' middle order.

The sides face each other in the decider at the same venue on Saturday.

Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarker insists the team is ready to battle to salvage the T20 series against the Windies after going down by eight wickets in the first match at Sylhet International Stadium on Monday.

Despite dominating the regional team for large parts of the tour so far, the Bangladeshi’s were able to find very little answers against the Caribbean team.  Windies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell led the way with a career-best 4 for 28, while Shai Hope, who made 297 runs in the three-match ODI series, hit a whirlwind 55-run innings off just 23 balls.

After being dominated with both bat and ball by the reigning World champions, however, Sarker has vowed the team will recover.

“We are aiming a turnaround in the series strongly. In the past we have won the series against West Indies with a strong comeback after trailing 1-0. We are targeting to repeat it.  We have discussed our mistakes form the first match like too many early wickets at the beginning. We will ensure that such mistakes will not be repeated in the remaining matches and produce a better display of cricket all-around,” said Soumya

 

Windies pacer Sheldon Cottrell has hailed the team’s determination and aggression following a comfortable eight-wicket win over Bangladesh at Sylhet International Stadium on Monday.

The regional team had struggled to come to grips with life on the Asian tour so far, going down 2-1 to the hosts both the Test and ODI series.  The start of the T20I series, however, showed solid improvement.

Cottrell, who devastated the Bangladeshi ranks with pace and bounce, led the early onslaught, picking up 4 for 28, which was crucial in restricting the home side to 129 in 19 overs.

“Our plan in this game was to just bowl aggressive in whatever we do, whether bowling yorkers, length ball, short ball. Just to bowl aggressive, and it paid off,” Cottrell said.

In addition to Cottrell, batsman Shai Hope, who made 297 runs in the three-match ODI series, also took the attack to the Tigers as he fired a 55-run innings off just 23 balls.

“We just come together, it was just cricket on the day for me,” the 29-year-old Jamaica said.

Windies middle-order batsman, Shimron Hetmyer, despite not having the most consistent time with the bat since his international debut, has certainly turned some heads and made people, including former regional team batsman, Dwayne Smith. 

Former Windies opener Dwayne Smith believes Shai Hope a cricketer with prodigious talent and some of his performances, even on the ongoing tour of Bangladesh, are just the start of more from the top-order batsman. 

Shai Hope smashed the third-fastest fifty in international Twenty20 cricket as West Indies cruised to an eight-wicket victory in their series opener with Bangladesh on Monday.

After Sheldon Cottrell's 4-28 helped bowl Bangladesh out for 129 in Sylhet, the tourists surpassed their opponents' total inside 11 overs thanks mainly to opener Hope's explosive hitting.

The wicketkeeper-batsman hammered six sixes to reach his half-century from just 16 deliveries - only Yuvraj Singh (12) and Colin Munro (14) have managed the feat in fewer balls - before eventually falling to spinner Mahmudullah for 55.

Still, Hope's early onslaught - West Indies equalled the T20 record with 91 runs at the end of the six-over powerplay - secured a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Nicholas Pooran and Keemo Paul steered their team home with 55 balls to spare, finishing up unbeaten on 23 and 28 respectively with the latter hitting three sixes in his 14-ball cameo.

Cottrell had laid the foundations for victory with a hostile spell of bowling, the paceman's career-best figures in the format seeing Bangladesh dismissed in 19 overs after they had elected to bat first.

Captain Shakib Al Hasan top-scored with 61 but was one of only three home batsmen to reach double figures, Mahmudullah (12) and Ariful Haque (17) the others to do so.

Bangladesh simply never recovered from a disappointing powerplay, Cottrell claiming two of four wickets to fall in the first six overs before returning later in the innings to end Shakib's lone hand, the left-hander's weak pull shot providing the bowler with a simple return catch.

Paul also picked up 2-23 from his four overs before making a contribution with the bat, though Hope's incredible knock was the highlight in a comprehensive triumph.

Opening batsman Evin Lewis and fast-bowlers Sheldon Cottrell and Kesrick Williams have been named to a 15-man Windies squad for their upcoming T20 series against their hosts Bangladesh.

Bangladesh eased to an eight-wicket win in their one-day international series decider against West Indies after Shai Hope's unbeaten century failed to lift his side's dismal display.

The Windies, led by Hope, had levelled the series in the last match, but the efforts of their star man were in vain on Friday as Bangladesh coasted after limiting the tourists to 198-9.

Opener Hope made 108 not out to somehow ensure his side batted out the innings, with none of his team-mates reaching more than 19 as Mehidy Hasan took four 4-29.

A second-wicket stand of 131 between Tamim Iqbal (81 not out) and Soumya Sarkar (80) all but got the job done for Bangladesh and they sealed victory by making 202-2 with 69 balls still remaining.

Although Mehidy swiftly removed Chandrapaul Hemraj (9) and then took care of Darren Bravo (10), it was not until Marlon Samuels (19) departed to Mohammad Saifuddin that the tourists' innings really fell apart.

From 96-2, with Hope starring, the Windies collapsed and Mehidy pressed home the advantage, taking the wickets of Shimron Hetmyer - for a six-ball duck - and captain Rovman Powell (1) in the same over.

Hope kept battling away, with nine fours and a maximum, but the Bangladesh bowlers were now enjoying themselves.

Shakib Al Hasan (2-40) took out Roston Chase (8) and Fabian Allen (6), before Mashrafe Mortaza (2-34) added another pair of dismissals as only Devendra Bishoo managed to protect his wicket and close the innings with Hope.

Bangladesh were in no rush with the bat, yet they made steady progress, suffering only a minor setback as Liton Das went for 23.

Both Hope and Kemar Roach were then forced out of the remainder of the match with injury, the former taking a knock to the head and the latter suffering hamstring spasms, to deal the Windies another blow.

And Tamim and Sarkar combined to do all the heavy lifting en route to victory, the dismissal of the latter to Keemo Paul coming far too late to derail Bangladesh.

Mushfiqur Rahim stepped in and made an unbeaten 16, including two fours and a six, before a pair of Tamim boundaries completed a comfortable chase.

Shai Hope's superb century gave West Indies their first win of their tour to Bangladesh, levelling the ODI series at 1-1 in the process.

Roston Chase says West Indies must go back to the drawing board if they are to stay in the ODI series with Bangladesh after a comprehensive defeat in the opening game on Sunday.

Another match, another poor performance from the Windies who lost the first of their three ODI’s against Bangladesh by five wickets at Dhaka on Sunday.

The Windies lost to a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI by 51 runs courtesy of the Duckworth/Lewis method at the Savar Cricket Ground on on Thursday.

The Windies, choosing to bat first, amassed a good-looking 331-8 from their 50 overs, with Shai Hope, Kieran Powell, Roston Chase, and Fabian Allen getting among the runs, but were blown out of the water, as the board XI raced to 314-6 off just 41 overs.

Powell started steadily, scoring 43 as he was partnered for the first time in the opening slot by Hope. Hope was even more certain in his strokeplay and scored 81 from 84 deliveries, while the returning Darren Bravo, batting at three, scored 24 from 33 deliveries.

Batting has continued to prove a struggle for veteran batsman Marlon Samuels, who, coming in at four, could only manage five.

Shimron Hetmyer, as has come to be expected, added some impetus to the innings, smashing 33 from just 26 deliveries before he was out caught by Soumya Sarkar off the bowling of Rubel Hossain.

Skipper Rovman Powell did not have a good outing in his first attempt at captaining a Windies side, the allrounder going for nought. However, the lower-order batting of Allen, 48 from just 32 deliveries, and Chase, 65 from 51, gave the Windies what should have been a very defendable total.

That was until centuries from Tamim Iqbal, 107, and Sarkar, 103 not out, took the game away from the Windies in no uncertain terms.

Iqbal smashed his 107 from just 73 deliveries and after Imrul Kayes, his opening partner got out for 27 from 25, Sarkar proved just as savage, his unbeaten ton, coming from just 83 balls.

Sarkar had begun to lose partners toward the end of the innings, with Mohammad Mithun, 5, Ariful Haque, 21, Towhid Hridoy, 0, and Shamim Patwari, nine, all fell victim before skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, scored an unbeaten 22 from 18 balls.

Pacer Kemar Roach came in for a fair amount of stick, ending with figures of 0-49 from just five overs, while Oshane Thomas, had 1-57 from seven overs. Chase was the best of the bowlers, grabbing 2-57 from 10 overs, while Devendra Bishoo, who also had two wickets, leaked 81 runs from his 10 overs.

Allen was also good, bowling five overs for a wicket that cost just 19 runs.

The Windies are preparing for their first ODI against Bangladesh after being swept 2-0 in a Test series last week. There will be three ODIs, two in Dhaka, and one in Sylhet. Three T20Is are also to follow.

Rovman Powell will captain the Windies side for their three-match ODI series against Bangladesh on December 9, 11, and 14.

Kraigg Brathwaite bemoaned another West Indies batting collapse after his side were thrashed by an innings and 184 runs by Bangladesh in Dhaka.

After losing the first Test by 64 runs, the Windies failed to salvage a draw from the two-match series as they were thoroughly beaten inside three days.

Having allowed Bangladesh to amass 508 in the first innings, the tourists were then skittled out for 111 and managed to add another 213 after following-on.

Shimron Hetmyer again showed his quality with a defiant 93, but Brathwaite's side crumbled against the spin of Mehidy Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan.

"It was very disappointing," said Brathwaite. "Our bowlers did a good job but the batting let us down.

"Some of the shots weren't the best. Most of the games we were 30-odd for three. It put the batting order under a lot of pressure. 

"It wasn't good for us at all. I can't blame the wicket. Some of the shot selection wasn't good at all, especially [Saturday] evening.

"Test cricket is a mental game. Five-hundred on the board with the ball spinning on the first day. We could have had some talks.

"Mentally we probably weren't there, especially [Saturday]when we lost five wickets quickly. We have to do better as batsmen, even myself. We can't consistently be 30 for three. We have to hold up our hand and do the job. Simple."

Brathwaite endured a miserable series at the top of the order – averaging just 5.50 from four innings – and he acknowledged he must improve to give his side firmer foundations to build upon.

"I am very disappointed," he added. "I didn't have a good series in India, so I was looking to lead the batting. 

"But it didn't happen. I have to keep strong and try to lead the batting in the next series [against England in July]."

Shakib Al Hasan praised Bangladesh for bouncing back from their series whitewash against West Indies in July to return the favour in Dhaka.

The Tigers claimed their biggest Test win and first by an innings on Sunday as Mehidy Hasan's 12 wickets secured a 2-0 triumph.

In their defeat in the West Indies four months ago, Bangladesh were bowled out for 43 – the lowest Test total since 1974.

It was an 11th Test series without victory for Bangladesh, a run that was extended against Zimbabwe prior to West Indies' arrival on the subcontinent.

That run is now over, though, after Shakib's men dominated the series with bat and ball, no more so than in Dhaka where they raced to victory by an innings and 184 runs inside three days.

"We obviously had a lot to prove after losing to them in that manner [in July]," he said. "I think we have done that at least at home.

"I would thank my team-mates and the coaching staff, for believing that it was possible. I was quite demanding of my players in this series. I wanted a lot from them. I think everyone contributed in their own way, but I saw everyone really wanting to contribute to the win.

"This is the first time we enforced the follow-on in more than 100 Tests in 18 years, which is definitely something special. We haven't done this against smaller teams, so to do it against a higher-ranked side is an achievement."

He added: "We never expected such a performance in the West Indies. We held discussions after the Test series defeat there, and then came back strongly in the ODIs and T20Is.

"Since we didn't do well in the Tests [there], we had this opportunity to do well at home. We wanted people to at least understand that it was a performance in their home conditions, and see that we could do the same in our home conditions.

"Our batsmen have done well on good wickets. In this game, they believed in the plan put in front of them. We no longer prepare flat wickets on which we are expected to score 500 and draw the game. We try to win every game, and this changed mindset has taken us to a better place as cricketers."

Attention now turns to the limited-overs matches between the two sides – three ODIs and three T20Is – with Bangladesh restoring Shakib to the squad after he missed their most-recent 50-over series with Zimbabwe due to a finger injury.

Tamim Iqbal is also back after struggling with a fractured wrist and side strain in recent months.

 

Bangladesh squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Mohammad Saifuddin, Abu Hider, Ariful Haque.

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