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Bangladesh vs West Indies Match Report NSW School
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Bangladesh vs West Indies Match Report

West Indies’ defence of their T20 World Cup title has got off to a rocky start. After two losses in two games, they find themselves bottom of the Group 1 table. Ahead of them are Bangladesh, who also have no wins in two matches, but have a better net run rate.

Another loss for either team will bring a premature end to their hopes of finishing in the top two of the group and progressing to the semi-finals.

West Indies’ concern going into this do-or-die clash is that their dangerous batting attack has failed to fire. They were bundled out for 55 against England, then limped to 143 against South Africa. The conditions in the UAE have not suited their style of attacking play. That they had to bat first in both matches didn’t help, especially since they prefer to chase.

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Bangladesh, whose T20 style is almost the opposite of the West Indies’ six-hitting formula, are also struggling in the UAE. They have been unable to put in a complete performance to take them across the line. The Powerplay, which has proved to be crucial in the tournament, has not been their strongest period.

It is a quick turnaround for them after the game against England, where they were restricted to 124/9.

The teams have faced off 12 times in the format, with honours pretty even. West Indies have won six and Bangladesh five.

Liton Das and Mahmud Ullah led a spirited Bangladesh chase of 143, which left them needing 13 off the final over and four off the final ball. But Andre Russell drew on his experience to deny them as West Indies picked up a vital three-run win.

With this loss at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Bangladesh’s hopes of progressing in the tournament look bleak.

West Indies had the power-hitting of Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder to thank for giving them those crucial runs on the board to defend. Their 142/7 had been an innings of two halves. While their first 10 overs featured just two boundaries, both fours, their last 10 got them 94 runs, with seven sixes lighting up the final five.

Without the injured Pollard on the field, it was up to Pooran to marshal the bowlers.

With 13 needed off the last six balls, Russell did not give away any boundaries. However, as the pressure told on the fielders, the batters managed seven from the first four balls, also capitalising on a dropped catch in the deep.

With four needed off the final ball, and Mahmud Ullah on strike, Russell sent down a full ball. The batter, looking for a boundary, could not make contact, and the West Indies celebrations began.

 

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