West Indies Maintain Nerve to Beat Tigers


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Debutant Roston Chase drives stylishly by the off facet throughout his 39 in opposition to Bangladesh on Friday.
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A nonetheless unconvincing West Indies saved alive their slim hopes of reaching the semi-finals after they edged winless Bangladesh by three runs on Friday to register their first factors of the Twenty20 World Cup.

Yet one more listless batting effort noticed them muster 142 for seven off their 20 overs at Sharjah Cricket Stadium however they managed to limit Bangladesh in the long run, medium pacer Andre Russell denying the Asian facet the 13 runs required from the ultimate over.

Following heavy defeats to England and South Africa, the victory moved the Caribbean facet off the underside of Group 1 to fifth alongside Sri Lanka and South Africa all on two factors, with England and Australia on prime with 4 factors apiece.

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“This win means loads to the crew. We’re clearly in a do-or-die scenario, having to win the final remaining video games, so it’s good to begin this one off,” all-rounder Jason Holder mentioned afterwards following his first sport of the match after being known as up as an harm substitute.

“It was a detailed encounter. Nonetheless, we acquired over the road.

“The final ball that Russell bowled – clearly 4 runs, one ball to bowl the proper yorker, which was a dot ball – was phenomenal.

“Lots of jubilation went by my veins particularly, after which all the blokes clearly performed very well.”

Despatched in, West Indies had been going nowhere at 62 for 4 within the thirteenth over earlier than vice-captain Nicholas Pooran arrived to lash a prime rating of 40 off 22 deliveries and debutant Roston Chase, 39 from 46 deliveries, to rescue the innings.

Not for the primary time, West Indies suffered a joyless begin when left-handed openers Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle each fell cheaply to go away the innings on 18 for 2 within the fifth over.

Lewis skied seamer Mustafizur Rahman (2-43) to sq. leg within the third over for six and Gayle dithered ten balls over his 4 earlier than lacking a heave at 20-year-old off-spinner Mahedi Hasan (2-20) and having his stumps shattered, additional extending his stunning kind with 29 runs from three innings.

Left-hander Shimron Hetmyer holed out to lengthy off off Mahedi within the seventh over for 9 however Chase helped restore order, placing on 30 for the fourth wicket with captain Kieron Pollard (14 not out) and 57 in a fifth-wicket stand with Pooran.

Pollard retired harm within the thirteenth over on eight and when Russell was run out on the non-striker’s finish off the very subsequent supply after quick bowler Taskin Ahmed deflected Chase’s drive onto the stumps, West Indies had been tottering.

However Pooran, with out a current rating of benefit, punched a 4 and 4 sixes whereas Chase stroked two fours to rally the innings, and Holder (15 not out) arrived to launch two sixes within the last over which leaked 19 runs, to supply West Indies with important momentum.

In reply, Bangladesh struggled early on however acquired a prime rating of 44 off 43 balls from Liton Das and a 24-ball unbeaten 31 from Mahmudullah in direction of the tip, to stabilise the innings.

Russell claimed the important thing wicket of Shakib-al-Hasan within the fifth over for 9, the left-hander miscuing to Holder at mid off and his opening associate Mohammad Naim (17) adopted within the sixth over at 29 for 2, enjoying on to Holder.

Das, who notched 4 fours, then anchored a sequence of small partnerships to sew the innings collectively, including 31 for the third wicket with Soumya Sarkar (17), 30 for the fourth with Mushfiqur Rahim (8) and 40 for the fifth with Mahmudalluah who belted two fours and a six.

With 22 runs required from the final two overs, veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo elevated the strain by conceding simply 9 from the nineteenth and getting Das to gap out to Holder within the deep off the final ball, and Russell then held his nerve to subdue the damaging Mahmudullah.

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