DHAKA – Captain Shakib Al Hasan starred with both bat and ball as Bangladesh defeated West Indies by 36 runs in the second Twenty20 international to level the three-match series on Thursday.
Bowling his left-arm spin, Shakib claimed five for 20 — his maiden T20I five-wicket haul — helping Bangladesh bowl out West Indies for 175 runs after his unbeaten 42 off 26 balls played a hand in Bangladesh’s record score of 211 for four at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.
Rovman Powell top-scored in the game with 50 off 34 balls, but succumbed to the pressure of a huge asking rate as West Indies folded their innings in 19.2 overs, despite a late cameo by Keemo Paul, who made 29 off 16 balls.
In-form Shai Hope gave West Indies a rollicking start, picking up 24 runs from one over of Mustafizur Rahman before he was dismissed by off-spinner Mehidy Hasan for 36 off 19 balls.
Shakib bowled Fabian Allen for seven to complete his five-wicket haul — becoming only the third Bangladeshi to achieve the feat — before Mustafizur, who finished with 2-54, gave a decisive blow by removing Powell and Paul.
“If you want to win a T20 game you need to keep the momentum going, be it with the ball or bat. Luckily we got the momentum early and we continued with it to post in excess of 200 on that wicket,” Shakib said after the game.
Opener Liton Das struck 60 off 43 balls while Shakib and Mahmudullah, who remained unbeaten on 43 off 21 balls, guided Bangladesh to their highest ever score in a Twenty20 international on home soil.
Shakib and his deputy Mahmudullah put on 91 in just seven overs in an unbroken fifth wicket stand after Bangladesh lost their fourth wicket for 120 in 13 overs.
Das hit six fours and four sixes in his second Twenty20 fifty, giving Bangladesh a flying start when he notched 42 runs with Tamim Iqbal in the opening partnership.
Allen removed Tamim for 15, but Das and Soumya Sarkar added 68 runs for the second wicket to maintain the tempo.
Sheldon Cottrell dismissed Sarkar, who made 32 off 22 balls, and Das in the same over before fellow paceman Oshane Thomas jolted Bangladesh with the wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim in the next over, as Bangladesh lost three quick wickets for 10 runs in the space of 12 balls.
But Mahmudullah struck fours in the first three balls he faced and there was no looking back for Bangladesh.
“We didn’t get it right in the first six overs, so we were always chasing, but credit to Bangladesh for playing well,” lamented West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite.
Cottrell finished with two for 38 as the most successful West Indies bowler.
West Indies won the first match of the series eight wickets on Monday.
The third and final match of the series will be held at same venue on Saturday.
Tamim Iqbal c Cottrell b Allen 15
Liton Das b Cottrell 60
Soumya Sarkar c Brathwaite b Cottrell 32
*Shakib-al-Hasan not out 42
+Mushfiqur Rahim c Allen b Thomas 1
Mahmudullah not out 43
Extras (lb4, w12, nb2) 18
TOTAL (4 wkts, 20 overs) 211
Did not bat: Ariful Haque,
Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Abu Hider, Mustafizur Rahman.
Fall of wickets: 1-42 (Tamim Iqbal), 2-110 (Soumya Sarkar), 3-113 (Liton Das), 4-120 (Mushfiqur Rahim)
Bowling: Cottrell 4-0-38-2,
Thomas 4-0-43-1, Brathwaite 4-0-43-0, Allen 4-0-29-1, Paul 4-0-54-0.
E Lewis c Liton Das b Abu Hider 1
+S Hope c Liton Das b Mehidy Hasan 36
N Pooran c Tamim Iqbal b Shakib-al-Hasan 14
S Hetmyer c Mohammad Saifuddin b Shakib-al-Hasan 19
R Powell c Tamim Iqbal b Mustafizur Rahman 50
D Bravo c Mustafizur Rahman b Shakib-al-Hasan 2
*C Brathwaite st Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib-al-Hasan 7
F Allen b Shakib-al-Hasan 0
K Paul c Ariful Haque b Mustafizur Rahman 29
S Cottrell not out 3
O Thomas b Mahmudullah 0
Extras (lb5, w8) 13
TOTAL (all out, 19.2) 175
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Lewis),
2-59 (Pooran), 3-62 (Hope),
4-98 (Hetmyer), 5-101 (Bravo),
6-118 (Brathwaite), 7-138 (Allen, 14.1 ov), 8-150 (Powell, 15.5 ov), 9-173 (Paul, 17.6 ov), 10-175 (Thomas, 19.2 ov)
Bowling: Abu Hider 4-0-33-1, Mohammad Saifuddin 4-0-42-0, Mustafizur Rahman 4-0-50-2, Shakib-al-Hasan 4-0-21-5, Mehidy Hasan 3-0-23-1, Mahmudullah 0.2-0-1-1.
Result: Bangladesh won by 36 runs.
Series: Three-match series level 1-1.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: Tanvir Ahmed, Gazi Sohel; TV – Sharfuddoula.