By Anmol Pundir

West Indies who were at a time lagging behind won it in the end by 3 runs.

Bangladesh needed 33 runs off the last 4 balls, but packed bowling from Dwayne Bravo, Ravi Rampaul, and Andre Russell, in the end, made West Indies the winner of the match. Nicholas Pooran was awarded the man of the match award for his 40 runs off 22 balls.

West Indies and Bangladesh were searching for their first victory of the tournament in the
Super 12 stage and wanted to keep their hopes alive for the rest of the tournament.

The match was being played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium and Bangladesh had opted to bowl first. West Indies had made a couple of changes for the match to find a winning match, and Roston Chase made his T20 debut and Jason Holder came in for Hayden Walsh. Chris Gayle who was asked to bat at number 3 in the previous 2 matches opened the batting against Bangladesh but he along with Lewis had departed early in the innings.

Roston Chase making his debut was one side anchoring the innings and other batters were not able to find the ways to score runs. West Indies score was 62/3 after 12.3 overs and none of the West Indies batters were able to time the ball well, and Kieron Pollard had voluntarily decided to get retired hurt after having a conversation with the umpire.

Nicholas Pooran in the latter part of the innings get West Indies going and hit 4 sixes, and just when it seemed that West Indies could get to a score of 155 plus,19th over from Shoriful Islam halted the run rate of West Indies. However, 3 sixes collectively
from Jason Holder and Pollard took West Indies score to 142 in 20 overs, and it was a decent chase for Bangladesh on this wicket.

It was not a happy start for Bangladesh as well, as they lost 2 early wickets in the powerplay,but the likes of Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah showed that it wasn’t that hard to bat on this pitch.

There was nothing wrong with Bangladesh batting but the experience from Dwayne
Bravo, who pitched the ball on the right areas to give 3 runs in the 17th over turned the cards into West Indies favor.

In the last ball of the 19th over Liton Das tried to get over the fence and did strike the ball really well, and it would have been a six if anyone other than Jason Holder would have been fielding at long-on, but it was a wicket for Bangladesh and they needed 13
runs off the last over. Andre Russell bowled the compact last over and let the West Indies win 3 runs.

West Indies after winning this match is still alive in the tournament.

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