Bangladesh gave the bat to compensate for not being able to stop West Indies in bad fielding. However, at one stage, the Tigers started dreaming of Liton Das and Mahmudullah Riyadh winning the bat. But Bangladesh fought till the last ball but lost by 3 runs. Mahmudullah Bahini’s hopes of reaching the semifinals for the third time in a row in the Super Twelve were practically dashed.
Bangladesh lost to the Caribbeans by 3 runs in the ‘Do or Die’ match of the T20 World Cup in Sharjah on Friday. Batting first, West Indies scored 142 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in a fielding miss by the Bangladeshi fielders. In reply, Tigers lost 5 wickets and stopped at 139 runs. This is the Caribbean’s first win in the main event.
Bangladesh lost two openers after scoring 29 runs on the score board after batting for 143 runs. Bangladesh sent Shakib Al Hasan to open the innings with Mohammad Naeem. But the world’s best all-rounder could not do well in the opening three. Shakib made 9 off 12 balls before being caught by mid-off Jason Holder, confused by Caribbean pacer Andre Russell’s slower.
After that Mushfiqur (6) was bowled by Caribbean fast bowler Rampal and Bangladesh got under pressure. However, captain Mahmudullah Holder reduced the difference between ball and run with 11 runs in one over. Bangladesh scored 33 runs in the last 24 balls. At one end, Liton was batting with 36 runs off 34 balls. Bravo made only 3 runs in the 18th over. In the next over, Liton’s boundary came with 6 runs. Mahmudullah hit a six off the first ball of the next over by Bravo. But at the end of the over, Liton, who scored 44 off 43 balls, caught the long-on holder.
Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field. Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis made 4 runs from that over. Taskin Ahmed came in the next over. The Caribbeans are under pressure from a two-way pace-spin attack. Mostafiz was brought in the third over. Mushfiqur Rahim’s palm was caught in the square leg by Evin Lewis who scored 7 runs from 9 balls.
Windies lost the first wicket for 12 runs. After one over, ‘The Universe Boss’ Gayle (4) was bowled by Mehdi Hasan for an offensive shot. Mehdi then dismissed Shimron Hetmeyer for three in his third over. This time Hetmeyer also picked up. But the majestic government pounded the ball from inside the boundary line. Hetmeyer left with 9 runs off 8 balls.
In all, Bangladesh team missed a total of 4 catches! Mehedi Hasan alone 2. Mostafiz returned Dwayne Bravo (1) with the first ball of the last over. The majestic Sarkar in the deep cover did not miss an easy catch. Pollard then returned to the crease. Holder hit a six off the next two balls. Pollard hit a six off the last ball to take 19 runs from that over and take the team’s collection to a respectable place
Mostafiz, the most expensive Bangladeshi bowler, got 2 wickets for 43 runs. Mehedi Hasan and Shariful Islam also got two wickets each. Shariful has spent only 20 runs in 4 overs. And Taskin was the most frugal. The right-arm fast bowler gave only 17 runs even though he did not get any wicket in 4 overs. A run out also came for his welfare.
Nicholas Puran of West Indies has been selected as the best of the match.