Bangladesh survived a late onslaught of Andre Russell to beat West Indies by 19 runs in Duckworth/Lewis method in the rain-hit third Twenty20 international to take three-match series 2-1 at Lauderhill, Florida on Monday.
Set a target of 185-run, West Indies seemed down and out when they were left reduced to 77-4 before Russell unleashed some powerful shots to snatch the momentum back to the hosts’ way.
Mustafizur Rahman ended Russell’s innings finally when the right-hander hit a low full toss delivery straight to long-off fielder Ariful Haque after making 47 off 21 balls.
Rain intervened immediately after Russell, who struck six sixes and a four,
left with West Indies stuck on 135-7 in 17.1 overs, still well short of their target under D/L method.
Mustafiz played a big part in the win by picking up three wickets for 31 runs while Abu Hider, Sakib al Hasan, Rubel Hossain and Soumya Sarkar claimed the remaining four wickets.
Bangladesh went one bowler short in the game once left-arm spinner Nazmul Hossain injured his finger while trying to stop a ball in his follow through in the bowler’s first over.
Despite the blow, Sakib rotated his strike bowlers smartly making regular breakthroughs, which helped Bangladesh keep West Indies always in check.
After Mustafiz provided the early breakthrough by removing Andre Fletcher for six, Soumya had other opener Chawick Walton caught by substitute fielder Sabbir Rahman for 19.
Sakib bowled Marlon Samuels for two while Rubel and Mustafiz removed Dinesh Ramdin (21) and Rovman Powell (23) respectively before Russell tried to salvage West Indies’ fate.
Wicket, however, kept tumbling on the other end as Hider sent back Carlos Brathwaite for five to give Bangladesh the edge and maintain pressure on Russell to go for his shots.
Bangladesh owed their total to opener Liton Das, who scored highest 61 off 34 balls, his maiden Twenty20 fifty, which, with the help of few other cameos, guided the visitors to 184-5 in their 20 overs.
Liton and his fellow opener Tamim Iqbal helped the Tigers get a rollicking start putting 61 runs in the opening stand in just 4.4 overs after skipper Sakib won the toss and opted to bat at the Central Broward Park.
The pair ensured Bangladesh experienced their best ever start in a Twenty20 international before Tamim left for 21 off 13 balls picking out short fine leg fielder off Brathwiate.
The Tigers reached their fifty in 3.4 overs but had to bat nearly another seven overs to complete their hundred as Tamim, Soumya (5) and Mushfiqur Rahim (12 off 14 balls) got out in quick successions.
Skipper Sakib repaired the damage but got dismissed for 24 off 22 just when his innings started to gather pace.
Mahmudullah stayed 32 not out off 20 balls alongside Ariful, 18 off 16 balls, making sure Bangladesh did not lose their way completely and got a decent score on board.
Brathwaite and Keemo Paul took two wickets each for West Indies giving away 32 and 28 runs respectively.
West Indies won the first game by seven wickets and Bangladesh won the second game by 12 runs.
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