West Indies Claim Consolation Twenty20 Victory

West Indies Claim Consolation Twenty20 Victory
West Indies Claim Consolation Twenty20 Victory
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West Indies 119-5 (Dowlin 37no, Smith 37) beat
Bangladesh 118-9 (Naeem Islam 27, Miller 2-22) by five wickets

Twenty20 International, Warner Park, Saint Kitts

The West Indies prevented Bangladesh from completing an unbeaten tour by overpowering them to win the one-off Twenty20 International in Saint Kitts by five wickets.

Bangladesh lost ground early on in the match when they were reduced to 12 for three and although they managed to post a score of 118 for nine, the West Indies reached their victory target of 119 with more than three overs to spare.

Vice-captain Darren Sammy led the charge, having Junaid Siddique (5) and Mohammad Ashraful (0) dismissed in consecutive deliveries before Tamim Iqbal was caught by Floyd Reifer off of Gavin Tonge.

Bangladesh rallied with Naeem Islam making 27, Mahmudullah 21,  and captain Shakib Al Hasan 17 but only one other player could reach double figures as Nikita Miller also picked up two wickets.

No fewer than four Bangladeshis lost their wickets to run outs and although the West Indies lost opener Dale Richards to the first ball of their innings, they were never seriously headed.

Richards was bowled by Shakib and his fellow opener Andre Fletcher fell for just eight but the experience of Devon Smith, who made 37 in 27 balls, got them back on track.

Bangladesh fought hard, the leg-spin of Ashraful dismissing Reifer (22) and Sammy (6) but Travis Dowlin steered them home with an unbeaten 37 alongside David Bernard on one.

Bangladesh won the Test series 2-0 and the One-Day International series 3-0 prior to this match.

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