• Cottrell’s 4-28 devastates Bangladesh

    Sheldon Cottrell knocked over four of the Bangladeshi top six as the West Indies bombarded the hosts in the first T20I at Sylhet to win by eight wickets with 55 balls in hand.

    Sheldon Cottrell took an incredible 4-28 off his four overs (econ 7.00) to record his best T20I bowling figures in his eighth T20I, taking his wickets tally up to 13 wickets from those matches. His performance with the ball also earned him the Player of the Match award.

    Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan top-scored with 61 off 43 balls (8×4, 2×6, S/R 141.86), but the only support he received was from Mahmudullah (12 off 19) and Ariful Haque (17 off 18) as Bangladesh floundered through their innings.

    The biggest partnership the hosts could scrape together was 30 off 32 balls for the sixth wicket between Shakib Al Hasan and Ariful Haque as Bangladesh were bowled out in 19 overs for 129 runs, leaving the West Indies with a rate of 6.78 to better in their 20 overs.

    Keemo Paul picked up 2-23 (econ 5.75), while Carlos Brathwaite kept things tight with 1-13 (econ 4.33).

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    Evin Lewis (18 off 11 balls) and Shai Hope combined for an opening stand of 51 off just 3.2 overs before Lewis was caught by Ariful Haque at wide long-on off Mohammad Saifuddin.

    Nicholas Pooran added 47 with Hope for the second wicket before Hope fell for 55 off just 23 balls (3×4, 6×6, S/R 239.13), leaving Pooran (23 off 17 balls, 3×4, S/R 135.29) and Keemo Paul (28 off 14, 1×4, 3×6, S/R 200.00) to see the West Indies through to victory with more than nine overs to spare.

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    Most of the Bangladeshi bowlers took a hammering, with Mehidy Hasan Miraz (econ 18.50), Abu Hider (econ 15.00),  Mustafizur Rahman (econ 15.00) and Mohammad Saifuddin (econ 13.00) all suffering heavy assaults from the Windies batters.


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