The West Indies got their T20 campaign back on track with a crushing run win over hosts Bangladesh in their group two clash in front of a packed house at the National Stadium in Mirpur.
Darren Sammy's team began the defence of their T20 crown in disappointing fashion following a 7 wicket loss to India, however Dwayne Smith and Samuel Badree starred with bat and ball getting their challenge back on track in a performance that showed they have the ability to go all the way again.
The Windies took first strike in very circumspect fashion especially considering the potentially explosive Dwayne Smith and Chris Gayle only managed 36 runs in the first 6 over power-play. The normally destructive Gayle struggled with the slow paced wicket taking 21 deliveries before clearing the boundary for the first time.
Dwayne Smith waited until the 9th over before opening his shoulders, hitting spinner Sohag Gazi for 4 consecutive boundaries on his way to 50 off 33 deliveries, however Smith went for one too many in the 11th over when he skied one to backward square off the bowling of Mahmudullah, Al-Amin Hossain juggling the catch before holding on to send the opener back to the pavilion for a well played 72 leaving the Windies on 97/1.
Lendl Simmons came and went, stumped first ball off the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan. The platform seemed to have been laid for Gayle to provide the fireworks however the big Jamaican couldn't find his timing in a 53 run stand with Marlon Samuels that took 37 deliveries.
Wickets tumbled in succession as the West Indies finished with a respectable 171/7 off their 20 overs, Al-Amin Hossain the best of the Bangladesh bowlers with 3/21.
In reply the hosts simply had no answer to the spin of Samuel Badree who recorded his best return in T20 cricket with 4/15. Krishmar Santokie provided excellent support with 3/17, the Windies dismissing Bangladesh for 98.
The win elevates the West Indies into second place in group 2 behind unbeaten India and ahead of Pakistan and Australia on net run rate.
Super 10 action resumes on Thursday as the Netherlands take on South Africa and England face Sri Lanka in group 1 encounters.
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