The West Indies got their World Twenty20 campaign back on track with a resounding 73-run victory over tournament hosts Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Batting first after being inserted by Bangladesh, the West Indies produced a strange innings but one, that fired by Dwayne Smith's 72, got them up to 171-7 from their 20 overs.
In response Bangladesh fell away early, slipping behind the required run rate as the top order wickets fell, and never showed any signs of recovering, eventually bowled out for 98.
The West Indies now have a win to their name after a tame defeat to India last time out, while Bangladesh now have a tall order to turn their tournament round against Pakistan, India and Australia.
|West Indies Innings|
|Dwayne Smith||c Al-Amin||b Mahmudullah||72||49||43|
|Gayle||c Tamim Iqbal||b Rahman||48||78||48|
|Simmons||st Mushfiqur Rahim||b Shakib||0||0|
|Samuels||c Gazi||b Al-Amin||18||32||22|
|Russell||c Shakib||b Al-Amin||0||1|
|Dwayne Bravo||c Tamim Iqbal||b Al-Amin||0||1|
|Ramdin||run out (Tamim Iqbal)||0||4||1|
|Extras||1nb 7w 10b 1lb||19|
|Total||for 7||171||(20.0 ovs)|
|Tamim Iqbal||c Dwayne Bravo||b Badree||5||9||10|
|A Haque||st Ramdin||b Santokie||10||15||7|
|M Haque||c Santokie||b Narine||16||34||19|
|Mushfiqur Rahim||c Dwayne Bravo||b Badree||22||36||22|
|Rahman||c Sammy||b Badree||1||3||3|
|Mahmudullah||c Simmons||b Badree||1||6||3|
|Mortaza||c Dwayne Bravo||b Santokie||19||18||17|
|Extras||0nb 3w 0b 1lb||4|
|Total||for 10||98||(19.1 ovs)|
Smith led from the front with some blistering strokes—he had to, with Chris Gayle unusually subdued at the other end.
The left-hander plodded through his innings, always looking as if he must surely accelerate, and never quite doing so. He posted 48 from as many balls—Smith's 72 came from six fewer deliveries.
And despite a fine platform, it also couldn't be said that the West Indies truly capitalised on it. In the end four batsmen made ducks—three of them first-ballers and another, that of Lendl Simmons, coming off a wide ball which meant he hadn't faced a legitimate delivery.
Still, a chase of 172 gave the West Indies something to defend, and they did so with aplomb, albeit generously aided by Bangladesh's own failings.
Krishmar Santokie struck twice in two balls, breaking only to apply some lip balm as he derailed the top order.
Samuel Badree, meanwhile was the star of the show, picking up four scalps—although he owed a huge debt to the likes of Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy, who each pulled out magnificent catches.
Bangladesh's top score came from Mushfiqur Rahim, whose 22 was not nearly enough to trouble the West Indies. They simply couldn't deal with swing or spin, with Badree's four overs yielding just 15 runs, Santokie offering economy as well as wickets, and Sunil Narine continually befuddling his opposition with the carrom ball.
From there, 50-3 became 59-7, and the final rites were all that remained.