Samuels' 58 in vain as Mushfiqur stars
Dhaka, Bangladesh, CMC – Marlon Samuels stroked a half-century but Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim responded with a superb, unbeaten 41 to fire the hosts to a three-wicket win in the one-off Twenty20 International on Tuesday night.
The right-handed Samuels’s 58 formed the foundation of the West Indies’ 132 for eight after they were sent in at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
However, Mushfiqur produced a fine innings, hammering a six off the penultimate ball of the match to help Bangladesh draw first blood in the series that comprises three One-Day Internationals and two Tests.
West Indies got off to a slow start when openers Lendl Simmons (23) and Adrian Barath (15) added 25 from 26 balls.
The innings gained momentum through a 36-run, second wicket stand off 30 balls between Simmons and Samuels but once they were parted, the Windies lost their way badly.
Samuels, who hit a hundred in a T20 tour match last Sunday, counted two fours and four sixes off 42 balls.
In reply, Bangladesh lost key wickets along the way to slump to 93 for six in the 16th over before Mushfiqur and Nasir Hossain (18) posted a crucial 31 off 24 balls for the seventh wicket.
When Nasir was caught behind off the third ball of the final over, Bangladesh still required five for victory but Mushfiqur promptly dispatched the fifth delivery over mid-wicket to end the match and spark celebrations among the crowd of over 20,000.