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Bangladesh stormed back into the series with a humungous win in the second T20I at their fortress. Their win, after being hammered by the visitors in the first match, has set the series beautifully with the third and final T20 carrying all the significance. The two teams are set to lock horns, for the one final time on this tour, on 22nd December at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka. West Indies have really stepped up their game in the shortest version and with pride at stake for both the sides, we expect yet another thrilling game of cricket in the series decider.
Trailing 1-0 in the series, losing the toss and batting first would've been the last thing Bangladesh would have wanted with dew factor around. However, it happened. Carlos Brathwaite called it right at the toss and decided to put Bangladesh in on a beautiful batting wicket.
The pair of Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das wasn't amongst the runs from past few limited-overs matches and therefore, they started off rather cautiously. Liton Das soon found his touch and began punishing West Indies' bowlers. At the end of the power-play, the Tigers were 61 for 1 with Tamim Iqbal back in the hut.
Just when things were looking extremely bright for the hosts at 110 for 1 in 11 overs, they lost three wickets for just 10 runs. Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah then not only bailed them out of trouble with an unbeaten 91-run partnership but also took them to a towering total of 211.
It was difficult for the bowlers to grip the ball with dew factor coming into the picture as West Indies got off to a flying start in the powerplay overs. After playing a heroic knock with the bat, Shakib Al Hasan then turned it around with a match-winning spell of 4-0-20-5 as he turned the game on its head. Going into the third match, his role will once again be very important and the Tigers will be looking up to him to put up similar sort of performance.
Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Abu Hider, Mustafizur Rahman.
West Indies exhibited a stupendous show in the first match of the series and following that it didn't really take them long to fade out and produce a subpar performance. Taking away no credit from Bangladesh's batsmen, West Indies bowlers lacked accuracy in the death overs which allowed Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah to take Bangladesh to a total which West Indies failed to chase down.
Despite being set a massive total and starting their second innings on the back-foot, the way the visitors went about their chasing business was commendable until they hit the roadblock. West Indies were well and truly in contention to win the match, but miserly spell from Shakib Al Hasan, where they lost three wickets for almost nothing, saw them lagging behind.
Rovman Powell was their only batsmen to reach the half-century mark as he scored 50 off 34 deliveries. Shai Hope continued his good form, but couldn't convert his start to a big knock as he departed after playing a quickfire knock of 36 consuming just 19 deliveries. Once again, a lot of talent was on display from the Windies lineup, but it was the application that lacked. If they learn from their mistakes and manage to put up an improved effort in the third match, the hosts will have their work cut out.
Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Sherfane Rutherford, Carlos Brathwaite, Rovman Powell, F Allen, Keemo Paul, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell.
Unlike the test series, both the ODI series and the T20I series have been very competitive. The see-saw battle which was on display in 50-over matches continued to make it's marked in the shortest format of the game as well. Bangladesh would have gained a lot of confidence from their 36-run victory after a massive loss they faced in the opening encounter of the series. Considering the way two teams have played in their series, it's hard to pick between the sides. However, considering the home advantage, better team balance, and better form make Bangladesh Tigers the better candidates to win the upcoming encounter and take the series 2-1.
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