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A win for Bangladesh in the second match of the series has shifted the focus on the third and final T20 of the series. West Indies dismantled Bangladesh in the longest format of the game, but the visitors bounced back and were clearly the better side in the fifty-over format. It remains to be seen who ends the tour on high as the two teams lock horns in the final match of the tour to be played on 6th August 2018 at Lauderhill, Florida.
West Indies started from where they left in the first T20I with Andre Russell hitting Rubel Hossain for 16 runs in third over of the innings. Evin Lewis failed yet again to extend his lean patch to four matches. Russell could not last long as he tried to many big shots too soon and top-edged a Mustafizur's short ball through to Mushfiqur Rahim.
Marlon Samuels, who looked good in the first match, failed to do anything substantial this time around. He scored ten runs off three balls comprising of a four, a six, and a mistimed hoick to Liton Das at deep midwicket. Fletcher and Rovman Powell brought the hosts back into the game with a 58-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Windies failed to finish with the flourish thereafter and eventually fell short of the target by 12 runs.
Earlier with the ball, Ashley Nurse was impressive in the initial overs as he rocked Bangladesh with the wickets of Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim. West Indies bowlers, however, failed miserably in the middle and death overs as Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal scored at will. They did manage to pull things back a little by conceding just 33 runs in the final four, but the damage had already been done.
ADS Fletcher , CAK Walton, Andre Russell, MN Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, KOK Williams, Samuel Badree.
It was yet another Bangladesh win ridden on contributions from the seniors of the side. Although Mustafizur Rahman and Nazmul Islam were excellent with the ball in the defense of 171, the chief architect of their win was Tamim Iqbal who single-handedly took them to a competitive total.
Batting first, the visitors didn't have best of the starts as they lost Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, and Mushfiqur Rahim inside eight overs. It then took courageous efforts of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal who launched an authoritative counter-attack before Tamim Iqbal departed for a 44-ball 74 with team's total standing at 138 for 4. However, despite some lusty blows by Shakib Al Hasan in the final four overs, Bangladesh could score only 33, finishing at 171 for 5.
Unlike in the first T20I, bowlers learned from their mistakes and picked wickets at regular intervals with Mustafizur and Nazmul Islam being the pick of their bowlers. The both picked three wickets each. Although he was expensive, Rahman dismissed the key man Andre Russell with a well-thought ploy. Nazmul Islam along with Shakib Al Hasan were stupendous with the ball as the duo picked five wickets between them giving away just 47 runs in their eight overs combined. They eventually folded West Indies 12-runs short of the target to stay in the series.
Liton Das, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Islam, Abu Hider, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.
Both the teams rely heavily on spin and as the match will be on a used surface, the pitch will tend to get slower as the game progresses. The captain winning the toss should bat first.
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It was a nice, sporting wicket at Lauderhill in the second match of the series and it is expected to behave similarly, though a little slower. While small boundaries and quick-outfield will make it a batter-friendly ground, the slowness in the pitch will suit the bowlers. As was the case in the earlier match, a total around 170 will be a competitive total here.
Bangladesh continued to outsmart West Indies in the limited-overs cricket, thanks to a superb performance by their seniors. Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal were brilliant with the bat and the onus will be once again on them to take them home in the third match. West Indies, on the other hand, looked a little complacent and played irresponsibly and faced the consequences. Bangladesh have outsmarted the hosts in the limited-overs format in the series and they appear to be the more likely team to win the third match and lift the trophy.