Sharjah. Defending champions West Indies kept their hopes of entering the semi-finals alive after beating Bangladesh by three runs in a thrilling T20 World Cup clash, while Bangladesh are almost out with the loss. For the third time in a row, the Caribbean team, sent to bat first, scored 142 runs for seven wickets in a do or die match of the Super 12 stage. His notable batsmen, however, disappointed once again. Nicholas Pooran, alone in the last over, battling fort, scored 40 runs in 22 balls.
He hit four sixes and a four to save West Indies from being reduced to an embarrassing total. Roston Chase scored 39 runs while making his T20 International debut. In reply, Bangladesh could manage only 139 runs for five wickets in 20 overs. All the West Indies bowlers took one wicket each. Bangladesh, who could not score a single point in three matches, are out of the tournament while West Indies can reach the semi-finals if they win the rest of the matches and if the results are favorable in the other matches. Bangladesh got off to a poor start when openers Mohammad Naeem (17) and Shakib Al Hasan (nine) were dismissed in the first six overs.
After this, wicket-keeper batsman Liton Das (44 runs in 43 balls) took over the innings. Bangladesh needed 50 runs in the last six overs and six wickets were safe. Captain Mahmudullah (31 not out) and Das seemed to be in form. In such a situation, Dwayne Bravo gave only three runs in the 17th over. On the first ball of the 19th over, Mahmudullah hit him for a six but on the last ball he dismissed Das. 13 runs were needed in the last over which Mahmudullah could not make. Earlier, for Bangladesh, spinner Mahedi Hasan and fast bowlers Shariful Islam and Mustafizur Rahman took two wickets for 27, 20 and 43 runs respectively.
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah, aware of West Indies’ struggle against spin bowling, opened the bowling from off-spinner Hassan, putting the Caribbean team under pressure. After getting a few overs from the fast bowlers, he called the spinner again in the fifth over and it paid off when Hasan took the big wicket of Chris Gayle (four). Bangladesh took two wickets for just 29 runs in the powerplay. In the next over, Hasan sent Shimron Hetmyer (nine) to the pavilion. Kieron Pollard (14 not out) and Chase tried to handle the innings.
Pollard walked off the field in the 13th over due to a fitness problem. The reason for his departure is not known but he came in the last over and hit a six off the last ball. Earlier, Andre Russell was run out without opening the account. Bangladesh gave life to the chase when Hasan dropped his catch at deep midwicket. Earlier also missed the opportunity to stump Pooran. Chase and Pooran took 14 runs in the 15th over. Pooran hit Shakib Al Hasan for two consecutive sixes. Jason Holder also added 15 runs in five balls.