Third down for Bangladesh and not many teams win a game after losing three in the Powerplay. He has taken it cleanly! The dropped catch has not cost a lot. Marlon Samuels can now breathe a sigh of relief. Once again the short ball does the trick. This time it is outside off, Shakib plays the upper cut. He does connect well but Williams there holds onto the ball but then realizes that he is losing his balance. He shows good awareness by throwing the ball up in the air, crosses the fence, then comes back in and catches it.
The umpire goes upstairs to check whether it is cleanly taken, and the replays show it is clean as a whistle. Once again, Bangladesh lose two in an over and now are in dire straits. Hat-trick ball coming up. Timely breakthrough and Bangladesh now have half their side back in the hut. Poor shot by Rahim. The third man was moved in a bit finer and he has fallen for the trap.
Williams bangs it in short on off, Rahim arches his back and tries to play the upper cut. Does not generate a lot of power in the shot and it goes straight into the hands of Powell in that region.
A promising stand has been cut short and Windies now will look to get things back in their control. What a brilliant delivery by Williams! He has completely foxed Mahmudullah there. He comes running in and then delivers a slower delivery on a fuller length. Mahmudullah comes down the track but does not pick it. He is way too early into the stroke and the ball goes under his bat uprooting the off pole. Mahmudullah perishes after getting a start and Bangladesh are in a real danger to get bowled out.
Ariful Haque has been given the marching orders as he was cleaned up by Russell. This has landed on a length around off, Ariful tries to flick but it brushes his pads and then goes towards the keeper. He picks the ball up and then scores a direct hit at the non-striker's end to find Mahmudullah short.
The umpire raises his finger but then asks Mahmudullah to wait as he sees the bail at the other end is out of its groove. They now go upstairs to check what exactly happened and replays show that the ball has clipped the bail before going into the mitts of the Ramdin.
Ariful starts walking back and probably takes Bangladesh's hopes of reaching a good score along with him. Hasan holes out and the end is nigh for Bangladesh. Williams gets his third and once again, it is the slower ball which works to great effect. An off cutter on middle, Mehidy swings but only manages to get a top edge. The ball balloons towards Nurse at mid-wicket who runs in and takes a neat catch. A short ball following the batsman as he makes room.
Current Partnership 41 3. That is it from our side for this game. Windies go 1-nil up in the series as the play moves to Lauderhill, Florida. Windies captain, Carlos Brathwaite, says that it was decided yesterday to start with Nurse first up. Adds that they had a gut feeling about the move and he feels happy that it came off nicely. Implies that he trusts his players to make the right calculative decisions in crunch moments and if they fail, they should look to improve in the next game.
Ends by saying that they are happy with the win and would look to replicate the same performance in the next couple of matches as well. Bangladesh Captain, Shakib Al Hasan, starts by saying that they lost their way with the early wickets. Adds that they kept on losing crucial wickets after every comeback they made but losing five in the first 10 overs was never going to help them.
Asserts Windies have a lot of power hitters in their team and they are well aware of them. Ends by saying they have a lot to improve and will look rectify in the next match. After being put to bat, Bangladesh could never lift themselves after the initial setbacks. They lost 4 in the Powerplay as the Windies bowlers ran havoc, with the star being Williams who took a 4-fer to dismiss the visitors for just Mahmudullah was the highest scorer for the visitors with 35 but no one else could stick around for too long.
During Windies chase, Rahman took two in two in the second over but it didn't really made any difference in the outcome as the hosts go up in the series. Well, the score never looked it would trouble the mighty Windies and they have made sure that they win this on a canter. The rain tried to play spoilsport by delaying the start of the second innings, but what a clinical performance this has been from the hosts as a whole.
After a slight glitch in the second over, Russell and Samuels put on a run stand and took the winds out of Bangladesh's sails. After the former got out, Powell made sure that there were no more hiccups in the chase.