WEST INDIES WIN 2ND T20 IN FRONT OF HUGE DOMINICAN CROWD

The West Indies take a 1-nil lead in a three match t20 series against Bangladesh as a weekend of culture and cricket came to a close.

Two matches were scheduled for the weekend as Dominica hosted international cricket for the first time since 2017 due to the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

The games were supported with huge crowd turnouts on both days as sports enthusiasts and fans came out to show support to the teams.

 The first t20 held on Saturday had to be abandoned with no result as the rain took over.

West Indies won the toss and chose to field with the West Indies captain crediting the decision to the unpredictable weather. The start of play was significantly delayed due to the wet outfield which resulted in a reduced game of 16 overs.

The West Indies bowlers came out with intent, with Akeal Hosein taking a wicket with the third ball of the innings. And although the Bangladesh batsmen kept the scoreboard ticking, wickets fell at regular intervals.

The rain continued to play spoil sport which caused the game to be further reduced to 14 overs, and after three rain interruptions, the game was called off with only thirteen overs being bowled.

Bangladesh had managed a total of 105 for the loss of 8. Shakib Al Hasan top scored with twenty-nine runs while Nurul Hasan scored twenty-five.

Romario Shepard had three wickets for 21 runs, while Hayden Walsh Jr. had 2 wickets for 24. Obed McCoy, Akeal Hosein and Odean Smith all chipped in with one wicket apiece.

The second t20 was greeted with sun and cheers from stands filled with fans ready for a full game’s play.

West Indies won the toss and chose to bat. Openers Kyle Mayers and Brandon King came out and set the tone for a fast paced, boundary filled innings.

Although Mayers fell early to the spin of Mahedi Hasan, Brandon King settled down and blasted seven 4s and one 6 on his way to recording his third t20 half century. Captain Nicholas Pooran joined him at the crease at the fall of the 2nd wicket and scored thirty-four.

But it was Rovman Powell who stole the show with a blistering 61 runs not out from 28 balls, smashing two 4s and six 6s, lifting the West Indies to a massive total of 193 for 5 in their twenty overs.

Shoriful Islam picked up 2 wickets for forty runs in his four overs while Shakib, Mosaddek Hossain and Mahedi Hasan had one apiece.

In reply, Bangladesh got off to a shaky start when Obed McCoy sent both their openers back to the pavilion with his first two balls, reducing Bangladesh to 10 for 2 after two overs.

Shakib Al Hasan once again dropped anchor to settle the Bangladesh innings, but he could not find support from the other end. Wickets kept tumbling and the required run rate kept climbing pushing victory further out of reach for the visitors.

Bangladesh scored 158 for 6 in their twenty overs. Shakib Al Hasan top scored with 68 not out, while Afif Hossain scored thirty four. Obed McCoy and Romario Shepard picked up two wickets each, while Akeal Hosein and Odean Smith each had one. West Indies won by thirty five runs.

In the post-match presentation, Man of the Match Rovman Powell and Captain Nicholas Pooran thanked the boisterous Dominican crowd for the support, saying that the crowd is one of the best Caribbean crowds to play for.

The series now moves to Guyana where the third t20 will be played as West Indies look for a series win, and Bangladesh tries to equalize.