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West Indies crushed Bangladesh with a big win

MIRPUR: West Indies overwhelmed Bangladesh with all-round performance defeating the hosts by 73 runs on Tuesday at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, ARY News reported.

Bangladesh had won the toss and opted to field first.

Dwayne Smith made quick 72 runs in 43 balls hitting 10 fours and 3 sixes in the opening stand of 97-run along with Chris Gayle.

In the 10th over, Smith struck Sohag Gazi for four successive fours. At the other end, Gayle was playing a bizarre innings.

After Smith's dismissal in the 12th over, Marlon Samuels came in to bat, he scored 18 off 22 even as Gayle continued to struggle at the other end. 

The two added 53 in 37 balls, as Bangladesh's fielding disintegrated. Gayle went from 26 from 38 – at that point the second-slowest score of 25 or more in the history of international T20 – to 30 from 39 – the 14th slowest – courtesy Anamul Haque's slippery fingers at long-on.

Gayle bounced back hitting some boundaries and scored 48 runs off 48 balls.

Skipper Darren Sammy added 14 runs in just 5 balls setting target of 172.

The target proved well beyond the reach of the hosts, who were bowled out for 98. Dew, which had been a big factor in Mushfiqur Rahim sending West Indies in at the toss, barely played a role as Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine and Krishmar Santokie – a left-arm seamer by definition but a quickish left-arm spinner in reality – had no difficulty in gripping the ball in achieving figures of 12-0-49-8 between them.

Bangladeshi captain Mushfiqur Rahim was the highest scorer with 22.

Badree bowled wonderfully ending his figure 4-0-15-4 while Krishmar Santokie took 3 wickets conceding 14 in his spell of 4 overs.

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