West Indies, on the back of an all-round performance, comfortably defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets in the rain-affected first T20I at St. Kitts on Wednesday. Also Read - 'He's The Best In The World,' Dwayne Bravo's High Praise For Andre Russell
Andre Russell scored an unbeaten 35 off just 21 balls (3 fours and 3 sixes) and was ably supported by Marlon Samuels who scored 26* as West Indies chased down the revised target of 91 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Also Read - First Death Due to Coronavirus Reported in Bangladesh, Total Confirmed Cases Rise to 14
Windies chase of 144 was trimmed following a spell of rain as soon the Bangladesh’s inning ended and the hosts were set a target of 91 in 11 overs under the Duckworth Lewis System which they chased down with 11 balls to spare. Also Read - Bangabandhu Dedicated His Time to Bring Bangladesh Out of Destruction: PM Modi
Earlier, Bangladesh looked good for a competitive total for the first half of their innings after they were asked to bat at Warner Park, but a slowdown towards the end of the innings meant they could only manage 143.
The Bangladesh innings began on the worst note possible, with both openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar sent back by Ashley Nurse for first-ball ducks.
At 5/2, Das and Shakib-al-Hasan had a big job to do, and they did well to take Bangladesh to 43 by the sixth over before Das fell after scoring a 21-ball 24. Shakib also fell inside the powerplay leaving Bangladesh at 43-4 inside the first six overs.
However, wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim (15) and Mahmudullah (35) stitched a decent 47-run partnership and tried to bring the team out of hot waters. But Bangladesh managed to score just 48 runs in the last 10 overs as Kersick Williams burst through the lower order to return 4/28.
Russell was awarded the man of the match.
The two teams will now travel to Florida for the second T20I to be played on August 5.