Cottrell, Hope set up Windies’s eight-wicket win

Now you know why Carlos Brathwaite said: “Even if Shai has to play with a stretcher, I will volunteer to carry the stretcher between the wickets.”

Shai Hope was hit on his helmet in the third ODI against Bangladesh but looked at his sublime best in the first T20I between the sides in Sylhet, hitting 55 off 23 balls with the help of 3 fours and 6 sixes to help the visitors take a 1-0 lead. But the win was set up by Sheldon Cottrell’s aggressive bowling earlier that saw him finish with a four-wicket haul.

Bangladesh had been sweating overnight on Shakib Al Hasan, and they would be thankful that he played. An innings of 61 off 43 is what Shakib played amidst ruins at the other end, that saw four wickets tumble inside the powerplay.

Tamim Iqbal, dropped off the bowling of Oshane Thomas, fell in the next when he was hurried by a short ball from Cottrell. Soumya Sarkar fell to a short ball too, top-edging Cottrell. Oshane Thomas had Liton Das charging down and top-edging a short ball whereas Mushfiqur Rahim was a victim of a bad call he made, and was run out.

It helped that Shakib, despite the jitters and the edges, found a way to make some quick runs because there were no partnerships that Bangladesh could build. The 30-run stand between Shakib and Ariful Haque looked to be taking Bangladesh to safer shores but the latter’s wicket to Fabian Allen changed the script. Shakib’s wicket in the 18th over was the fourth Cottrell picked, and as a result Bangladesh crashed to 129 with an over to spare.

Shai Hope started off with three sixes in Mehidy Hasan’s first over, getting Windies off to a quickfire start with 45/0 in three overs. When Hasan returned to bowl his second over, Hope took toll again and scored 18 runs off it, including 2 sixes and a four.

Hope was caught in the deep off Mahmudullah in the eighth over but Keemo Paul took over beautifully, hitting 28 off 14 balls to get Windies home with 9.1 overs to spare.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh 129 in 19 overs (Shakib 61; Cottrell 4-28) lost to Windies 130/2 in 10.5 overs (Hope 55, Paul 28*) by 8 wickets

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