Fletcher falls after half-century stand:
After a drought of boundaries for more than five overs, Fletcher and Powell take the aggressive route to bring up a half-century stand. However, Fletcher falls in his attempt to go big, giving Nazmul Islam his first wicket. Windies are 121 for 5 after 15 overs, needing 51 more.
Windies four down:
Denesh Ramdin is the next to depart, trapped in front by Rubel Hossain. The umpire initially favours the batsman but an excellent use of DRS by Bangladesh to send Ramdin back. Windies are 58 for 4 in the eighth over.
Wicket for the Bangladesh captain in his first over, and a lucky one at that. A short delivery and Samuels flicks it casually, only to find Liton Das who runs in from deep midwicket and takes a low catch.
Mustafizur ends Russell blitz:
A 16-run over from Rubel Hossain included a maximum for Russell and two fours for Andre Fletcher. Russell then struck Mustafizur for a six and a four before top-edging a pull to depart for 17 off 10. Samuels, though, ensures a positive end to the over, scoring a four and a six. 21 off that over as Windies move to 43 for 2.
Mustafizur strikes early:
Two in two for Mustafizur, who dismisses Evin Lewis in successive games. Having started with a hat-trick of wides in the second over, Mustafizur bowled one straight to trap the batsman in front. Lewis also costs Windies a review in the process. Windies are 6 for 1 after 2 overs.
Bangladesh finish with 171:
Shakib departs in the final over, getting out to Keemo Paul. After the 22-run over of Russell, Windies keep things relatively quiet in the last four overs. However, Bangladesh do manage 33 in the last four to finish with 171.
Russell vs Tamim:
Tamim shifts to a higher gear in the 16th over, taking the attack to Andre Russell. Three sixes and a four off the all-rounder sets up Bangladesh for a strong finish. However, the left-hander attempts one shot too many and is caught at the deep by Keemo Paul. He departs for 74 off 44, leaving Bangladesh at 138 for 4.
A flurry of boundaries by Shakib ups the ante for Bangladesh as a half-century stand is raised. Meanwhile, Rovman Powell has put down a simple catch to give Tamim a reprieve as Bangladesh cross 100. The opener goes on to bring up a fifty, his sixth in T20Is.
Bangladesh get a move on:
There has been a slight increase in the scoring rate since the arrival of Shakib, who has scored three boundaries so far in a useful partnership with Tamim. Bangladesh move to 74 for 3 after 11 overs.
Only 35 runs came in the powerplay, but Bangladesh were slightly positive after that, with boundaries from Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal. However, the former departs in his attempt to strike a Keemo Paul delivery over the top, handing a catch to Rovman Powell at the deep. Bangladesh are 48 for 3 in the eighth over.
While Tamim Iqbal has dealt in regular boundaries, wickets at the other end has dented Bangladesh early. Mushfiqur Rahim is the second to depart, falling to Nurse after failing in his attempt to time a reverse sweep. Bangladesh are 24 for 2 in the fourth over.
Operating with the spin duo of Samuel Badree and Ashley Nurse, Windies make an early breakthrough. Badree concedes only two in the first over while Nurse, after bowling five wides, gets the wicket of Liton Das. The batsman tried to create some room and go past mid-off but failed in his execution to hand a low catch to Brathwaite.
“The pitch looks flat with not much of grass on it. There’s some sheen on it but without much pace. The spinners would get a bit of purchase from the track, hence Bangladesh would prefer to play on this,” reckons Jeff Dujon.
Toss and teams:
Windies captain Carlos Brathwaite has won the toss and opted to field. Windies are unchanged while Bangladesh make one change, bringing in Abu Hider for Mehidy Hasan.
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan(c), Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Islam, Abu Hider Rony, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman
Windies (Playing XI): Andre Fletcher, Evin Lewis, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin(w), Carlos Brathwaite(c), Ashley Nurse, Samuel Badree, Keemo Paul, Kesrick Williams
Grandstands are 75% empty moments before the start of play for West Indies v Bangladesh 2nd T20I. Definitely more Bangladesh fans though and many with signs pleading for road safety issue back home. pic.twitter.com/edDjEzZsho
— Peter Della Penna (@PeterDellaPenna) August 4, 2018
Hello and welcome to the Live Blog for the second T20I between Windies and Bangladesh. The Asian side face a must-win situation in order to stay alive in the series as the action shifts to Florida, where Windies have been undefeated in T20Is.
The last time a T20I game was completed here, Evin Lewis and KL Rahul had scored centuries, with the latter’s knock going in vain as India fell lost by a single run in a chase of 246. It has been close to two years since that game and it remains to be seen if the pitch is loaded in favour of the batsmen again.
Here’s all that has been happening since the first game:
We missed an Andre Russell in our team, said Shakib Al Hasan after the loss in the opening game. The Bangladesh Test and T20I skipper is also likely to undergo a surgery after the series concludes. Meanwhile, here’s the full preview to keep you up to speed as we await the toss details.
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