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West Indies rout Bangladesh to keep hopes alive at ICC World T20

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Career-best performances from opening batsman Dwayne Smith and opening bowler Samuel Badree led West Indies to a massive victory by 73 runs over Bangladesh in their ICC World T20 match on Tuesday night at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Smith smashed 72 off 43 balls with ten fours and three sixes to set up a big target of 171-7 off 20 overs. He added 97 for the first wicket with Chris Gayle, who made a run-a-ball 48 with three boundaries and two sixes.

Badree then turned in a magic spell of slow bowling to end with figures of 4-0-15-4.  He got excellent support from new ball partner Krishmar Santokie, who had figures of 4-0-17-3 as Bangladesh were bowled out for 98 off 19.1 overs.

“It was a much drier pitch to the one we had against India on Sunday and a few ball kept a bit low. But I had a job to do and that is what I set out to do. I decided to stay positive and things worked out. It was great to get off to a winning start in the tournament,” Smith told reporters.

“I will go back to the first game when we lost. After that game and the speeches that we had after, I was surprised because normally, we would probably drop our heads but everyone still had their heads up, and I was glad to see that. We were still confident and this win will make us even more confident now. I am sure we will get back on track and back to winning ways again.”

Smith secured the Man-of-the-Match award for his match-winning innings. He noted that after the opening defeat he went back to the drawing board and had an intense training session on Monday.

“The Indians bowled a lot better, they hit the ball in the areas and they got the ball to swing a lot more as well. I went back into the nets and I worked myself very hard. I said to the coaches, especially the batting coach Stuart Williams, that I have to get off to a start. As long as I get a good start, I am sure that I can do well,” the 30-year-old said.

Smith said the West Indies remain real contenders to retain the trophy they won in Sri Lanka two years ago and also backed his opening partner Chris Gayle to deliver something big.

“I am sure that Chris will get the runs at some point of time in this tournament because he has been batting through the first six, he has been batting to ten overs. I am sure that at some point, he is going to get off to a good start.

“My aim is to get off to a good start and that’s how I play. It’s just for me to keep scoring and if Chris is working himself in, at least there won’t be any pressure on him if I am scoring freely,” Smith noted.

“I just try my best to get West Indies off to good starts and get them into good positions. I am not worried about outscoring Chris, I am just there to get partnerships and get West Indies into good positions. You just have to stay positive and make sure you do better than the other team.”

West Indies will next play against Australia on Friday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Mini Scorecard:

West Indies 171-7 (20 overs, 8.55rpo)

D Smith 72 (43) Al-Amin Hosain 3-21 (4)

C Gayle 48 (48) Z Rahman 1-16 (1)

Bangladesh 98 all out (19.1 overs, rpo)

M Rahim 22 (22) S Badree 4-15 (4)

M Mortaza 19 (17) K Santokie 3-17 (4)