Bangladesh's nightmarish run this year continued as they were thrashed by the West Indies by 73 runs in Mirpur on Tuesday, in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20.
West Indies earlier posted a healthy 171/7 in their 20 overs, on the back of a scintillating 72 by Dwayne Smith and a run-a-ball 48 by the struggling Chris Gayle. Gayle did not look at his best, but batted till the 19th over to ensure a good score for the Windies.
Bangladesh's script went horribly wrong after winning the toss, as Smith and Gayle scored 97 in 11.4 overs before Mahmadullah took Smith for 72 off just 43 balls. Smith was particularly severe on Soheb Gazi, whom he took for four consecutive boundaries in one over.
Thereafter, wickets fell at regular intervals, yet West Indies never looked in trouble. Gayle's tempo rose slightly after the 2nd wicket, while the opening partnership ensured that the Windies would end up with a good total.
The Bangladesh batting never got off the blocks and they were quickly three down for 19 in four overs, Santokie doing most of the damage. Mushfiqur Rahim and Monimul Haque then attempted a steady recovery before the ever-impressive Narine took Haque for 16.
Thereafter, there was little credible resistance as Samuel Badree cleaned up the lower middle order. Mushrafe Mortaza merely attempted to delay the inevitable with a few boundaries towards the end.
It was too little, too late as Bangladesh crashed to another embarassing defeat at home, while the West Indies secured a commanding win to boost their confidence as well as dramatically improve their net run rate.