Bangladesh seal T20 series

Bangladesh seal T20 series

Bangladesh batsman Liton Das sends one over the fence in the third T20I against West Indies in Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday. AFP

Bangladesh withstood a withering assault from Andre Russell to complete a series-clinching 19-run victory via the DLS method over the West Indies in the rain-affected deciding final fixture of their three-match T20 International Series.

Russell smashed 47 off just 21 deliveries with six towering sixes and one four to keep the Caribbean side in with a chance of surpassing Bangladesh's formidable total of 184 for five at Central Broward Stadium on Sunday.

However his dismissal at the start of the 18th over, giving left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman his third wicket of the innings, effectively sealed the result in favour of Bangladesh.

Russell's departure at 135 for seven off 17.1 overs was immediately followed by a sharp shower which ended any further prospect of play although there was little chance of the West Indies getting anywhere close to the target off 20 overs with all their big-hitters gone.

Having been thrashed in both Tests at the start of the tour, this T20 series triumph follows the 2-1 success in the ODI contest for the Asian side.

Their formidable total was set up by a career-best effort from Liton Das. Das set the tone at the top of the order for his team after captain Shakib al Hasan chose to bat first with a blistering innings of 61 off just 32 balls with six fours and three sixes.

He earned the "Man of the Match" award and stole the show from his more experienced and prolific opening partner, Tamim Iqbal, in an opening stand of 61 off just 4.4 overs.


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