Windies thrash Bangladesh by 73 runs in ‘key’ World T20 match

Johannesburg, Mar 26: West Indies has thrashed hosts Bangladesh by 73 runs in a key World Twenty20 match in Dhaka on Tuesday, saving their bid to stay in contention for the semi-finals after losing to India on Sunday.

Dwayne Smith smashed 72 off 43 balls before spinner Samuel Badree claimed 4-15 for the defending champions, which piled up 171-7 and then bowled out Bangladesh for a paltry 98 in the Super-10 Group 2 match at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

According to Sport24, Smith dominated an opening stand of 97 by slamming 10 boundaries and three sixes and reached his half-century off 33 balls in the 10th over with a fourth consecutive boundary off spinner Sohag Gazi.

The report mentioned that Chris Gayle hit a run-a-ball 48 in an impressive batting display by the West Indies, while Bangladesh, playing their first match in the Super-10s after qualifying along with the Netherlands from the first round, faltered against pace and spin in the one-sided contest.

India, Pakistan and Australia are the other teams in the group, from which two will advance to the semi-finals, the report added. (ANI)