Bangladesh hold their nerve to win T20 series against West Indies

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Bangladesh won the T20 series 2-1. Image: BCB/Twitter.

Bangladesh ended their tour of the West Indies on a winning note as the Tigers survived a late onslaught from Andre Russell to win the rain-affected third T20 by 19 runs and with it the series.

Russell hit 47 off 21 deliveries with six sixes and one four to keep the hosts in the hunt as they chased Bangladesh’s total of 184-5 in Lauderhill, USA.

However his fall in the 18th over – to left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman (3-31) – sealed the match for Bangladesh.

Russell’s exit at 135-7 after 17.1 overs was followed by rain which ended play.

Bangladesh lost the Test series 2-0 but bounced back in the limited-overs leg, with the 2-1 T20 series win following a similar result in the ODIs.

The big total was set up by Liton Das who hit 61 off just 32 balls with six fours and three sixes. The Tigers’ total was also boosted by Tamim Iqbal who helped add 61 off just 4.4 overs with Das for the opening wicket.

“This was a tremendous team effort and will give us a lot of confidence moving forward,” said captain Shakib Al Hasan. “Now we need to build on this performance, in both the ODI’s and T20’s, when we return home to be more consistent and competitive against the big teams.”

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Half-fit Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman selected for West Indies ODIs

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Left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman was on Tuesday included in Bangladesh’s ODI squad for the three-match ODI series against the West Indies despite being only half-fit.

Mustafizur has not played any competitive cricket since he hurt his left big toe in May while playing in the IPL for Mumbai Indians.

The 22-year-old missed the three-match T20 series against Afghanistan in June and will be unavailable for the two-Test series against the West Indies which begins in Antigua on Wednesday.

“He has yet to regain his full fitness. Yet, we included him in the ODI squad because we have some time in our hands,” chief selector Minhajul Abedin was quoted as saying by AFP.

“We will see him how he goes in a four-day match against Sri Lanka A next week. If he can prove his match fitness, only then he will travel with the squad,” he said.

Bangladesh have included uncapped pacer Abu Jayed as back-up for Mustafizur, raising the number of players in the squad to 16.

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Bangladesh women's team get cash reward after Asia Cup triumph

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Asian champions: Bangladesh. Image: Asian Cricket Council

Bangladesh women’s cricket team have been rewarded with a cash reward following their T20 Asia Cup win over India on Sunday.

The Tigers arrived back home on Monday night following their six-wicket triumph against six-time champions India, which sealed their maiden title.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board revealed that there will be a 20 million taka ($236,000) cash reward and promised to review salaries.

“Each player will get one million taka ($14,800) as a cash reward,” BCB spokesman Jalal Yunus told AFP on Tuesday.

“About $75,000 will be shared by the coaching and management staff. The BCB will review the salary and match fees of contracted women players this week.”

Prior to the tournament, Bangladesh earned a maximum 30,000 taka ($445) each month plus $100 as match fee for an international.

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