Andre Russell comes to the rescue of the West Indies to seal last-gasp victory over Bangladesh, while Pakistan defeats Afghanistan to maintain a perfect start to the Twenty20 World Cup campaign.
- Andre Russell stood his ground to seal the West Indies’ first victory in the T20 World Cup
- Russell produced an accurate yorker to deny Bangladesh’s victory in the Shariah
- The reigning champions are off to a slow start, losing their first two games
- On the other hand, Pakistan maintained its perfect start with victory over Bangladesh.
Andre Russell stood his ground to give the West Indies a World Cup lifeline with a last gasp victory over Bangladesh in Sharjah.
With Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah needing four of the last ball, Russell delivered a precise yorker to keep him scoreless and seal a three-run victory for the West Indies, who had lost their first two games against England and South Africa.
They were also grateful for the comprehensive contributions of Jason Holder, who played his first game since flying as a replacement for the injured Obed McCoy.
Andre Russell kept his cool to secure the West Indies’ first win at this year’s T20 World Cup
Bowler delivered an accurate yorker to deny Bangladesh a late victory in the Shariah
Holder hit two sixes in the last over in the West Indies innings 142-for-seven, then knocked out Mohammad Naim of Bangladesh en route to 1-for-22 figures.
“This victory means a lot to the team,” Holder said. “It was a life and death encounter.”
Pakistan managed three wins out of three after Asif Ali hit four sixes in the 19th against Karim Janat to break the hearts of the Afghans in Dubai.
Afghanistan had been given a chance to defend 148 when leg pitcher Rashid Khan kicked Pakistan captain Babar Azam for 51 with the last ball of his four-plus allotment, and Naveen-ul-Haq then caught Shoaib Malik during an 18th overrun. only two.
Moreover, Pakistan maintained its perfect start in the competition after beating Afghanistan.
That left Pakistan needing 24 of the last two, but Ali, who had finished the job against New Zealand in Sharjah with three sixes on a 27-of-12, required only one, throwing Janat into the stands from his first, third, fifth and sixth installments.
Earlier, Afghanistan rallied from 76-for-six to 147-for-six, but it wasn’t enough to bring them a second victory after their demolition of Scotland.