T20 World Cup 2021: Match 23, Bangladesh vs West Indies – 10 best memes of the match

T20 World Cup 2021: Match 23, Bangladesh vs West Indies – 10 best memes of the match

Bangladesh slipped to their third loss on the trot.

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West Indies. (Photo by Matthew Lewis-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

West Indies snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat in a game of thin margins against Bangladesh to keep their qualification hopes alive. For Bangladesh, however, who slipped to their third loss on the trot, the three-run loss has nearly brought their campaign to an end, with various other results needed to fall their way for further qualification.

The game would not be remembered for fielding standards, with both sides dropping catches and missing run-outs aplenty. Despite all the heavy-hitters in their side, West Indies once again struggled to get runs at the desired rate as the Bangladesh bowlers tied them, striking at regular intervals. Roston Chase, on T20I debut, had fortune favouring him – he was dropped twice – but could not capitalize much, scoring a sedate 39 off 46 after the early departure of openers Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle.

Struggling to find any momentum of sorts, Kieron Pollard retired himself out at 8 off 16 before coming towards the fag end of the innings. Immediately after Pollard went off, West Indies received a setback as Andre Russell was run-out without facing a ball. That they were able to reach 142/7 was thanks to the late charge of Nicholas Pooran, who smoked four sixes in his 22-ball 40 and Jason Holder’s 5-ball 15.

While Taskin Ahmed returned wicketless, he gave only 17 in his spell. Despite bagging two scalps, Mustafizur Rahman bore the brunt of Windies’ death overs assault, leaking 43 in his four, while Mahedi Hasan and Shoriful Islam picked two apiece.

In pursuit of 143, Bangladesh did not make the best of starts. Much like West Indies, who changed their opening combination by slotting in Gayle, Bangladesh had Shakib Al Hasan opening for them in the format for the first time. However, the move did not pay, as he fell for 9 off 12 to Russell, while Mohammad Naim could not emulate his performance from the previous game, being cleaned up by Jason Holder for 17 off 19.

Bangladesh were settled by Liton Das, who amidst questions over his place in the side, got back into the runs with a 44-run knock in difficult conditions. He had an able partner in Soumya Sarkar, who hung around for a while to avoid a collapse after the openers departed in quick succession. Although, Sarkar perished for 17 when Gayle took a brilliant catch off Akeal Hossien to once again sway the momentum of the game.

After Mushfiqur Rahim was knocked down by Ravi Rampaul, skipper Mahmudullah (unbeaten 31 off 24)took the responsibility to sail forward, alongside a calculated Das at the other end. But West Indies had things in their grasp again when Das perished to Bravo in the penultimate over, with his team still needing 13. A couple of misfields and a dropped catch later, it came down to four needed off the last ball, which Russell defended to take his team home with a narrow victory.