Twitter Reactions: Windies seal T20I series amidst controversy in Dhaka

Twitter Reactions: Windies seal T20I series amidst controversy in Dhaka

Evin Lewis turned out to be the difference between the two sides.

Evin Lewis
Evin Lewis. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The deciding T20 International between Bangladesh and Windies at the renowned Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka turned out to be a controversial one due to some reasons. As far as cricket is concerned, Windies beat the Tigers by 50 runs to win the series. Shakib Al Hasan and Co looked good in phrases, but couldn’t be consistent enough to humble the Caribbean team in Mirpur.

Lewis inflicts mayhem

Bangladesh won the toss and opted to field first and the decision backfired on them as Windies racked up 190 in 19.2 overs. Shai Hope and Evin Lewis cobbled together an incredible stand of 76 runs from 30 balls to get their team off to a blistering start. Skipper Shakib cleaned up Hope to give the Tigers’ their first wicket. A couple of overs later, Mustafizur Rahim accounted for Keemo Paul’s wicket.

Nevertheless, Lewis kept throwing the kitchen sink at everything and scored 89 runs from 36 balls with the help of six boundaries and eight hits over the ropes. Mahmudullah dismissed him in the 10th over to halt Windies’ surge. Nicholas Pooran scored a 24-ball 29 to take the visitors to a competitive score as Bangladesh made a decent comeback, picking up lost quite wickets in the second half of the innings.

Controversy galore in Dhaka

Bangladesh’s run chase would be remembered more for more than actual cricket. In the fourth over, on-field umpire Tanvir Ahmed ruled Liton Das not out off a legal delivery. Carlos Brathwaite took the Decision Review System (DRS), but according to the law, the decision wasn’t reversed. The scenario went to such an extent that match referee Jeff Crowe had to come down on the pitch.

Das was eventually nipped out by Keemo Paul, who went on to take a five-wicket haul. After the chaos, the hosts lost their way as their batting kept capitulating at an alarming rate. Sarkar, Mahmudullah and Shakib perished for single-digit scores. The likes of Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Abu Hider Rony tried their hearts out, but the required rate kept climbing, eventually out the Tigers’ radar.

Here is how Twitter reacted

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