Wednesday, 26 March 2014 - 7:25
ICC World T20: West Indies crush Bangladesh by 73 runs
Dwayne Smith smashed 72 off 43 balls before spinner Samuel Badree claimed 4-15 as the West Indies thrashed hosts Bangladesh by 73 runs in a key ICC World T20 match in Dhaka yesterday.
The defending champions, who needed a win to stay in contention for the semi-finals after losing to India on Sunday, piled up 171-7 and then bowled out Bangladesh for a paltry 98 in the Super-10 group two match.
Chris Gayle hit a run-a-ball 48 in an impressive batting display by the West Indies after the hosts won the toss and elected to field before a sell-out crowd of 25,000 at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.
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.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 22 and tail-ender Mashrafe Mortaza made 19, but six batsmen failed to enter double figures in a poor batting display by the home team.
India, Pakistan and Australia are the other teams in the group, from which two will advance to the semi-finals.