It was a sheer eye-catching batting display from Bangladesh opener Liton Das as the right-hander's 34-ball 60 laid the foundation for a 211-run total, the Tigers second highest score in T20Is.
On the other hand, Soumya Sarkar may not have had the best of day but his 22-ball 32 proved valuable nonetheless while Mahmudullah Riyad shook off his initial nerves to contribute with an unbeaten 21-ball 43.
Mehedi Hasan Miraz also deserves some credit for his control and guile while bowling. The off-spinner picked up the wicket of dangerman Shai Hope, however, no one could match the efforts of Shakib Al Hasan.
Skipper Shakib braved the fever to display a stupendous all-round performance. He followed up his unbeaten 42-run innings with a maiden five-for in the shortest version of the game, guiding Bangladesh to a 36-run victory in the second T20I against West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur last night and keeping the three-match series alive.
Shakib, however, was not ready to brand it as a one-man show but rather, like a true captain, he credited it as a team effort.
“Batting or bowling, cricket is a momentum game. One or two overs can change the game, we had a great start with the bat and continued that till the 20th over. With the ball, it wasn't easy with the dew. It was a team effort, everyone chipped in,” said the Bangladesh T20 captain during the post match presentation ceremony.
“Liton [Das] played some brilliant shots, the way [Mahmudullah] Riyad finished off, it was an important innings. In wet conditions, [Mehedi Hasan] Miraz bowled brilliantly. Great team effort, look forward to the next one,” added the all-rounder, who was adjudged man-of-the-match.
West Indies skipper Carlos Brathwaite said that it was not their best day on the field but he also credited Bangladesh's batting effort.
“Didn't get it right in the first six overs with the ball so we were chasing the game. Didn't bowl as well as we wanted. We could've been tighter with our plans, must give credit to Liton Das & co. We didn't have the best day on the field. As a batting unit, we lost wickets at key intervals, would've had momentum if we hadn't lost wickets. That said, I loved the intent. Fact that we went hard at it, credit should go to the batting unit,” said Brathwaite.