Kesrick Williams and Andre Russel lead the way to Windies joy

Two huge maximums by Andre Russel-one which literally went over the lights and into Lozac Road and other in the exact opposite direction, which cleared the main pavilion, probably on its way to Mars, highlighted a frantic Windies chase, at Warner Park in St. Kitts, on the evening of Tuesday 31st July.
It was the first T-20 match in the three match series between Bangladesh and the West Indies.
A slight rain delay had the home fans holding their breaths but soon Skipper Carlos Brathwaite won the toss and elected to send the opposition in. A move which Bangladeshi captain Shakib Al Hasan thought was neither here nor there, as he would have opted to bat first anyway.
The Windies tried a strange variation, entrusting Ashley Nurse with the first over, instead of the accustomed Samuel Badree and the very first ball paid great dividends, as Tamim Iqbal charged down the pitch and was easily stumped by Denesh Ramdin.
Nurse then took another scalp in the same over and then an even stranger move by Skipper Brathwaite, as Nurse was not handed the ball again for the remainder of the innings.
Skipper Shakib batted brilliantly and it took an extraordinary display of athleticism to dismiss him.
A bouncer from Keemo Paul, was gracefully upper cut and seemed destined to go over the third man boundary. At least that is where it was headed but Kesrick Williams timed his jump; took the catch and in realizing that the momentum would take him over the boundary, released the ball back towards the field of play and leaped back onto the field, to complete the spectacular catch and leave Shakib dumbfounded.
Mahmudullah struck a few lusty blows along the way, but Bangladesh eventually succumbed to a total of 143 for 9 in their 20 overs.
The lead bowler on the night, was Kesrick Williams, who had the figures of 4 for 28, utilizing the slower ball to great effect and of course entertaining with his unique dance as well.
As soon as their innings was complete, down came the rains. This time the delay was extended into the night and when it finally stopped the umpires revealed a revised target of 91 from 11 overs, utilizing the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Andre Fletcher started with a six in the first over but he soon perished, along with Evin Lewis.
That let in Marlon Samuels who played some super shots, before he holed out a long on, attempting another maximum.
It was left to Andre Russel and fellow Jamaican, Rovman Powell, to bring it home in the penultimate over.
Powell, after having four dots in the previous over, greeted Shakib with a maximum, to send the local crowd into wild celebrations.
The fans from Nevis then raced to the ferry terminal to board the MV Mark Twain which arrived back in the Charlestown Port, sometime after 1am.
Summarized scores: West Indies 93 for 3 (Russell 35*, Mustafizur 2-18) beat Bangladesh 143 for 9 (Mahmudullah 35, Williams 4-28) by seven wickets (by DLS method)

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