Chris Gayle left out from T20 Squad against Bangladesh

Chris Gayle left out from T20 Squad against Bangladesh

Kesrick Williams took 4 wickets for West Indies.

Bangladesh could have so easily been 7 for 3 had Marlon Samuels not shelled a straightforward catch at cover to reprieve Shakib off Russell.

Bangladesh will pin hopes on Tamim Iqbal, who was the player of the series, notching scores of 130*, 54 and 103 to steer them to a series victory, while the West Indies' Shimron Hetmyer, who scored 207 runs, will be their weapon whom they will look to unleash.

Liton Das chipped in with 24 but support throughout the innings was lacking as West Indies made crucial strikes at key stages to stall the visitors' progress.

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The reigning T20 World Cup champions West Indies open a three-match series against a side that has historically struggled in the shortest format of cricket, the Bangladesh Tigers, who have not won a T20 worldwide series go at least two games since 2012 - when they defeated West Indies, according to ESPN CricInfo - in a night match that will live stream from St. Kitts and Nevis on Tuesday.

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The Bangladesh innings began on the worst note possible, with both openers sent back by Ashley Nurse for first-ball ducks.

Andre Russell, who played his first one-day global since 2015 in the recently-concluded series, retains his place after recovering from the injury that forced him to miss the last ODI, as does star opening batsman Evin Lewis, who will be tasked with giving his side good starts in the absence of Gayle.

With just the first ball of the encounter, Nurse had Tamim smartly stumped, after the left-hander charged and missed one deliberately pushed a bit wider.

Bangladesh will be relying on their seasoned batsmen Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, inspirational captain Shakib Al Hasan and the unsafe but inconsistent Mahmudullah.

Liton hoisted a catch at deep square leg to Andre Fletcher before Sakib became victim of brilliant reflex catch of Kesrick Williams at deep cover after making 19 off 10 balls. West Indies went into this series as the favourites to win it as they are one of the most dominating teams in T20Is. Ariful Haque added 15 runs and Miraz added 11 more runs. Showing no signs of the injury which kept him out of the last two ODIs last week, Russell tore into the Bangladesh bowling with relish. The two of them put on 42 runs in just under four overs before Samuels departed after a quickfire 13-ball 26 knock.

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