142/7 (20)
139/5 (20)
West Indies won by 3 runs.
Player of the match: Nicholas Pooran
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WOW! This was the humdinger that the tournament needed. After a number of damp squibs, we've finally seen an edge-of-the-seat thriller. Is this the start of a lot many more to come? We can definitely hope so with a superb weekend lineup. Today belongs to the West Indians though - their net run-rate continues to remain dire but they needed points. They desperately needed points and they got them. At long last, they did. They've kept their hopes of making the semifinals alive. On the other hand, this will be a tough pill to swallow for Bangladesh. They fought valiantly and were bossing the game during the first essay but somehow, they've let things slip away and have all but doused their hopes of making it to the knockouts now. Can they play party poopers to Australia and South Africa going ahead?
Nicholas Pooran (stand-in West Indies Captain): It's tough managing all the players and players who are experienced as well. Making a decision becomes tough at times. But we all knew how important a game this was. Unfortunately we did not hold onto all our catches but we backed our experience and it came off. Akeal has been really good for us. I decided not to bowl Roston since seeing that wicket, it was tough to score off the pacers on that back of a length. Just told Russell to make up his mind to defend whatever it was (in the last over). He was brilliant. Pollard is fine - the medical team is working on him but he should be fine. It was tough to walk back out and hit a six off that last ball but you can see now how valuable that was. He's a great leader for us.
Mahmudullah (Bangladesh Captain): I think Liton's wicket was very crucial since both of us were set. If that would have gone for six it could have been different. The bowlers did quite a good job but we missed quite a few chances and that cost us runs. Naim tried going hard but the wicket wasn't such that you could just go and strike the ball. Scoring off that back of a length was hard. Shoriful and Mahedi bowled really well, Taskin bowled superb. But I think the batting was tough and there are some days in T20 cricket where the finish would be close. Some days you win, some days you lose. Fielding is an area we have to improve upon.
Nicholas Pooran: It was a tactical move to down lower down the order. It was necessary for the team. We haven't been at our best in the batting department and we needed to put our hands up. As a cricketer, I wanted to take responsibility and put my hand up. We were missing Polly too. I have been working very hard for the last couple of months, things just hadn't gone my way. Been learning from the times when I've thrown my wicket away. 100%. I'm always confident and positive about my attitude and skills towards the game.
Bangladesh were off to a steady beginning even as they never got off the blocks per se. A few tight overs eventually induced a false stroke though as Shakib Al Hasan, who was shored up the batting order to open the innings, spooned a slower one into the hands of Jason Holder. Holder returned to then prize out Mohammad Naim as Bangladesh were struggling at a score of 29/2 by the end of the Powerplay.

What followed was a period of consolidation between Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar as they were content with tapping the ball around. The bowlers continued to keep it tight until Dwayne Bravo came on and the batters decided to press the accelerator around the halfway mark. Sarkar seemed set for a fluent knock before his stay was cut short by an excellent catch by the Universe Boss himself at third man.

Bangladesh were helped by a number of extras and freebies on the part of Bravo though as they collected 25 runs off the 11th and 12th over together to put the pressure back on the West Indians. Surprisingly, Roston Chase's off-spinners were never called upon by stand-in skipper Nicholas Pooran and it seemed to cast a shadow over whether the rest of the attack would be able to pull it off.

The dismissal of Mushfiqur Rahim threw a spanner into the works of the Bangladesh chase though and that surely put West Indies back in front. Skipper Mahmudullah picked out the ropes as and when his team needed it though and ensured that his side stayed on par with the 8-ball. Das too chipped in from the other end and with two set batters in the middle, it was headed for an exhilarating climax.

And what did we get? A climax of the highest order! Dwayne Bravo's 3-run 17th over was followed by an ordinary one by Jason Holder. When the first ball of the 19th over was clubbed over the fence, it seemed as though Bangladesh would romp home. Somehow though, Das picked out Jason Holder in the deep off a slot delivery and the equation boiled down to 13 needed off the last over.

Andre Russell was entrusted with sealing the defense for West Indies and despite all the tension, all the drama, a missed run out, a dropped catch and a misfield, he held his nerve to nail a flurry of pinpoint yorkers and deny Bangladesh. The defending champions remain alive in the tournament - only just but they are off the mark at last!

Just the five bowlers used by Nicholas Pooran meant that each one of them had to step up. And how well they did! Ravi Rampaul's overs were crucial and him getting rid of Mushfiqur Rahim was perhaps the turning point of the contest. Akeal Hosein was impeccable as ever, Jason Holder was top class in the Powerplay, Dwayne Bravo held his nerve eventually despite blowing hot and cold and then Andre Russell added the finishing touch in the final over! Phew - amidst all the cacophony and sloppy fielding from both sides who seemed to be passing the game to the other team, West Indies have managed to cling on.
DRE RUSS! REMEMBER THE NAME! Absolute scenes at Sharjah! Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell and surely every West Indian supporter from across the globe will be elated with this finish! Pooran leds out a bellowing roar and chucks the ball into the turf in ecstasy! Ravi Rampaul is elated - West Indies cling on by 3 runs and keep their title defense alive!
139 /5 score
cricket bat icon Mahmudullah *
31 (24)
cricket bat icon Afif Hossain
2 (2)
cricket ball icon Andre Russell
1 /29
19.6 Andre Russell to Mahmudullah, ANDRE RUSSELL, YOU BEAUTY! WEST INDIES WIN A HUMDINGER! The big all-rounder holds his nerve and executes another spot-on yorker on the fifth stump line. Mahmudullah was looking to create some room but he's beaten by the pace on. So close, yet so far for Bangladesh. They'll take the early flight back home. As for the defending champions, they live to fight another day! What a contest we've had at Sharjah. West Indies won by 3 runs.
DEAR OH DEAR! The fielding from both sides has been simply lackadaisical! No way was there a second run on that. 4 required off the final delivery...
19.5 Andre Russell to Mahmudullah, YORKER! Oh dear... It's all happening here. It was an excellent yorker again but Mahmudullah manages to squeeze it out towards long-on. They were always going to come back for two and put the pressure on Holder, whose fumble has cost his side
Has Andre Fletcher just dropped the World Cup? Goodness me, you cannot write this script! 6 off 2 required...
19.4 Andre Russell to Mahmudullah, DROPPED BY FLETCHER! Has he dropped the game? Short delivery angling into Mahmudullah, he looks to take on the pull and finds Fletcher at deep square leg, who had to move to his right to take that one but he's spilled it. 
Jeez, this is getting tighter by the minute. 8 off 3 now...
19.3 Andre Russell to Mahmudullah, excellent running! Brilliant bowling, executes a pin-point yorker that is jammed out towards the vacant mid-on region to hurry back for a brace. The skipper keeps strike.
Bravo has suggested to Pooran that he take his glove off to be able to throw a lot better. Pooran obliges.
19.2 Andre Russell to Afif Hossain, byes, good length slower delivery angling across Afif, he swings and misses but it alert to scamper through for a single. Pooran's throw is poor with the gloves on and Bravo isn't pleased. 
Fine leg has been pushed back into the deep now. Mid-off comes in.
19.1 Andre Russell to Afif Hossain, searching for the yorker but it's a low full toss outside off, Afif shuffles across to ramp this one over short fine leg and collect a couple as Gayle chases it down
This is it - Russell steams in.
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