T20 World Cup: Andre Russell comes to the rescue for the West Indies

Andre Russell comes to the rescue for the West Indies to seal last-gasp victory over Bangladesh while Pakistan defeat Afghanistan to maintain perfect start to Twenty20 World Cup campaign

  • Andre Russell held his nerve to seal West Indies’ first win at the T20 World Cup
  • Russell produced a pinpoint yorker to deny Bangladesh victory in Shariah 
  • The reigning champions have endured a slow start, losing their first two games 
  • Elsewhere, Pakistan maintained their perfect start with victory over Bangladesh 

Andre Russell held his nerve to give West Indies a World Cup lifeline with a last-gasp victory over Bangladesh in Sharjah.

With Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah needing four off the last ball, Russell produced a pinpoint yorker to keep him scoreless and seal a three-run victory for the West Indians, who had lost their first two matches against England and South Africa.

They were also grateful for the all-round contributions of Jason Holder, playing his first game since flying in as a replacement for the injured Obed McCoy.

Andre Russell kept his cool to secure the West Indies’ first victory at this year’s T20 World Cup

The bowler delivered a pinpoint yorker to deny Bangladesh a late victory in Shariah

Holder hit two sixes in the last over in West Indies’ innings of 142 for seven, and then removed Bangladesh’s Mohammad Naim en route to figures of one for 22.

‘This win means a lot to the team,’ Holder said. ‘It was a do-or-die encounter.’

Pakistan made it three wins out of three after Asif Ali hammered four sixes in the 19th over off Karim Janat to break Afghan hearts in Dubai.

Afghanistan had given themselves a chance of defending 148 when leg-spinner Rashid Khan bowled Pakistan captain Babar Azam for 51 with the last ball of his four-over allocation, and Naveen-ul-Haq then had Shoaib Malik caught behind during an 18th over costing just two. 

Elsewhere, Pakistan kept up their perfect start to the competition after beating Afghanistan

That left Pakistan needing 24 off the last two, but Ali — who had finished the job against New Zealand in Sharjah with three sixes in a 12-ball 27 — required only one, launching Janat into the stands from his first, third, fifth and sixth deliveries.

Earlier, Afghanistan recovered from 76 for six to reach 147 for six, but it wasn’t enough to bring them a second win after their demolition of Scotland.

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