Bangladesh v West Indies, only Twenty20, Mirpur October 11, 2011

Mushfiqur prevails in dramatic finish


Bangladesh 135 for 7 (Rahim 41*, Samuels 2-14) beat West Indies 132 for 8 (Samuels 58, Shafiul 2-19, Shakib 2-25) by three wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mushfiqur Rahim began his captaincy tenure with a nerveless, unbeaten 41 off 26 balls, as Bangladesh completed their first win against West Indies at home. With four required to win off the last two balls, Mushfiqur lashed Ravi Rampaul for a huge six over deep midwicket to provide the closing twist in a game that swung dramatically in front of packed stands.

Mushfiqur's effort laid to waste a compelling all-round show from Marlon Samuels that did its best to overcome his team-mates' inability to master the conditions. Samuels battled through a typically stifling spell from Bangladesh's spinners to score a half-century and give his bowlers something to defend. His seaming team-mates then let him down to allow Bangladesh's top order easy runs, but Samuels hit back with the wickets of the two most experienced home batsmen - Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Ashraful - in an economical spell. Samuels, however, bowled out in the 13th over and West Indies somehow contrived to let Bangladesh's bottom half get 62 off the last seven overs.

There were striking similarities in the way the two innings panned out. Like their Bangladeshi counterparts earlier in the day, the West Indies fast bowlers were too short with the new ball. Like the West Indies openers, Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal capitalised with a flurry of early boundaries that set them up for the middle overs. Both line-ups lost steam rapidly in the middle overs before staging recoveries.

Kayes looked in fine touch, punching and cutting when provided with width, but Anthony Martin got him to hole out in the eighth over to give West Indies an opening. Samuels struck with the next ball, sneaking an armer through Shakib's defences to dismiss him for a first-ball duck. Alok Kapali then gifted debutant Carlos Brathwaite his first wicket with a mindless slog to leave Bangladesh at 53 for 4 at the halfway mark. With the resolute Mahmudullah out with fever, the Bangladesh middle order faced a dodgy chase.

For a brief while, Ashraful showed signs of steering Bangladesh home, but perished off the last ball of Samuels' spell. Mushfiqur kept Bangladesh afloat by hitting Martin for a six in the 15th over, but Naeem Islam succumbed to Darren Sammy's slower ball to give West Indies the edge once again. It boiled down to 20 off the last two overs, and Brathwaite was handed the 19th over - bowling sides' banana peel in the recently concluded Champions League.

Brathwaite's lack of pace and insistence on sticking to length deliveries meant he had to maintain exemplary lines. He missed his mark twice, and Bangladesh found boundaries on both occasions. Nasir Hossain swung a straight ball to midwicket, and Mushfiqur dabbed a wide one through third man as Bangladesh looted 14 off the over. Rampaul managed to dismiss Hossain and keep things tight for four balls of the final over, before Mushfiqur signed off in style.

Earlier, Shakib and Abdur Razzak asphyxiated West Indies with a typically restrictive spell of left-arm spin, but Samuels seemed to be batting on a different pitch. Samuels walked out at No. 3 and began the international leg of the tour with two sixes off his first three balls against the habitually short Rubel Hossain. The first was a sumptuous swivel-pull over backward square leg, and the second an astounding pick-up shot that carried over backward point. Lendl Simmons found some fluency of his own, sweeping Shakib for four before planting Razzak beyond the midwicket boundary, but his exit exposed the deficiencies of the flat-footed middle order.

Andre Russell edged Shakib into the covers and Dwayne Bravo missed an armer from Razzak that skidded on, before Darren Sammy tried to loft a ball that was too full and holed out to long-off. Danza Hyatt, meanwhile, missed a lap shot to be trapped in front, as West Indies went into tailspin, but Samuels kept counter-punching.

He settled in after the turbo-charged start, gauging the conditions with a series of nudges and pushes off the spinners, even as his team-mates floundered. Having moved easily to 23 off 18 balls, Samuels opened up again with a cover drive off Naeem Islam in the 12th over, before guiding Shakib through point, both for fours. Samuels continued to upset Naeem's lines, walking outside off and lashing him with the spin for his third six, before repeating the dose when Shakib dropped short. By the time he was out in the final over, Samuels had lifted West Indies to a respectable score, but it wasn't enough against the rampant Mushfiqur.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on October 12, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    I pity the WI team for losing this game, especially when they have some of the best T20 players, who either were politically ignored or were away for obvious reasons. I wish they bounce back and do well in the one dayers.

  • nicholas on October 12, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    i agree 100% with Wendel Mohammed............2 thumbs up, that team could be unstoppable.....

  • Clester on October 12, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    West Indies bowilng is coming close to being on par with the best bowling attacks in the game today. The batting however is taking a longtime to come on. Sadly these young promising batsmen have been left with out guidance from the most experienced ,tried and tested batsmen. I mean when you watch the recent champions league and you see our batsmen dominate for other teams Chris Gayle scoring the second most runs in the league, Dwayne Bravo dominating for CSK, Pollard being one of the most sort after player in the world for what he could do, and still we are struggling leaves a great sadness.

    The WICB and players need to get themselves together and do what is best for the region. We keep hearing "cricket is whats unites the Caribbean". Let WIPA and WICB be united again for the best interest of West Indies cricket.

    Selectors need to pick the best team and players need to but country above self.

    Go Windies

  • Junior A H on October 12, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Why would you bring an in form specialist T20 player all the way to Bangladesh and then not play him in the match. This is a fairly even series both teams are on the same level. This West Indies is not better than Bangladesh. As an avid and die hard West Indies fan and supporter I hope that we loose these series very badly, because I believe that is the only way that the powers at be might realise that we nned a new coach and we need to remove the so called captain from this team. If we talking about rebuilding then this captain is taking the place of some more capable young player. I see no reason that we haven't seen the Likes of Kemar Roach in a match for such a long time

  • Dummy4 on October 12, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Congrats........ Bangladesh Team. Now We've to concentrate on One Day Games........

  • hot on October 12, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    why in india wi vs ban series not telecasting on any channels?

  • Dummy4 on October 12, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    T20 isn't allover, the main matter of consideration is how long BD team continues in ODI and Test matches, best wishes for them

  • hot on October 12, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Hi frndz...Once again bad luck for west indies.I am big fan of Sammy.All are blemming here caoch an d west indies team for losing . I think 132 was not enough to win but in bowling wi show good performance. Wi almost won the match but once again luck is not in west indies fever. they did well to defend 132 ............Just wait in one day series wi will give their best performance.........

  • Amzad on October 12, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    congratulation to BD team; now you look to be on business.. wish you all the best.

  • Nilantha on October 12, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    I agree with lendel mohammed,that is a formidable team he picked..not sure about sacking the coach as I am clearly not west indian but as a neutral,it dies seem that the board are not putting the team one in their right mind can leave out gayle & pollard. I hope west indies cricket gets back to its best again soon...also as a neutral,I must say well done to bangladesh on a great win...

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