BCB XI v West Indians, tour match, Fatullah October 7, 2011

Rampaul shines in easy win for visitors


West Indians 217 for 9 (Bravo 47, Sammy 30) beat Bangladesh Cricket Board XI 152 (Kapali 41, Rampaul 4-23)

West Indians eased to a comfortable 65-run win over Bangladesh Cricket Board XI and the abject surrender of the home batsmen, many of whom are in the Bangladesh squad, to the West Indies' bowling attack would have given a genuine boost to the visitors. West Indians still have areas of concern - their batting against spin in particular - but Ravi Rampaul soothed their nerves after they struggled to 217 for 9 in 45 overs.

Rampaul took his time to settle into a rhythm but with the slightly older ball, he hustled the batsmen with his steep bounce and pace. Alok Kapali mustered 41 before Rampaul had him guiding one straight to Denesh Ramdin in the 31st over, the batsman clearly beaten by pace. Naeem Islam's attempt at a pull shot was embarrassing as he only top-edged the ball to the covers before Nasir Hossain's swish had him caught behind, both off Rampaul. He took his fourth by removing the last man Robiul Islam, as the hosts were bowled out for just 152 in 41 overs.

Mohammad Ashraful had given the BCB XI some momentum when he struck six boundaries in his 29-ball 32, but he had an immovable object at the other end - Shahriar Nafees meandered to 16 off 51 balls before sweeping an Anthony Martin leg-stump delivery down square-leg's throat.

While the BCB XI batsmen struggled to cope with the short ball, West Indians had a tough time handling the slow, turning one. They were stuck in one of two gears after being put into bat: too watchful or going for broke at every opportunity.

With the start of the innings going nowhere, Lendl Simmons wound up at the first sight of a loose delivery in the seventh over, only to see his ferocious square-cut go straight to Nasir Hossain at point, while Kieran Powell misread the wicket and was caught at long-off going after Naeem's offspin despite having already having been dropped earlier trying the same shot.

A 59-run stand between Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels followed but that too flickered between a very cautious approach and bravado. Bravo eventually missed his half-century by three runs when he was caught straight down the ground after he hit five sweet boundaries and a six in his 74-ball knock. Samuels's innings ended similarly when he chipped it right down long-on's throat while Danza Hyatt's first outing in the subcontinent ended lasted just 19 deliveries.

The next partnership gave the visitors some respectability as Denesh Ramdin and Darren Sammy added 57, out of which 23 were taken from one Robiul over, but the manner of Ramdin's dismissal left everyone at the ground bemused. He miscued a double-bouncing Ashraful delivery into the hands of long-off, where Shuvogoto Hom ran in to take a good catch.

Ashraful's surprise introduction was the result of Naeem having to keep wicket after Sahagir Hossain was injured in the 21st over, but it was productive as his combination of slow cutters got him three wickets in two overs. It was Kapali, however, who was the pick of the bowlers, the leg-spinner picking up 2 for 32 from his nine overs.

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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  • victoria on October 10, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    When WI wins we're all happy. It is a pity that we're still having this silly back and forth between our officials and best (senior) players. Now, let me respond to Otis Gibson's remark about 'commited senior players'. How is it that the WICB have a coach going around the world making all these irresponsible statements which keeps diving him and the players? Is it deliberate? Gibson for me is a dividing figure which should not be the function of a coach. I think the authorities need to tell him to be more responsible in his interview statements; or fire him! If it were Gayle or Chanderpaul,etc. who was making such unfortunate statements about any WICB official, they would have already been reprimanded by WICB. Why is Gibson not rebuked? At the same time, he spent all of his time in England coaching and playing county cricket 'for his living'; and only because the purse he gets to coach the WI team is better than what he was getting to coach England why he came back here 'COMMITTED'.

  • Basil on October 9, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    I may offend a few people here but Lendl Simmons in my opinion is one of the most ordinary batsmen in world cricket. Unless I have missed any of his good innings all I have seen is a batsman that gets easily bogged down and puts the team behind the eight-ball. I don't like smashing players like this, but surely WI cannot be relying on players such as him to bring them back up. I'd rather see Dwayne Smith be given an extended go in the top 6.

  • Justin on October 8, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    I still can't see West Indies improving without there three most senior players Gayle Sarwan and Chanderpaul. Right now Samuels and Bravo are feeling the pressure without them, the batting will continue to struggle unless some drastic changes takes place

  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Bangladesh will win inshallah

  • PATRICK on October 8, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    @Clint Nelson I hope you are not assuming that because Sammy batted higher than Ramdin, that he is deemed to be a better batsman than Ramdin. This was a practice match and it could simply be that Sammy wanted batting practice - more time in the middle. We all know Ramdin has a good range of shots, whilst Sammy is limited in his batting ability. It is all or nothing with Sammy.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    This is sad really...........Sammy bats at 6??? OMG we're not that bad....are we?

  • Tatai on October 7, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Poor Bangladesh...they will lose again..lol.

  • Clester on October 7, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Congrats to the WIndies team. I hope this young team take this momentum into the whole series. I would also like to congratulate Keiron Powell for being the sixth Nevisian to wear windies colours. This is a great achievement for a little island of a population of only 12000. Unfortunately just like West Indies the cricket is on a decline.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    worried about the batting. Bowling we can expect something like this.. West Indians still do not know how to play spin, while we do not know how to play pace. so this will be a competitive series to say the least.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Maturin whom I was seeing for the first time in England really impressed me. Based on what I saw, I am prepared to jump the guns and say that he appears to be the best bowler I have seen in the WI in the shortened format of the game - I guess he might do very well in test matches also. He should be touring with this team. Since when has Sammy become a more competent batsman than Danish Ramdin?. You see, it's stupid moves like these made by people with authority that is keeping WI cricket in the doldrums; notwithstanding the fact that Sammy fluked 30 on this occasion.

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