Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st ODI, Mirpur October 12, 2011

Can Bangladesh live up to expectations?

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Match Facts

Bangladesh v West Indies, October 13, Mirpur
Start time 1330 (0730 GMT)

Big Picture


When Mushfiqur Rahim slammed the penultimate ball of the tour opener for a match-winning six, the packed stands in Mirpur erupted as one. It was a spontaneous expression of joy from a crowd that hadn't seen their side winning a Twenty20 international since 2007. But the reaction also underlined the dangerous extremes inhabited by the Bangladesh cricket fan. While their team has struggled to shed the minnow tag - the occasional series wins against West Indies and New Zealand notwithstanding - the fans have tended to look at each victory as a new dawn, and every defeat as a national slight.

Mushfiqur's biggest challenge as he takes over the leadership will be finding ways to manage these unfair expectations. It was a challenge that caught up with Shakib Al Hasan during Bangladesh's roller-coaster World Cup campaign. One day he was joking with journalists, relieved after a hard-fought win against Ireland, only for the video to go viral and earn him brickbats after the crushing loss to West Indies. When Bangladesh somehow scrambled to victory against England in their next game, Shakib was in tears - the reaction of a man forced to live on the edge.

Mushfiqur would have seen Shakib's travails from close quarters, and will have to tread the tricky line now. Tuesday's win has already raised expectations, and a change in form will not be easily tolerated. Mushfiqur must be concerned since West Indies have the personnel to effect a turnaround. The exclusion of Devendra Bishoo caught up with them on the spinner-friendly Mirpur surface, but they are unlikely to repeat the gaffe on the same pitch. The visitors will also be bolstered by the inclusion of Kieron Pollard, who has developed a reputation for minnow-bashing. The biggest worry for the visitors will be their middle order's dodginess against Bangladesh's platoon of left-arm spinners. The in-form Marlon Samuels will remain their point man, but can Darren Bravo and the rest play around him?

Spotlight


With Chris Gayle seemingly out of the picture, Adrian Barath will be expected to take over as the prime mover in the West Indies top order. Barath has the game to do well at the highest level - you don't hit Test hundreds on debut at the Gabba without having serious talent. West Indies' emphasis on youth gives him an extended opportunity at the top and he will want to capitalise when the ball is new.

"Honest trier." "Never-say-die attitude." "Can't be faulted for effort." Darren Sammy's supporters tend to deal in intangibles when they explain his value to the side. If emotions are cast aside, Sammy comes across as a limited, but effective, back-up seamer, while his batting is of the hit-or-miss variety. Questions remain over whether he justifies a spot in the side, potentially at the expense of the pacy Kemar Roach. Sammy will want to lay those questions to rest in this series.

Team news


Pollard should come in for Danza Hyatt in the West Indies middle order, while Bishoo could slot in for Carlos Brathwaite. Given the frailty of the batting line-up against spin, Kieran Powell might feature in team discussions as well.

West Indies (probable): 1 Adrian Barath, 2 Lendl Simmons, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 7 Andre Russell, 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Ravi Rampaul, 10 Devendra Bishoo, 11 Anthony Martin / Kemar Roach

Bangladesh are unlikely to alter their combination, though Shuvagoto Hom could push Alok Kapali out of the XI. Mahmudullah's continued absence should give Nasir Hossain another chance to come good.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mohammad Ashraful, 5 Alok Kapali, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 7 Naeem Islam, 8 Nasir Hossain, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain

Stats & Trivia


  • Bangladesh have beaten West Indies only three times in 17 attempts, all during their 2009 tour of the Caribbean, against a third-string side
  • Tuesday's T20I win was Bangladesh's first at home against West Indies, across all formats

Quotes


"Since we had three wickets left, I knew that even if I mis-hit the shot and we ran one or two there would still be a chance to win."
Mushfiqur Rahim explains his thought process before hitting the match-winning six in the T20I

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on October 13, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Yes, certainly the Bengal Tiger can handle the pressure because at present Bangladesh side looks to be much more balance and taking their job seriously. But on the given day the team plays better cricket will go to win. So there is no regret for West indies

  • DieHardBang on October 13, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Self confidence is very important in all aspects of human life. Bangladesh had this problem since they are playing in the highest level. Hopefully they will conquer their lack of confidence problem & ready to do something great for the country as they did against NZ. So keep it up tigers...we r always behind u.

  • VivGilchrist on October 13, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    @Isaac_7 if we are talking about the best possible XI to choose from this is it 1 Gayle 2 Pollard 3 Dwayne Smith ( all 3 of these guys can take advantage of the field being up) 4 Samuels 5 Darren Bravo wk 6 Sarwan (to play the M.Bevan/M.Hussey finisher type role 7 & 8 Dwayne Bravo/Sammy/Russel 9 Rampaul 10 Taylor 11 Bishoo. As an Aussie I have no doubt this team would beat most and find themselves in the top 4 rankings rather quickly. Alot of WI players seem suited for 50 over cricket, but better selection and TACTICS are required.

  • on October 13, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    Good luck Bangladesh!!! again...don't be scare to face WI's pace......

  • Isaac_7 on October 13, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    gayle,barath,simmo(wk),bravo,samuels,sars,pollrd,sammy,russell,bishoo,rampaul. what's wrong wit dat lineup? Rampaul n russell at d top, wit sammy n polly 2 follow. den bishoo, gayle n now samuels. strong batting. Sars could come earlier if WI lose 2 wicks in first 5 ovrs 2 take pressure off young bravo so he can improve. and the finshers in the batting r pollard sammy n russell. if u want, u could evn send polly at 3 n see wat happpns?

  • on October 13, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    Let me share my ideas as a die hard emotional Team Bangladesh fan.... Team Bangladesh are really minnows not because of their physical order but their kids like attitude. They have everything ever a 1st class Cricket country can ever offer but they kept loosing because of their mental state.. "Get your head straight" just the quote for us.. Folks like me watch every single game with hope it's the time for us to do the impossible but kept getting knocked out. Who to blame here? The team? Coach? or is it really us the people who is patiently waiting n' waiting forever just to see their team shines into the wonderful game of cricket... Sad... Still keeping my hopes alive..

  • VEXXZ on October 12, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    Bangladesh have nothing to prove . Its the West Indies that is under pressure to prove a point . Gibson and his team along with the Captain will always be under SERIOUS PRESSURE with this squad of players . Simply put.........Not TEST standard .

  • TAJY on October 12, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Where the hell is Chanderpaul and Sarwan? Have they been officially discarded?

  • on October 12, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Great article. " But the reaction also underlined the dangerous extremes inhabited by the Bangladesh cricket fan....... the fans have tended to look at each victory as a new dawn, and every defeat as a national slight ". Very well said. Exuberant emotions, while its a wonderful sight to witness, it probably does put a lot of uncalled pressure on the players as a whole. Nevertheless, BD players must find a way to muster enough strength and courage to win and conquer this unjust pressure and get on with proceedings. Stuart Law, the new coach, may want to add his signature on this. As a die hard BD fan [again, exuberant !!! where does it come from; must be the weather I bet ] I hope to see they continue to build and improve upon what they've already learned and achieved. Sir Vivian Richards and Sir Garfield Sobers, two of my most favorite childhood idles and still is to this day. All the best to BD and WI.

  • wifan69 on October 12, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    West indies have no one to steady they middle order..chanderpaul or nash is perfect for the job but all the selectors want is a batsman to make 20 off 10 and get out..i don't see west indies batting out there 50 overs in no game. WAT A SHAME!!

  • on October 13, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Yes, certainly the Bengal Tiger can handle the pressure because at present Bangladesh side looks to be much more balance and taking their job seriously. But on the given day the team plays better cricket will go to win. So there is no regret for West indies

  • DieHardBang on October 13, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Self confidence is very important in all aspects of human life. Bangladesh had this problem since they are playing in the highest level. Hopefully they will conquer their lack of confidence problem & ready to do something great for the country as they did against NZ. So keep it up tigers...we r always behind u.

  • VivGilchrist on October 13, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    @Isaac_7 if we are talking about the best possible XI to choose from this is it 1 Gayle 2 Pollard 3 Dwayne Smith ( all 3 of these guys can take advantage of the field being up) 4 Samuels 5 Darren Bravo wk 6 Sarwan (to play the M.Bevan/M.Hussey finisher type role 7 & 8 Dwayne Bravo/Sammy/Russel 9 Rampaul 10 Taylor 11 Bishoo. As an Aussie I have no doubt this team would beat most and find themselves in the top 4 rankings rather quickly. Alot of WI players seem suited for 50 over cricket, but better selection and TACTICS are required.

  • on October 13, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    Good luck Bangladesh!!! again...don't be scare to face WI's pace......

  • Isaac_7 on October 13, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    gayle,barath,simmo(wk),bravo,samuels,sars,pollrd,sammy,russell,bishoo,rampaul. what's wrong wit dat lineup? Rampaul n russell at d top, wit sammy n polly 2 follow. den bishoo, gayle n now samuels. strong batting. Sars could come earlier if WI lose 2 wicks in first 5 ovrs 2 take pressure off young bravo so he can improve. and the finshers in the batting r pollard sammy n russell. if u want, u could evn send polly at 3 n see wat happpns?

  • on October 13, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    Let me share my ideas as a die hard emotional Team Bangladesh fan.... Team Bangladesh are really minnows not because of their physical order but their kids like attitude. They have everything ever a 1st class Cricket country can ever offer but they kept loosing because of their mental state.. "Get your head straight" just the quote for us.. Folks like me watch every single game with hope it's the time for us to do the impossible but kept getting knocked out. Who to blame here? The team? Coach? or is it really us the people who is patiently waiting n' waiting forever just to see their team shines into the wonderful game of cricket... Sad... Still keeping my hopes alive..

  • VEXXZ on October 12, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    Bangladesh have nothing to prove . Its the West Indies that is under pressure to prove a point . Gibson and his team along with the Captain will always be under SERIOUS PRESSURE with this squad of players . Simply put.........Not TEST standard .

  • TAJY on October 12, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Where the hell is Chanderpaul and Sarwan? Have they been officially discarded?

  • on October 12, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Great article. " But the reaction also underlined the dangerous extremes inhabited by the Bangladesh cricket fan....... the fans have tended to look at each victory as a new dawn, and every defeat as a national slight ". Very well said. Exuberant emotions, while its a wonderful sight to witness, it probably does put a lot of uncalled pressure on the players as a whole. Nevertheless, BD players must find a way to muster enough strength and courage to win and conquer this unjust pressure and get on with proceedings. Stuart Law, the new coach, may want to add his signature on this. As a die hard BD fan [again, exuberant !!! where does it come from; must be the weather I bet ] I hope to see they continue to build and improve upon what they've already learned and achieved. Sir Vivian Richards and Sir Garfield Sobers, two of my most favorite childhood idles and still is to this day. All the best to BD and WI.

  • wifan69 on October 12, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    West indies have no one to steady they middle order..chanderpaul or nash is perfect for the job but all the selectors want is a batsman to make 20 off 10 and get out..i don't see west indies batting out there 50 overs in no game. WAT A SHAME!!

  • on October 12, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    I got a feeling that the series is going to be very one sided............

  • Praxis on October 12, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    @DarindaUK, that almost sums up the ideal test or ODI match for BD, I think so. I wish that our boys will perform consistently. Siddons was targeting 250+ totals for ODI matches, he was getting closer. But we lack consistency & ability to handle pressure so much! BD is still too dependent on their spinners & the nature of pitches. Sometimes these conditions backfire, like those two matches in world cup. But hopefully BD is ready to challenge any team in their home condition & play good cricket.

  • cricketdebator on October 12, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    No one is denying that Gayle is a good player especially in the shorter format, but everyone can see that he is not really committed to W.I. Obviously, a batman of his calibre is useful, but even in his absence, WI is sufficiently talented to beat Bangladesh. They must not be complacent however, as any team can win a cricket match, (especially one of the shorter formats). The batmen need to find a way to rotating the strike especially against the spinners, but even with a good total, I think the WI biggest problem is their bowling which lacks consistency, and more often than not, fail to defend the total. Take for instance Rampaul. He seems to be a good strike bowler at the beginning of the innings, but on so many ocassions he lost his focus and bowled poorly in the closing over(s), both for WI and his club - Trinidad. The captain needs to take note of that. Finally, the young WI batsmen (especially Darren Bravo) should use this series to really stamp their authority on the game.

  • on October 12, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    why not shuvogoto hom or Shahriar Nafees in the side???? why ashraful or alok ??? bloody selectors. i m very surprised.

  • on October 12, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    tomorrow bangladesh lineup will like this 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes,3 Shahriar Nafees ,4 Mohammad Ashraful,5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim , 7 Naeem Islam, 8 Nasir Hossain, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain

  • Sam_k14 on October 12, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    If BD cant beat even this WI team they should really reconsider their own status. I think the selectors should bring back Habibul Basher and Ashraful in. Theyb were the ONLY proper batsmen BD has ever produced. Others are one hit wonders.

  • on October 12, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    why Ashraful? disgusting.

  • on October 12, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    ashraful should'nt be kicked out without any reason....the new coach is trying to establish him in 1st down...and if he succeeds then it's all good...we all know his potential.

  • Baundele on October 12, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Alok was a disaster in the T20, wasting a golden opportunity of scoring some runs and cementing his position in the team. Hope he comes back well in the ODI. West Indies is the better side; but they are more vulnerable to pressure than Bangladesh. So, my bet will go for another Bangladeshi win.

  • on October 12, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    I am supporting West Indies together with my son, but we are very much disappointed by the selectors to continue their rift with the great Gayle, who can deny that he is not a world class? Who can deny that he is not a great opener? If you dont know him at the present ask Indian fans on IPL they will tell you.

    I bet if he will be include in the team with J. Tyalor and Pollard non can challenge W. Indies.

    In the last T20 with Bangladesh is very disappointment seeing top order batsmen fallen cheaply, what a shame while great players are becoming missionaries playing in abroad. I don't believe Gibson as good Coach, I have found that he has envy to Gayle that's why he always failed to defend him.

    Babu Jimba From Zanzibar

  • on October 12, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Oh well, none of the teams in the sub-continent is doing too well -- India is losing miserably to England (and probably they'll continue to do so), SL is losing to the Aussies, etc. May be we should look at ourselves before starting to make comments about others (e.g. minnows).

  • DarindaUK on October 12, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    @Praxis: I totally agree with you 100%. I just want BD to play a good game and build their confidence slowly. All the Batsman should be able to play between 10-15 over partnership in ODI's and 25 - 35 Overs Partnership in Tests. As long as they can play 120+ overs per inning @ TEST and play 50 overs with loss of no more than 7 wickets. If the Tigers set target like this , then this will be an interesting series. Don't forget, WI are definately a better and much stronger side than BD. Can BD hold their nerve??? Can the top order batsman bat upto 40+ overs and leave the rest to the middle and lower middle order batsman. Can't wait to see the scores on CRICINFO tomorrow @ 8:30am UK time. Best of LUCK Tigers. Just play your game and show respect to the WI.

  • on October 12, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    i think..........shariar nafees/shuvagoto hom should play replace of alok kapali

  • sweetiepaper on October 12, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    Nice Team VivGilchrist, Not sure about Pollard opening though, but worth a try. I'd bring back Barath in place of Hyatt though. If we can get pass all our indifferences my teams would be

    T20 1 Gayle 2 Simmons 3 Dwayne Smith 4 Samuels 5 Dwayne Bravo 6 Pollard 7 Ramdin 8 Russell 9 Sammy 10 Rampaul 11 Bishoo (spin options Narine or Martin for Russell)

    ODI 1 Gayle 2 Barath 3 Simmons 4 Samuels 5 Darren Bravo 6 Dwayne Bravo 7 Pollard 8 Ramdin 9 Sammy 10 Rampaul 11 Bishoo (options Russell for Pollard)

    TEST 1 Gayle 2 Barath 3 Simmons 4 Samuels 5 Darren Bravo 6 Dwayne Bravo 7 Ramdin 8 Sammy 9 Rampaul 10 Bishoo 11 Edwards (options Rotate based on form Taylor/Roach/Rampaul/Edwards)

    Of Course in absence of Gayle, Barath & Simmons can open in all forms.

  • on October 12, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    shariar nafees should play replace of ashraful and alok kapali needs another chance to prove himself.

  • ostad on October 12, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    ODI is the best suited format for Bangladesh.If burden-free (no captaincy) Shakib , Tamim and Alok can stretch their hands in batting, results can be more depressing for today's West Indies than 2009 Third String West Indies.

  • Rezwan1492 on October 12, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    WI maybe a better team but people should also see the talents in our Bangladesh team... On the other hand, there are issues with the Bangladeshi players, something is there that is preventing them from being consistent. I believe Stuart Law will find the answer and work on it.

  • durhamd on October 12, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    @VivGilchrist, excellent idea. Would give him time to play himself in for an over or two as well.

  • on October 12, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Good luck for Bangladesh.......

  • on October 12, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    if bangladesh can bat well then they can win if bat 1st shoul score250-260 if ball 1st then should keep wi 220-230

  • YorkshirePudding on October 12, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    I dont see why Bangladesh shouldnt be able to win a test in home conditions, and have shown in the past that when they apply themselves they are capable of posting reasonable targets, the biggest problem with Bangladesh is that they lose focus at key points.

  • Sarfin on October 12, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    West Indies are the favorite despite their defeat in T20I. We shouldn't expect too much from Mushy and Co. If they fight till the end and show the intensity, we'll be pleased. One step at a time.

  • Praxis on October 12, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    I will have no problem if my team lost all ODI matches, even that T20, then draw the test series against WI. I am desperate to see something good in test matches.

  • Sabbir007 on October 12, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    West Indies is still a better side than Bangladesh! Fans should understand that! Yes, in their day they thrashed any team, but they have to put their 100% for that! Good luck, Bangladesh!

  • VivGilchrist on October 12, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    I've been saying it for ages, that WI should use Pollard as an opener. Imagine the damage he could do in the first 10 overs with only 2 fielders out. Now, without Gayle in the team this is even more evident. As for Simmons, if he can't score with a SR of 70+ , he shouldn't be in the team. My lineup 1 Simmons (wk) 2 Pollard 3 Bravo 4 Samuels 5 Barath 6 Hyatt 7 Russell 8 Sammy 9 Rampaul 10 Roach 11 Bishoo

  • rizwan9001 on October 12, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    yes bangladesh will win

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  • rizwan9001 on October 12, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    yes bangladesh will win

  • VivGilchrist on October 12, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    I've been saying it for ages, that WI should use Pollard as an opener. Imagine the damage he could do in the first 10 overs with only 2 fielders out. Now, without Gayle in the team this is even more evident. As for Simmons, if he can't score with a SR of 70+ , he shouldn't be in the team. My lineup 1 Simmons (wk) 2 Pollard 3 Bravo 4 Samuels 5 Barath 6 Hyatt 7 Russell 8 Sammy 9 Rampaul 10 Roach 11 Bishoo

  • Sabbir007 on October 12, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    West Indies is still a better side than Bangladesh! Fans should understand that! Yes, in their day they thrashed any team, but they have to put their 100% for that! Good luck, Bangladesh!

  • Praxis on October 12, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    I will have no problem if my team lost all ODI matches, even that T20, then draw the test series against WI. I am desperate to see something good in test matches.

  • Sarfin on October 12, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    West Indies are the favorite despite their defeat in T20I. We shouldn't expect too much from Mushy and Co. If they fight till the end and show the intensity, we'll be pleased. One step at a time.

  • YorkshirePudding on October 12, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    I dont see why Bangladesh shouldnt be able to win a test in home conditions, and have shown in the past that when they apply themselves they are capable of posting reasonable targets, the biggest problem with Bangladesh is that they lose focus at key points.

  • on October 12, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    if bangladesh can bat well then they can win if bat 1st shoul score250-260 if ball 1st then should keep wi 220-230

  • on October 12, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Good luck for Bangladesh.......

  • durhamd on October 12, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    @VivGilchrist, excellent idea. Would give him time to play himself in for an over or two as well.

  • Rezwan1492 on October 12, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    WI maybe a better team but people should also see the talents in our Bangladesh team... On the other hand, there are issues with the Bangladeshi players, something is there that is preventing them from being consistent. I believe Stuart Law will find the answer and work on it.