Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st ODI, Mirpur October 13, 2011

Simmons pleased with 'special knock'

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After 53 international innings across formats, most of them as an opener, Lendl Simmons hit his first century in the opening ODI against Bangladesh. Simmons was relieved to break his century jinx and termed the match-winning effort as "one of the most memorable moments" of his life.

"It was a special knock today," Simmons said. "I had got starts against Pakistan and India [in the recent home season], but I couldn't convert them into hundreds. I would like to dedicate today's effort to my mum and daughter".

Simmons' fluent 122 guided West Indies to 298, a score that they defended comfortably under lights. He was pleased with the conditions he confronted, while the new playing conditions of separate new balls from either end must have assisted his stroke play.

"The pitch was nice, the ball came on to the bat," Simmons said. "I was trying to get the pace of the wicket as fast as possible. We didn't get the start we wanted in the first five overs but by the end of the first Powerplay we got to our target. Then we just went on with the momentum."

Simmons began with assurance in the company of Adrian Barath, his Trinidad & Tobago opening partner. Barath retired hurt after 15 overs, but Simmons and Marlon Samuels controlled the middle overs easily to set up West Indies' charge for a big score.

"I am now stepping into being a senior player in the team," Simmons said. "Adrian Barath is a junior guy from T&T and we played a lot of cricket back home and have a good understanding. I hope we can blossom well as an opening pair.

"Marlon has some good form and he is showing his abilities as a good batsman. He dominated the Twenty20 and today he showed his class. He has been an inspiration. All the guys see that he has form. Our partnership was a good one and it got us to a good score."

Bangladesh struggled to make an impact with the ball, before their batsmen lost steam in a poorly paced chase. Their captain Mushfiqur Rahim said his bowlers had been up against conditions that did not assist spin.

"Our main strength is our slow bowlers, especially in our home conditions, but unfortunately the pitch was not like the one during the Twenty20 match," Mushfiqur said. "The spinners didn't get any turn from this pitch, and hence got frustrated. It was a batting paradise. Our spinners always get extra advantage here, but it was not the case today.

"This wicket initially remains dry and, in the latter part of the innings, dew becomes a factor. That's why we took the decision of fielding first but unfortunately the ball came on very well [in the first half itself]."

Bangladesh's chase was disrupted early, by opener Imrul Kayes not being allowed to bat for the first 15 minutes. He had been off the field during the closing stages of the West Indies innings. Naeem Islam was promoted in Kayes' place and he did not give the innings momentum. He scored 52 off 82 balls before he was the second man out at 122 in the 28th over.

"It was a very good batting wicket but we could not apply ourselves properly," Mushfiqur said. "If someone like Imrul or Naeem from the top order could carry their innings to the end, it might have even been possible for us to chase down the total. You know Naeem was in a good form after the way he played in the preparation matches."

Bangladesh have to win the second ODI on October 15 to stay alive in the three-match series.

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  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    I like this west indies squad, why? their comradery the oness exhibited,if you realize there is no star among them that will be cocky, all these guys know their strength and weaknesses and they are humble. We don't need gale to win, well done Darren Sammy and Otis gibbon and richardson, we know is it going to be hard work but we the true west Indian fans will support you. West indies will rise again, but in order for this to happen we need committed players and committed fans people who truly understand the west Indian cricketing culture. We don't need plenty of money to mighty we need sincerely true human being who will any day put west indies above money. Remember the west Indian thinking of 20-50 years ago, we though with great superiority which help's to infiltrate our cricket and makes us supper supper great. Please take us there mr. Darren Sammy and mr. Otis gibson and mr.richie richardson, make west indies proud again.

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2011, 1:17 GMT

    Strange game, this cricket.Ian Bishop suggested that Sammy blundered by letting B/waithe bowl the 19th over. But he had bowled his previous 2 overs for 11 runs.If he had bowled better and Rampaul had gone for 18 and WI lost, would he have also said that Sammy blundered because he saw what happened to Rampaul inthe Champions league? Ah, it is the same Bishop who would not have bowled Franklin in the final Champions game. So, maybe we are all just talking off our heads.

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    So because Ramdin was captain and Sammy did not play, WI won??? So Bravo dropped the catch in the 20/20 and Simmons scored his maiden century because Ramdin was captain and Sammy did not play?? Maybe Sammy should come home if that is the way the cookie crumbles

  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    Think-tank of Bangladesh team selection committee should understand what is T20 and 50 over match, four all-rounders ( nasir, kapali, naim, asraful) and three specialist batsman for 50 over match? Where is Shariar Nafees?

  • w on October 14, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    An open request to BCB chief Mustafa Kamal...if you guys read what people have written on cricinfo after every BD match...then you should probably know by now that people don't agree on lot of things about BD... but one thing everyone agrees on regardless of country of origin, culture, age etc that it's time to drop our little genius Ashraful... forever! please don't pick him for the next game..and the next...and the ones after that. this might surprise you but he hasn't scored in last 500 please select someone else instead who can score runs for the team and the country.

  • Amzad on October 14, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    well.. Bangladesh has played a nice game...I observed two major negligence. First,the 40th( the last power play) over of WI innings should have been spin bowling,then WI could not get 21 runs. second, in Bangladesh innings taking batting Power Play at 26-30 overs was a mistake.They should have taken at 36-40. I hope tomorrow Bangladesh will win.

  • Dar on October 14, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    @DINESHCC : Kapali done better than Ashraful. Give him a chance. Overeall, the top order did not help by scoring 4 run per over. They should've tried to pause or target to get 80+ run in the 1st Powerplay. I'm still satisfied that BD played OK. Hope that next game, they can keep the WI runs below 250/260. I would really want the bowler to see the mistake in the first game and learn from it. Just stick to the basic rules of bowling and wickets will fall gradually. Tamim!!! Whats happening???? we have lot of hope on you, please perform your natuaral game and you'll do well. Come on Tigers, we know WI are a better team, but you can get better, only if you try a bit harder.

  • Wayne on October 14, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Congrats to the WI team on a winning "non-fluke" performance! They surely looked like a team out there yesterday. Sorry for Sammy's misfortune, but we might all have missed out on a WI victory otherwise. Look's like Mother nature was on the WI side, and she does sometimes come at the right time of the month. Now, if only she can keep Sammy away till the 3rd day of the last Test match! We might win the ODI Series and the Test Series.

  • DINESH on October 14, 2011, 7:30 GMT


  • Rezwan on October 14, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Poor performance from Tamim is continuing to put Bangladeshi middle order under pressure... He is being getting dismissed almost the same way every match and within 20 to 30 runs which does not reflect an opener's strategy. He desperately needs to improve himself and has to make sure as an opener and with such big total chase atleast 70 or 80 comes from his bat. Also, Naeem is good enough as a hitter but I believe nothing like that happened yesterday. He was definitely in there for slogging the balls but results were nil. It seems our batsmen are afraid to hit the ball without realizing that they can hit it hard. If this fear continues, I would say to BCB, don't blame anymore coaches. Try to encourage your players more by allowing them to play more not by giving them gifts when they win a series.

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