Bangladesh v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Chittagong October 18, 2011

Bangladesh win after routing West Indies for 61


Bangladesh 62 for 2 (Tamim 36*) beat West Indies 61 (Shakib 4-16, Nasir 2-3) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The threat of rain loomed over gloomy Chittagong but the weather stayed clear enough for Bangladesh to demolish West Indies for their second-lowest total in one-day internationals, after which their batsmen knocked off the target of 62 in 20 overs to win the dead rubber. From 33 for 1, Bangladesh's bowlers began to hack through the West Indies line-up as nine wickets fell for 28 runs. The strong crowd that turned up despite the wetness cheered as the home side dished out retribution for the two defeats in the series, and for the humiliation in the 2011 World Cup.

West Indies had lost only two and four wickets during their victories in Mirpur but this Chittagong pitch was different. Its pace was sluggish, its bounce low and the ball did not come on to the bat. There was turn too. To add to that, rain on the eve of the match had left the outfield soggy, and shots hit along the ground lost speed quickly. Batting conditions were far from ideal. Mushfiqur Rahim won his fourth out of four tosses on the tour and put West Indies in.

To succeed, the batsmen needed tremendous patience and application, and West Indies had neither. Bangladesh's bowlers, to their credit, did not give an inch and Danza Hyatt and Kieran Powell, playing because Lendl Simmons had a back problem, struggled. They added 10 runs in six overs before Hyatt lost composure and attempted to loft Nazmul Hossain, who replaced Rubel Hossain for this game, down the ground and edged to slip.

Marlon Samuels, the scourge of Bangladesh, tried to play like he had in Mirpur. He stayed back in his crease irrespective of whether the ball was full or not and attempted to drive and steer behind point. After 14 quiet deliveries Samuels carved Shafiul Islam and holed out to Suhrawadi Shuvo at sweeper cover. West Indies were 33 for 2 in the 11th over.

Powell was the best of the batsmen, which wasn't saying much, as he played with an upright stance and used his top hand to drive straight and through the off side. He hit the only four boundaries during the mandatory Powerplay, all of them against medium-pace. Spin in the 12th over, however, was a tougher test and Powell was bowled off the second ball he faced from Nasir Hossain. The offbreak drifted into the left-hander, pitched on leg stump, and ripped across the outside edge to hit the top of off. It was the delivery of the match.

The very next ball, Nasir induced a return catch from Kieron Pollard. These were his first one-day wickets and Nasir had reduced West Indies to 34 for 4.

The innings went into free-fall thereafter. Darren Bravo edged a square drive to the keeper off Shafiul in the 13th over and Darren Sammy was lbw to Shakib Al Hasan's first ball. Shakib went on to cut through the lower order, finishing with figures of 4 for 16 as he ended the innings in the 22nd over.

Defending 62, no matter how hard the pitch and outfield was to bat on, was impossible. West Indies could have dismissed Imrul Kayes before he lofted Sammy down the ground for six, but Powell dropped a regulation chance at first slip of Kemar Roach. Kayes fell soon after, though, getting a leading edge to cover while trying to fend off a short ball from Roach. Bangladesh were 25 for 1.

Bangladesh lost Shahriar Nafees - picked ahead of Mohammed Ashraful - as well but Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur, who promoted himself to secure victory on a demanding pitch, finished the job. Tamim top scored with 36 and hit the winning runs off the last ball of the 20th over, as rain began to fall in Chittagong.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Andrew on October 21, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    @M_Rakibul_Islam - Banga cricket could really go places with a bit of confidence (& no Ashraful) - but bear in mind that a few key WIndies players were not playing (Gayle, Chanderpaul etc). @CandidIndian - if Banga cricket produced pitches like this all the time - they would be even worse overseas. Most non-Asians accept that the sub-continent will tend to favour spin, that's the way it should be. The characteristics of a pitch should be maintained - however, this was not a great pitch. I'm glad it was only one out of three, that's about right. That being said some of the best shots in cricket are horizontal shots - which will be almost non-existent if a pitch doesn't let pace bowlers bend their back for reward. ODI matches with 4 spinners a side is boring!

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    cngrtzz to BD >>>>>>>>!!! :-DD

  • Muhammad Rakibul on October 20, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    @ Rhonda: Bangladesh did poor in the 1st 2 games due to failure of top orders. But the exclusion of ASH indicated that those performance don't show BD's capability. Tamim & Nafees r outstanding when they r in good form. If they were in form , BD would win the series instead of winning a dead rubber. The difference between BD & WI isn't huge now. And their performance vs England was good but ODI is a different format. BD achieved huge win not only for conditions but also for the weakness of Caribbeans against spin. Only Simmons & Samuel played spin very well so they won 1st 2 games. Chittagong pitch was 'notorious" due to rain, so BD shouldn't b blamed. All the cricket nations use their home advantage so nothing wrong with that.

  • Rizwan on October 19, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    @CandidIndian, thanks for your sane comment which is somewhat rare on this page now. I agree what you are saying about condition. Low & slow wickets are more suited to our game & we should produce them so. All the other countries do so, so shall we. But sometimes the balance between ball & bat is lost completely & that's when the complaints are justified.

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Congratulations to Bangladesh for winning a dead rubber on a notorious pitch that even England lost on, on a day when winning the toss was the most important thing you could do. Shame on the West Indies for losing so badly with two recognized players on a side that had clearly decided winning the series meant more than going for the jugular. Bangladesh deserves praise for going for a win; West Indies deserves scorn for under-performing. But please, keep some perspective. This win is no more an indication that Bangladesh has the goods to beat any team on a normal day and is worthy of their ranking than West Indies drawing a 20/20 series against a stronger England side is a sign that they have 'finally turned the corner'. The first two wins were far too convincing for this sort of cat-calling and 'revenge' talk. Not to mention, they included half of a side that was missing for the last game.

  • sri on October 19, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    I have come to this forum to COngratulate BD and i already see some negative comments directed towards INDIA. Just because some one is downplaying BD cricket team or its players efforts doesn't mean he is indian(they don't even bear indian name). That said COngrats to BD and Wake up WI selectors.

  • Bhanoo on October 19, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Pollard batting at #5 (not even for TT he would!), two of our best 3 ODI players in the last 20 yrs still in their prime dropped (Lara being the other), WI winning the 1st 2 games on the bats of 2 batters and one rested and the other unexpectedly failed. What did they expect????? Of course it had to be a fitness and discipline issue. Clearly management is at the top of their game.

  • Gaurav on October 19, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Not only Bangladesh but all Asian teams including India and SL have to realize that when we tour WI,SA,Eng ,NZ they make the pitches which totally suit their bowlers and batsman and its not wrong as its called home advantage.But when it comes to Asian countries we are more gracious when it comes to pitches as general perception outside subcontinent is that if the ball spins and keeps low the pitch is doctored and not fit for international cricket but if it has lots of bounce and swing its a sporting pitch.India and SL both being bit more experienced has started producing pitches which suit their players in last 3-4 years and the stats suggests that they have become almost unbeatable at home.Example is India just lost two series in last 4 years at home and won the rest.So plan for Bangladesh should be simple , produce pitches like this one in every match and you will not see WI crossing even 150 once in whole series.Good job Bangladesh ,produce spinning tracks in Tests too and thrash WI

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    if ashraful come the team, than BD all out against any team below 100, i am 100% sure?

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    Hey DATF bro, just let them know about last summers Bangladesh tour of England. Bangladesh may be unable to win or draw any of the test matches. But they put up much better fight India in this summer in England. Even Tamim Iqbal Khan was declared test batsman of the year by Wiseden and they also mention in their magazine that the way Tamim slaughtered English bowlers last, it hasn't happened for almost 10 years, not even any Australian batsman was close to as dominated as Tamim were specially in test matches in last years tour of England. And Bangladesh also did put England on shame when they beat them convincingly in one ODI. Did India even win any practice match there in this tour??? I don't know why people bring India in this article?? that's why i was just making my point of view if any one was wondering why i am talking about India? BTW, I wish that 1st match of world cup, Bangladesh Vs India, was in Ctg as it's becoming the luckiest ground for Bangladesh.Congrats 2 Bangladesh.

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