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

'The conditions were in our favour' - Mushfiqur


West Indies endured a day of shock, as they were bowled out for 61 - their second-lowest score in ODIs. The performance, that lasted just 22 overs, was a result of pathetic application on a track that had its fair share of demons for those teams wary of spin. The straw-coloured pitch at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium - under covers more than 15 hours due to the threat of overnight rain - offered bounce to the seamers and turn and bite for the slow bowlers.

"The wicket here has always helped pace bowlers as well as providing turn for the spinners," Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, said after his team's eight-wicket consolation win. "It wasn't any different today. It was under covers for 17-18 hours and the spinners bowled very well.

"In the last three matches, we couldn't get an early breakthrough; it is important in our home conditions against a good team. It was a big plus point for us today as they struggled playing spin."

Mushfiqur said a combination of factors contributed to his team's win. "Rain, winning the toss, the wicket, everything [had a role to play]. It is not a given that we'd win here. Our bowlers did what was expected of them. Overall, conditions were in our favour."

The ground is no stranger to low scores, however. The average score here is around 180, the average economy rate just above four an over and a lowest score of 44 by Zimbabwe; Bangladesh lost four wickets in the chase.

The outfield was poor as the large covers missed some big spots around the boundary. The super-sopper was hard at work for a couple of hours before the game when the covers were taken off following a light drizzle. Sawdust had to be brought on to help with the drying; the 30-minute delay was shorter than what was expected.

Not long after the start, there was a procession of West Indies batsmen towards the pavilion. Danza Hyatt and Marlon Samuels were dismissed by the seamers in quick succession and the batsmen who followed found it difficult to negotiate the turn or, at times, the lack of it, as some deliveries held their line. Nasir Hossain dislodged Kieran Powell with one that turned from off to leg, and Kieron Pollard fell next ball. Shakib Al Hasan took over and with his wily left-arm spin, finished with career-best figures in ODIs.

When asked if the result today will erase the memories of being bowled out for 58 against West Indies in the World Cup, Shakib said: "People forget everything right? It is a matter of time."

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

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  • Dar on October 19, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    @Rezwan1492: Very well said. We're not in the league of those team who have established themself for years, why talk about such thing as "REVENGE"? We were fortunate to win this game, because WI got out with 61 runs. But remember that the same team beat BD in the last two games convincingly. What we BD fans should be doing is wishing that our young Tigers can apply their ability in the games and going for the win. It worries me that in the test games, BD team collapses so quickly. Non of our players seems to have the patience to remain in the crease and play the overs as long as they can. Look at the Sri Lanka- Pakistan game now, Mohammed Hafiz and Taufeeq Umar are just batting so patiently that there's a good chance PAK may win this test. Why can't our young Tigers learn from these players. Best wishes and our Du'as for our young CUBS.

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Great job done! It time to concentrate on test series now !

  • Rezwan on October 19, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Why we Bangladeshis always think about revenge? That is the reason our team is getting misfortune instead of prayers. How many of us actually pray that our team plays well. We all can just hope and if it not fulfilled we can throw slangs at them. But did we ask ourselves that whether we did anything for them or not. Who are we to expect something in return if we don't contribute anything. Before thinking of any positive result, I suggest try praying for a positive result. And as for the revenge thing, all teams have faults and have lower scores that is embarrassing. But how many of them are actually living with it. I believe it's only us. Bangladesh's lowest total is 58, did anyone see West Indies' lowest total? It's 54. Though it is way back, so what? It is there. But they don't care, because they care to move on. Because there will be falls. If you fall in a gutter, definitely you won't sit there or you won't want people to recall that, instead you would want to pick yourself up.

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Nice performance but don't think about revenge. We were out of WC due to that defeat but here not like that. We have to wait till next WC. Best wishes for BD cricket.

  • Andrew on October 19, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    I hope Banga cricket don't roll these pitches out all the time now, it will retard their growth!

  • Bilal on October 18, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    Revenge is sweet. A dish best served cold.

  • Dummy4 on October 18, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Nothing like knowing yr team(WI). I won a bundle. WI simply lacked the requirements to bat on such a wicket. Application,patience, technique inter alia. THIS defeat maybe a blessing in disguise,help them to refocus. I was hoping it didn't end this way, but that's the WI for u.

  • Dummy4 on October 18, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Well done Mushfikur, but we lost the we want to win the tests......... Marlon Samuels is the biggest threat........ If he is out, West INDIES will find it difficult........

  • Salman on October 18, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Thumbs up for Bangladesh!And Also for Shakib Hassan he got 150 ODI Wickets!

  • Dummy4 on October 18, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Congratulation Bangladesh. Now Bangladeshi players have to show their guts in future matches. They have to fight like Tigers......not like cats. We Bangladeshi cricket fan loves HERO not COWARD. May Allah always with Bangladesh.

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