Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Khulna November 29, 2012

Bangladesh lay down challenge for West Indies


Match facts

December 2, Khulna
Start time 0900 (0300 GMT)

Big Picture

It was up to Bangladesh to inject life into the five-match ODI series by challenging West Indies, and with their win in the first game, they have done exactly that. The 1-0 lead has already ensured a rise in the ODI rankings and there will be motivation for more.

The hosts' gamble with four debutants clicked for the selectors and the team management. Sohag Gazi became the first Bangladesh player to take the man-of-the-match award on debut, while Anamul Haque first scratched around and then batted more confidently for his 41. They will also be heartened by putting in a positive showing though they were minus Shakib Al Hasan. Tamim Iqbal was brilliant with the bat while Abdur Razzak took three wickets.

West Indies have a lot to play for - and correct - in the second ODI. The visitors gave Bangladesh a fine start with the ball, committing to some reckless shots that had them caught on the boundary or on the 30-yard circle. Some tried cutting at deliveries on middle-stump and there was also the odd run-out. The fielding too disintegrated as soon as the likes of Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul and Sunil Narine failed to dominate Bangladesh.

Form guide

Bangladesh WLWWL (Most recent first)
West Indies LWWLW

In the spotlight

There was only one wicket for Mashrafe Mortaza in the first game but he used all his experience to counter the swishes of Lendl Simmons and the advances of Chris Gayle. He withstood the early pressure and though there were boundaries, ultimately he was rewarded with the wicket of Simmons, a wicket that was more important than it appears given the mayhem the openers could have created. Bangladesh would be needing exactly the same performance, if not better, on Sunday, from the man who grew up a hundred or so kilometers from the stadium.

It would be interesting to see how Darren Sammy reacts after an ordinary performance in the first game. After holing out on the long-on boundary, the West Indies captain bowled an insipid spell. His position in the team could again be called into question if there is another poor performance.

Team news

It is unlikely that Bangladesh will change a winning combination, especially after three of the four debutants were heavily involved in the contest. Mominul Haque will bat in the middle-order and it is likely that he will bat without much pressure of expectations. He would have to deliver immediately though, especially after the way Anamul Haque fought a lot of mental barriers during his short innings in the first ODI.

Bangladesh (possible): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Naeem Islam, 4 Nasir Hossain, 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 7 Mominul Haque, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza, 9 Sohag Gazi, 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Rubel Hossain

West Indies are also likely to go with the same team but slotting in Dwayne Smith might be an option. Kieran Powell could also be included, more due to the form he has shown during the Test series against Bangladesh.

West Indies (possible): 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Lendl Simmons, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Darren Sammy, 7 Devon Thomas, 8 Andre Russell, 9 Ravi Rampaul, 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Kemar Roach

Pitch and conditions

Mushfiqur Rahim would want more of the same from curator Zahid Reza after the Bangladesh seamers held the West Indies openers with some early movement in the first game, before the spinners held sway on the slow turner. The batsmen too thrived later on, but patience will be the key.

Stats and trivia

  • Bangladesh have won the first match of a bilateral series 11 times, two times of which have been against West Indies including in this series
  • Chris Gayle hasn't scored a half-century against Bangladesh since October 2006


"We have to take the field for the second game with the same mentality [as in the first] and try our best to play as well as possible."
Bangladesh fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza

"There's no panic. We admitted that probably we got a little complacent and Bangladesh seized on the opportunity. It was one day in a five-match series. Tomorrow we have to make things right."
West Indies captain Darren Sammy

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Bangladesh may win today if they can play like the first ODI, Good luck for TIGERS

  • Ishan on December 1, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    i think its pretty ridiculous to call sammy's spell insipid when he was probably our best bowler...

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Bangladesh is finally coming of age. It's evolving as a true cricketing nation; it's great to see! But unfortunately, this is difficult time for cricket itself. when test cricket is a dying format, ODIs draw crowd only in the final 10 overs and T20 has become a Billion dollar business, I don't know how Bangladesh's future in intl cricket will be shaped. while key to improving cricket further is playing more first class cricket, the constant distraction of vulgar T20s will not help the newcomers.

    to make things worse, they have neighbor like India. India, being the nearest neighbor is also the only test playing nation who hasn't invited Bangladesh for a full series on their soil even once, defying ICC's regulations. I am worried about future of Bangladesh team as much as I am worried about the future of cricket itself.

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    if bangladesh want win this match than they have to give thier best performence b coz WI such a team theay could beat any team if theay provide best performence. best of luck bengal tiger

  • jose on December 1, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    I enjoyed the first ODI very much. It was good to see the Bangladeshi youngsters do well against the more experienced and capable Windies. I though that the Windies players appeared to be too dismissive of the spirited youngsters. Even so, the bowling of the BD seam bowlers needs to be of better line and length. From the Windies perspective, it would be good to see Tino Best in the team. Narine may have done well with the bat but he was rather ordinary with the ball. Of the commentators, I enjoyed Jeffrey Dujon. Rohan was a great disappointment with his choice of superlatives and also the far too many "for you"s. Not very sure what the roving reporter was saying. Would it not be nice to have a person who also knows a bit about the game?

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Bowl tightly once more and win will be ours

  • Khadem Samad on December 1, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    West Indies seemed to have a batsman short. I think they should choose one between Sammy and Russel, and go for and extra batsman. In this case bad luck for Russel because Sammy is the captain and that's why automatic choice.

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Sabbash Bangladeshi Tigers. Musfiq's Teem must be win second ODI match in Khulna. come on friends we watch the One Day cricket match.

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    To win without Sakib is the best thing that the tigers could have done. It shows the depth of the talent available. U cannot depend on one star only. Nasser is fast shaping up as the Rahul Dravid of Bangladesh. Mahmudullah is another rock, just like Laxman was for India. I am confident the tigers will go on to greater glory in time.

  • Royal on December 1, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    My prediction is that Anamul Hoque would be an asset for Bangladesh cricket team (our former cricket coach Stuart Law also mentioned it before his departure). I have followed Anamul's performance for a year now. Well, I don't know much about Mominul, but I guess that Shohag Gazi would be a handy off spinner in the near future courtesy to our spin coach Saqlain Mushtaq. However, I request BCB to drop Junaed Siddique and Shahriar Nafees sine die since both of them are not meant for playing cricket at the highest level.

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