Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 5th day November 17, 2012

Bangladesh's caution helped us - Sammy


Bangladesh's watchful approach at the start of their chase of 245 gave West Indies the upper hand as the Mirpur Test moved towards a tight finish, according to Darren Sammy. He praised his team's attitude of not taking Bangladesh lightly, a factor he said had contributed to the 77-run win, especially after West Indies had conceded a 29-run lead in the first innings.

"Normally Tamim [Iqbal] goes after the new ball," Sammy said. "They always start off with a flier. But to see them coming out and leaving balls, I liked it. Had they got off to a flier, we would have had to pull back the game. I think it suited our plans the way they kept being tentative.

"I know Bangladesh will take a lot of positives from this game and so will we. It leaves the series wide open with one more Test to go. We have seen that they are not a team we could roll over. We can expect a bigger fight and hopefully we can come out victorious in Khulna."

Bangladesh had scored their highest Test total - 556 - and remained competitive for four days, but blew their chances of victory during the last two sessions. On the second day, West Indies had declared on 527 for 4, and after Bangladesh surpassed that, the visitors came out firing in the second innings.

"We were never going to take Bangladesh lightly but had we taken them for granted, the result of the first innings score would have caused panic in the dressing room, which eventually was a happy place after we had won a hard-fought Test match.

"To see that we battled throughout the Test match and came out victorious, it would definitely boost the confidence that we had coming from the World Twenty20. It will improve the attitude of the players when we go out and play on the cricket field."

The deteriorating pitch helped West Indies keep the home batsmen quiet. The ball kicked up a few times when it hit the ridges that had developed, and there was spin too. "In the dressing room we talked about taking 10 wickets," Sammy said. "The pitch we saw from the last session of the fourth day and the first session today, there were something for the spinners and also our guys are much quicker. We saw how Rubel [Hossain] bowled today and yesterday. I backed my bowlers and once we were patient, we know could get wickets."

Sammy was pleased to see the inexperienced players in his side standing up when it mattered, especially the second-innings century by Kieran Powell, who became the first West Indies batsman in 12 years to score hundreds in each innings of a Test. Debutant Veerasammy Permaul took four wickets in the game, while Tino Best picked up his first five-wicket haul with a burst of pace and bounce in the second innings.

"The positives of this match are that guys have been scoring runs. Marlon [Samuels] and [Chris] Gayle didn't score and yet we got 500-plus in the first innings and 240-odd on the fourth day in the second innings," Sammy said. "The youngsters are really coming through. More players are stepping up and performing on a consistent basis."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Brett on November 18, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    Clearly the occasion got to Bangladesh. If the openers played their natural games and Tamim got them off to a flyer I think it may have been a very different result and I think they will hopefully learn a lot from this as they performed very well for 4 days. Sammy's captaincy on the last day was important and his calm demeanour certainly helped get the Windies home and avoid a potential loss and this is the value he adds over and above batting and bowling I think. Hopefully the next Test will be as entertaining and closely fought as this one.

  • Abdul on November 18, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Shameful display of batting by BD. Mushfiqur as captain means lack of judgement by the selectors of BD. He should resign and stop saying that BD did well

  • mohammad on November 18, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Superior bowing attack and fielding gave WI the win. If Bangladesh would not loose the openers with bad shots, they had a chance. But 250 plus score on 5th day is tough for any team. Well played Bangladesh. Go for a win at Khulna (will be very tough though), my hometown. From Washinton DC.

  • abu on November 18, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Well Done W.I. You guys are awesome. I always like how fine sports these W.I players are. And Sammy - he is a good captain. W.I supporter are lucky to have him. Such a nice guy. His good captaincy was evident yesterday, his good bowling change and handling Best was awesome. I know he is not as good of a performer as others in the W.I team. But he is the glue which keep the W.I team together. Good on ya mate. Although I am sad to see BD waste a good opportunity to at least draw this test match but I am happy to see they are improving. One baby steps at a time.

  • charlie on November 18, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Yes Powell and Barath made centuries only when opening with Gayle ,but how much did Gayle score for his very short stint with Powell ? I suppose he inspired him from the pavillion eh ? Some seem to be giving Gayle more credit for the team success on one hand ,but for whatever reason refuse to give Sammy his due credit as captain . Edwards scored two centuries and almost a third ,without Gayle in the team . Who inspired him ? Lets be fair and factual, in our criticism of individuals and keep our biases out of the discussions .

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    Everyone seems to forget Chanderpaul. It is good to see the young guys performing, however do not forget the old timers. Chanders still has a lot to offer. and technically he was never out in the test the ball was missing the off stump.

  • Earl on November 17, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    It was a good team win.Why are all these people praising Sammy like he was the reason that W.I won.Sammy and the team is doing fine.The coach is trying to mend his evil ways.he knows that without our top players we will not win.They bring confidence to the team.Powell knows that he can play within himself not take stupid chances.It is remarkable that Barath and Powell only made centuries when opening with Gayle.Leave the Sammy controversy behind.The team is harmonious and was until the coach and the CEO started to mess wit the players.They were playing well under Sammy when they last toured Sri lanka.Bravo and Gayle were making runs consistently.We cannot win with Brathwaite,Edwards and others even if Sammy is the captain.

  • yokasi on November 17, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    Good to see B'desh showing some fight & congrats to skipper Sammy & co. for a brave victory.

  • John on November 17, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Its a great performance by West Indies. Bangladesh can be tough customers in their backyard as New Zealand found out. Windies played spin better than England in India and this should give them confidence. I am sure Samuels and Gayle will come out firing in the next match. Good captaincy by Sammy. I hope Windies keep playing like this. On the other hand Bangladesh played superbly except on the last day. This will be a keenly fought tour no doubt.

  • Yogesh on November 17, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    As a supporter of the Indian team who's based in the US, I find it baffling why some West Indian supporters keep bashing Darren Sammy. Surely he has done more than enough for them by now to shut their mouths? He might not be the flashiest bowler or batsman, but he certainly gets the job done when his team needs it. AND - as captain, he has brought a solidity and calm to the team that it sorely needed. Nice, hard fought game here. Good for both teams to learn from and improve. For the sake of the game in general, both these teams need to be given more Tests and T20s by the powers that be (read - BCCI)! And not just them - the other, lower profile teams too: like NZ, Ireland, etc.

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