Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st ODI, Khulna November 30, 2012

Pollard says batsmen gifted wickets


The West Indies batsmen gifted their wickets to Bangladesh's bowlers, according to allrounder Kieron Pollard, who said their seven-wicket defeat in the first ODI in Khulna was a "bad day" and nothing more. After dominating the Test series, the visiting batsmen were rolled for 199 in 46.5 overs, despite the pre-match expectation that the big-hitters in the West Indies line-up would make life hard for the hosts.

"It was mostly a bad day," Pollard said. "They weren't bowling anything magical. We gifted our wickets away. I think we have to blame ourselves for the way we batted. At the end of the day, we can't look for excuses. The batsmen have to bat 50 overs, and not let the tail bat for 10 to 15 overs, like they had to do today. Now we know that when we play bad, Bangladesh will take the initiative."

West Indies had chosen to bat, the logical decision on a flat and slow pitch. But Lendl Simmons' scratchy innings was over quickly, and Chris Gayle gave it away after making 35 off 40 balls, when he looked set for more. The major breakthrough for Bangladesh came in the 14th over, when Sohag Gazi drew the in-form Marlon Samuels into an early drive. The ball took the edge and was caught on the second attempt by Mahmudullah at slip. Samuels had made 260 in the Khulna Test but was dismissed for a duck today.

"We had a very good start with Lendl [Simmons] and Chris [Gayle]. We were on just where we liked to be after 10 overs," Pollard said. "Then we lost wickets in clusters, we lost Gayle and Samuels. But having said that, the other guys are here to play and did well before. It is a matter of us taking that extra time, that extra over or two, to continue what we have been doing."

After Samuels' dismissal, Pollard and Darren Bravo added 52 runs for the fourth wicket before Pollard threw his bat at a short ball from Abdur Razzak, only to be caught at short midwicket. His departure in the 23rd over, with West Indies on 100 for 4, caused the rest of the innings to disintegrate. Pollard was disappointed, but promised to treat the delivery the same way the next time it is bowled at him.

"It was an innings that was needed today, because we had lost three wickets," Pollard said. "That ball, nine out of ten times, you'd hit it out of the ground, to the boundary. Little extra bounce, hit it straight to the fieldsman.

"It is a soft dismissal. But that's the way it is, I was just trying to play to the situation. If I get the same ball tomorrow, I will try to play the same shot as well. This time it will go to Dhaka."

Pollard praised Bangladesh for their performance without Shakib Al Hasan. "One guy missing is a big gap in the Bangladesh team but they played well. Whatever happened in the Test series is in the past, we didn't turn up as we would have liked to in this game. There are four more games to go, so it is a matter of us regrouping as international cricketers."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    Champions show their excellency with their performance on fields not at press conference. Present WI team is much more favorite and experienced than that of BD team. But after loosing the first ODI poorly the champion(!) Pollard said at the press conference (about the ball he was out) " If I get the same ball tomorrow, I will try to play the same shot as well. This time it will go to Dhaka." But what really happened during the 2nd ODI today, it was the ball or his stumps which one went to Dhaka is surely known to all by now. Loosing a match or two is not unnatural but after loosing a match badly if you press the success signal of next match well ahead and again loose heavily that speaks nakedly about your poor leadership quality. With due respect I will request the Vice Captain Kieron Pollard to prove his worth with performance. We are there to respect and speak for the Champions.

  • Sami on December 1, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @SNIFFLEATHER - You may have beaten Bangladesh 2-0 in test series which by the way was expected but you didn't win by any of those matches by an innings which was expected by world t20 champs windies especially when the opposition didn't play test matches for a year. If Bangladesh can beat teams like Sri, Ind easily and give a very close game to Pakistan then West Indies and New Zealand in ODIs will be much much easier from the young tigers.

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    What about your bowlers Mr. Pollard? Your bowlers also gifted runs as the Tigers achieved the target with 10 overs to spare! Isn't it? Actually BD outplayed WI in every departments of the game with 4 young debutants and no Shakib! Amazing!

  • Niles on November 30, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    Only question i would have for Pollard (no sammy today after his talk about 5-0) is how do Dwayne Smith get his play back?

  • Carl on November 30, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    Let that be a wake up call Windies. Bangladesh were stung by the 2-0 test series, and obviously regrouped and came out fighting. Meanwhile, the West Indian batsmen seemed to be more than a little careless. One thing to always remember in cricket, is the shorter the format, the closer the gap between two side abilities. Smarten up guys, finish the year in style.

  • sohel on November 30, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Sorry Pollard its part of the game and same goes to Bangladeshi batsmen gifted their wickets to W.Indies bowlers at the first test.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Horrible shots by all concerned on the WI team. The tail enders batted the best.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    So Mr. Pollard is now the spokesperson for the WI! From my vantage point there are two simple reasons Bangladesh whipped the WI - the absence of Shiv Chanderpal and the superiority of the Bangladeshis on this given day. Perhaps Mr. Pollard's ODI statistics should be analysed!

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    What a show By Bangladesh with 4 young debutants and with no Shakib against the mighty and star studded team W. Indies ! Amazing! And how well all the debutant played in the game, especially Shohag Gazi!! It's proved now that BD has lot of young raw talents! Now BD needs to nurture them properly to become the cricket super power within next ten years of time!!!

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    What about your bowlers Mr. Powell? Your bowlers also gifted runs as the Tigers achieved the target with 10 overs to spare! Isn't it? Actually BD outplayed u in every departments of the game today with 4 young debutants and no Shakib! Amazing!

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