Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Khulna December 2, 2012

Bangladesh thrash West Indies to record biggest win


Bangladesh 292 for 6 (Anamul 120, Mushfiqur 79, Rampaul 5-49) beat West Indies 132 (Bravo 28, Gazi 3-21, Razzak 3-19) by 160 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Bangladesh recorded their biggest win in ODIs in terms of runs, thrashing a listless West Indies by 160 runs to take a 2-0 lead and are in prime position to claim the five-match series. The spinners delivered for the second game in succession, but Bangladesh owed their early dominance in this match largely to Anamul Haque, who became the third teenager from the country to score a ODI century, and Mushfiqur Rahim for propelling them to 292. The cushion of runs was more than enough for the spinners to run through the line-up.

West Indies opted to bowl first, primarily to nip out as many wickets as possible using the early morning moisture and then exploit the easier batting conditions in the afternoon. As it transpired, batting appeared twice as tough with the psychological setback of chasing 293 against a four-pronged spin attack that had rendered the match a no-contest even before the halfway stage of the chase. Bangladesh needed just over 31 overs to wrap things up and bettered their previous highest victory margin of 146 runs against Scotland in 2006. Ravi Rampaul's 5 for 49 was a forgotten statistical highlight.

West Indies had some semblance of control in only two, albeit brief, phases. The first was when they took two early wickets when the seamers had some assistance and the second when Bangladesh inexplicably took their foot off the pedal during the batting Powerplay. In between, Bangladesh ruthlessly choked the opposition.

The moisture on the pitch had disappeared after the first half hour, handing the advantage to the batsmen, which Mushfiqur and Anamul relished during their 174-run stand. Sunil Narine's fortunes on tour took a turn for the worse as the pair toyed with his bowling, which lacked the turn and bite he is normally associated with. Mushfiqur was liberal with the sweep, and also employed the late cut. Anamul improvised well against Narine, bringing up his maiden fifty with a late cut. With little seam movement on offer, Anamul was able to smash it through the line despite minimal footwork. He was strong on the pull as well, fetching boundaries off Dwayne Smith and Narine.

Bangladesh were progressing at a healthy 5.31 runs per over but ironically lost momentum when the field restrictions were on after the 35th over for the mandatory Powerplay. The seamers wisely dished out short deliveries, exploiting the new one-day rule that allows two bouncers an over. Bangladesh scratched around for 20 runs and lost two wickets in that passage, including that of Mushfiqur, who played a tired pull to midwicket for 79.

Anamul slowed down as he approached his century, consuming 23 balls in the 90s, but his wait ended when he pulled Rampaul to deep square leg and with the pressure off his shoulders, biffed Andre Russell for two sixes and a four off consecutive balls. Both Anamul and Mominul Haque fell to Rampaul - who picked up his second five-wicket haul - going for big hits. Bangladesh ransacked 68 off the last five overs to post their biggest total against West Indies.

While Chris Gayle's dip in form didn't affect West Indies' fortunes in the Tests, his no-show in the one-dayers so far is having a telling impact. A strong start was needed, and it was important West Indies knocked off as many as possible with the new ball before the spinners came on in tandem. By the time that happened, West Indies had lost three of their top four, including Gayle and Marlon Samuels.

Gayle's departure - caught behind giving Mashrafe Mortaza the charge - and tight bowling from the spinners choked the run-rate. Samuels tried to cut Sohag Gazi but got a thick edge to Mushfiqur, who took a sharp catch. Abdur Razzak trapped Dwayne Smith lbw, in a spell which read 5-0-19-3. Darren Bravo too edged the left-arm spinner Razzak and Devon Thomas missed a straight one. The wheels were falling off for West Indies when Sammy went for the lofted drive over extra cover off Mahmudullah but found the fielder. At the end of 25 overs, West Indies had lost seven, with their hopes pinned to Kieron Pollard. The end came soon when Pollard lost his off stump to Naeem Islam and Tamim Iqbal plucked a chipped drive from Narine to seal the game.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • AzAb12754 on December 4, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Somebody is hiding! well done young team! that's how tigers roll!

  • Warm_Coffee on December 4, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    I just calculated that this Bangladesh team is very young blended with experience young players as well like Rahim, Tamim, Shakib, Mortaza etc. The average of this team right now is 23 and in comparison with other teams with their first team players, Australia 30, England 28, West Indies 27, New Zealand 27, India 28, Pakistan 32, Sri Lanka 30, South Africa 30, Zimbabwe 25. The oldest senior player in Bangladesh is Abdur Razzak who has just turned 30 so that instantly shows that Bangladesh are good planners. Even the familiar Mohammad Ashraful who is not in the team anymore is still on 28 years old so that shows how young are players are :P

  • Warm_Coffee on December 4, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    As long as Bangladesh can sort out their first class structure and produce some very good pacers and play on bouncy tracks, then this team will be complete and can destroy anybody.

  • Meety on December 4, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @Tokai69 on (December 03 2012, 15:47 PM GMT) - good on you. I don't think you should be offended by the term "minnow" either. It is just a term that recognises the fact that Bangladesh is the youngest Test Nation.

  • dummy4fb on December 4, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    yeah i get that it is, in a sense, good to be called as when wi beats bd, its normal, and when bd beats wi, its upset or fluke.....i jst want u to come out of this attitude..... i wish we had someone like alastair cook or michael clarke.......these two r best test batsmen at present.

  • dummy4fb on December 4, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    he's our another real hero...... all the best for future.........

  • dummy4fb on December 4, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    It's just starting of a new session for winning as a Tiger Team. Hope it will be bigger then ever.

  • dummy4fb on December 3, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    I don't understand why people try to tarnish or at least put a tag question after every achievement of ours? every cricketing nation has got a good winning rate at their home. taking home ground's advantage is part of the cricket itself. Look at India for instance, even a strong team like that has got a impeccable winning rate at home and much poorer results abroad. and whats wrong in that? The aussies, the south africans and the windians are more comfortable in bouncy pitches rather than flatter ones, so what if BD is better in in spin friendly tracks?

    Get real okay? everybody has a comfort zone and thats the beauty of cricket, so if you understand the idea of cricket, grow up and stop nagging about it.

  • dummy4fb on December 3, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Call us minnows, or David, or whatever, but we won, Goliath lost and we keep winning.

  • dummy4fb on December 3, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Just want to mention one thing...many of our BD fans are thinking too much ahead.I feel that it is better to talk for next match or this series against W I. Anamul have just come to BD team and played a very good innings in his only 2nd match. Still long way to go and have to learn a lot in difficult pitch, condition or situations. There are few times when Anamul was not confident in his shot selection and vulnerable. And very much ordinary bowling by WI also worked for him. It will not be justified if we give lots of pressure and responsibility to Anamul and count him bigger batsman of BD just after his 2nd match. Still long way to go and Anamul have to learn a lot. Hope he will be the next good thing from BD cricket.

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