Bangladesh v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Mirpur December 5, 2012

Samuels, Narine help WI keep series alive


West Indies 228 for 6 (Samuels 126, Powell 47) beat Bangladesh 227 (Mahmudullah 52, Narine 4-37) by four wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

With the series at stake, West Indies saved face with a four-wicket win in Mirpur, set up by the spinners and a calm century by Marlon Samuels. West Indies were set 228, not a daunting target on paper, but with their recent batting collapses and struggles and spin, a comeback win for the visitors couldn't be taken for granted. The spinners created chances and closed the gap between the two sides towards the end, but Samuels was the wicket Bangladesh wanted. They dismissed him, but a little too late, as West Indies were only six away from victory with four overs to spare.

After their Khulna horror show in the second ODI, where they were let down in all departments, West Indies did well to bounce back. A significant factor in their comeback was the re-emergence of Sunil Narine, who revived a faltering tour with a four-wicket haul. He was back at his wicket-talking best, teasing the batsmen with his drift and turn, and getting the carom ball to beat the outside edge on several occasions. West Indies needed at least one batsman to lead the way and Samuels stepped up, contributing nearly 100 to the target. The failures of the rest, barring Kieran Powell, will worry West Indies.

After West Indies lost an uncharacteristically tepid Chris Gayle cheaply, Samuels and Powell settled in to add 111 for the second wicket. They managed to get on top of the bowling because they used their feet well. A feature of Samuels' knock was his willingness to play the ball late. He used the crease well, going back to slap it square on the off side or delicately dab it away to pick up singles. If the ball was tossed up wide outside off, he waited and crashed it off the front foot past cover. Brute power and bat speed stood out in the way he fetched his boundaries.

Samuels also cashed in on some wayward bowling by the seamers, slapping short and wide deliveries over backward point. Spin was Bangladesh's best bet, as there was enough bite and turn to keep them interested. Samuels was hit on the pads on a few occasions with the turn and bounce getting the better off him. A bigger challenge for the spinners was the dew. They struggled to control their lengths, and the half trackers were duly punished to the boundary.

Bangladesh had an opening when Powell and Darren Bravo fell cheaply, both perishing while trying to go over the top against the spinners. Abdur Razzak managed to sneak in two wickets as his quota came to an end, getting Dwayne Smith caught in the deep and bowling Kieron Pollard through the gate.

At 182 for 5 in the 40th over, the game had opened up. West Indies had just come off an ordinary batting Powerplay, scoring just 17 runs for two wickets. Samuels ensured West Indies didn't combust, guiding the inexperienced Devon Thomas, who showed good temperament in pushing for singles to give Samuels the strike. Samuels had a close call when he nearly chipped straight to backward point on 95 and was dropped at slip soon after. A tactical error cost Bangladesh when Rubel Hossain, the right-arm seamer, was given the 45th over, with West Indies needing 34. Mushfiqur Rahim decided not to continue with a spinner, and by the end of the over Samuels had ransacked 24, including three fours and two sixes. Bangladesh's chances receded with every boundary.

The win was set up by Narine, who gave West Indies the initiative by nipping out three wickets in nine balls to open the floodgates. Prior to the third one-dayer, Narine had taken only four wickets in as many matches on tour, disappointing returns for a mystery spinner who was identified as a threat before setting foot in Bangladesh. Narine struck in his third over, inducing an edge to send back Tamim Iqbal, who shaped to cut but was squared up by the extra bounce. Naeem Islam popped a leading edge to cover, before Anamul Haque was trapped lbw with one that turned as he went forward to work it across the line.

Bangladesh had lost half their side for 116 by the 25th over, but Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah restored order with a half-century stand. Mahmudullah was the more aggressive of the two, using his feet to fetch a six over deep midwicket. Mushfiqur departed in the first over of the batting Powerplay, a period in which Bangladesh lost their way, scoring just 14 runs. Mahmudullah couldn't accelerate nor bat through the innings as Bangladesh ended with a middling total which wasn't enough to set up an unassailable series lead.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    From what I read so far, most of the post suggested that although WI won the game it was BAN fault--BAN GAVE THE GAME AWAY. It also suggested that BAN is the better team. I personally thinks it was a good game and W I knew they had to win and did exact that. Today's game is more important becuz either team knew a win will be a milestone for each. BAN has improved, but I think WI will win. The BAN newspaper implied that BAN gave the game away.I watched the 3 games and concluded that the first 2 games--WI was not focused and was thoroughly outplayed by BAN, who fully deserved to win. WI won game 3 which changed the complexity. It will be a challenge for BAN to win game 4-5 because WI is now focused and more experienced. All the talk that 20/30 more runs could have made the difference in nonsense because WI would have made the adjustments needed in the chase.

  • Anik on December 6, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    it wasn't a comfortable victory for wi, just won by 4 wkts, and if rubel didn't bowl then probably bang could've won, in my point of view...anyway, bang keep going, keep in mind the 4 odi then u'll win hopefully!!! =D narine great job out there and samuels u beauty, 126!!!

  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    I will praise bangla players, but not satisfed. Bd didnt give up right from the start of the match where nothing was in favour of them. Yesterday it was just wi day and ofcourse hats off the Samuels. The scene was every bd spinners bowled damn tight overs but in the last delivery or between the over, the delivery slipped off the hand and the batsman didnt leave the chance and earned a boundary. Wi were lucky while batting where they got rid of many close lbw and edges. Talking about bd's fault, was the captaincy by mushfiq after 40th over. He kept Mashrafee in slip who is not good over there and dropped Samules wicket & he started using rubel at that most important stage of the game, where the spinners controlled the whole game. I wouldnt mind if he used Mashrafe who gave the answer when he was given to bowl but was too late,Rubel didnt even change his line lenght that over. Bd could have won it & what so ever, Mushfiq is one of the most promising keeper & classyyy talented batsman,G

  • Matthew on December 6, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Marlon Samuels has been the Windies player of the year for me due to his performances across all three formats. His display yesterday showed again why he's becoming so important to this team. Some of the more vaunted limited overs players just haven't been performing though - I'm looking at guys like Gayle and Pollard here. They need to step up or the Windies will lose this series.

  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    West Indies have a lot to be concerned about in winning the 3rd. ONE DAY match. Gayle's consistent failure along with players such as Dwayne Smith, who is a good allrounder but has the worst shot selection I've seen in quite some time. Simmons and Bravo need to keep playing to work out their problems; They need time out in the middle,lack of playing time seems to be Simmons biggest problem. Kieran Powell I don't quite know what to say about his batting,coaching, shot selection? He is an awesome striker of the ball, but in order to post big scores, he has to hit the ball,not easy for the big guy against this spin attack employed by BANGA.Good to see Narine among the wickets,Permaul looking good. Is he a future WINDIES cpt.Gayle,Bravo & Simmons need to show up; We aren't going keep winning with 2 batsmen being the only scorers,Good luck & good cricket.

  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    scoring on pitch like yesterday's game, 200 run was fighting score. pitch got some turn which helped spinners a lot but after the evening it was heavily dewing...prevented the bowlers to grip the ball and for this reason BD players missed to take some catch. above all i want to keep the faulty balling of rubel hossen, tah was the turning point. WI needed 34 runs of 36 bowls and we thought BD slowly started to dominate the match but all went in ain with rubel's over :'( doesn't matter we will rebound them on next match

  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    I wonder why Mominul was used only at the end when the game was virtually over. Bowling of Naeem / Nasir / Mahmudullah were also not properly utilized considering the amount of turn. Mahmudullah should bat higher; Rubel is still struggling to find his rhythm (should be replaced in next match) and Mashrafi is not a slip fielder.

  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    This is what the captain's decision makes it mean. A decision in a crucial time is more than crucial for a team to win!!!

  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Take a bow Marlon. U batted beautifully on a turning track. Right from Shohag Gazi to Razzak to Naeem and Mohamadullah, they were all turning big. Not the easiest track to bat on and another 20-25 runs from Bangladesh would have found West Indies slightly short. Honestly the Mirpur track was a 3rd day/4th day test match track. If the remainder of the 2 ODIs are going to be played on such a track, West Indies watch out. They might need to set up targets and use Narine, Permaul, Gayle,Samuels to defend it. Dont think they will be able to chase big again.

  • Anver on December 6, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    If not for Samuel century WI would have really struggled to reach that target....... he scored more than 50% of the total.... Gayle's ordinary form in the series so far is hurting very badly for them....... I feel he will score big in the next match in his old gale fashion !!!! 2/2 & then a decider will be great !!!!

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