Bangladesh v West Indies, 4th ODI, Mirpur December 7, 2012

All-round Sammy helps West Indies draw level


West Indies 211 for 9 (Sammy 60*, Bravo 34, Mahmudullah 3-46) beat Bangladesh 136 (Mahmudullah 56*, Sammy 3-28, Roach 2-29) by 75 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

When Darren Sammy walked back after compiling a fighting, unbeaten 60, he had given West Indies hope in an otherwise unconvincing batting performance. He wasn't done yet for the day. He returned with the new ball and inflicted a top-order wobble that not only dictated the course of the match, but also gave West Indies their second-consecutive win, with the teams locked at 2-2 going into the decider on Saturday.

Having restricted West Indies to a middling 212, Bangladesh would have fancied their chances of sealing their second series win at home against a formidable side in two years. During the mid-innings break, judging by the threat posed by their own spinners, Bangladesh would have discussed Sunil Narine at length. By the time Narine came on to bowl, Bangladesh had lost half their side - they were 13 for 5 - and it was the West Indies seamers, Sammy and Kemar Roach, who got the ball to wobble around under lights. The expectant crowd had a glimmer of hope via a positive half-century stand between Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, but Mushfiqur's departure ensured the initiative remained with West Indies.

The slide began in the second over when Anamul Haque popped a tame leading edge back to Sammy. He slanted the following ball across the right-hander and Naeem Islam edged to Darren Bravo at second slip. Two balls later, Roach softened Tamim Iqbal up with a short ball and then followed it up with a fuller delivery which skidded through and clipped the stumps. Bangladesh were reeling at 4 for 3 and their chances of overhauling what looked like a modest target had receded sharply.

The dire situation got worse for Bangladesh when Nasir Hossain edged Roach low to the wicketkeeper. The first four wickets were all done in by the seam movement. Mominul Haque perished trying to literally pull Bangladesh out of the rut, finding Kieron Pollard at square leg. At 13 for 5, Mushfiqur's task of guiding his side to a position of respectability, let alone victory, was far greater than his opposing number's.

It took nearly eight overs for Bangladesh to register their first boundary, a firm push by Mahmudullah down the ground off Sammy, followed by an elegant flick past midwicket. Mahmudullah looked to take control by chipping down the track and cutting strongly square of the wicket. Mushfiqur too played some authoritative slogs against the spinners, conscious of not allowing them to settle.

The decibel levels picked up in the crowd as the sixth-wicket pair showed fight. The hush returned when Mushfiqur was stumped off the carom ball, beaten in flight and turn. Narine, brought on as late as the 16th over, troubled Mushfiqur with the carom ball earlier and it looked like a wicket was around the corner. At 87 for 6, the fight had gone out of Bangladesh and Mahmudullah, who ran out of partners.

It was a pitch that tested the skills of the batsmen from both sides. West Indies' struggles against spin were exposed yet again as they scrapped and later recovered to 211. West Indies lost wickets in a clump - four specialist batsmen for nine runs, resisted with a watchful stand between the two Darrens - Bravo and Sammy, stumbled again before the captain Sammy himself struck late blows when Bangladesh took their eyes off the ball.

It was a combination of incisive spin bowling in helpful conditions and impetuous strokes that contributed to West Indies' precarious position at the start. West Indies needed an in-form batsman to pilot the innings, but Marlon Samuels' departure seemed to have a profound impact as the likes of Dwayne Smith and Kieron Pollard were left swimming against the tide.

Bravo and Sammy then made a slow recovery, giving the spinners their due and pinched the singles in a stand of 43, the best of the innings. After Bravo fell cheaply for 34, it was left to Sammy to muster as much as he could with the tailenders. His first six, off Mahmudullah, was hit straight back and he tried to repeat that off Mashrafe Mortaza but was lucky to be dropped by Sohag Gazi at deep midwicket. That let off cost Bangladesh 30 runs as Sammy tore into the spinners in the final two overs with only No.11 Kemar Roach for company. Sammy's ferocious bat speed was responsible for his seven boundaries.

West Indies smacked 81 off the last ten overs to give the bowlers some runs to work with. It was more than what they could have asked for and fittingly, Sammy took the final catch to seal the series leveler. The turnaround time, however, is so quick that Bangladesh have less than a day to regroup.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • roket on December 10, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    @Jairaj Sookraj : We are still talking!!!! WI did not show up for the 5th match either!!! How many more excuses will the BD haters come up with, for every win BD has!! WI did not show up? Well who prevented them from showing up? They failed to score over 220 runs in the entire five game series on placid batting tracks! When BD won against India, it was Sachin's fault, as if he is not part of the Indian team. When they won against SL the next game, some fan cited some unknown political reason that only he/she knew about! Now the story is WI did not show up?? We actually do have an excuse for only beating WI 3 to 2, it was Shakib. If he was fit, we would have Banglawashed WI!:-)

  • Sami on December 10, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    @Saiyedul Munim - perfectly said but don't worry because enjoyers and all that are just worried about the rise of Bangladesh Cricket. Unlike ours, their top players are retiring and will eventually have to field inexperience young players who will struggle to dominate our young experience players common sense really.

  • Sami on December 10, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    @enjoyer - We won 3-2 and yes its hard to take isn't it when Bangladesh won these games without Shakib good luck :P

  • Sami on December 10, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    @enjoyer - hahaha we just won the series 3-2, I'm glad Bangladesh Cricket worries you good luck. Oh yeah beating England, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies, New Zealand several times in the past 2 years does not sound like passing clouds good luck :)

  • roket on December 8, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    @The_Bowlers_Holding: It seems to be a continuing trend. BD wins big against strong oppositions, fans from other teams say they were lucky. They have one bad game in a 5 game series, those fans will jump on the opportunity to point out that BD got "battered"! Who was battering whom in this series? Win by 7 wickets, win by 160 (!!) runs, loss by 4 wickets which was closer than the scoreline indicates, then one bad game where they lost by 75 runs. Today's match, BD, in reality won by 4 wickets, the last 2 outs given were the most horrendous umpiring decisions I have ever seen, with 6 overs to spare!!! Who battered who in this series?:-) For some unknown reason, Cricinfo is not publishing any comments today, I hope this one gets published.

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    what this series has shown once again is our inability to play spin.if u think this is bad imagine playing england with panessar and swan

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    good show Darren Sammy - you are quite a character limited ability but lots of determination and superb leadership : west indies revival is underway and your partners are Marlon Samuels , Darren Bravo and Gayle (?) , Sunil Naraine , Roach , Best - good luck

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Nayeem had been ineffective and his nonchalant style of batting is costing the team big. Mushfiq should open with Tamim followed by Mahmudullah. BD's batting line up is considerably weak compared to WI, specially against pace bowling. They sure could use the services of Shakib at this stage of the game. Nevertheless, it'll be interesting to see how they can fight back. Looks to me, the pitch has played a huge role compared to the Khulna pitch.

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    bangladeshi players still can not play according to the merit of the ball and the game. thats the shame . they should learn these things , than they would be able to play good cricket

  • Aditya on December 8, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    @ Godfrey Pieters - You are totally justified, especially when Pollard plays so well in IPL. Both have definitely got a long run - I think a county stint might help them. Bangladesh in Bangladesh is getting to be a stronger team. At least your team has bounced back and has a good chance to win the ODI series as well - just look at India. Our recent World Cup winning under 19-s could have put a better fight against England at home! If you were an Indian like me, you would have called for sacking the whole unit together (again justified)!

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