Bangladesh v West Indies, 4th ODI, Mirpur December 5, 2012

From spinning track to quicks' paradise

Plays of the Day from the fourth ODI between Bangladesh and West Indies in Mirpur

Irony of the day
The previous two times Mushfiqur Rahim had won the toss and decided to field first in day-night matches at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Bangladesh beat India and Sri Lanka. So when he won his first toss of the ODI series today, the smile on his face was in equal measure one of relief and pleasure. When his team had West Indies reeling at 102 for 6, he would have been forgiven for thinking that the charm had worked again. Little did he know that it would prove third time unlucky.

Bunny of the day
Chris Gayle's dismissal is always seen as a body blow for West Indies. Mashrafe Mortaza struck the big blow in the sixth over, getting the opener for the third time in this series, when he skied the ball to mid-on. The man taking the catch was Sohag Gazi, Gayle's other nemesis on this tour.

Drop of the day
The Bangladesh fielders dropped five catches but the most costly of the lot was the one Gazi dropped to allow Darren Sammy a life. It was a straightforward chance at deep-square leg when he was on 30. He doubled his score off the next 16 balls, taking West Indies to a respectable and eventually a match-winning total.

Ball of the day
The first half of the match was all about spin and turn. The specialist West Indies batsmen struggled as a result. The moment Bangladesh donned the helmets and pads though, it became an altogether different game. Kemar Roach got the first delivery of the Bangladesh innings to pitch on middle and whizz past Tamim Iqbal's outside edge, signaling the start of a new kind of struggle for the batsmen.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • abu on December 7, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    Yep, as soon as I saw Roach's first ball whizz past Tamim's bat and the look on Tamim's face as if he had seen a Ghost, I knew it is all over! Who said that BD pitches are slow and low. To me, the dew actually spiced up the pitch so much and made the pitch quicker and also ball swung quite a bit when it was pitched up. No wonder BD top order didn't have the clue. Well, how often they get to face this kind of bowling?

  • abu on December 7, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    I don't think BD supporter should feel bad even if WI win the last match and thus win the series 3-2. By looking at things that is more realistic result. I wouldn't be surprised if they destroy us in the final game. Look, before the start of the series if anyone had said BD will win 2 out of 5 matches then our fan would have gleefully accepted that. The manner in which BD won the first two matches made us dream about the series win. Truth is this WI is very good team, they have so many match winner in their team its not Funny! So, BD should just be happy that they didn't lose all the matches which Sammy and WI coach predicted before the start of the series.

  • Jo on December 7, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    BD dropped 5 catches and BD Fans still expect them to win the match lol I feel sorry for them !

  • Syed on December 7, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    i just love this column 'plays'....i read it for all the games...its very very good

  • Gautam on December 7, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Bangladesh need to stop shooting themselves in the foot. Dropped catches, muddled batting order, too many aggressive strokes upfront are problems that have existed for long yet they have not fixed it. This series is a rare opportunity to win against a relatively stronger opposition. Hope they seize the big moments tomorrow.

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