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

Win 'sets up big final' - Sammy

West Indies captain Darren Sammy said that batting till the final over of the innings, despite the clutch of early wickets, made the difference for his team in the fourth ODI in Mirpur. They fought their way to 211 for 9 after losing half their side by the 24th over, and that total eventually proved to be too big for a Bangladesh line-up that looked all at sea against quality pace bowling.

"Looking at the way the game was unfolding, I always told myself that if we bat till the end we stand the chance of scoring 190-plus," Sammy said. "It is about applying yourself in the middle. My partnership with [Darren] Bravo was crucial. We just said 'let us try to bat deep'.

"We wanted to have a go in the last four overs. We kept losing wickets, so we had to push [launching the final surge] back. But it proved today that 212 runs was a lot [to chase] on that wicket."

Sammy's all-round performance was, ultimately, the difference between the two sides. He held firm with the bat after West Indies had fallen to 102 for 6 in the 32nd over from the relative comfort of 71 for 1 just an hour before. He took stock of the situation and batted calmly with Darren Bravo, the pair adding 43 runs for the seventh wicket. Bravo was caught and bowled by offspinner Sohag Gazi, one of several poorly-timed dismissals for West Indies, in the 43rd over.

Sammy then had the likes of Veerasammy Permaul and Sunil Narine for company but, even now, rather risking hitting out and allowing his team to be bowled out, he kept his head. He only launched in the last three overs of the innings, taking 35 valuable runs. He did have a life, being dropped at deep-square leg on 30 when West Indies were 168 for 8, and he made it count for his team.

"Last game it was Marlon [Samuels], today it is me. It is about players putting their hands up and doing what matters for the team," Sammy said. "As a leader, you always try to lead from the front. It gives you a good feeling inside. It won't happen all the time because it is a team sport but when you do it, it feels good."

Sammy also made a major contribution with the ball, removing Anamul Haque and Naeem Islam off successive balls in his first over before accounting for Mominul Haque in his third over. He took advantage of the Bangladesh batsmen's impatience. With Kemar Roach, his opening partner, he had reduced Bangladesh to 13 for 5 by the sixth over, and the series-levelling win was all but confirmed.

West Indies thrived by attacking with pace and short pitched bowling up front and, today, the spinners did the other half of the job. The bowling unit's showing pleased Sammy: "Our pacers have been taking the wickets throughout the Test series. In this game the ball was carrying nicely, maybe because of the dew. We all know Kemar bowls 90-plus miles per hour. Even [Dwayne] Smith did a good job. Sunny [Narine] and [Veerasammy] Permaul got some spin. All the bowlers put their hands up."

Saturday's game now, for all intents and purposes, is a final, and West Indies are in the ascendancy. The pressure was on them when they returned to Dhaka from Khulna 2-0 down, and they have turned their form around as they would have liked. "It was a must-win game for us, I'm just happy that the team did what they had to do to win," Sammy said. "We have had good days in the Test series, the last [one-day] match ... We did what we had to do today, which is level the series. It sets up a big final tomorrow."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Smith on December 8, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    @Navin Talawant: you were saying? thanks gangam BANGLADESH :)"

  • Smith on December 8, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    @hashir86: lolz I guess Gayle failed to 'thrash' Bangladesh but good luck next time :P

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Go Win dies- nothing is more exciting than a come from behind victory. This is our final match for the calendar year and would love a victory for the Caribbean people.

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Well done Darren - Several more Man of The Match awards and his detractors still wont be put to silence. Pollard needs to step up. Bangladesh haven't got the killer instinct necessary to shut out a series. Windies might just be developing it. Well done men and good luck in the 'final'

  • abu on December 7, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Sammy is the true Gentleman of Cricket. I admire the guy. Yes, he may not be the flashiest batsman or very good pace bowler but he is shrewd Captain. I like the way he kept pressuring on BD batsman by not bringing the 5th bowler until 32nd over. By that time W.I need only 2 wickets to grab. Hey WI supporters - if you guys don't want him in your team, can we have him?

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    great fightback windies now for the kill.

  • Jo on December 7, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    Sammy said. "It is about applying yourself in the middle " -------> BD Batsmen lack the temperament and that is the big reason for the losing so many matches even after being playing over 10 years . BD does have lot of Talent and depth in Batting but Fails mostly due to lack of Patience .

  • Syed on December 7, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    congrats WI....go ahead and win the series...and to do icing on the cake...Chris Gayle please thrash BD bowlers all over the park..inning is due from you big man

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    and ths is where chris gayle finally steps up and win the series for the west indies. thanks gangam gayle

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