Bangladesh v West Indies, 5th ODI, Mirpur December 8, 2012

Bangladesh hold nerve to win series


Bangladesh 221 for 8 (Mahmudullah 48, Narine 3-38) beat West Indies 217 (Pollard 85, Bravo 51, Shafiul 3-31) by two wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Bangladesh's batsmen held it together, but only just. After failing to chase 211 last night, they overcame three difficult phases in their pursuit of a target of similar proportion, to win a series they had led 2-0 but almost let slip out of their grasp. Twenty-four hours after their fans exited Shere Bangla in despair, the stadium was a venue of riotous celebration, as Nasir Hossain carved the winning boundary to drag his team to a two-wicket victory and claim the series against West Indies 3-2.

There was chaos at the finish. With one run needed, Nasir smashed the ball over cover and raised his arms in triumph as he completed the winning run. His partner, the No. 10 Elias Sunny, however, did not make it to the other end because he thought the ball had gone for four. The fielder in the deep returned it and Kieran Powell uprooted a stump amid the celebrations. Darren Sammy's protests that a run had not been completed prompted the umpires to check. No run had indeed been completed; nobody had been run out either. Everyone took their positions again and Nasir's slashing bat sparked off another round of celebrations.

The confusion in those final moments was in contrast to the calm with which Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah and Nasir steered a tense chase, after Bangladesh's bowlers had recovered admirably from a Kieron Pollard battering.

Chasing 217, Bangladesh were 30 for 3 in the ninth over, the top order unable to withstand Kemar Roach's pace and bounce. The previous evening, the collapse had ended only when the hosts were shot out for 136, but not in this deciding contest.

The shift in momentum was immediate; Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah scored 29 runs off the 11 balls following Jahurul's dismissal. West Indies' bowling was poor: their lengths were too short and their lines were scattered outside off and down leg side, resulting in 18 wides. They had conceded 26 extras in each of the previous three ODIs; they gave away 27 today.

Sammy, who excelled with bat and ball in the fourth match, leaked 16 runs in the tenth over. He conceded six runs in wides, bowled a long-hop that Mahmudullah pulled for four and a half-volley that was driven to the cover boundary. The change bowlers also struggled. Andre Russell pitched short and wide and was cut twice by Mushfiqur to the boundary. Sunil Narine bowled five tight balls in his first over before the sixth was loose and punished. Roach returned for his second spell in the 19th over and he too conceded two boundaries.

Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah ran hard between the wickets, and cut and pulled forcefully. Only when they had added 91 at better than a run a ball did West Indies have any respite. Both batsmen were bowled by Narine in their 40s and Bangladesh were in front no more.

After 30 overs in the first innings, West Indies had been 145 for 3. Bangladesh, at the same stage of their chase, were 148 for 5. West Indies had collapsed thereafter, though, while Bangladesh did not.

Nasir, in the company of rookie Mominul Haque, added 53 for the sixth wicket. They consolidated at first, and,once the batting Powerplay was taken in the 36th over, they attacked. Nasir slogged Veerasammy Permaul over the midwicket boundary to bring the runs required to fewer than 40. And when Mominul was dismissed with Bangladesh close, Sohag Gazi took then closer with quick boundaries. He too fell, but Nasir stayed the course.

That Bangladesh were not chasing a target closer to 250 was because their spinners took a clutch of wickets on either side of a 132-run stand between Pollard and Darren Bravo. They kept West Indies scoreless for 34 deliveries, between overs 2.6 and 8.4, and dismissed Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle during that period to leave the visitors on 17 for 3.

The repair job was up to Bravo and Pollard, who had failed in three matches after saying he would smash the ball into another city. Pollard didn't hit any into Khulna, but he hit eight balls for six between midwicket and long-off, punishing Sunny in particular.

Mushfiqur needed to call on a fifth spinner to dismiss Pollard; Mominul got one to keep low and sneak past the bat to hit off stump to dismiss him for 84 for 74 balls. A real scrap was in progress as West Indies began the last ten overs on 188 for 5 and Mahmudullah struck twice in the 41st over; his first wicket was of Bravo for 51.

West Indies were dismissed in 48 overs, and in a game of small margins, 12 unused deliveries and 27 runs concedes in extras was the largesse Bangladesh needed to achieve a momentous result. The victory took Bangladesh to No. 8 in the ICC's ODI rankings, ahead of New Zealand.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Shoaib on December 11, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    So that's why India don't invite Bangladesh for a series because they're not confident enough in beating us. Maybe you should play your youngsters against us in your own grounds so we can really see who has the best young players don't be afraid. If you take away the runs of Sachin from Asia Cup match, you will see the big difference between the Indian youngsters and the Bangladesh youngsters and if we were to play a 5 match ODI series soon, Bangladesh will win it 3-2 if not more. Our Anamul Haque the 19 year old teenager has had a fantastic start to his Bangladesh career and scored a 120 against the West Indies, Unmukt Chand who is the same age as our Anamul has a tough time to match it good luck! :D

  • Jonny on December 11, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Can't wait when these older experience players of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka are all gone so Bangladesh can really unleash their force on your inexperience young replacements. Our experience young players Tamim, Shakib, Rahim, Mahmudullah have already played well over 80 ODI matches, over 20 Test and T20 matches and our experience though a bit older but by no means like Mortaza (29) and Razzak (30) have played between them more than 250 ODIs whoa! more than 40 test matches plus more than 40 T20 matches between them all at that age now add their experience all up and along with our quick, talented, energetic youths like Anamul, Nasir, Mominul, Abul who made all made their debuts recently, will become a very strong team in Cricket starting from 2013. Even our other young players like Nazmul, Shafiul etc have improved greatly as players and have already played between them more than a 100 International matches across all formats at the highest level so its clear Bangladesh is climbing up.

  • Jonny on December 11, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    @Meety:- You're also forgetting that Bangladesh have Zia Rahman who is also an all-rounder but he bowls fast. You should see his wonderful bowling in that T20 match yesterday and I feel he will be great in our ODI and T20 games.

  • Andrew on December 11, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    @Sleep_is_Good on (December 10 2012, 10:57 AM GMT) - I agree with everything you said EXCEPT for " that instantly shows that Bangladesh are good planners." I totally disagree. Good planning would of been to have the National team playing domestic FC cricket, more development tours at home & abroad, not increasing the FC teams to 8, (6 should of been more than enough). There is tons of talent in Bangladesh & boy this side could be really good in 5 years time (at home). Good planning would be to create pitches that have some seam movement so that you can get another one or two Mortaza's! I believe that Bangladesh is slowly uncovering the formulae to maximise their results - that is, to stack the side with allrounders. It seems almost everyone in Bangladesh can bat a bit, & bowl spin. So you have guys like Shuvo, Gazi & Sunny who are good spinners yet also boast FC tons. Throw in a good batsmen like Mahmudullah who is a handy spinner, Bangladesh can have bating depth to #10 or #11.

  • roket on December 10, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    @The_bowlers_Holding: "well done on narrowly beating WI". Would you please define "narrowly". BD won the first match by 7 wickets, the second by 160 runs!! The 3rd match was a lot closer than the scoreline shows, and they played bad in the 4th match (They are allowed one bad performance out of 5). The last match was actually won by 4 wickets in reality. Roaches delivery was nowhere near Sohag Gazi's bat, and the lbw decision on the next ball was the worst I have ever seen in cricket, it wasn't an lbw as the ball clearly landed outside leg stump. WI was outplayed in every department on 4 out of the 5 matches by BD. How is this narrowly beating WI? Did you not say in another post that it is a common theme after BD wins a couple of games the BD fans say they have arrived, only to see the team getting hammered? Who got hammered in this series? And in case you have not noticed, BD has arrived, they were a better team in this ODI series, by a long shot!:-)

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Bangladesh has shown the guts at tense situation. Surely they deserved to win this series.................

  • Shoaib on December 10, 2012, 10:57 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

  • Smith on December 10, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    @bluestar555: blah blah blah good luck on your hopes I pretty much doubt it very hard to swallow isn't it? The world doesn't play Test Cricket its disliked and even after 5 days, still there are many draws. lolz I'm sure once the Indian players the experience ones are all gone then things will start to get interesting. As long as theirs interest and grounds are packed in Bangladesh then your dreams will always remain as dreams. This series win was with 4 debutants plus without their best players and they still managed to do the job. I doubt you will last even a second against sow bowling let alone medium bowling :)

  • Hildreth on December 10, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    CONGRATS TO BANGLADESH !! You have to admire their courage and fighting spirit which finally brought them success vs WI after going down 2-0 in test series. However one must admit that Windies made key mistakes in TEAM SELECTION, PERFORMANCE and STRATEGY. 1. The WI SELECTORS made a big MESS in selecting this ODI team and would've probably been relieved of their roles had it been any of the top countries. It doesn't take rocket science to figure that the all-rounders they chose would've struggled against the good quality spin bowlers of BD. I mean even Gayle struggled in test series. This meant that once 3 of top 4 were out Windies were in trouble & never registered a score above 220. PATHETIC ! Why Chanderpaul & Ramdin were sent back home is still a mystery ? 2.The batsmen lacked PATIENCE & the bowlers generally lacked DISCIPLINE. 3. SAMMY should've brought back ROACH soon as BD capt & V/capt were dismissed. He tried to BOWL OUT overs of RUSSELL & co instead of trying to BOWL OUT BD.

  • Shegufta on December 10, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    From this performance, it's pretty obvious that Bangladesh at home are a dangerous side in the odi format and if they had concentrated a little more, they probably could've drawn the test series as well. We have quality spinners (thanks to Saqlain Mustaq), we are also developing a sturdy batting order and our fielding has come a long way as well. What we need now is an influx in pace bowlers and batmen who are capable of batting on bouncy tracks. If we can achieve this in the next year or two, we can definitely beat any team either at home or abroad :) Good luck Tigers! xx

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