Bangladesh v West Indies, 5th ODI, Mirpur December 9, 2012

Lack of partnerships cost West Indies - Sammy

Darren Sammy has said his team's failure to build on a 132-run fourth-wicket stand between Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo with another substantial partnership was what cost West Indies the fifth game and the ODI series. Bangladesh succeeded where West Indies failed, Sammy said, and that was the difference between the teams.

"We had a good partnership but we crumbled again," Sammy said. "We didn't capitalise on the Bravo-Pollard partnership. We then got early wickets but the difference in the game was the Mominul [Haque]-Nasir [Hossain] partnership. It came after the captain [Mushfiqur Rahim] and Mahmudullah had a big partnership.

"We also didn't take our catches today. I dropped a crucial catch before that partnership developed. I'm a guy who believes everything happens for a reason, and I think they deserved to win the series."

West Indies made a poor start and played out 34 dot balls from the fourth to the ninth over, during which time they were reduced to 17 for 3. The counterattacking innings from Pollard, who hit eight sixes in his 74-ball 85, and the sizeable fourth-wicket partnership with Bravo set it up for a late surge, with the likes of Sammy and Andre Russell still to bat. But West Indies didn't manage that and had to settle for a mediocre total.

Bangladesh's partnerships came after they also lost three early wickets, all to Kemar Roach. They first recovered through a 91-run stand between Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur and then another 53-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Nasir and Mominul. The 28-run stand between Nasir and Sohag Gazi for the seventh wicket was also crucial, as it took Bangladesh close to their target of 218 runs.

"We haven't played our best cricket in this series but we still were in with a chance to win the series. I would never blame anyone. We have to pull together as a team. It is not every day that the same people will perform," Sammy said. "We got it from Kemar [Roach], who took five wickets, and [Kieron] Pollard and [Darren] Bravo with the bat today. We need more performances from everyone in the team.

Sammy hoped to end the year on a positive note. "This has been a good year for us. We won four Tests in a row and the T20 World Cup. We would have loved to win this series but we didn't.When we look back at this year, I wouldn't say it is a step backward. We played as well as we could. Monday would be our last international this year and we will look to finish on a high."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    I wonder when the West Indies cricket selectors are going to learn that they need Shivnarine Shanderpaul, in all versions of the game, Test Match, One Day International or T-20. We need an anchor, regardless of the format. Shiv. Chanderpaul could be that anchor. If there is an argument against him playing, I would like to hear it. But I suspect, I will never get a valid explanation. Because I doubt there is one.

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    Wi need to play Chanderpaul.

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Pollard's innings of 85, justified my earlier comment that ODI cricket is not about hitting the ball out of the park. He made 85, with 5x4s and 8x6s. But WI did not bat their 50ovs and subsequently lost the match. Of course there were other factors contributing to the lost. And yes, Sammy made a few tactical blunders with his bowling changes. Now the future of the foll. players in ODI cricket must be in the balance, Simmions, Smith, Russell and even Pollard. Russell and Pollard can be considered for T20. They r tailor made for that stuff. Congrats to BANGLADESH.

  • Carl on December 9, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    It has indeed been a good year for the West Indies. Despite this result tarnishing their achievements, patently, forward steps have been taken. Moving onward however, a few changes are in order. Fidel Edwards and Dwayne Smith should not represent West Indies again, in the case of Edwards, certainly not at test level anyway. The time has arrived for Delorn Johnson and Jason Holder, the two giant quicks from the 'A' team to be involved. Johnson should be sharing the new ball with Roach before long, but while the resurgent Tino Best continues to perform well, all three fast bowlers should be included. Johnson will provide variety too, as his high left arm angle, coupled with his aggressive approach, will have batsmen troubled the world over. He is an outstanding prospect, and certainly one that deserves his chance at the earliest possible opportunity. Holder too can be a force in the future, the selectors just need to move on from Edwards and Smith, who have had far too many chances.

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    WI or if I should say Sammy give it away when Roach only bowled three overs and took three wickets. Roach could have stayed on for another two or three overs. When things goes WI way, stay should keep the pressure on. The excitment, the danger man on a roll, the fear in the opposition and what Sammy did, he took off Roach. That would have made a big difference. Roach could have come back for his final spell when needed. Gayle should have bowled a few too. Russell should not have been given a second spell. That is where WI lost it. I cannot understand no one was there to catch Mushiqfur when the ball popped up. What field set was that?

    Good win for Bangladesh.


  • Sugath on December 9, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Just a month ago Gayle and the others were dancing in Colombo, and now it is their turn to sulk, give excuses etc. From the pinnacle to the pit, and that is the way cricket is

  • Omar on December 9, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Sammy made a tactical error taking Roach off after just 5 overs. Both he and Roach should've bowled 6 or 7 overs each until Bangladesh was at least 5 down. By the time Roach came back, the ball was too wet to control and he lost his sting. Russell was a really bad choice to pick for this game. He has a bit of pace but no control. In the previous match Sammy didn't bring on his fifth bolwer until very late into the match. Over here he introduced Russell very early. And he didn't bowl himself after 5 overs on account of just one bad over that leaked 16 runs. Full marks to Bangladesh for holding their nerve to win this thriller! They need more players with temperament and less players with flair. One cannot succeed with a Tendulkar and a Lara alone, one also needs a Dravid and a Chanderpaul. :)

  • sabbir on December 9, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Its alright mr Darren Sammy, just like Gyal said u win some and loss some

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