Bangladesh v West Indies, Only T20, Mirpur December 10, 2012

Samuels' assault too much for Bangladesh


West Indies 197 for 4 (Samuels 85*, Bravo 41) beat Bangladesh 179 for 1 (Tamim 88*, Mahmudullah 64*) by 18 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

West Indies won their first Twenty20 international since winning the World T20, with Marlon Samuels playing an innings reminiscent of his assault on the Sri Lankan bowlers in the final of that tournament in Colombo. He smashed nine sixes in an innings full of confidence and clinical brutality, striking the ball clean and flat to dominate a Bangladesh attack that was on a high after picking up two early wickets. His gearshift at the death proved pivotal in the end, as Bangladesh, despite losing only a wicket in the chase, fell 18 short of their target. It is the first instance of a team losing just one wicket in a completed second innings in a Twenty20 international, and also being beaten.

Darren Bravo and Samuels didn't restrain themselves after Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith fell early, with Bravo signalling his intentions right from his first ball that was driven imperiously through extra cover. He then slashed Shafiul Islam through point, before taking on Bangladesh's spinners. He stepped out to Abdur Razzak, smacking him for two fours and a six, and dispatched Mahmudullah's first delivery over long-on.

Samuels was let off twice by Mushfiqur Rahim, as he tried to open the face against the seamers, one a thick outside edge that was more a half-chance. He played the supporting role to Bravo in a stand of 66 in seven overs and dominated the innings once the pair was separated by a stumping. Sohag Gazi, the offspinner, dismissed Bravo but didn't have a debut matching his maiden performances in Tests and ODIs. Kieron Pollard attacked him, launching him for two sixes in an expensive spell, before Samuels made the rest of the innings his own.

Samuels was a picture of absolute assuredness, he picked the gaps at will and was ruthless, silencing a crowd of nearly 19,000 at the Shere Bangla Stadium. He was batting on 27 off 24 at one stage and stepped up to hammer another 58 off just 19. As he did against Lasith Malinga in that unforgettable innings in the World T20 final, he aimed straight with immense power, and succeeded almost each time. Razzak was struck for two sixes and Rubel was given a taste of what Malinga would have felt.

Rubel tried to vary his pace but his lengths were off, with attempted yorkers being served up in the slot for Samuels to free his arms. When he pitched outside off, he was cracked over extra cover for two flat sixes; when he landed on middle, the ball ended in the stands behind midwicket and long-on. The final delivery, too, met the same fate; the last over bled 29 runs and Rubel's early joy of seeing off the openers was cast aside by the disappointment of having suffered the second-worst figures in terms of runs conceded in T20 internationals - 63 in four overs.

Bangladesh were given an excellent foundation in their response, with Anamul Haque setting the tone in a brisk opening stand. Anamul was the only batsman to fall in the chase, and Bangladesh looked on track till the end of the Powerplay. The dew wasn't helping West Indies grip the ball well, and they doled out a generous share of full tosses, but Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah failed to cash in. Gayle played a critical role in containing Bangladesh, conceding just 18 in four overs, only seeing full tosses go as far as the fielders placed in the deep. Overs 11-15 yielded just 33 runs and the required-rate crept to 15.60 at the end of that phase.

Even as Tamim began to middle the ball, and Mahmudullah thrashed Kemar Roach in the final over for 18, their century stand featured an extended period of relative quiet and an inopportune decline in the scoring-rate - including two boundary-less overs in the last five - that cost them the match. Samuels and Mahmudullah did something similar in the final overs of their respective innings, but the outcome had almost become a foregone conclusion.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Shoaib on December 13, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    But I totally disagree with the heading. Marlon Samuels struggled early on and could've been caught 2 or 3 times but only was to be dropped by Rahim. Bangladesh lost by 18 runs not 118 runs Talya with 9 wickets in hand so not bad against World Champs not bad at all :D

  • roket on December 12, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    I thought I heard all the excuses in the world earlier this year when BD thrashed IND and SRI. I was wrong!!! Now it is the pitches fault? Were the teams playing in two different pitches? Not suited for ODI? Says who? BD was scoring just fine! Just because it was not made flat like the Indian pitches so that their batsmen can score enough runs and pray to God that that the opponents dont thrash their pathetic bowling, now our pitches are not suited for ODI? 220 - 230 was par score on ODIs in the 80's before India figured out they would lose every game if the pitch was not flat. And making pitches to suit the home team, whoever thought of that novel idea!!!! Australian pitches are greentops, Indian pitches are turners or flat, SA pitches are fast. Yeah home teams never take advantage of their strengths!!! India played with 4 spinners in the 60s and 70s and made the pitches turn like hell, thats how they won their matches! But its not ok for BD!!!!

  • Smith on December 12, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    The Bangladesh of before always lost like 30 one-day matches by a large distance now though we're still not a top team but we're making the contests much more respectable and narrowing the gap. West Indies lost to minnows :D

  • Shipu on December 12, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    The great thing about this series though is that both Bangladesh and West Indies played by the spirit. Yes there was a bit of sledging from both sides but in a good sense to make the games liven up. A lot of them are good mates which is great to see. It was Bangladesh that invited West Indies A team to tour recently and West Indies who invited the Bangladesh team to the Caribbean for a tournament a few months back so I'm glad that relations between both sides are healthy and long may it continue.

  • Shipu on December 12, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    @legaleagle:- your wishes will never come true and there's nothing you can dooo about it but I give all the luck to you in a big purse because like it or not Bangladesh Cricket in on the RISE!!! hehehe

  • Jonny on December 11, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    Bangladesh have 4 very young talented players Anamul, Mominul, Gazi and Nasir. Bangladesh will be touring England for the A games and I feel these players I have mentioned go and experience these seaming conditions as part of their development so we don't have to rely on past players who weren't able to deliver. These young players are quick, energetic, hungry and know the game well. They actually played more domestic games than players like Tamim, Rahim etc.

  • Jonny on December 11, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    @Legaleagle:- What? a nothing team don't win 3 matches to win a series nobody cares what you think because these kind of views are always in the minority. Its the majority that counts hard to swallow isn't it? so we're here to stay now so good luck win or lose love us or hate us Bangladesh will always play Cricket somewhere everywhere :P

  • Smith on December 11, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    So! how many more players are retiring or being forgotten dropped from the other teams? Bangladesh 0, India Sachin,Sehweg,Khan etc Sri Lanka Jayawardene, Kumar, Dilshan etc, Australia Hussey, Ponting etc, West Indies Chanderpaul, Sarwan etc, Pakistan Younis, Misbah, Ajmal too many, England Strauss etc New Zealand Vettori etc players like Ross and Ryder aren't playing now so yeap while Bangladesh Cricket is growing stronger the other teams are becoming slightly weaker and the gap is almost reducing. Example, I doubt replacement like i.e. Jonny Bairstow or Taylor of England can play our spinners with ease common sense.

  • Smith on December 11, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    I just want to remind everyone that we beat West Indies in the ODI series without their best player otherwise it would've been 5-0. Also West Indies fans and panel on tv, don't say this was a 'third' or 'second' hehe string West Indies side because it wasn't. We contained Gayle for 10 straight innings and some people said he will score a triple century and all that lolz also failed to beat Bangladesh by an innings in the test match is simply unacceptable against minnows sorry that's New Zealand now and we have ranked above them in the test rankings had we gotten to play enough test matches like them.

  • A on December 11, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    I agree with `hasiib9' & 'Talat Islam' comments. BD should not be satisfied with a loss, even a close loss like this. This is the second time I have seen Mushfiq put in a bowler to bowl the final, where they had done poorly in the previous over. i am not blaming Rubel, but Mushfiq for putting Rubel in that position. And even though both Batsmen (Tamim and Riad) did very good, they should have tried more or given away thier wicket trying when the RRR was more achievable. Remember boys, a win is a win! Keep trying, harder next time!

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