Bangladesh v West Indies, Only T20, Mirpur

Samuels' assault too much for Bangladesh

The Report by Siddhartha Talya

December 10, 2012

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West Indies 197 for 4 (Samuels 85*, Bravo 41) beat Bangladesh 179 for 1 (Tamim 88*, Mahmudullah 64*) by 18 runs
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Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo run between the wickets, Bangladesh v West Indies, only Twenty20, Mirpur, December 10, 2011
Marlon Samuels hit nine sixes in his innings © Associated Press
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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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Posted by Warm_Coffee 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

Posted by r0ketman 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!!!!

Posted by AzAb12754 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

Posted by TheRisingTeam 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.

Posted by TheRisingTeam 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

Posted by The_Ashes 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.

Posted by The_Ashes 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

Posted by AzAb12754 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.

Posted by AzAb12754 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.

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan 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!

Posted by Tokai69 on (December 11, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

To all Bangla fan, why would you feel bad about the term Minnow attached to our team. They are new in cricketing world, and if Tigers keep performing like this consistently, who cares about the name your're being called!

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

Key points in one-day series and t20 from Bangladesh:-

Bangladesh have given debuts to 4 players for a one-day game. The top under-19 run scorer has also made a maiden 100 in his first stint of top level Cricket and the third Bangladesh teenager to have done so.

Bangladesh have beaten a top 8 team in a series for the first time since the end of 2010 against New Zealand. This was also the first time they won a series without their best player.

Sohag Gazi is the first player ever and youngest to have bowled the first over of both test and one day on debut and then later in t20 as well.

Tamim Iqbal has made the highest t20 score yet to date for Bangladesh and the first Bangladesh player to have scored more than 500 t20 runs for Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Key points in the test series from Bangladesh:-

Bangladesh have posted their highest test score and were playing their first test in almost a year. Sohag Gazi was the first spinner on test debut in over a 100 years to bowl the first over.

Abul Hasan is the first debutant in also a 100 years to score a test 100 at number 10.

Shakib has achieved a 100 test wickets the fastest by any Bangladesh players and the highest.

He is also the youngest and quickest all-rounder in history to achieve more than a 1000 runs in one-days and tests plus take more than a 100 wickets in both one-days and tests together.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

My sole reason for calling BANGLADESH minnow is based on their ICC ranking in World CRICKET. I've also called WI minnow. For those who can remember India and more recently Sri Lanka were minnows. Today they r SHARKS. So BANGLA should not take this as a pejorative comment. Bangla have the quality and talented players to move up the ladder, just as Sri Lanka have done. As a matter of fact they have far more talented young batters than WI( in my view) and that says a great deal. My comments were never to offend BANGLADESH fans in anyway.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

I don't believe, any of my comments aren't getting published here..why? I don't use any abusive language or whatsoever, ayway..BD lost because of a few things..skipper's wrong choice of bowler in the last over, again, his missed catches and stumping opportunities( u simply can so many opportunities to the opponent and come out in one piece in t20's and odi's) and of course, our batter's dreadful running between the wickets, the way they didn't go for the two's, was seriously and stupendously poor. they cud have added a healthy 15 at least to the team total which wudn't leave too much of a pressure in the last over.

and it shud be published here.. or I demand a reason why it shudn't be.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

great job by the tiger's .they are not like indian

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

Very happy to see our Bengladeshi brothers doing soo well. Congrats on the series win,so many positives to take from it.I think they put up a very good fight today, tough luck. I do however would like to see some different pitches in BD,for me the problem seems to be their relative inability to play in pitches which dont suit spinners.That blunts their main bowling strength.By producing different types of pitches and playing on those, the team will grow in an overall manner and begin to win matches in all sorts of conditions. This is the reason the team hasnt been doing too well outside BD.I wish they improve overall and hopefully repeat these victories away from home in all types of conditions. Good luck from a Pakistani fan.

Posted by CriticallyCricket on (December 11, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

BD need some Athletic Players who have the power to score mighty sixes!

Posted by emranbmb on (December 11, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

good performance by Bangladesh!!! well done, bravo tigers.....

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

Godfrey Pieters why r u called Bangladesh team minnow ? they are as good as any team on present time period one day series remember t20 can be nebodys game even zimababwe on there day beat australia on t20 game its a game of luck u wud lose the t20 as well if musfiq wud hold that catch when samuel was on 10 he got 3 life n got to 85s or else westindies wud be scoring 150 to 165 the most n bangladesh wud of make the game so as if it wud walk in park lucky u n your westindies team next time whe get them dnt worry...

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 11, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

Bangladesh have a lot to be happy about from this tour. WI are not the strongest team around but they are on the rise I think and they have some very strong players. Bangladesh came quite close to winning a Test but couldn't quite sustain the effort for the full five days, did a great job of holding their nerve to take the ODI series despite WI coming back and, despite losing here, they put on a score that might have won on another day and for the loss of just one wicket. Bangladesh are capable of some good results but consistency is obviously the aim. I think that they've shown a bit more of that over this WI tour.

Posted by abs.liton on (December 11, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

@ Godfrey Pieters: You should not tell Bangladesh as minnows anymore. For the recent 3 years Bangladesh is playing quite good cricket. In ODI cricket they won lots of matches against top ranked teams which was not seen before 3 years. Now Bangladesh need to work hard for test cricket.

Posted by Sugath on (December 11, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

If you analyse the result West Indies scored 14 sixes and Bangladesh only 7. Even if the scored 4s, still 14 short. Poor bowling by Rubel just as by Malinga in World Cup final gave the match away.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 3:00 GMT)

Bangladesh would definitely have won, had they had the physical build of the West Indians. The very shots that Tamim and Mahmudullah played at the full toss balls from West Indian bowlers would have become regular sixers from Samuels and Bravo. Just think of a scenario, where physical build and physical strength of Bangladesh is similar to West Indies players...... Bangladesh would have blown them away! This loss is nonetheless a positive loss. Bangladesh is heading towards where they need to head. Responsibility, solidarity, resolve and teamwork. Congrats Bangladesh and West Indies.

Posted by BravoBravo on (December 11, 2012, 2:23 GMT)

Congratulations to WI and they proved that they are world champ in T20. BD played very well and it was a well fought contest. BD certainly depend an applause for their brave performance. BD you are not minnows, you were just playing against the Champs not against the IPL chumps.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 1:55 GMT)

Though west Indies deserved to win after Samuel's onslaught I think Bangladesh have still not reached the stage where they would be able to seal off their performances. Today their captain was their Achilles heel. Remember Asia Cup match against Pakistan.. Shakibul hasan was all set to take them home but decided in the end to lose his wicket to a very poor shot and let Pak win to bring the match to anticlimax! yesterday there was no need to give the last over to Rubel.. he had given 17 runs in first two overs and again 17 runs in his third and team's 18th over .. Any other bowler would not had given more than 10-15 runs instead ..

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

Bangladesh should give national award to Rubel Hussain for his outstanding performance as he has given 29 run instead of 36.And credit should give to Mushfiq for his right diction to choose Rubel Hussain for last over. Couple of days back 3rd ODI Rubel has given only 24 run out of 36. He is real hero BD team ever. Rubel Hussain should get national award no doubt.

Posted by hasib9 on (December 11, 2012, 0:40 GMT)

I'm tired of seeing Bangladesh satisfied with a loss. Just putting up a fight is not enough. A few months from now people will only remember the fact that WI won and BD lost. Rubel does well with the new ball but should never be given the ball towards the end of an innings. How long does it take to realize that? Shafiul has always done well under Shakib bowling in the batting PP and towards the end. And please get a tall wk; no offense to Mushfiq whose batting has improved a lot. Those catches need to be taken. Dhiman is a solid choice. Also consider bringing Aftab back to T20. Mahmudullah is a good ODI and test player but not suited at number 3 in T20. Hitting 2 sixes towards the end did improve his strike rate but it was too late. His score was 44 from 42 balls at one point, which is not acceptable when you are chasing 200 runs.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 0:20 GMT)

Agree with Godfrey Peters.WI wil be the twent/20 champ for aong while. The ODI team should have included Deonarine istead of Russell and WI would have bring back glory winning all three formats. Deonarine is a sound all rounder who made the highest runs in the regional games. He did not play a test and it was unfair to send him back. More and more politics.

Posted by Shortcuts on (December 10, 2012, 23:45 GMT)

But yeah but what I saw from this whole series, this should be our main 16 man squad across all formats - Tamim, Anamul, Mominul, Nasir, Shakib, Rahim, Mortaza, Abul, Shafiul, Rubel, Nazmul, Razzak, Mahmudullah, Zia, Gazi and Sunny. Still we have good reserves like Enamul, Sajib, Marshall, Arafat etc so I likes the way Bangladesh Cricket is finally going. Can't wait for the first class franchise tournament and BPL that will be coming up for our players wish them well.

Posted by Shortcuts on (December 10, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

All our young debutants especially Anamul, Mominul and Gazi have proved their worth and are very talented and I hope they can build on their success from this series and take a lot of confidence from, improve on their mistakes and come back stronger because certainly, these 3 players are part of our plans now instead of relying on past players. Not only that but they improve our fielding naturally. I feel playing them along with our still young experienced players like Tamim, Shakib etc will give them the comfort they need to succeed at this level. We also have A tours to England next year so these players can also compete in them and experience different conditions. Bangladesh are clearly rising in Cricket and improving all the time and I'm glad the management finally wants to sort out its Test issues and how to improve on that. Our players even the best have also realised that there's so much competition on these places and have to perform which can only be good for Bangladesh.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (December 10, 2012, 23:28 GMT)

That was a very good match, could've actually gone either way but in the end, West Indies had a bit too much firepower. But this just shows well actually the whole series that Bangladesh are no more pushovers and their next series against Sri Lanka, will be some interesting contest especially when all their top players come back. But because the Sri Lanka experience trio will still be there, will still make them favourites but the series in the new year looks very interesting. Rahim shouldn't have dropped these catches but I was very impressed with Zia Rahman and think Bangladesh have found another very good fast bowling all-rounder who definitely needs to be part of Bangladesh ODI plans as I feel our full ODI team will be very strong to beat. Overall a good series.

Posted by Fogu on (December 10, 2012, 23:04 GMT)

BD has made huge strides but made a couple of tactical errors. We should have sent Zia ahead at 3 based on the run rate that was necessary throughout the chase. Second, once Mahmuddullah was sent and he was going well, overs between 11-15 was not utilized to accelerate. WI bowling was barely ok, but BD failed to take advantage. Feel bad for Rubel. He bowled well but got the treatment as bowlers are bound to in these contests. Hats off to Samuels. Not sure what anyone can do, once a batsmen goes off like that. Great Malinga was dispatched the same way. Good game though and I am happy to see the progress and talent of BD.

Posted by kc69 on (December 10, 2012, 22:40 GMT)

I still believe Bangladesh did a great job in this match...

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

godfrey - my friend - say bangla tigers minnows to your heart content but that will do nothing to undermine the super show put UP by the tigers. WI after richards time became a minnow despite Lara put up a one many show for a decade, that must have be devastating feeling. It takes a big heart to appreciate the goods. cheers from the spirit of the cricket fraternity.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

The type of hitting by Samuels and Bravo was reminiscent of the glory days of West Indian cricket. BD is a finesse team that has solid fundamentals and can compete on that foundation with any team in the world. Today the power of the Windies was too much when it mattered. Samuels showed when he is on why only Gayle is more fearsome than he.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

Throughout the series (test/1-day) Bangaldesh had terrible fielding. Too many dropped catches even at slips and BW. Unacceptable.

Tamim has to accept the major part of blame today. With all his big talks he should have played the hitter role. His SR (1.44) is similar to Mahmodullahs (1.33). Unacceptable. Tamim should have started hitting or get out after 10th over. The required RR was 9.9 at that point. it eemed he was more focused on his score rather than the team score. His arrogancy and stupidity of standing and looking at balls for 4 rather than running was unacceptable. He needs to be removed from the team to save the team and him. Else he will end up like Ashraful.

Posted by UAETigers on (December 10, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

once again BD fans are happy about their team, what positives they are trying to take out of this match, loosing by 18 runs with 1 wicket down. That's insane even a street captain send message to his boys that if they can score big then get themselves out so big hitters can do the job. I think Nassir hussain should be sent out as a pinch hitter to up the tempo. Bad and lazy captaincy by BD captain, when the tigers will learn to play cricket at international level.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

fantastic and very well played bangladesh. hoping they will rule the cricket world in future.

Posted by Legaleagle on (December 10, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

Bangladesh is a non-deserving team. West indies lost the one day series because of their own doing. Bangladesh did nothing to win it.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

How can a loss b a win? WI made 197 and BD fell SHORT!!!!!. The match is over and there can only b one winner.

Posted by karan8300 on (December 10, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

To me its a match that can give Bangladesh a lot more leanings. First, When Rubel did extremely good for the home side, he should not be dropped. he should complete his quota. When W.Indies hit clearly, irregular bowlers can make the trick but that theory was not applied. And finally, Where was Ziaur Rahaman? He should come at no. 3 because he can hit the ball hard. Tamim was not 100% fit for singles as he refused more than 15 runs in singles. So, that should be another factor for the loss.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

BD lost just for the poor running between the wicket and the worst strategy to Gayle's full toss. If they played the full toss with soft hands to gaps, there would be at least 10 doubles there. Tamim and Mahmud both looked so tired. In international level, moreover in 20-20 it is not acceptable.

Posted by meejee on (December 10, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

Not being too critical here but loosing 1 wicket and not chasing down the target is a sin. It means BD did not go hard enoough. Anyway hindsight is a great thing.

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (December 10, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

All hail the Pune Warrior Marlon Samuels!

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

@Godfrey: Minnows who?

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (December 10, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

Everyone is blaming Rubel but I think BD lose this match because of Musfiq. He missed so many catches and let Marlon to play such innings. Not only that it is evident that Rubel cant bowl under pressure but still Musfiq gave him the last over. That was a ridiculous decision and How come BD only lose one wicket and still couldnt score fast enough to get the target. In T20 Tamim always played like this. His 1st 2 50's were slow too but no one noticed because it was against associates and BD won those games. BD lost of this match because of bad decisions from captain and irresponsibility of batsmen :(

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

What an knock by Samuels! Congrats to him and his team. It was a match Bangla Desh could have won. Too many full tosses went to waste. Also, the Tigers batsmen seemed more determined in protecting their wickets rather than punishing loose deliveries, including the full tosses. Whatever be the case, one thing is for certain: The Bangla Desh team have blossomed to become an international force to be reckoned with.

Posted by brooks41 on (December 10, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

Win is a win and West Indies is on the march,we will be right up there with the big guns very soon.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

dear,Godfrey Pieters.......... may b u r suffering from short term memory....... u hav forgot that bangladesh has won the odi series and they played wel tel me how bangladesh can be minows........... if bangladesh r minows then newzeland, westindies are minowws too....... best wishes and morover consult with a doctor 4 your memory

Posted by tappee74 on (December 10, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

A magnificent engagement finally comes to an end.The touring WI team probably did not have much rest prior to this match,since the talented Bangladeshi youngsters shocked them in the OD series.A team considered to be the under dog in world cricket has made it clear to the giants out there that they are no esay target.Had it not been for Chanderpaul who was very supportive and inspirational to the young West Indian batting line up,they may have also lost the test series.I congratulate WI in winning the 20/20,but with Bangladesh just loosing a wicket and carrying a strong fight,much will be left to talk about.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

And I quote:

Posted by Karuna Prakash on (December 09 2012, 16:47 PM GMT) oh common did they beat india in india or south africa in south africa or england in england?..pitches are prepared to suit bangla team wil see how much effort they wil show when they travel abroad...even commentators are saying pitches are not good for odi..


Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

@Godfrey Pieters: whom are u calling minnows ?? the team who beat WI in an ODI series ?? You must be in "Wonderland" !!

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

On Cricinfo, these Bangladesh supporters said they lost because they couldn't put the full tosses away. But that's the thing, they couldn't. Each full toss was the ball slipping out the hand. So even though it was full, it came as a slower ball with a normal bowling action. So everytime they tried to hit it, timing was wrong. Bangladesh only had a chance because we were bowling on dust, and the outfield was a swamp.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

Well played West Indies...good fight in the end...deserved WINNERS!! better luck next time Bangla

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

@ Godfrey Pieters, having been thrashed by the margin of 7 wikets and 160 runs more on losing a searies how could you call a team minows ?? show some respect men. the day is not far when you guys will test white wash in all sort of format. two drop catches or you guys getting thrashed again in this match too lolllllll Is that so calledworld chams ??

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

This is the most negative Bangladesh played in this series. What is the point of saving 9 wickets?

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

@ the reporter title is not right "Samuels' assault too much for Bangladesh"; Samuel's batting was not too much. Tamim did more score (88) than Samuel, but he played more balls than Samuel because BD was batting later. It was a competitive match; not a huge gap for the Samuel batting!

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

kudos windies playled like champions dream come true from samuels what an innings hats off

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

It was only the exhaustion that defeated Bangladesh today ... After a long series and 3 matches be played in 4 days definitely took the toll on our batsmen caz physically South Asian teams especially Bangladeshi youngsters (i meant all of them !!! their average age is only 23!!!) are not capable of firing for a long haul being from a region not very much known for their physical power and stamina!!! but well played Bangladesh, you guyz almost created another magic by getting close to upsetting the T20I Champions ... imagine the last over of 1st innings be any thing less than it was?!! we could have won comfortably!!! Bravo Tigers and Well played WIndies (Sorry Gayle better luck next time-that is if the team management ever pick you again for another series in BD) :P

Posted by Ibra95 on (December 10, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

18 runs is really little margin so Ban has done it really well, and Wi were the t20 champs so this was their best team and with t20 stars, so 179 is really good, so i consider Ban has won to called them tigers & not minnows.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

to begin with congratulation goes to Bangladesh cricket team in spite of experiencing the defeat in today's match. In fact, both Bangladesh and West indies presented good piece of cricket to the crowd. Although Bangladesh lost game, i think from this match Bangladesh learned lots of things. In recent past Bangladesh won the one day series while lost the test series with honor i mean fought being a real tigers over west indies. Now a days Bangladesh is really playing good cricket and we have to admit that. The changes are conspicuous with the Bangladeshi cricketers and they seem infused with confidence to defeat any team if everything goes well. so, tigers thumbs up ever..From now on every cricket playing nation will take Bangladesh seriously as tigers seem extremely hungry and roaring around to jump over. Seemingly those days are over when so-called pundits easily put despicable remarks over Bangladesh cricket team or ridiculed Bangladesh cricket team as minnow team.

Posted by Ibra95 on (December 10, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

rubel, rubel, rubel, why give away too many sixes? mushfiq, mushfiq, mushfiq, why drop 3 catches? riyad, tamim, riyad, why being selfish? still had 9 wkts, and zia has the strenght to hit 6s!! upset about the individual performance, but happy to see the evolution of t20 cricket!! good luck in the future!! =D


Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

gr8 performnce from the bd team when they saw the target they put their hands up and said we can't beat the world champions after all v respect them .....#Respect that's not for the first tym bd do this they already done that before vs Pak in the asia cup when they are chasing 386 that shows their attitude die before the match is over gud i like it :-P

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

Bangladesh has lost & the Indian writers are back . . coincidence? I think not.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

Oh man ! This guy Rubel in last over again !

Posted by SapnerJadukar on (December 10, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

Once again Rubel's over cost us the game. He is not good enough a. To be in the team and b. for the last overs. Except musfiq every body understand that!!!! BCB should ask questions to the players for regular bad play. We can't let go any more loss of short version game because of some players irresponsibility and not asking them any question. Because it hart's the fan and country.

Posted by N.SHISHIR on (December 10, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

Bangladesh has lost but they played well.Rubel is responsible for defeat this match.He started well but could not finish as well.BCB should take some useful steps to develop Bangladesh cricket team.

Posted by The_Ashes on (December 10, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

@Karen Fabien:- Yeah just but for a team that should be beating Bangladesh with ease in all formats, should be ashamed.

Posted by The_Ashes on (December 10, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

What a match! but I think Rahim was the culprit here today weird captaincy and those drop catches. Rahim needs to understand that the young Anamul is a wicketkeeper. Anamul played wonderful quicktime shots which was needed. But the only thing disappointing about our two set batsman was lack of running between the crease and cannot put away full tosses but West Indies just about deserve it in the end. Good thing is that Bangladesh are showing sign that they will no longer be known as minnows in the next year or two.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

@godfrey pieters: BANGLADESH are not anymore a minnows.... they are now consistently performing...someting they are getting the result and sometime not.... they are now in no.8 in ODI rank where NZ in no.9...

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

The time for being happy with good combat is gone, because as long as we keep believing that putting a good show is enough we are gonna run the same circle, it sunning between the wickets was pathetic..tamim-riyad cud get at least 15 runs on easy doubles if they didnt lack in attitude. and of course, mushfiq dropping catches .twice..missing stumping .. oh boy.. and rubel.. no one on his right mind wud choose him to bowl the last over after what happened in the ODI, BD skipper seems to lapse in memories these days.. and i have read someone's saying lapsing for 5 overs in a t20 match.. brouh if you lose to perform 5 overs in this format..u cannot win.. so this 'lapse' is not accaeptable. fight hard and die in the field is one thing but slipping away in these stuff is pathetic.

Posted by Baundele on (December 10, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

Scoring 200 runs on any track against any opposition is difficult. I am happy that Bangladesh gave it a good try agaist the World Champions. A few things going their way could make a difference in the end result.

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (December 10, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

This was definately a Win - Win series. Amazing game. Congrats to the BD team for being in the game all the way till the 18th over, with only 1 wicket down chasing down a massive 197 against the wonderful West Indies team! What amde the game, was the die hard attitude of both teams! And BD steping up to the challenge! West Indies you were always our favorites, and the comaradry shown here only makes you more admirable! To: Godfrey Pieters - Minnows? Remind yourself of the transaltion of that word, BD team is far far from it!

Posted by tonyton on (December 10, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

Do the people who take the time to come on here and post really understand cricket. All the blame on the last over from BD, well the same can be said of WI last over from Roach, if not those 18 runs, would look a much wider margin of victory. Please look at a match sensibly and make comments. Please dont say well done BD, again history was made, losing one wicket and still lost the match. Underachiving. No PRAISE is deserving in this situation

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

i am happy about the performance of my team... we loss the match... but still we get the flavor of real t20 game... under this condition it was difficult to play... i wish my team good luck for the next year... next year will be the year of Bangladesh cricket team...

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

@abcdef_12345: Since you haven't put in your real name, I'm guessing you are one of those who love to shout from the back. You want players to marry you (guys included) when they win and when they lose you want their heads. Grow up people! The team is growing quite well, now it's your turn. And honestly, I think Bangladesh has shown some strong positives in this series. Now lets see how far they can take it. Winning is a habit, you don't get it overnight.

Posted by Sharif_Islam on (December 10, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

i dont think, samuels did any good! all good was done for him by mushfik; missed his catch twice!! this mushfik has a real awful understanding of cricket. why he took rubel again when he had known of saumels' beating of rubel in another odi. he could have taken razzak. i think gayle has made this game for west indies. he should have been given the man of the match. in the batting, mahmudullah took the match lost in lot advance! he could have even thrown his wicket and let ziaur in! this is a batting pitch, Bangladesh was very much likely to win in the home ground.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (December 10, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

Still lot of positives for Bangla team. They scored 2nd HIGHEST team total (179/1) in T20I. Tamim's 88* is also the HIGHEST innings in T20I by any Bangladeshi batsman so far. Previous best was by Shakib (84). So cheers for BD players tho lost the match.

Posted by Raiyan24r on (December 10, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

rubel,rubel,rubel why team management why???why did they have to pick him.he gave away 24 runs in the odi but still he has to be taken.and also why did mushfiq give the ball to rubel.if just they had bowled better in the last over and gave away like 10 runs or so the result could have been different. why,why rubel??

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

Please West Indies got lucky today. Well played Bangladesh

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

the reason of lost against WI- 1. Mushfiq's dropped couple of catches(Samuels). 2.both of the batsman Tamim and Mahmud didn't utilize the full toss balls. 3. Rubel's last over. btw, well played Bangladesh.

Posted by Saadman_BD_Faisal on (December 10, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

I think the reason behind BD lost today was the lack of converting of 1's into 2's. Also they should have put those full tosses away. Over all they played relatively well , considering they don't have the physical six hitting abilities like the WI .

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

we have lost........:( But definitely got many positive things from that match. after that huge total (197) our batsmen didn't fall apart like a house of playing cards. How often do u see in a T20 match any team makes 179 runs with loosing just one wicket chasing a huge total of 197 against a team like West Indies, the latest T20 champions.......? I find 3 important stages that our players failed. 1. Mushfiq fails to get rid off Samuels 3 times 2. Rubels horrible last over 3. Missing all the full toss balls delivered by Cris Gaile. Despite all those things, they took the challenge and really fight like tigers. just 1 wicket down and lost by just 18 runs to the mammoth total of 197. Salute to Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah Riad as well as total bd team......:)

Posted by SarfBD on (December 10, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

Don't be harsh on Rubel or Mahmudullah. Rubel took two early wickets and created the early opening. Mahmudullah was slow between 10-15 overs but so was Tamim. In fact, in between 10-15 overs, Bangladesh scored only two 4s, both coming from Mahmudullah. It was a period of lapse and can happen to anyone. They were not saving their wickets and went for every ball. Just the timing was not there. I'm proud the way they batted. Mahmudullah should be our no3 accross the format. The future looks good...

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

At the end of the day it is WI who has won. But for BD this loss is as good as a win. This is a rare example, that you can find pride in a loss.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

a great match at all... both the team played good cricket but last over of the first innings make the difference but its the real cricket indeed because cricket is a game of a glorious uncertainty...

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

I'll deem this contest 'The Battle of the Shoulders'. Great performance by BANGLA. Hats off to the Minnows for making it such a competitive game. To be truthful it could have gone anyway. But at the end of the day the Minnows just didn't have the Shoulders to get those balls over the ropes. Great victory by the World champs. I expect WI to rule this format for a while. Need to work on that ODI team though.

Posted by dbk86 on (December 10, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Great game!! Both the teams played well.It was an entertaining series! Mushfiq missed 3 chances and all of them were of Samuels. For me, mushfiq's keeping costed us the game! But well played BD! :D

Posted by SarfBD on (December 10, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

We played well. Samuels was the difference. I didn't expect us to win once the score crossed 180. To be honest, we didn't have that sort of fire power in our batting to chase down such a big total against a good team and WI are very good indeed. All I just wanted to see that they hate to lose and their face showed they were sad though having personal bests in T20I. Proud of you tigers...

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

welll played bangladesh, gud fight, it was huge chase but I must say they played well!

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

final over of bd took away the match frm Bangladesh.otherwise the result wud b different and they wud hav been killed the world champ easily.tigers r marching ahead too fast and they r real hungry and ferocious.

Posted by ZsZs on (December 10, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

BD had capable batsmen in Nasir, Mominul, Zia in the hut, and never got to play and these two tired batsmen stayed on, spent of all energy. strange indeed. never understand The bd mindset.

Posted by Dunwall on (December 10, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

I think Bangladeshi batsmen played really well, considering the pressure created by the mountain of runs by Samules. But they should have hit the full-toss balls delivered by Gayle out of the park, just needed to time it, not to throw their bats with their eyes closed. May be they should focus on that on their post match analysis. Anyway, today WI batted like Champion and thats what they need to do to win against the lower ranking opponents, especially in short formats. Congrats to them.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

You can beat West Indies in any form of the game ,but not t20

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

That was a very good T20 match! both Samuels and Tamim played a gem of an innings and deserved a 100 each but couldn't as there wasn't enough deliveries. But the last over of the West Indies first innings made a huge difference kind of reminded me of the Malinga over at the World T20 final. Though Riyad scored a 50, still think it was a mistake of putting him at 3 considering his poor record at T20 level. Its good that though West Indies piled up a massive 197, the Bangladesh batsman at the beginning didn't give in from the moment the first ball was delivered by the West Indians and that's the attitude to have so great match and wish both teams all the best for the future.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

W.i are the Champions the played better than Ban

Posted by British_North_America on (December 10, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

Well, I must say Tamim and Mahmudullah need to learn how to get out.They do not even know how to get out.Tamim played for his personal purpose and not for the team to be honest and putting Mahmudullah up the order in a T20 game is a wrong decision by Mushfiq like many others he made in ODI series.Mushfiq's captaincy and keeping are concern for us and I think Shakib should be handed over captaincy very soon.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

well done Samuels. the burden is not only on Gayle and you met the challenge with flamboyance ....

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Well, I am disappointed.. I would rather take a defeat of 38 runs than 18 if the batsmen were not too lazy to ruun for the doubles, ateast 15 runs would have been coming from that. Tamim and Mahmudullah were so lazy in running that they didn't even tried to make it happen. it looked like they thought running for doubles were beneath them. riyad's run/ball ratio is poor for t20.

the less is to be said about rubel's bowling the better. this is pathetic if a pacer doesn't have the mentality to come back with a better length and line after a getting hit. he was like shattered. and the BD skipper, When he will ever learn? trusting a bowler is different thing and trusting a bowler blindly, is stupidity, this is one thing he should learn. and of course, the miisses he made, whatever.

and Athar alli jee, I was seriously disgusted by his negative attitude that BD was defeated by a tolerable margin, so we should be happy..this is the mentality that draws the line between a winner and a loser.

Posted by hashir86 on (December 10, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Ya thats why we are the world champions....brutal from Samuels You are too good for T20

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (December 10, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

Great game! great effort by Bangladesh but in the end, West Indies just about deserved it and the last over of the first innings was the difference between the scores. But Mahmudullah though scored okay, was the one that cost us by not doing enough and also not allowing Tamim to get his maiden T20 100 but a great series and tour from both sides nonetheless.

Posted by wiseshah on (December 10, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

bangladesh played well, superb. one bad over cost them game. but they played superbly, congrats to tamim, mahmudullah and samuel

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

Well... Bangladesh Tried the best they could. The last over especially cost us the match. Overall, a good match . Tamim and Mahumudullah, the partnershio was amazing. Played against the world champions, Deserves an Applause.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

Why I think West Indian Team is unprofessional. West indain Team have all Senior Player back. but still they are play unprofessional cricket.

Posted by Sadequl on (December 10, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

We would not mind what ever the out come of this T-20 against the world champ & we just want to see BD boys to have a fight back of this match to make us proud. Atleast tigers defeated WI in the ODI series & let Sammy down which he said will win as 5-0. Wish you all the very best & would prefer to see much higher ranking in all other ratings too, besides ODI.

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