Bangladesh v West Indies, Only T20, Mirpur

Sammy disappointed despite T20 win

Mohammad Isam in Mirpur

December 10, 2012

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Marlon Samuels drives one through the on side, Bangladesh v West Indies, only Twenty20, Mirpur, December 10, 2011
Marlon Samuels produced another superb Twenty20 innings © Associated Press
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The West Indies captain Darren Sammy admitted that their goal ahead of the Bangladesh tour had not been fulfilled after they won two out of the three formats. Their win in the one-off Twenty20 international ensured they left in good spirits, but the ODI series loss was still hurting the visitors.

"We won the same amount of series as we did last year so we haven't achieved what we set out to do," Sammy said. "Bangladesh played really well, especially in the ODIs. We are disappointed losing the ODI series."

However, Sammy was pleased to win the Twenty20 match, West Indies' first game as World Twenty20 champions after their back-from-the-head victory against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Marlon Samuels played a stellar hand in that game, with a superbly crafted 78, and he did a similar job in Mirpur as he held the innings together with an unbeaten 85 off 43 balls.

"The way Marlon was playing that innings, it surely reminded me the game against Sri Lanka," Sammy said. "This was our first game after the victory and we won. We won, that's all we had to do.

"We have guys who can be match-winners for us every day. It is good to see Marlon do well after two years out of international cricket. He has been brilliant for us."

Bangladesh started their pursuit of 198 in strong style, but Sammy said he was not too concerned when Tamim Iqbal cut loose in the first over which cost 17 followed by 26 from the next two.

"We expected them to come hard at us. You have to go hard all the time when the run-rate is ten an over. Although they only lost one wicket, they were short by 18 runs. I wanted to win and end the year in a good note."

Sammy pinpointed Bangladesh's achievement of keeping Chris Gayle quiet for ten innings in a row as a notable part of the tour. Gayle made 166 runs across all formats over the last four weeks, an aspect of the contests which the Bangladesh captain, Mushfiqur Rahim, called a "big achievement" for the hosts.

"They managed to keep Gayle quiet throughout the series, something that not many teams have done in his career," Sammy said. "They executed well against him. Every player goes out there to do their best. I know because I try and it doesn't happen all the time. It is up to the individual to go back and think about his game. Chris will come back as he is a world-class player."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

@ Mr Krishkrish. The ICC Test Rankings as at Dec 3rd 2012 has WI ranked #7 and Bangladesh ranked #9.

Posted by tisra on (December 11, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

Actually both team played mediocre cricket, just the team playing better on a given day won. Bangladesh should be happy that they played better at times without Shakib, but there are a lot of areas to improve.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

Never count your chickens Sammy !!!

Posted by krishkrish on (December 11, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

This is the close contest between 8th and 9th ranked test team. Remember weak Indian team did beat WI & NZ comfortably at home in test and ODI. One T20 is not enough to gauge the talent of Bangladesh.

Posted by everfaithful77 on (December 11, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

I would like to CONGRATULATE capt SAMMY & the WINDIES team for their T20 & Test series victory over Bangladesh. Your opponents proved to be much more competitive than most pundits expected. Bangladesh's tenacity was instrumental in gaining them a 3-2 victory over Windies in the ODI series. I can understand the disappointment of Sammy and the Windies boys in losing the keenly fought ODI series to a lower ranked team. However this disappointment must be tempered with the level of mediocrity in their performances during that series. Needless to go into details since the results speak for themselves but suffice to say that good or great individual performances came in patches. Impatient, inconsistent & indisciplined batting & bowling, sloppy fielding were too often on display for this Windies ODI team. The team was also hampered by POOR SELECTION STRATEGY which resulted in a woefully INADEQUATE batting line-up. I must APPLAUD THE SELECTORS for recruiting young JASON HOLDER. KEEP IT UP

Posted by tiger_zaid on (December 11, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

I really admire WI team for their good spirit...Team BD showed awesome performance throughout the series..proud of them...WI are always welcome here..

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

I am a West Indian, but I'm proud of the Bangladesh team. I think they are underrated. I think they are capable of beating the best teams on their day. Bangladesh should be given a lot more cricket opportunities. West Indies are a strong T20 team and that's why they are world champions, but Bangladesh proved today why they should be the number 2 ranked T20 team.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 11, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

Speaking of coming back from the dead, which cricketing great's spirit is possessing Marlon Samuels these days? He's like a new man.

Posted by Gurram on (December 11, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

If Bangladesh planned and succeeded to keep Gayle quiet for 10 innings, why can't he be kept quiet in IPL, BBL?

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

West Indies showed why they're T20 champs but Bangladesh gave a really good fight and that's what we like to see. But really happy just how well Bangladesh fought in the whole series and once we have all our best players back, Bangladesh will be a lot better and stronger in 2013.

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