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The Bulletin by Jenny Thompson
September 15, 2004
9 overs Bangladesh 24 for 5 need another 246 runs to beat West Indies 269 for 3 (Gayle 99, Hinds 82)
Live scorecard and ball-by-ball details
For the second time in the tournament, Bangladesh's top order was blown away - this time by an assured Merv Dillon, who exploited the extra bounce in the pitch as Bangladesh slumped to 24 for 5.
Bangladesh had made a spirited start to their reply, as Mohammad Ashraful timed a good pull to a shortish ball from Dillon in the first over. But this was to prove the most false of dawns as Dillon ran riot to scoop up four of the first five wickets.
Javed Omar was the first to fall, scoring only 2 before Dillon angled in a good-length delivery which squared him up, and Omar could only fend the ball limply to gully, where Darren Sammy pulled off a tremendous catch. He dived full stretch to his left, and knocked the ball up with his fingertips before finally clinging on (13 for 1).
Ian Bradshaw claimed one at the other end as Ashraful attempted another pull only to find the irrepressible Dillon on the fine-leg boundary. Ashraful's 10 was to be the only double-figure return from the top five, a woeful reflection on the state of Bangladesh's current batting.
Dillon continued his personal rout as another good-length delivery moved off the seam to shatter Nafis Iqbal's stumps and Bangladesh's last hopes of a handy top-order display (23 for 3). The captain, Rajin Saleh, pitched in 7 to the cause, before he too was removed by another decent Dillon effort which removed his off stump and sent their innings further into freefall at 24 for 4.
And the situation got worse for Bangladesh, as Khaled Mashud, before he had scored, edged a regulation slip catch to Gayle at first slip for what should have been Dillon's fourth wicket. Gayle floored that one, but Mahmud's luck ran out just one ball later as Sammy made no mistake in the covers. Bangladesh had lost three wickets for three runs, and were floundering again.
50 overs West Indies 269 for 3 (Gayle 99, Hinds 82) v Bangladesh
Chris Gayle and Wavell Hinds posted a sturdy if steady partnership of 192 to set West Indies up after they were put in by Bangladesh at the Rose Bowl. Normally such an imposing start would probably lead to a total of 300 or more, but Gayle had uncharacteristic difficulty in finding the boundary, and the partnership used up 40 overs, so the final burst was foreshortened. Still, a total of 269 ought to be enough against a Bangladesh side which has traditionally found quick scoring difficult.
Gayle, who became the 22nd player to get out on 99 in an ODI, put West Indies firmly in command with able assistance from Hinds, who fired 82 on his return from injury. Their stand, a record for any wicket against Bangladesh in ODIs, started with a bang - they got off to a flyer with 50 in the first 10 overs.
Hinds's innings, peppered with fours and sixes, included some sound punishment of Mohammad Rafique's left-arm spin, which he twice clouted over the ropes - one where he danced down the track to loft a clean hit over the long-on fence, the other taken from outside off and sent over the midwicket fence.
But both openers could count themselves lucky to survive early on, as Bangladesh spilled catch after catch. When the wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud finally held on to one - a clear edge from Hinds off Khaled Mahmud - a confident appeal was surprisingly rejected by the umpire Jeremy Lloyds, whose new earpiece technology presumably let him down.
The hapless Mahmud, though, only had himself to blame with the next chance, when Gayle smashed a full-blooded straight-drive back into his shins. Gayle also survived a stumping chance, when he danced down the track and whiffled a big aerial drive which he completely missed. But Mashud, never looking comfortable behind the stumps, fluffed this opportunity and then put down a healthy outside edge, this time from Hinds off Mahmud. And he went on to drop another, late on, as Shivnarine Chanderpaul tested him with a difficult edge.
Bangladesh eventually broke the deadlock in the 40th over, as Hinds came down the wicket to Tapash Baisya and tried to clear Hossain at long-off. Instead, he launched a towering drive and Hossain, diving forward, made no mistake (192 for 1).
The usually swashbuckling Gayle fell shortly afterwards. He looked frustrated at times: tellingly, there were only three fours in his half-century. But it wasn't for want of trying - he had sought to bludgeon all his runs in boundaries but often failed to connect. And the ultimate frustration told as he edged Tapash Baiya, to be stranded one short of his 10th ODI century (201 for 2).
An explosive cameo from Brian Lara, who fired 20 runs from seven balls, propelled West Indies towards a more satisfactory total, before he was run out at the non-striker's end by less than a foot after some neat work from the bowler, Tapash Baisya. Sarwan punched the ball to Baisya who scooped it up quickly, took aim and fired at Lara's stumps (232 for 3).
Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan, who biffed 30 from 26 balls, boosted the total in the final eight overs, and gave their bowlers a little more room to manoeuvre.
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