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The Bulletin by Jenny Thompson
September 15, 2004
West Indies 269 for 3 (Gayle 99, Hinds 82) beat Bangladesh 131 (Khaled Mahmud 34*, Dillon 5-29) by 138 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Another day, another mismatch. The good news is that the minnow element has now been fished out of the Champions Trophy: the bad news is that another paltry crowd watched another one-sided encounter at the Rose Bowl today. West Indies, put in, overcame a lively pitch to score 269 for 3, but Bangladesh had more difficulty. Only some tailend resistance took them into three figures, and West Indies coasted home by 138 runs in the end.
It was a second chastening experience for Bangladesh, who were rolled over for 93 by South Africa in their first match. They were never in the hunt today, after a combination of bad luck and shoddy fielding let Chris Gayle and Wavell Hinds pile on 192 for West Indies' first wicket.
Gayle became the 22nd player to be dismissed for 99 in an ODI, while Hinds fired 82 on his return from injury. Their stand, a record for any wicket against Bangladesh in ODIs, started with a bang - they reached 50 in the first 10 overs. Hinds smacked Mohammad Rafique for two big sixes, but Gayle was uncharacteristically restrained - he hit only six fours in all - but applied himself well on the testing Rose Bowl pitch.
Both openers could count themselves lucky to survive early on, as Bangladesh spurned chance after chance. And when Khaled Mashud, the wicketkeeper, finally did hold on to one - a clear edge from Hinds off Khaled Mahmud - a confident appeal was surprisingly rejected by Jeremy Lloyds, whose new earpiece to the stump mike 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 drive which he completely missed. But Mashud, who never looked comfortable, fluffed this opportunity as well, and then put down a healthy outside edge, this time from Hinds off Mahmud. He floored another one, late on, when 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 but failed to clear Nazmul Hossain at long-off (192 for 1). Gayle fell shortly afterwards. He was frustrated at times: there were only three fours in his half-century. But it wasn't for want of trying - he had tried to bludgeon as usual but failed to connect properly. The ultimate frustration came when he edged Tapash, to be stranded one short of his 10th ODI century (201 for 2).
Javed Omar (2) was the first to go, when Dillon angled in a good-length delivery which squared him up, and he could only fend it limply to gully, where Darren Sammy pulled off a tremendous catch, diving full stretch to his left, and knocking the ball up with his fingertips before finally clinging on (13 for 1).
Ian Bradshaw struck at the other end as Mohammad Ashraful pulled straight to Dillon on the fine-leg boundary. Dillon continued his bowling demolition: another well-pitched-up one moved off the seam and shatter Nafis Iqbal's stumps. The captain, Rajin Saleh, pitched in with 7, before Dillon removed his off stump (24 for 4).
Khaled Mashud, before he had scored, edged a regulation catch to 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.
Aftab Ahmed and Mushfiqur Rahman, who both made 21, repaired some of the damage with a stand of 45, but the game was as good as over. Dillon returned to claim his third wicket, as Rafique provided Sammy with a third catch (94 for 8). Mahmud hung around for 34 not out from 51 balls, but Gayle rounded off a good day - and wrapped up the Man of the Match award - with the last two wickets as Bangladesh folded for 131, less than halfway to West Indies' total.
And so Bangladesh's Tigers slunk off to lick their wounds again. But this West Indies team - with Hinds and Dillon back, and a new wicketkeeper - were a different proposition to the sad bunch who slumped to four straight Test defeats in England. They have their tails up for their winner-takes-all clash against South Africa at The Oval on Saturday.
Jenny Thompson is assistant editor of Wisden Cricinfo.
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