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Bangladesh v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, Mirpur

Craven Bangladesh crash to nine-wicket defeat

The Report by Andrew Miller

March 4, 2011

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West Indies 59 for 1 (Gayle 37*) beat Bangladesh 58 (Benn 4-18) by nine wickets
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Darren Sammy was ecstatic after Sulieman Benn knocked over Rubel Hossain, Bangladesh v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, Mirpur, March 4, 2011
Bangladesh were easy pickings for a disciplined and focused West Indies attack © Getty Images

Bangladesh's batsmen froze catastrophically in a performance that was a throwback to their years of ineptitude in the early 2000s, as West Indies sauntered to a nine-wicket victory in a contest that spanned just 31.1 overs. As the mood within a packed and expectant Mirpur stadium turned from excitement to fury, with subsequent reports of an attack on the Windies' team bus, Bangladesh shipped all ten wickets in 18.5 overs to be routed for 58 - the lowest total ever made by a Full Member nation in World Cup history.

It was a craven performance in a critical contest. With the permutations in Group B blown wide open by England's loss to the Irish, both teams knew that the winner of this match would have one foot firmly planted in the quarter-finals. However, the cool efforts of Sulieman Benn, Kemar Roach and Darren Sammy - the only three West Indian bowlers called upon - proved too much for a feckless batting line-up that never tried to recover from the third-ball dismissal of its linchpin, Tamim Iqbal.

After out-muscling Ireland in a low-scoring thriller last week, Bangladesh began their third contest full of optimism, with the crowd reacting wildly to Shakib Al Hasan's correct call at the toss. However, the din was sucked clean out of the stadium by Roach's third delivery of the match, a full-length outswinger which Tamim flashed loosely to Sammy at second slip for a duck.

Roach, who wrapped up West Indies' victory over the Netherlands on Monday with a hat-trick, had four wickets in his last six World Cup deliveries. The confidence in his team's performance was instantly tangible, and three overs later the captain Sammy was back in the thick of things, this time with his own third delivery, as Imrul Kayes feathered a short ball through to the keeper for 5.

Mushfiqur Rahim - one of the cooler heads in the Bangladeshi dressing-room - then flicked his fourth ball loosely to short midwicket to give Sammy two in seven, and though Junaid Siddique prevented Bangladesh's score from stalling with a cool flow of boundaries in a 27-ball 25, his token resistance was ended by the extra pace of Roach, who took the pitch out of the equation with a pinpoint yorker that struck the batsman flush on the toe.

At 36 for 4, the collapse was only just gathering pace. Shakib once again looked in prime form with a classy slap for four off Sammy, but he had not added to his total when he joined the procession one over later, bowled by the second over of Benn's new spell as he hung back in his crease and offered next to no resistance as the stumps were broken by a full-length tweaker.

Next up came Raqibul Hasan, who revived the crowd briefly by bringing up Bangladesh's 50 in the 14th over with a poke to third man, but two balls later silence reigned once again as Sammy served up a rare wide delivery, and Raqibul obligingly slapped a cut to point for 4.

Mohammad Ashraful confirmed the quality and trustworthiness of the surface with two elegant fours in his 21-ball stay - a drive through the covers and a fierce cut through point - but Roach's extra pace once again made the difference, as Ashraful wafted the first ball of his sixth over to the keeper. Naeem Islam, by this stage, had also been and gone, beaten by Benn's extra bounce to poke another catch to the keeper.

The end had been nigh right from the moment of Tamim's departure, but the denouement was pathetic. Shafiul Islam faced up to a field including a slip and a gully, and chose an open-faced prod straight into the hands of the latter, and one delivery later, a Benn yorker proved sufficient to peg back Rubel Hossain's off stump.

As they retreated to the dressing-room, the Bangladesh team was showered with torn-up "4" and "6" placards by a livid and bitterly disappointed crowd, who were streaming from the exits throughout the West Indies' 78-ball chase. Chris Gayle nudged his first delivery through point to bring up his 8000th run in ODI cricket, before sealing the mismatch with a 36-ball 37. Devon Smith, who was bowled for 6 by Naeem, was the only man to miss out on a day of total Caribbean dominance.

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Posted by Arsad bin on (March 7, 2011, 0:07 GMT)

Bangladesh needs Whole Sale Changes. Fire "Taklu" Siddons and dumb selectors who have selected a mediocre team of their own choice. Becuase of these guys, Sahariar Nafees is out of the playing xi & Kapali, Aftab, Mortaza, Sahadat and Rasel is not in the world cup squad.This is not Bangladesh at its full strenght, it is Banladesh "A" or probably a depleted side. Bring Back Aftab, Kapali, Mortaza, Sahadat, Rasel & Drop unequipped and below par players like Raqibul, Naeem, Mahmudullah even Shafiul & Rubel (gives away more than 6 runs per over)

Posted by abdullah on (March 6, 2011, 21:35 GMT)

I think the best thing that can happen to Bangladesh cricket now is they don't over achieve in the remaining matches; play to their true potential and loose against everyone including Netherlands (I think ND and BD are similar in quality). Because if they overachieve and lets say beat either SA or England that will again give the supporters false hope and the players and particularly Shakib will again be in fools paradise. This team needs a couple of senior players like Bashar to keep these talented but young cricketers grounded and focused and remind them that the journey to the big league still far away. This team needs to respect the quality of the consistently performing star players of the other teams while batting or bowling. They need to understand these are 50 over matches; you need to grind it out there and runs will automatically come if you are out on the crease. They over achieve in 1/2 match and start thinking "I know it all, I know what I am doing".

Posted by mohammed on (March 6, 2011, 10:11 GMT)

Bangladesh or BCB should be fire Siddon and Rafiqul Alam because they do not keep experience players with team.

Posted by Mohammed Khorshed Alam on (March 6, 2011, 7:49 GMT)

Our most lowest totals in the ODI were after we achieved?/were given (not achieved in fact) test status. That's true. Some of our players talked too much b4 WC starts. Some fans acted like VIRU, SRT, Dhoni are nothing compared to Tamim, Shakib, Mushfiq. Shakib is attacking some of our former cricketers in his column in the newspaper (not to mention, he is busy writing column, giving us impression that he understands cricket more than anyone in BD). We still dont want to beleive that our standard is far below the world standard. We are equivalent to Zimbabwe and Ireland only. WI, NZ and PAK are the far better teams than us. And IND, SA, ENG, AU and SL are absolutely strongest in the world. We should realize and act accordingly understanding these truths and work hard. And then only, we can develop, otherwise not. Pumping up the players will not help us getting any good result or to develop. Our fans should act also possitvely, possitively means you should understand yourselves 1st.

Posted by Arsad bin on (March 5, 2011, 23:01 GMT)

Pathetic team selection by the idiot Bangladeshi selectors. Why is Sahariar Nafees (highest batting average by a Bangladeshi @ 35) sitting out of the starting xi. Where is Alok Kapali, Aftab Ahmed, Sahadat Hossain, Syed Rasel. Masrafe Mortaza wasn't picked either (100% fit and playing in the domestic league matches). Instead of proven match winners and experienced players they have gone for mediocre players like Naeem Islam ( Not a batsman neither a bowler), Mahmudullah ( Strike rate of 55), Raqibul Hasan (woeful with a strike rate of around 50), Inexperienced Fast bowling duo of Rubel Hossain & Shafiul Islam ( Economy rate of over 6/over). Imrul Kayes ( Doesn't know how to convert 20's & 30's to a 50 and 100) Bangladesh squad should have been like this 1 T. Iqbal 2 S. Nafees 3 A. Ahmed 4 J. Siddique 5 S. Al Hasan 6 A. Kapali 7 M. Rahim 8 M. Mortaza 9 Mahmud ullah ( As a Off Spinner) 10 A. Razzak 11 Sahadat Hossain 12 Nazmul Hossain 13 S. Rasel 14 I. Kayes ( Backup) 15 S. Shuvo

Posted by Shamim on (March 5, 2011, 20:40 GMT)

Bangladesh not ready for prime time. They are a young team and still four to five years from being ready for the big boys. But then can they ever physically match up with the big teams ??

Posted by Dre on (March 5, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

Look Bangladesh are a TEST team. They have enough talent to be one and what they need to do is START ACTING LIKE ONE. Running around and leaping when you scrape past Ire is NOT the attitude of a test team. Beating a W.I. team during time of a massive strike and missing the likes of Gayle, Chanderpaul,Sarwan,Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Benn, Adrian Barath and even Devon Smith CANNOT be considered your greatest achievement!! as was stated by Shakib after they beat NZ in an ODI series (that is for me their only series win of great merit). They need to think BIG and surely fighting performances will follow. Ire is a side with a lot less talent, experience and support but as Nial O'brien said: they expect to win every game and no win comes as a huge shock for them. Bangladeshi fans should be proud of their team of course, they have made strides BUT don't act like Bangladesh have nothing to prove and losses like this should be forgotten. Bangladesh owes the cricket world better performances

Posted by N on (March 5, 2011, 18:59 GMT)

@Mohammed Talha Mohsen: There are bad days and there are REALLY bad days. No team has scored less in an one-dayer AT HOME than this (except Zim in Harare against SL). No team has EVER scored lower in a World Cup at home than this. Add the fact that WI is ranked lower than Bangla (God knows why!), this humiliating record will take some beating.

Posted by mohammed on (March 5, 2011, 18:38 GMT)

Bangladesh did white wash in New Zeland, and they are top ranking than West Indies. So I'm not unhappy with that match or 58 runs. I believe it's part of game.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 5, 2011, 18:35 GMT)

Bangladesh doing lots of talking these days.. Just because they had upset wins over India and South Africa in the last World Cup, they thought they could repeat it again.. i think they should concentrate on playing good cricket rather than all this rubbish talking.. Bangladesh are neither minnows nor are they a champion team.. they come somewhere in between these two.. really need to work hard to improve their quality of cricket.. all the best for remaining matches..

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