ICC World Twenty20, 2007/08 / Commentary

ICC World Twenty20 - 5th match, Group A

Bangladesh v West Indies

Bangladesh won by 6 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)

West Indies need to win if they don't want to catch the flight back home. West Indies fielders walk out to the middle. All set for the chase. Its a healthy total but gettable. Let's see how the batsmen go after it.

0.1

Powell to Tamim Iqbal, no run, in the zone outside off stump, nipping away off the seam, Tamim has a waft and is beaten

Two slips in place

0.2

Powell to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, short in length, on the hips, clipped behind square leg

0.3

Powell to Nazimuddin, no run, hits the deck short of length and it climbs up at some pace, swayed away

Nazimuddin is reputed to a big hitter.

0.4

Powell to Nazimuddin, no run, beaten. Lovely line and length. Landed on a length, around the off stump and held its line, Nazimuddin stabs inside the line

0.5

Powell to Nazimuddin, 1 run, another one that climbs up awkwardly, Nazimuddin is surprised at the extra bounce but adjust to jab it away to third man. Good start from Powell.

0.6

Powell to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Hello? Tamim backs away to the legside but moves so far out that he can't reach a length delivery bouncing over middle stump line.

End of over 1 (2 runs) Bangladesh 2/0 (163 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 8.57)
Tamim Iqbal    1* (3b)      DBL Powell    1-0-2-0
Nazimuddin    1* (3b)     

1.1

Rampaul to Nazimuddin, OUT, West Indies nab their first wicket. Nazimuddin has thrown his wicket away. Short and outside off, he ends up miscuing a pull shot towards mid-on. The bat-face was facing straight up, towards the sky, when he made contact and that did him in

Nazimuddin c Sarwan b Rampaul 1 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

1.2

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run

1.3

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, kicks up from short of length, on the middle and leg, jabbed away to square leg

1.4

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, 1 wide, short, wide and Tamim can't reach it. He would have needed a pole.

1.4

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, fuller, on a length, on the middle and leg, Tamim stays back and manages to get a tickle to short fine leg

1.5

Rampaul to Aftab Ahmed, no run, charge and a miss. Full in length, just outside off stump and he went down the track and tried to turn it to the on side

1.6

Rampaul to Aftab Ahmed, no run, slightly short in length, on the off and middle, pulled limply towards midwicket

End of over 2 (2 runs) Bangladesh 4/1 (161 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 8.94)
Aftab Ahmed    0* (2b)      R Rampaul    1-0-2-1
Tamim Iqbal    2* (6b)      DBL Powell    1-0-2-0

2.1

Powell to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, fullish, on the leg stump line, Tamim stays adjacent to the line by not pressing the front foot across and whips it through midwicket

2.2

Powell to Tamim Iqbal, no run, There goes Tamim to the legside - he would keep doing it - but mistimes a drive to mid-off.

2.3

Powell to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, And again. He moves to the leg-side, Powell hurls it short and at the body. Somehow, Tamim twists his body and gets his head off the way, even as he attempts a pull shot and top edges it over the 'keeper's head.

2.4

Powell to Tamim Iqbal, no run, fuller, in the corridor outside off stump, Tamim tries to drill it through cover but no wood on leather

2.5

Powell to Tamim Iqbal, no run, almost a mix-up. On the middle and leg, worked to the on side and both batsmen initially wanted a run. They decide against it as they see Powell rush towards the ball

2.6

Powell to Tamim Iqbal, no run, length delivery, slanted across Tamim who punches it to point

End of over 3 (8 runs) Bangladesh 12/1 (153 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 9.00)
Tamim Iqbal    10* (12b 2x4)      DBL Powell    2-0-10-0
Aftab Ahmed    0* (2b)      R Rampaul    1-0-2-1

3.1

Rampaul to Aftab Ahmed, no run, stifled appeal for a catch behind the wicket. Full in length, nipping back in off the seam, he shapes to cut but is cramped up and the ball goes off the back thigh to Ramdin

3.2

Rampaul to Aftab Ahmed, SIX, short in length, on the middle and leg stump line, Aftab pulls it majestically over long leg. He made that look pretty easy.

3.3

Rampaul to Aftab Ahmed, FOUR, The french cut now. Aftab charges down the track and tries to heave a short-of-length delivery over midwicket and gets an inside-edge to fine leg

3.4

Rampaul to Aftab Ahmed, 5 wides, that six and four it seems has got to the bowler. He slips this one way down the leg side and Ramdin got a glove to it as the ball bounced just in front of him as he dived to his left and went under the glove

3.4

Rampaul to Aftab Ahmed, no run, short in length, over middle stump line, Aftab moves to the leg side, tries to dab it to third man and is beaten

3.5

Rampaul to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, full in length, Aftab is down the track, trying to carve it over extra cover and edges it down to third man

3.6

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, Done by the slower one. West Indies have taken out the openers. Tamim, again moves outside leg stump, shapes to heave a fullish delivery but is beaten by the slower one and ends up ballooning it to mid-on

Tamim Iqbal c Chanderpaul b Rampaul 10 (17m 13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 76.92

End of over 4 (16 runs) Bangladesh 28/2 (137 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 8.56)
     R Rampaul    2-0-18-2
Aftab Ahmed    11* (7b 1x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    2-0-10-0

4.1

Powell to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, What was that? Full in length, outside off stump, Ashraful has a slog across the line - never mind this is his first ball - and gets an edge between the keeper and the first slip. High over them.

4.2

Powell to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, Another risky stroke, another four. Short and at the body, Ash tries to pull it and edges it to left of Ramdin.

4.3

Powell to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, Whack. Pure slog. Full in length, outside the off stump and Ashraful swat-pulls it over mid-on.

4.4

Powell to Mohammad Ashraful, 2 runs, Unadulterated slogging continues. He moves outside leg stump and swipes a length delivery past midwicket.

4.5

Powell to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, Again he backs to the leg-side and this time fails to connect his attempted drive through the off side.

4.6

Powell to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, Four balls in six balls. Overpitched outside off stump, Ashraful carves it over cover point. Bangladesh have flown to 46. 34 runs in the last two overs

End of over 5 (18 runs) Bangladesh 46/2 (119 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 9.20, RRR: 7.93)
Mohammad Ashraful    18* (6b 4x4)      DBL Powell    3-0-28-0
Aftab Ahmed    11* (7b 1x4 1x6)      R Rampaul    2-0-18-2

5.1

Rampaul to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, length delivery, on the off and middle, pulled just over midwicket.

5.2

Rampaul to Mohammad Ashraful, SIX, Six over fine leg! Welcome to Twenty20! Ash walks across the sticks and drag-flicks a fullish delivery from outside the off stump. Cheeky and innovative.

5.3

Rampaul to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, flat over mid-off. Full-pitched outside off, Ashraful stays where he is and smokes it over mid-off. Flat and hard.

5.4

Rampaul to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, slower one but Ashraful picks it and drops the ball close on the off side and rushes for a quick single

5.5

Rampaul to Aftab Ahmed, 1 leg bye, Aftab tries a drag-flick but doesn't connect with the bat. A slow off cutter going down the leg side and he is beaten by the lack of pace. The ball bounds off the boot to Ramdin

5.6

Rampaul to Mohammad Ashraful, 2 runs, Dropped by Fidel Edwards at fine leg. Short in length, on the middle and leg, Ashraful top-edges a pull and it flies down to right of Fidel who rushes towards it, just about manages to get under the ball but ends up palming it

End of over 6 (15 runs) Bangladesh 61/2 (104 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 10.16, RRR: 7.42)
Mohammad Ashraful    31* (10b 5x4 1x6)      R Rampaul    3-0-32-2
Aftab Ahmed    12* (9b 1x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    3-0-28-0

All of a sudden, Bangladesh have gone berserk. The Powerplay is over and done with and here comes Gayle

6.1

Gayle to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, full and straight, on the middle and leg, turned past square leg

6.2

Gayle to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, full, almost yorker length, on the middle, tickled to short fine leg

6.3

Gayle to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, low full toss, Aftab mistimes a pull shot to deep midwicket

6.4

Gayle to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, floater, well outside off stump, Ashraful can't connect with his cut shot. He looks at the umpire hoping for a wide but, rightfully, not given

6.5

Gayle to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, low full toss, driven to long-off

6.6

Gayle to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, another full toss - third of the over, mis hit to long-on

End of over 7 (5 runs) Bangladesh 66/2 (99 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 9.42, RRR: 7.61)
Aftab Ahmed    15* (12b 1x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    1-0-5-0
Mohammad Ashraful    33* (13b 5x4 1x6)      R Rampaul    3-0-32-2

7.1

Edwards to Aftab Ahmed, FOUR, length delivery on the off stump line, pulled away to long leg where Dwayne Smith makes a mess. Poor effort .

7.2

Edwards to Aftab Ahmed, FOUR, Stunning inside-out drive. Length delivery on the off stump and Aftab knives it over extra cover

7.3

Edwards to Aftab Ahmed, no run, fullish, outside off stump, Aftab is beaten on the drive

7.4

Edwards to Aftab Ahmed, no run, surprise bouncer and Aftab is late on the pull and the ball flies over the blade

7.5

Edwards to Aftab Ahmed, 2 runs, length delivery on the off and middle, Aftab swivels off the front foot to pull it to long leg. Dwayne fumbles again but recovers to make the stop

7.6

Edwards to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, hits the deck short of length, outside off stump and again the pull shot brings Dwayne into play. No surprise there, another fumble though not costly this time.

End of over 8 (11 runs) Bangladesh 77/2 (88 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 9.62, RRR: 7.33)
Aftab Ahmed    26* (18b 3x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    1-0-11-0
Mohammad Ashraful    33* (13b 5x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    1-0-5-0

8.1

Gayle to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, on the middle and leg , top edged a sweep shot to right of short fine leg

8.2

Gayle to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run

8.3

Gayle to Aftab Ahmed, no run, floated on the off stump line, late cut to short third man

8.4

Gayle to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, drifts on to the middle, driven to long-on for another single

8.5

Gayle to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, full and outside off stump, goes down on his front knee to drill it to deep point where Dwayne collects cleanly.

8.6

Gayle to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, tossed up, full, swept away for yet another single

End of over 9 (5 runs) Bangladesh 82/2 (83 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 9.11, RRR: 7.54)
Aftab Ahmed    29* (22b 3x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    2-0-10-0
Mohammad Ashraful    35* (15b 5x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    1-0-11-0

9.1

Bravo to Aftab Ahmed, no run, slow legcutter, outside off stump, Aftab connect with his slog-drive

9.2

Bravo to Aftab Ahmed, 2 runs, Slower one and an interesting stroke there. He was charging down the track, saw mid-way that it was a slower one, adjusted to swipe it over midwicket. Well played.

9.3

Bravo to Aftab Ahmed, 1 wide, charges down the track again, Bravo fires in a bouncer and Aftab can't reach

9.3

Bravo to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, slower one, full, tapped to covers for a quick single

9.4

Bravo to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, Full-pitched, on the off stump line, lofted cleanly over the bowler's head. Clean as a whistle.

9.5

Bravo to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, Wonderful adjustment again. It was a slower one, full, Ashraful spotted it quickly, waited on the ball before lofting it to deep midwicket region

9.6

Bravo to Mohammad Ashraful, SIX, Stunning pull shot to end an expensive over. Bangladesh are rocking here. The captain is leading the way. Slightly short in length, on the middle and leg, pulled violently high over long leg.

End of over 10 (18 runs) Bangladesh 100/2 (65 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 10.00, RRR: 6.50)
Mohammad Ashraful    49* (18b 7x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    1-0-18-0
Aftab Ahmed    32* (25b 3x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    2-0-10-0

10.1

Gayle to Aftab Ahmed, FOUR, Gayle continues with his low full toss. On the leg stump this time and Aftab laps it to long leg boundary. Easy.

10.2

Gayle to Aftab Ahmed, no run, lands on a length, outside off stump, skids on, Aftab is beaten, trying to late cut

10.3

Gayle to Aftab Ahmed, 2 runs, leans forward to push it to backward point, there is an overthrow at the non-striker's end. Poor fielding effort continues.

10.4

Gayle to Aftab Ahmed, no run

10.5

Gayle to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, leans forward, turns to the on side for a quick single

10.6

Gayle to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, slightly short, outside off, cut to point

End of over 11 (7 runs) Bangladesh 107/2 (58 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 9.72, RRR: 6.44)
Mohammad Ashraful    49* (19b 7x4 2x6)      CH Gayle    3-0-17-0
Aftab Ahmed    39* (30b 4x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    1-0-18-0

Ashraful is on course for the fastest Twenty20 fifty. Ricky PontinJayasuriya holds the record,; he had got it in 23balls.

11.1

Edwards to Aftab Ahmed, no run, yorker, just shaving past the off stump. Aftab had backed away and attempted to square drive

Ashraful is on course for the fastest Twenty20 fifty. Sanath Jayasuriya holds the record,; he had got it in 23 balls.

11.2

Edwards to Aftab Ahmed, 2 no balls, waist-high full toss, on the leg-side, tickled to the leg side. Free hit now!

11.2

Edwards to Mohammad Ashraful, SIX, That's it! Ashraful has the Twenty20 record for the fastest fifty. He has overtaken Jayasuriya who had got it in 23 balls. Full in length, on the middle and leg stump line, Ash short-arm pulled it over fine leg. Stunning and cute.

11.3

Edwards to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, short in length, pulled away

11.4

Edwards to Aftab Ahmed, 2 leg byes, short in length again, pulled to backward square leg

11.5

Edwards to Aftab Ahmed, no run, bouncer outside off stump, swayed away

11.6

Edwards to Aftab Ahmed, FOUR, Awesome hit. Fullish, on the middle stump line, Aftab takes care not to press the front foot across, just leans forward and plays a lovely pick-up shot over wide mid-on.

End of over 12 (15 runs) Bangladesh 122/2 (43 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 10.16, RRR: 5.37)
Aftab Ahmed    43* (35b 5x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    2-0-24-0
Mohammad Ashraful    56* (21b 7x4 3x6)      CH Gayle    3-0-17-0

12.1

Gayle to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, on the off stump line, sliced to deep cover

12.2

Gayle to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, short, outside off, pulled to long leg

12.3

Gayle to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, fullish, outside off, backed away to the leg-side and he drills it to sweeper cover

12.4

Gayle to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, on the off stump line, swept past square leg.

12.5

Gayle to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, length delivery outside off, cut past point

12.6

Gayle to Aftab Ahmed, no run, a rare dot ball. On the off stump line, defended back to the bowler.

Bangladesh are on course here, courtesy some stunning hitting.

End of over 13 (5 runs) Bangladesh 127/2 (38 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 9.76, RRR: 5.42)
Aftab Ahmed    45* (38b 5x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    4-0-22-0
Mohammad Ashraful    59* (24b 7x4 3x6)      FH Edwards    2-0-24-0

13.1

Edwards to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, Ashraful moves to the leg-side, tries to pull a short-of-length delivery and inside-edges onto his pad.

13.2

Edwards to Aftab Ahmed, no run, swing and a miss. Another slog attempted and the length delivery shaves past the off stump

13.3

Edwards to Aftab Ahmed, FOUR, Violence continues. Take cover boys. Full in length, on the middle, Aftab takes a step or two down the track and heaves it over wide mid-on.

13.4

Edwards to Aftab Ahmed, 1 wide, slow loopy bouncer - good variation - but it bounces over the head. Wide called.

13.4

Edwards to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, Aftab gets his fifty. Full in length, on the off and middle, turned towards midwicket for a single. It has been a impetuous knock.

13.5

Edwards to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, Short in length, lapped around the corner

13.6

Edwards to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, pushed to mid-off for a single

HRG: This is the fifth instance of a three figure partnership in Twenty20 games. All of them have come at Johannesburg

End of over 14 (9 runs) Bangladesh 136/2 (29 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 9.71, RRR: 4.83)
Aftab Ahmed    51* (42b 6x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    3-0-33-0
Mohammad Ashraful    61* (26b 7x4 3x6)      CH Gayle    4-0-22-0

14.1

Sarwan to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, full and flat, outside off stump, square driven to sweeper cover

14.2

Sarwan to Mohammad Ashraful, OUT, Captain gets captain. low dipping full toss and scooped straight to cover. But what a stunner it has been from Ashraful. The fastest Twenty20 international fifty ever. Violent, brutal and innovative.

Mohammad Ashraful c Gayle b Sarwan 61 (43m 27b 7x4 3x6) SR: 225.92

14.3

Sarwan to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, on the off stump line, swept with the turn past square leg. It was a mistimed sweep and allows him to rush back for two

14.4

Sarwan to Shakib Al Hasan, no run

14.5

Sarwan to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, spins down the leg side, tickled to fine leg

14.6

Sarwan to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, spins in from outside off stump, cramps him for room and he ends up chopping it to point

End of over 15 (5 runs) Bangladesh 141/3 (24 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 9.40, RRR: 4.80)
Shakib Al Hasan    4* (4b)      RR Sarwan    1-0-5-1
Aftab Ahmed    52* (43b 6x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    3-0-33-0

15.1

Bravo to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, slow dipping full toss, on the off stump, pushed to left of cover

15.2

Bravo to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, short and wide, slapped away to deep point boundary. They are roaring towards the target.

15.3

Bravo to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, yorker length, on the off stump, driven to deep cover. 17 to win from 27 balls

15.4

Bravo to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, on the legs, fullish, wristed to deep square leg

15.5

Bravo to Aftab Ahmed, FOUR, full-pitched, hint of swing away, Aftab glides towards the line, opens the bat-face and square drives it through cover point. Fab stroke.

15.6

Bravo to Aftab Ahmed, FOUR, good old outside edge this time. Fullish, moving away a touch and Aftab tries to drive square and ends up with a boundary to third man

End of over 16 (16 runs) Bangladesh 157/3 (8 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 9.81, RRR: 2.00)
Aftab Ahmed    61* (46b 8x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    2-0-34-0
Shakib Al Hasan    11* (7b 1x4)      RR Sarwan    1-0-5-1

16.1

Sarwan to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, on the middle stump line, full, slog-swept to wide long-on

16.2

Sarwan to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT, Flighted delivery outside off, Shakib Al Hasan is down the track and scoops it to long-off. Bangladesh are six runs away from victory. Just one stroke away.

Shakib Al Hasan c Powell b Sarwan 13 (9m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 144.44

16.3

Sarwan to Alok Kapali, no run, on the middle stump line, defended back to the bowler

16.4

Sarwan to Alok Kapali, no run, full and well outside off, left alone.

16.5

Sarwan to Alok Kapali, 3 runs, short in length, outside the off stump, cut past point. Three runs away now.

16.6

Sarwan to Aftab Ahmed, no run, pushes it well outside the off stump, Aftab doesn't connect with his cut shot

End of over 17 (5 runs) Bangladesh 162/4 (3 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 9.52, RRR: 1.00)
Aftab Ahmed    61* (47b 8x4 1x6)      RR Sarwan    2-0-10-2
Alok Kapali    3* (3b)      DJ Bravo    2-0-34-0

17.1

Rampaul to Alok Kapali, 1 run, full, straight, on the middle stump line, driven back to the stumps and Rampaul dives to his right and the ball crashes into the stumps at the other side and ricochets towards Rampaul. He recovers to fire in a throw - there was one bail on - and he found his target. It was refered upstairs but the batsman was just in.

17.2

Rampaul to Aftab Ahmed, no run

17.3

Rampaul to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, full, yorker length, on the middle, driven to long-on

17.4

Rampaul to Alok Kapali, no run, on the middle stump line, tapped to mid-on

17.5

Rampaul to Alok Kapali, no run, And again. Kapali is teasing the spectators here.

17.6

Rampaul to Alok Kapali, 1 run, Bangladesh have won and West Indies are out of the ICC World Twenty20. Joy and sorrow collide in the arena. Full-pitched, outside off stump, nudged to backward point for the winning run.

A late flourish by West Indies saw them finish on a healthy 164 but some murderous hitting by Ashraful and an impish fifty by Aftab has charged Bangladesh to a memorable win.

Man of the Match Mohammad Ashraful : "We knew we can get the 160+ score. We have worked hard for the last one month. We had commando training and then some hard nets sessions."

This is Sriram Veera, your commentator for the game, signing off. Hop on to the ball-by-ball coverage of the England v Zimbabwe game. Ciao!

End of over 18 (3 runs) Bangladesh 165/4 (RR: 9.16)
Alok Kapali    5* (7b)      R Rampaul    4-0-35-2
Aftab Ahmed    62* (49b 8x4 1x6)      RR Sarwan    2-0-10-2
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Sep 13, 2007

Bangladesh celebrate their victory against West Indies, Bangladesh v West Indies, Group A, ICC World Twenty20, Johannesburg, September 13, 2007

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Aftab Ahmed lofts over the off side, Bangladesh v West Indies, Group A, ICC World Twenty20, Johannesburg, September 13, 2007

Aftab Ahmed lofts over the off side

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