West Indies v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, St George's August 20, 2014

Pollard, Ramdin rescue West Indies


West Indies 219 for 7 (Pollard 89, Ramdin 74, Al-Amin 4-51) beat Bangladesh 217 for 9 (Anamul 109, Bravo 4-32) by three wickets
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Kieron Pollard cleared the boundary six times during his 89 © WICB Media/Randy Brooks Photo

Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin fought to bring West Indies out of trouble and secured a tense victory, the absence of which would have raised questions over whether the sudden departure of the coach Ottis Gibson on the eve of the series had adversely impacted the side. Their counterattacking stand of 145 forced Bangladesh to give up yet another great match-winning position, in the first ODI in Grenada.

For nearly an hour into West Indies' innings, the happenings on the field mirrored the apparent confusion off it. When Pollard joined Ramdin at the crease at 34 for 5 in 13.1 overs, in pursuit of 218, the chase was on its last legs. They produced two timely and well-paced innings.

Ramdin did the early running, ensuring building blocks were put in place after the rot that ate up half the batting order. He ran hard, found gaps regularly and saw to it that Pollard was not deprived of the strike. It was key that Pollard finds his groove, and 16 balls into the partnership, he struck a straight six off Al-Amin Hossain.

Boundaries started to flow as Pollard began to swing freely, but his head remained so still as his arms, hip and feet worked fluidly to smash deliveries into the stands. West Indies passed 100 in the 26th over and Pollard got to 50 off 39 balls.

By the time Ramdin brought up his half-century in the 31st over, Bangladesh had all but given up. A small rain delay broke the flow of the partnership, but despite Ramdin's dismissal for 74 off 76 balls shortly after the resumption, Pollard thundered on a little longer. He was dismissed for 89 off 70 balls in the 38th over, with West Indies 17 away from the target, via a marvelous running catch from Mahmudullah to give Al-Amin his fourth wicket. The tail, however, ensured their good work with the ball was not undone.

Knowing they did not posses the power of Pollard, Bangladesh had built their total with a different approach. Their challenge to West Indies centred around how long Anamul Haque could stay focused in the middle. After a restrained but encouraging start by Tamim Iqbal, the innings meandered for a considerable period, and though it regained some momentum, it never really hit the right pitch.

Following a hard-earned opening stand of 41, Tamim pulled a catch to short midwicket, after which Imrul Kayes and Anamul were involved in a collision that led to Kayes being run out. The middle-order batsmen played sensibly before getting out to soft dismissals and at 141 for 5, Bangladesh were poised to unravel.

Nasir Hossain and Anamul then scrapped to add 53 for the sixth wicket, somehow surviving against Sunil Narine, who zipped deliveries in and out and was on a roll during the Powerplay. West Indies bowled haphazardly for most parts except when Narine was in the attack, but he went wicketless while Dwayne Bravo picked up four with mostly ordinary deliveries.

Anamul did not look assured, but even when he is punishing bowlers, he seems always to give a chance. He survived a close lbw appeal in the 36th over, but he looked unflustered by the happenings at the other end or out of Narine's hand. In the nineties Anamul lifted one towards midwicket, where he was dropped by Kirk Edwards, and soon celebrated his century with a fierce scream.

Bangladesh began their defence of 217 with consecutive maidens from Sohag Gazi and Mashrafe Mortaza, and they continued to keep Chris Gayle and Kirk Edwards quiet. The chase had gone nowhere after five overs and Gayle's frustration boiled over. He was caught at third man off a top edge.

Mushfiqur then took two sharp catches. He dived to his left to snatch a steer from Darren Bravo and then moved slightly forward to grab Lendl Simmons and give Al-Amin his second wicket. Edwards had swiped and was bowled by Mahmudullah and by the 14th over West Indies had also lost their captain to a loose pull that was caught at deep square leg.

That was the cue for the Ramdin-Pollard show. They did not start flashily but Pollard began to knock a few big ones, while Ramdin rotated strike, and Bangladesh wilted.

There wasn't much wrong with Mushfiqur's rotation of bowlers as he tried to pick up the vital sixth wicket. His fields, however, were too standard and he hardly attacked the batsmen. Because the first five wickets had come with almost similar fields for all bowlers, Mushfiqur did not see many reasons to change things. It has never been his style.

Al-Amin conceding so much after taking three quick wickets didn't help. Mashrafe Mortaza and Sohag Gazi bowled superbly early on but were ineffective in their second spells. Taskin Ahmed hasn't played enough for anyone to think of judging him on his loose lines, while the allrounders Mahmudullah and Nasir Hossain didn't make much of an impact. The upshot was that West Indies were able to pull off an escape act.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Shuzi on August 22, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    He should have waited until the PP and then should have launched. To me, the shot looked premeditated. 4. Anamul played a gem of an inning. Too bad it was all in vain.

    I would have made two changes for the 2nd ODI. The second might happen, but not the first one. 1. Replace Mushfiqur by Mashrafe as captain. Mashrafe is one of the best tacticians in the team. Plus, unlike the current skipper, he consults with others, when appropriate. 2. Replace Shamsur by Mominul. Despite his low ODI average, Mominul is technically one of the two most sound batsmen in the team with good SR. He is ready to break out in the ODI, I think. Plus, with Shakib out, I think we need his all-round skills in the team.

  • Shuzi on August 22, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    I could go on and on about the WI inning, but the fact is that poor captaincy probably contributed the most in helping WI achieve the win. There were other factors involved, such as the rain before and during the BD inning that made the pitch slow. During the WI 6th wicket partnership, the wicket eased slowly. But, a good planning and execution should have kept the pressure on. But, the reactionary captaincy made that impossible.

    During the BD inning, I will mention a couple of things, although there were many others. 1. After Nasir fell, Mashrafe should have been sent. He is a much better option than Gazi when quick runs are needed. Perhaps he would have fallen cheaply, but that was the right thing to do. If the move did not work, Gazi could have played out the inning. 2. Kayes run out was huge. He was seeing the ball well. How can you run into each other? Ball watching? 3. Mushfiqur's wicket was also a big one. He can accelerate at will these days.

  • Shuzi on August 22, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    Once WI lost their 5th wicket at 34, my brother and I were discussing how the captain Mushfiqur lost many matches during the middle over. Our fear came true in a hurry. 1. WI was in trouble, but the RRR was still not high. Thus, BD needed to keep attacking. But, BD stopped attacking. I would have used an attacking field. WI needed nearly 200 runs with only 5 wickets in hand. If they tried to take advantage of the attcking field, it only would have required 5 miscues. 2. You bring in part-time bowlers to break partnerships. Why was Nasir Hossain brought in at the time? Main bowlers were bowling pretty well. 3. Taskin was having trouble with accuracy. Why persist with him during the middle overs. He could have been brought back later. 4. Mashrefe is a horrible death bowler, but very effective in until the 20-25th over. Thus, a good captain should try to get as much as possible out of him by using his quota by the 25th over. At the end of the 25th over, Mashrafe's line: 6-2-7-1. POOR!

  • Lee on August 21, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    WI won the game handsomely. That's the fact. I don't understand why people are trying to make the game sound closer than it actually was. Anything else is mere speculation. If Bangladesh had broken the Ramdin/Pollard partnership earlier..., if this and if that. Speculation!!!! Good game WI. In the past the batsmen would have collapsed in a heap but this time they didn't. Onward, upward may we ever go...

  • Jack on August 21, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    The selection panel needs to integrate Lewis, Bonner, Russell, Gabriel and Beaton into this ODI squad. It is obvious that this current squad is past due. We need to give the young guys more experience prior to the World Cup. Sammy and Miller should not be on the squad because the WC is not in India and Sammy recent bowling form is way below par. Let's not please by recycling but instead do the right thing. When we please we disenfranchise the deserving. By the way was Kirk Edwards WI kit inferior? It certainly seemed so in his batting and fielding.

  • Android on August 21, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    good game for wi again. I love pollards revenge on dangladesh from last series. but this time pollard did a nice job there. but yes defenetly bangladesh team missed shakib al hasan the best from bd cz I knw only that time he may be use his some experience or not may be. but after all and everything ban and wi both played a great match

  • manoj on August 21, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    @wapuser: Why do you bring India to this discussion. Kindly stick to WI and Bangladesh team performance.

    Good performance by Pollard and Ramdin which ensured WI did not lose this match. Well played guys.

  • Abu on August 21, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    Its just the beginning. Bangladesh is playing without their best player Shakib, we would have made a huge difference. I am confident they will come back in the next match - a lot depends on Captain's prudent decision.

  • Donna on August 21, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Barry, you seem to have a comprehension problem. I am not hating on Pollard. I said he would make a better captain than Ramdin and Bravo. He seems to have a good brain. I am happy to see that he has remembered how to bat and long may he remember. He should have come in not out and with a century in the books, however. I also did not express any problem with the number of Trinidadians in the team. It was rather a commentary on the declining standards of cricket in the other territories. I don't really care where the players come from as long as they are the best available. You are the one with the problem mate. Take a little time before you jump to erroneous conclusions! I could be insulted by your submission but is obvious you did not understand so apologies will be accepted.

  • Android on August 21, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    @Rally_windies put things into perspective how can you compare apples with pears? In order to compare and contrast players at least bring the important factor of who they scored their tests runs against and apply some weighting.

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