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

Pollard, Ramdin rescue West Indies

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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
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kieron Pollard cleared the boundary six times during his 89
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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  • POSTED BY TigerRoars 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.

  • POSTED BY TigerRoars 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.

  • POSTED BY TigerRoars 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!

  • POSTED BY lee_man 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...

  • POSTED BY aclarity 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.

  • POSTED BY android_user 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

  • POSTED BY man90 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.

  • POSTED BY DTheater 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.

  • POSTED BY Twinkie 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.

  • POSTED BY android_user 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.

  • POSTED BY TigerRoars 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.

  • POSTED BY TigerRoars 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.

  • POSTED BY TigerRoars 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!

  • POSTED BY lee_man 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...

  • POSTED BY aclarity 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.

  • POSTED BY android_user 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

  • POSTED BY man90 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.

  • POSTED BY DTheater 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.

  • POSTED BY Twinkie 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.

  • POSTED BY android_user 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.

  • POSTED BY lightOj on | August 21, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    @Ramansilva , The thing I wanted to say earlier is, I think a defeat of WI by Bangladesh shouldn't be considered as upset now as Bangla beat them comfortably in the past . As for your question about the full strength WI team, check for yourself mate. http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh-v-west-indies-2012/engine/match/587472.html

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | August 21, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    1. Smith 2. Simmons/Gayle 3. Chanderpaul / Carter 4. DJ Bravo 5. Ramdin 6.Pollard 7.Holder 8.C Brathwaite 9. Taylor/ Roach 10.Narne 11. Rampaul- this would of been my squad for ODI after watching W.I domestic SUPER 50 and IPL/CPL the past year.

  • POSTED BY Ramansilva on | August 21, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    @lightOj, That is exactly my point. You guys trumpet occassional successes for years and years. By the way, was it the full Windies team (first 11) last time.

  • POSTED BY DingDong420 on | August 21, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Why are WI still paying Gayle - he hasnt scored anything for 2 years

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 21, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    Bangladesh is even playing better cricket than india

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | August 21, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    @cricket-lover1000 You do realise 80 percent of Smiths games were as a bowling all-rounder so the average is redundant as he came in at 7/8 then not as an opener if you can't see how much he's improved and how much sweeter he's timing the ball and consistent he's playing than Gayle you're in denial. Shiv is still W.I best batsman I don't care about his age he needs to come at 3 to give stability to this team did you see his 2 ODI games he played in County cricket this year ? both match winning knocks who do you think opposition teams would rather see in World Cup at 3, Darren Bravo or Shiv? it's not even close to a debate.

  • POSTED BY jimwhatever on | August 21, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Pollard shows a commitment which is rare to see among WI players. his centuries agnst AUS &IND though in lossing causes were superb

  • POSTED BY lightOj on | August 21, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    @Ramansilva, Last I checked, before this series the last one bangla won by 3-2 margin. So, what exactly the point in saying "Otherwise it could have been an embarssing defeat for windies on their own backyard and point of discussion for Banglas for next 10 years." ??

  • POSTED BY Ramansilva on | August 21, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Bangla's were scoring at snail's pace and at one time hey were not likey to score even 200. Windies were sliding down like the value Taka for 13 overs and finally sanity prevailed. Otherwise it could have been an embarssing defeat for windies on their own backyard and point of discussion for Banglas for next 10 years.

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | August 21, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    the best 100 i have ever seen from Pollard was in a 4-day 1st class game.... he has more ability in longer format than short .....

    it is such a shame to punish a player for being good in one format, by banning him from playing in others ......

    Pollard is a better Test batsman than, Simmons, Kirk Edwards, Kriag Brathwaite, Marlon Smauels, Adrian Barath, & Keiron Powell .....

    if you saw Pollard in a 4-day game, you would agree ..

    yes he has the POWER...

    but he also has the SOLID DEFENSE .. and PATIENCE ...... required ....

    Pollard is 26 .. it is such a shame .. that if he gets a shot, he may only see 30-40 tests in his career ....

    he will go down in history with Ridely Jacobs and Hussey .....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 21, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Clearly I have seen win of Bangladesh yesterday when 5 wickets gone within 36 runs.. But I do agree with other commentss that Bangladesh never learn from their past! Moreover this time Sakib Al Hasan is not there.. Its not bad luck, its bad game play for Bangladesh..

  • POSTED BY Shiv1994 on | August 21, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Good Work West indies... but these escapes wont be seen much against better teams... West indies team needs a bit of re-shuffling of the batting order and proper combination of bowlers and all rounders... Lendl Simmons should open the batting with Gayle and Kirk Edwards should be at number four and there should be one specialist fast bowler and an all rounder, in the form of Darren Sammy should be included to strengthen the batting.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | August 21, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Strong come back victory for WI !!!! Pollard played a responsible knock along with Ramdin who is also in good nick. Ramdin had changed his approach is playing aggressively nowadays & that's a very good news for WI middle order !!!!

  • POSTED BY smukhles on | August 21, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan was very much needed in this match today, at least we would perhaps have a better chance to break Pollard-Ramdin partnership sooner, in addition some more immature decisions made by Mushfiqur Rahim ( as usual ) contributed to this defeat after restricting WI to 35-5 at one stage. For example few of the regulars bowlers still had few overs left but the captain kept bringing part timers and kept using Taskin Ahmed despite him being one of the most generous one today. Not many team will allow the opponent to win a match after restricting them to 35-5, which means Bangladesh still really don't know HOW TO WIN in these type of situations.

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | August 21, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Again Bd lost from a good strong position ! Something must be wrong with the captain or perhaps the balling unit as well. On the batting side I think Mithun Ali should play in place of shamsur becuz he is already better than shamsur and also a good promising prospect for Bd cricket.

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | August 21, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    @ Anan3t - Yeah they "eaten up 5 WestIndies" before being completely slaughtered by two of the remaining ... Love it when you lot make sweeping remarks before you have won the first game for the whole year!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 21, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    BD never learn...very poor batting..not a single one of those play text book shot...every ball is hammerd like a tail ender by every batsmen..is this the cricket...not even close with other sun continent teams...

  • POSTED BY JoshFromJamRock on | August 21, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    Good comeback by WI in this game. I'd give this lineup one more chance so the top order can prove itself. Being made captains of their respective CPL teams, Pollard, Ramdin and Bravo have, unsurprisingly, shown more maturity in their batting and decision making. Sammy has also improved with regards to finishing games but he is unlucky to miss out as this WI team is quality.

    Gayle's place is in question. I think he should just go all out and attack the opening bowlers as his lack of strike rotation is killing the momentum of the innings. Simmons and Smith used to have that issue but the CPL and IPL have helped them become better strike rotators. Given the new found dependability in the middle order, if Gayle scores a 30-ball 40, WI will post often post targets of 260+ which can be defended with ease if Narine and Co. stick to a plan.

  • POSTED BY cricket-lover1000 on | August 21, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    BRUTALANALYST- dwayane smith , come on 17 average after 90 games and shiv is too old- he need to retire- dame never stop fr any players, wi need to call their two most exp middle-order batsman immediately- sarwan - 42 average and marlon 32 and he will give extra 5 bonus overs also he just scored fastest 100 in recent concluded cpl so he is in good form. bowling look decent, but taylor should be back - back up fr injury prone rampaul. otherwise team is fine- wi need to pick their 15 fr wc right now- i hope new coach listening , if they want to do good in wc. gayle simmons marlon sarwan ramdin pollard bravo senior holder roach narine and rampaul, reserves - russell must be back , bravo junior taylor and miller/sammy.

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | August 21, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    @ NAYMAR.JR favorites? are u serious? how many teams will allow WI to score 220 after restricting them to 34/5. on the other hand Bangladesh lost anther chance to win a game after getting to a very strong position. this is the challenge that their new coaching staff has.

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | August 21, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    Thank god. AT 34 for 5 I turned off my TV, good to see Pollard firing. Gayle is still terribly out of form which is surcely a concern for WI. Also Dwayne Bravo got out a poor t 20 type shot.

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | August 21, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    Poor showing by my Bangla boys. The key difference was, WI partnership was built on singles and doubles and then acceleration, whereas, BD players seem to be allergic to 1s & 2s. Best of luck next time Tigers.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 21, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    Bd problems is very old.lack of confidence. Lack of mind settings. No killer instinct. No strong will power.such type game we watch several times.u r the representative of Bangladesh. Pls fight full of strength and win for motherland.we r all behind u.pls feel all of u r our national hero.we want u r success. well done bijoy.congratulation. it was more beautiful and pleasant if u r other team mate chase like u.this is the real warrior instict.after fight u lost no problems. But u people should give u r all efforts for country image.

  • POSTED BY NAYMAR.JR on | August 21, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    i think wi team is the one of favourits in next world cup.

  • POSTED BY paj1952 on | August 21, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    Compliments to Pollard the unsung hero.. He batted with patients and determination. For a player that's not credited with anything over 20 overs, he played wonderfully. Ramdin, batted as he should at this stage in his career, it was a fine effort by him also.

  • POSTED BY chechong0114 on | August 20, 2014, 23:26 GMT

    Great to see Pollard score some runs in West Indies colors, I think the selectors did a great job picking this team I however was very disappointed with the scores of the top order batsmen, only 2 players really impressed with the bat and that is sad.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 20, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    Good batting from Ramdin and Pollard. Shame they neither batsmen could get to 3 figures. That was the away team chance to win a game. Fully expect WI to clean sweep them now.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | August 20, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    West Indies a great comeback but please think about the makeup of this ODI side. If fit and available Dwayne Smith has got to come into the side. Please please pull the arm of Shiv to come back and play one more ODI world cup. I will hang my hat on it that in Aus Gayle will not make runs. Look at his record their and you will see even in his pomp he struggled with conditions. Bowling attack looks decent but it essential to keep Rampaul fit. In Aus/NZ conditions I want the WI to do well but they must look to build a side for that tournament right now. I want Simmons to open with Smith. I would bat Darren Bravo at 3 with Shiv at 4. Depending on situation I would be flexible with Ramdin, Dwayne Bravo and Pollard at 5, 6 and 7. If the pitch is bouncy and bowlers on top I would bat Ramdin at 5 with Bravo 6 pollard 7. In terms of bowlers I would keep today's attack with Holder, Roach, Rampaul and Narine. That is a very good side.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | August 20, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    Sadly I think we could be seeing the end of Gayle and anyway surely Dwayne Smith should be first choice in both W.I short formats with the form an stroke-play he's been delivering and if Simmons is in the 11 given a licence opening alongside him to actually utilise the power-play with his natural T20 striking. Given the W.I tendency to collapse and the inconsistency of Darren Bravo SHIV must come back and bat 3 to anchor the innings hopefully the new coach will see this, then DJ, Ramdin and Pollard to follow to make up the top 6. W.I fans/selectors need to stop this building for future talk and start playing the best side that'll give best opportunity of winning the World Cup (as far out as that seems right now) which most definitely means including Chanderpaul and Dwayne Smith.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | August 20, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    This is the kind mature innings that Pollard fans have been waiting for ages! Not only did he put his head down early in the innings while his team recovered, he scored at a rate over 100 for most of his innings. Is this a real turn around or just a flash in the pan?

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | August 20, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    Further proof that Pollard should be treated as a batsman and bat higher up the order. The man can build an innings. I don't know why he is considered by some to be an all-rounder, yes he knows how to deliver a legal delivery but that's about it. He is a batsman that can contribute a few handy overs if the conditions are right. He didn't even bowl in this match and came in at 7. He should swap places with Dwayne Bravo in the line up. Also great for the first time in years that WI has gone in with 4 front line bowlers.

  • POSTED BY wirus on | August 20, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    Ramdin has now become such an asset to WI cricket that he should be spared from playing T20s unless in an emergency and kept fresh for tests and ODIs. He is now too valuable to be allowed to get injured playing that sort of stuff. He too is beginning to have a certain presence about him and oppositions are beginning to respect and hopefully eventually fear him in the way that they used to fear Dhoni, though he has much more developing to do as a batsman, keeper and especially as a captain.

  • POSTED BY wirus on | August 20, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    Superb effort by Ramdin, Pollard and Holder at the end. That sort of fight is what WI have lacked for so long. However there are problems that HAVE to be addressed. Gayle must not bat above 6 and Simmons should open the batting, probably with Dwayne Bravo: 1. Simmons 2. Dwayne Bravo 3. Edwards 4. Darren Bravo 5. Pollard 6. Gayle 7. Ramdin followed by Holder, Narine, Rampaul and Roach. If Gayle continues to fail in this short ODI series, he should be dropped and picked for T20 only. Time to move on as we are doing with captain, selectors, coach. Brathwaite, Blackwood, Johnson and perhaps Fuddadin should be considered and if Edwards and Bravo continue to under perform they should be rested and others given exposure. One can only hope that recent changes are the start of a gradual improvement in all forms of cricket for WI. Pollard should be ODI captain. He reminds one of Lloyd and has that presence at the crease and on the field that inspires others and puts fear in the opposition.

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | August 20, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    With all the administrative changes done,now they will have to start the players changes.Players who constantly get out to irresponsible stroke should be dropped.The replacement players will know that they cannot play loosely.Lil Bravo and Simmons trying to steer balls through the slips and getting out is not acceptable.Gayle and Edwards also played very poor strokes.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | August 20, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    Rahim needs to leave as captain which clearly has been the main problem this year otherwise these losses will continue. The best bowlers Al-Amim, Mortaza and Gazi didn't not even finish their quotas and still persisted with the part timers and the struggling Taskin. At this rate we will lose to Zimbabwe and Afghanistan soon if he continues as captain.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 20, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Good game WI were starting to play good cricket again. Good carry on from the cpl into the start of the domestic season..only want to see u guys move forward from here an play good cricket....

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 20, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    I think Pollard is laying out his case for WI Test squad selection.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    I can see a similar story repeating itself. bd giving hope to all its fans but only to leave them disappointing. Even if play resumes I think these two have done enough to secure WI win. well played polard and ramdin.

  • POSTED BY MAN_AT_WORK on | August 20, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    DISAPPOINTED shouldn't lose from here :(

  • POSTED BY samgannon22 on | August 20, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    Have been watching a lot of West Indies cricket recently and I really believe Ramdin is becoming a class player. Strikes the ball very sweetly and is taking more responsibility. Definitely a player to watch on the world scene in the upcoming period.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | August 20, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    Well the problem is clearly with Rahim captaincy. This is not the first time this year we had a team like 40/5. Rahim needs to resign as captain as he simply has poor skills. He never learns.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 20, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    BD must use the best bowlers like mash n taskin/alamin 2 get wkt windies will fo underpressure n take risk n loose wkt

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 20, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Remember my word.. The way now Ramdin and Pollard is batting.. BD will lose this match within 35 over.. Again shameful bowling from BD after a collapse. They can only create pressure for short time.. Can't continue to build the pressure.

  • POSTED BY Anan3t on | August 20, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Tigers are doing their best! Eaten up 5 Westindies. lol

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | August 20, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    And the value of having a global domestic t20 tournament is shown yet again. There is zero correlation between paying for a strong t20 domestic tournament and national success. Utter shambles from the W.I. Good bowling by BD though so glad Gayle was utterly hopeless again. Lets face it the IPL has utterly destroyed his batting for good. He can't play against anything other than medium pace or left arm spinners.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    I just think the West Indies still got the batting line up wrong. Simmons should be coming in at three!

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | August 20, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Again wickets thrown away and no wonder we're a minnow. Good 100 by Anamul he's a talent but needs to work on rotating the strike more because he again played too many dot balls. Slowish pitch but Windies should prevail.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    just wondering, after how many years BD playing without a lefty spinner?

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 20, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Feeling excited...anamul maiden ton

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Where is dwayne smith? Is he injury or something? Thought he did well in the recent concluded cpl and the series before that.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 20, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Not surprise sammy is not playing. Its the startin on his era which i believe. Soo sad. Sammy all the way.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    BD should wait till 40 th over for adventurous shot...

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    I hope BD will learn something. this wicket is a slow track. why they are making hurry. just wait and go for last 7-8 overs. 200 plus is a good score in this wicket

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 20, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Twinkie, there is no Trinidad and Tobago here- this is the West Indies... And .. Stop hating on pollard ... It is insulting..

  • POSTED BY Twinkie on | August 20, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    Nearly a whole Trinidadian team here but the only questionable choice would be Kieron Pollard. That is unless Bravo plans to pick his brains. He has shown himself to be a better captain than Bravo and Ramdin. Sammy has been out of sorts lately, so no quarrels with his omission. It's time for Chris Gayle to show up, Darren Bravo to get his mix of aggression and defence right, Ravi Rampaul to be consistently good and Lendl Simmons to just carry on smartly! Jason Holder must keep learning and improving. Ramdin must remember how well he used to keep (and continue his batting form). Sunil Narine needs to develop his skills for the longer version. Kemar Roach needs to continue to develop and not stagnate. And they all need to improve their catching. Sorry Shakib is missing out. He would have been a challenge.

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  • POSTED BY Twinkie on | August 20, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    Nearly a whole Trinidadian team here but the only questionable choice would be Kieron Pollard. That is unless Bravo plans to pick his brains. He has shown himself to be a better captain than Bravo and Ramdin. Sammy has been out of sorts lately, so no quarrels with his omission. It's time for Chris Gayle to show up, Darren Bravo to get his mix of aggression and defence right, Ravi Rampaul to be consistently good and Lendl Simmons to just carry on smartly! Jason Holder must keep learning and improving. Ramdin must remember how well he used to keep (and continue his batting form). Sunil Narine needs to develop his skills for the longer version. Kemar Roach needs to continue to develop and not stagnate. And they all need to improve their catching. Sorry Shakib is missing out. He would have been a challenge.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 20, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Twinkie, there is no Trinidad and Tobago here- this is the West Indies... And .. Stop hating on pollard ... It is insulting..

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    I hope BD will learn something. this wicket is a slow track. why they are making hurry. just wait and go for last 7-8 overs. 200 plus is a good score in this wicket

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    BD should wait till 40 th over for adventurous shot...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 20, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Not surprise sammy is not playing. Its the startin on his era which i believe. Soo sad. Sammy all the way.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Where is dwayne smith? Is he injury or something? Thought he did well in the recent concluded cpl and the series before that.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 20, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Feeling excited...anamul maiden ton

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    just wondering, after how many years BD playing without a lefty spinner?

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | August 20, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Again wickets thrown away and no wonder we're a minnow. Good 100 by Anamul he's a talent but needs to work on rotating the strike more because he again played too many dot balls. Slowish pitch but Windies should prevail.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    I just think the West Indies still got the batting line up wrong. Simmons should be coming in at three!