West Indies v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, St George's August 21, 2014

Bangladesh must kick losing habit to save series


Match facts

Friday, August 22, 2014
Start time 0900 local (1300 GMT)

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West Indies sweated for their 1-0 lead on Wednesday but it could prove a crucial advantage in a series likely to be affected by rain. While it is unlikely the hosts will be as slipshod in the second game, Bangladesh are still searching for a performance good enough to bring them a first win in 2014.

For the first hour of West Indies' chase of 218, Bangladesh were producing that performance. They tied down Chris Gayle, played on Kirk Edwards' patience and induced poor shots from Lendl Simmons and the brothers Bravo, leaving West Indies on 34 for 5 in 13.1 overs. Bangladesh were a wicket away from the tail but they did not get it for 145 runs. Denesh Ramdin was sensible, Kieron Pollard powerful, and they were dismissed only after they had put West Indies on verge of victory.

There is room for West Indies to improve with the ball too. Sunil Narine, though wicketless, troubled the batsmen but the seamers were loose with their lines and lengths on a pitch that was on the slower side.

Bangladesh have work to do. Their strike-rates at the top need improvement, and they need to find ideas when the match is on edge. They can take encouragement from the restraint Tamim Iqbal and Nasir Hossain showed while trying to build their innings, Anamul Haque's application during his century, and Al-Amin's incisiveness.

If Bangladesh don't get it together on Friday, their winless run in 2014 will cost them another series.

Form guide

(last five completed matches, most recent first)

West Indies WLLWW
Bangladesh LLLLL

In the spotlight

Kieron Pollard was Man of the Match in the first ODI but Denesh Ramdin's role was as important. He rotated strike when none of the batsmen above him had been willing to do so and enabled Pollard to bat with relatively less pressure. Ramdin was able to find the boundaries too, and his recent dependable form in the lower-middle order is a welcome support for West Indies.

It would be surprising if Mushfiqur Rahim let his batting from the first game affect his innings in the second. He has been Bangladesh's most prolific scorer this year, and for him to throw it away before getting a proper look-in was unusual.

Team news

Either Nikita Miller or Darren Sammy could play if conditions are slower than they were in the first ODI.

West Indies (probable): 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Kirk Edwards, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 6 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 7 Kieron Pollard, 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Jason Holder, 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Kemar Roach.

Mominul Haque or Mithun Ali could replace Shamsur Rahman at No. 4, but the decision to bat Shamsur at that position was made from Dhaka. Shamsur will feel he deserves another chance at a role that is not his usual responsibility.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Shamsur Rahman, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza, 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Al-Amin Hossain.

Pitch and conditions

The forecast is for some rain, so that combined with the fact that the venue is more chasing friendly, makes bowling first a popular option. The pitch for the first ODI was slow and most batsmen struggled for timing.

Stats and trivia

  • West Indies won an ODI after losing their first five wickets for less than 50 runs for the first time on Wednesday.
  • Al-Amin Hossain was the third bowler to take a four-wicket haul in the West Indies, after Tapash Baisya and Abdur Razzak.


"We have to do the right things to get rid of these [West Indies] guys. We did it for a short period but we didn't do it for the rest of the game. We have to come up with better plans."
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim.

"There is a lot of room for improvement, especially after the shaky start. It is good to see two of our top five batsmen can score the big runs, though. I expect a lot more with the newer ball."
West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Satesh on August 22, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Gayle need s to be dropped . . . down the order to maybe four. Edwards needs to be dropped - done nothing to earn selection. Need to open with Smith & Simmons with Darren Bravo at 3 ( he is still one of out best available), 4 Gayle, 5 Pollard, 6 Ramdin, 7 Dwayne Bravo, 8 Holder, 9 Narine, 10 Rampaul and 11 Roach. With Smith and Simmons at the top, an added bowling option becomes available. Pollard MUST play as a batsman (my goodness - his fielding alone earns him a place - as does Russel's). Gayle still has lots to offer - don't just discard him like we did to Shiv. In our preparation for world cup, Samuels, Russel, Carlos B, Evan Lewis, and another keeper ( Pooran or Fletcher probably) MUST be included in the conversation.

  • Donna on August 22, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    I would give Dwayne Smith a chance since he is no longer dragging every ball through the onside. He is playing through the offside sweetly these days. He will also improve the standard of fielding. I agree that Pollard has to be treated as a batsman and given a chance to develop his innings. Also, he seems a good captaincy prospect so it would be to our advantage to give him a real chance to improve and develop. Darren Bravo needs to get his act together or be rested until he does. Talking about technique - almost every batsman has flaws. Chris Gayle never moved his feet and he's made plenty. Good batsmen know their limitations and their strengths and learn to minimise mistakes and maximise opportunities.l Narine's mystery doesn't get as many wickets as you'd think because people make up their mind to play him out and attack the others. In short they seek to minimise their mistakes and maximise their opportunities. That's all!

  • o on August 22, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    @ Rally_Windies Don't be patronising I watch it. Smith has a poor average because 80% of his matches were when he played in the side as a bowling all-rounder coming in at 7/8 for last few overs of an innings not as an opener, right now he is clearly W.I best choice to open in short formats with Simmons. Blackwood does not strike me as a one day player the guy that deserves a shot in ODI instead of Bravo if they're not going to play Shv is Jonathan Carter or Leon Johnson.

  • Habibur on August 22, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Sashur should be benched cause he is not a plr on that position. Mominul is more better than him.

  • Habib on August 22, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Shakib has always been the go to guy for BD when it came to breaking partnership. Let's be honest, BD was just one wicket away from the victory. Mushy was probably saving his strike bowlers' overs for PP. He thought the target was 281 NOT 218. I wonder if Mushy ever analyzed the reason why and how SL won a game last year after collapsing to 67/8 in 21 overs.


  • Dummy on August 22, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Chris gayle should bat in his own agressive style..... The more defensive playing destroy his carrier..... And he must skip balls swinging around off side.

  • Pavan on August 22, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    RAMDIN should be promoted to play as one-down. He has improved a lot in the recent times. Darren bravo's inclusion in the team is not justified. He plays one good innings in 10-20 matches. Maybe its time to give some other players a chance.

  • Ali on August 22, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Brutal Analyst ...

    please watch more cricket ...... Charles as a batsman (not a keeper/batsman) has a healthier ODI average than Smith .... Blackwood has every right to play from his 1st class and regional performances ...

    not that Pollard does not also have a right from his regional performance ...

    please watch more cricket sir...

    Pollard did not bat beautifully just yesterday .. that innings was not even close to one of his best performances ...

    it was just the best YOU SAW ....

    Pollard's batting yesterday was pretty NORMAL compared to most of his other 50's

  • Obaidur on August 22, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    BD should bring Mominul back in place of Shamsur and Nasir should allow to bat at 3 or 4.

    All the hail to Anamul, Taskin and Al-Amin.

  • Douglas on August 22, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    Dwane Smith for Kirk Edwards! That's it!

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