West Indies v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, St Kitts

Ramdin, Bravo centuries flay Bangladesh

The Report by Mohammad Isam

August 25, 2014

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West Indies 338 for 7 (Ramdin 169, Bravo 124) beat Banglandesh 247 for 8 (Mushfiqur 72, Tamim 55) by 91 runs
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Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin put on the highest third-wicket stand in ODIs © AFP

Denesh Ramdin wouldn't have had as much fun on a cricket field as on Monday afternoon at Warner Park. His belligerent 169 contributed to the highest third-wicket partnership in ODIs with Darren Bravo, who also accumulated a century, and ensured West Indies completed a 3-0 whitewash by 91 runs.

The hosts were catapulted to 338 for 7 in 50 overs, a score that was well out of Bangladesh's reach especially at a time when their batsmen are scraping the bottom of the confidence barrel. But they did show signs of a fight after the hiding, playing out their full quota of overs to make 247 for 8.

Bangladesh were 2 for 2 in the second over and were threatening to sink further, before Tamim Iqbal struck his first international fifty after 18 innings and more than nine months. Tamim added 99 runs for the third wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim, who top-scored with 72. However, the last hopes Bangladesh had faded away when Mushfiqur holed out in the deep in the 37th over.

The West Indies bowlers could bide their time thanks to Ramdin and Bravo. The duo clattered 19 sixes, the most by West Indies in an ODI, as they amassed 258 runs for the third wicket. Their partnership beat the previous record for the third-wicket stand, held by Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, by 20 runs. For most of their stand, it was hard to see past their bats as they dined on a bowling attack that was at times perfect for big-hitting.

Mashrafe Mortaza and Al-Amin Hossain, despite the early promise, barely clocked above 130 kph while Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi and Mahmudullah persisted with shortish darts. With a moderate-sized ground, a flat surface and a bit of wind behind them, West Indies simply took off.

The early losses of Lendl Simmons and Chris Gayle were forgotten as Ramdin and Bravo used singles to ease the pressure. The change of tactics was apparent in the 19th over, in which Mahmudullah gave away 10 runs. The pair plundered 19 runs in the 22nd over, with Ramdin peppering the crowd behind midwicket and Bravo opting to go straight.

Ramdin razed three sixes off Mortaza in the 38th over and hurtled to a second century in his last four ODIs. Bravo reached his hundred soon after, a knock that had been a long time coming as he has struggled to convert fifties into centuries in ODIs.

Ramdin struck 11 sixes while Bravo contributed eight, though none of it would have happened had Bangladesh held on to their chances.

Mushfiqur missed a stumping off Bravo, who was beaten by Abdur Razzak while batting on 10. Mushfiqur fumbled so awkwardly that he was in no position for a second go at the stumps. Razzak had his own gaffe when he failed to get under a looping ball at mid-on after Ramdin had skied Mashrafe on 35.

Razzak lost his form, bowling much too short and far too quickly. Gazi's struggles might be understandable, considering the scrutiny surrounding his bowling action. He hardly found rhythm, and was perhaps wrongly entrusted with the first over of the match. Al-Amin was the only saving grace, ending up with his second four-wicket haul in ODIs, both coming in this series. But he could not rein in the West Indies batsmen.

West Indies also faced some difficulty with Bangladesh's third-wicket stand. Mushfiqur and Tamim added 99 runs with a bit of style, but the bluster was obviously missing. Anamul Haque and Imrul Kayes were gone by the first eleven balls, the latter to Kemar Roach's stunning one-handed catch at mid-on. Although Mahmudullah offered some resistance during a 55-run, fifth-wicket stand with his captain, the contest had turned West Indies' way earlier, following Tamim's dismissal in the 22nd over.

The abiding memory from the first-ever day-night match at Warner Park, though, would be what happened during the first half of the game. The sight of Ramdin and Darren Bravo slamming one six after another was enough to keep the fans singing and dancing.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (August 26, 2014, 23:07 GMT)

Ramdin played the perfect ODI innings. He rotated the strike at every attempt (even while being non-striker) to not allow his partner or himself to get cold. He didn't simply block good balls and accumulate dots. He then used the middle overs to not only look for easy singles but also fielder-challenging doubles. After well set and the team in a fairly safe position, he duly upped the run-rate by taking calculated risks and even challenged boundary riders when he had nothing to lose. He surely has come of age and could easily play as a specialist batsman at this stage.

I wouldn't say WI are favorites at this point, but the improvement is obvious. Its not the results but HOW they achieved it. They got the basics right and their mental game has improved quite a bit. Their batting showed temperament and understanding while the bowling hunted as a pack in unity. I dare say that WI would have seriously challenged Australia and South Africa had they been the visitors instead of Bangladesh.

Posted by delboy on (August 26, 2014, 20:08 GMT)

Take a close look at the following to see how effective GRASSROOTS cricket in the WI has been over the last decade or so. Where are most of these players now? Will we ever see the like of Ravi Rampaul opening the inning at any senior level for the WI?

http://static.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2000/OTHERS+ICC/WC-U15/SCORECARDS/KNOCK-OUTS/PAK-U15_WI-U15_WC-U15_FINAL_10AUG2000.html

Posted by   on (August 26, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

It was great game for WI all around, every department showed up. For Bangladesh it is just a revisiting, reliving, reiterating the same old thing - Hopefully now ICC will do what it should have done few years ago, take away the ODI, Test, and T20 Status. Please ICC just do this ... the world is tired of watching MISERABLY AWEFUL teams. If you want to promote cricket you will have to demote Bhangadesh for 10 years at least.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

cummon is criticising the only thing people can do i believe changin players regularly will not slve a problem work with a team until they have reach their peak when a team has over come a tugh period together they will grow look at the bigget=st football teams especially fom where i am in south america brazil venezuela each team have rough patches but they stick to their players bangladish will improve and west indies will improve more in the future its just we need to still rally around as fans to give them the motivation

Posted by   on (August 26, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

Bangladesh's batting is way below what is expected at the elite level. It was good to see Tamim finally score a 50; Mushy played a very composed innings and was perhaps the only one who batted with confidence. The rest were a pitiful bunch. They were terrified and never looked as if they belonged there. The spinners were awful. Only Al-Amin shone and quite brilliantly I might add. But Razzak and Sohagh Ghazi were too ordinary. Just goes to show how barren the cupboards are without Sakib in the playing XI. But the Bangladesh adminstrators will insist that discipline must be enforced at any cost. How dare Sakib leave the team pavillion without their permission. Rather than embarrass us further, I suggest that the Board brings the whole team back home. Its shameful having to endure their pathetic performance over and over again. Just tell the WI, sorry guys but we just don't feel like playing anymore.

Posted by Collis79 on (August 26, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! WIndies beat a clueless Bangaldesh side and some WIndies supporter is saying we're gonna win the 1 day World Cup. Well for that person this is what will happen to WIndies in the World Cup. Gayle won't make no runs, batting will collapse because WIndies batsmen like "Mr cool" Gayle and others don't run singles and twos,because"they only deal in boundaries" and their better class of of opponents will bowl a decent line and length to thus denying them boundaries, the bowlers will start bowling short and wide to be cut and pulled mercilessly and their fielding will be its usual rubbish. RESULT, first round exit for WIndies.

Posted by android_user on (August 26, 2014, 11:07 GMT)

Those who have been there will know it is tougher to compete against a team considered to be your inferior. You spend more effort trying not to lose. I do not care about the individual performances what matters is the collective team performance. This is what will move the WI up the rankings. For all Lara and Walsh's individual world ranking during their day the WI TEAM took a regressive move. I am glad to see Gayle, Edwards , Simmons or even in the instance where the top 5 failed and the TEAM rallied. Same team, new management and a change in belief and results. Long will it continue.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2014, 10:44 GMT)

An impressive win indeed, but like some people on here, i wouldn't get too over-excited. It's easy to bully and demolish a team that are playing below the levels of what even Bangla are capable of. Until i see such a consistant level of performance against the teams that are all above the Windies in the rankings, then i'll be more convinced, but for now i'm just seeing it as a dominant exhibition of flat-track bullying a team with limited abilities, who are low in confidence. Now somebody is predicting the Windies as joint-favorites in the upcoming World Cup, when was the last time we performed well in conditions Down Under in any format for that matter?...the tide might be turning slightly, but as usual some people on here are getting carried-away by running before they can walk.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (August 26, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

We Bangladesh are simply a poor side and Rahim is a very poor captain. None of our batsman can play when the track is lively and even of flat tracks they find it tough.

According to stats this year, Razzak, Gazi, Mahmudullah, Shamsur and Nasir have been extremely poor and are the main problems to this team. Harsh it may sound but they should be removed from the team compltely as they are simply not good enough and do not learn to come out of their 'patch'. These out of form players are damaging team ethic.

For these players replacements, we need to give chances to the likes of Sabbir, Mithun and Mosadddek Hossain all whom are young and bode talent.

I will split the captaincy in 2 with Mashrafe leading in limited overs and Shakib for tests.

Congrats to West Indies for the series win and deservedly so.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

Tamim scored a 50 after 17 innings!!! How is it possible to play for a opening batsman in a national team without a 50 in 17 innings!!! BD cricket is in trouble only for bad team selection. Kick tamim, nasir & mahmudullah. Without performing no1 should play in national team.

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