Bangladesh v WI, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

Smith, Badree send Bangladesh crashing

The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

March 25, 2014

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West Indies 171 for 7 (Smith 72, Al-Amin 3-21) beat Bangladesh 98 (Badree 4-15, Santokie 3-17) by 73 runs
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West Indies had batted poorly against India in a seven-wicket defeat on Sunday. Their batsmen didn't look entirely convincing against Bangladesh either, but they scored 171, thanks to Dwayne Smith's 43-ball 72 and some amateurish work in the field.

The target proved well beyond the reach of the hosts, who were bowled out for 98. Dew, which had been a big factor in Mushfiqur Rahim sending West Indies in at the toss, barely played a role as Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine and Krishmar Santokie - a left-arm seamer by definition but a quickish left-arm spinner in reality - had no difficulty in gripping the ball in achieving figures of 12-0-49-8 among them.

Badree and Santokie sent back three of Bangladesh's most dangerous batsmen within first four overs. Tamim Iqbal went first, driving Badree uppishly to a diving Dwayne Bravo at mid-off. Bravo would later throw an even harsher light on the gulf between the two fielding sides by hurling himself to his right at point to grab a low one-handed catch and dismiss Mushfiqur.

Before that, though, Santokie struck twice in two balls with his slower offcutters. First, he spun it past the groping outside edge of the right-handed Anamul Haque for Denesh Ramdin to effect a brilliant stumping, then spun his next ball through the gate of the left-handed Shakib Al Hasan. Bangladesh were 16 for 3 in 3.2 overs and the match, as a contest, was over.

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  • Bangladesh's 73-run defeat was their second worst by margin of runs in T20Is. They had lost to Pakistan by 103 in a one-off T20I in Karachi in 2008.
  • Dwayne Smith's 72 is his highest T20 international score, beating the 70 he scored against England at Trent Bridge in 2012.
  • Chris Gayle's run-a-ball 48 was his slowest T20I innings in which he has scored 30 or more runs. It was slower than his 33-ball 34 against India in the previous match.
  • Lendl Simmons was stumped for a duck off a wide ball - the first one he faced - from Shakib Al Hasan. He is the third batsman in T20 internationals to be stumped for a 'diamond' duck. The other two were also from West Indies - Kieron Pollard and Narsingh Deonarine.
  • Al-Amin Hossain's figures of 3 for 21 were the best in T20 internationals and the best by a Bangladesh fast bowler in World T20s. He has taken eight wickets at 14.12 in five T20Is and has an economy of 6.27.
  • Samuel Badree's figures of 4 for 15 are his best in T20 internationals and also West Indies' best in the World T20.

Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur fought on for the next six overs, but the required rate was always running away from Bangladesh. Once the two were dismissed, Badree - who finished with four wickets - and the rest of West Indies' attack had no trouble running through the rest. In the end, the margin of victory reflected Bangladesh's inadequacies rather than anything spectacular from West Indies.

Having been sent in, West Indies, for most part, had struggled to put Bangladesh's bowlers away on a slow pitch. Smith, who had scratched his way to 11 off 29 balls against India, was in much better touch though, and provided West Indies impetus that they never lost despite their two best batsmen - Gayle and Marlon Samuels - facing 70 balls between them for 66.

Smith profited from some poor bowling, particularly from Sohag Gazi. Smith greeted the offspinner by sweeping him for two fours off his first two balls, both of which were directed towards leg stump, a dodgy idea with fine leg in the circle.

In the 10th over, Smith struck him for four successive fours. He manufactured the first - a reverse-sweep off a decent ball, but the next three came from ordinary deliveries that would have disappeared in any format of the game. The last of these, a flat-batted sweep, took Smith to 50. The landmark had come up in 34 balls.

Despite this, West Indies' run rate, at the end of the 10th over, was still under eight an over. At the other end, Gayle was playing a bizarre innings. It wasn't a surprise that he was slow off the blocks - he usually is before picking up the rate later. That simply didn't happen today. Part of this had to do with Gayle struggling to time the ball on a slow pitch, and part of it had to do with intent - unless the ball was in his hitting zone, he simply didn't go after it. He was slow between the wickets too, and appeared in some discomfort, suggesting he might not have been fully fit.

After Smith's dismissal in the 12th over, Mushfiqur brought on Shakib Al Hasan for the first time, and the left-arm spinner struck first ball getting Lendl Simmons stumped down the leg side as he went off on a strange wander out of the crease.

In came Samuels, who added 53 in 37 balls with Gayle even though neither batsman looked particularly threatening, as Bangladesh's fielding disintegrated despite two blinders from Tamim. Gayle went from 26 from 38 - at that point the second-slowest score of 25 or more in the history of international T20 - to 30 from 39 - the 14th slowest - courtesy Anamul's slippery fingers at long-on. In the next over, the 17th, Mushfiqur let successive deliveries from Shakib scoot between his legs for four byes. In the last two overs, Bangladesh also dropped three catches - Mahmudullah's two missed chances at long-off adding eight runs to Darren Sammy's score.

Al-Amin Hossain bowled a tight last over, picking up three wickets, but would have wished the spell had been part of a better team performance.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 27, 2014, 7:48 GMT)

@Shahed Ahmed...India is not a big team and thats why it won ALL THREE GLOBAL TITLES (achieved this milestone way back in 2007), which no other team won so far and its well on the way to become the first and only country that won all three global titles simultaneously...i agree with Australia, its one of the finest teams and won 4 world cups and one CT, but SA wont perform well when its really needed at important stages....and SL team did not win global title after 1996 and their conversion ratio is very bad (6-1), when India reached final of any global event, there will be more than 90% chances of winning the trophy (conversion ratio is very high=6-5)....hope you got the answer

@ Srabonkothaboli..sorry dear..it was a reply to Shahed Ahmed

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 27, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

@Shahed Ahmed...India is not a big team and thats why it won ALL THREE GLOBAL TITLES (achieved this milestone way back in 2007), which no other team won so far and its well on the way to become the first and only country that won all three global titles simultaneously...i agree with Australia, its one of the finest teams and won 4 world cups and one CT, but SA wont perform well when its really needed at important stages....and SL team did not win global title after 1996 and their conversion ratio is very bad (6-1), when India reached final of any global event, there will be more than 90% chances of winning the trophy (conversion ratio is very high=6-5)....hope you got the answer

@ Srabonkothaboli..sorry dear..it was a reply to Shahed Ahmed

Posted by android_user on (March 27, 2014, 5:07 GMT)

thanx all foreign guys.....who well wishes BD cricket team.....may be its our bad time but we can prove we can play well.....and we already proved that previous years.....

Posted by   on (March 26, 2014, 21:12 GMT)

West Indies need a fast bowler to specialize in yorkers in T20. Russell is the best candidate. But it's probably too much of a common sense approach to be taken seriously by management anyway.

Posted by Srabonkothaboli on (March 26, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

@ vikas:Do you know what I said.I think you have a a problem in your eyes.Just see my comment again.I did not mention about India.Why should I waste my time on sheet!!

Posted by wirus on (March 26, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

WI still have problems finding a workable strategy. This business of Gayle batting like Chanderpaul will backfire against stronger teams, as it did against India. If they are going to persist with this, then they have to make sure that the guy at the other end is going after the bowling. If Gayle does not get out early and insists on boring the opposition (and fans) into submission, then Smith has to be followed by others who will go after the bowling. That means Sammy, Russell, Simmons and Bravo. If Samuels can't do any better than in these past two matches, he should be replaced by Charles, who at least will attack. What every team would love to see is this new Gayle and Samuels at the crease at the same time and watch the run rate drop to a crawl. Also WI must be careful not to make their strategy (such as it is) so obvious. On the evidence of these 1st two matches, it will take a massive improvement for them to reach the semis.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 26, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

@Srabonkothaboli...India is not a big team and thats why it won ALL THREE GLOBAL TITLES (achieved this milestone way back in 2007), which no other team won so far and its well on the way to become the first and only country that won all three global titles simultaneously...i agree with Australia, its one of the finest teams and won 4 world cups and one CT, but SA wont perform well when its really needed at important stages....and SL team did not win global title after 1996 and their conversion ratio is very bad (6-1), when India reached final of any global event, there will be more than 90% chances of winning the trophy (conversion ratio is very high=6-5)....hope you got the answer

Posted by android_user on (March 26, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

I like the way bd fan support their team. I like if they remain in the ground untill the last ball. be with your team always.yeh true bad days can come but you have good youngsters than lot of countries. I don't care if you guys beat ind or pak but as a south asian if you able defeat whitesmen (aus).all the best from srilanka

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

BCB is not managing BD cricket well as results are getting worse day by day. If any other cricket nation in the world would spend tons of money like BCB then results would/could have been different. It is time that BCB must need to put their act together and do something right for BD cricket.

BCB should let go head coach Shane Jurgensen and relieve Mushy from captaincy duty. It should be head coach's duty to come up with a game plan and tweak the plan if necessary as the game progress so that players can execute that plan. But BD's head coach is unable to do so. Captain Mushy is immature, emmotional guy and doesn't seem to be good enough to be a leader. This guy doesn't manage the game well as picking wrong XI, incorrect batting order, asking wrong bowler to bowl at the wrong time are eveident in the past and recent games. Last but least BD chief selector who selects wrong players for wrong formats should be replaced with current selector Bashar.

Posted by Zainnajam on (March 26, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

Bangladesh are getting weaker and weaker as the hours go by :) They will probably just be demolished at the end of thsi tournament due to magnificently poor Bowling and Totally Ridiculous batting. But, now Fielding is also getting Poor,

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