The unexpected start
At around 8.30 local time, a person involved with the commercial activities of the series posted a Facebook status which read, "Bangladesh is going to bat first. West Indies won the toss "
It sent everyone scrambling because even on the eve of the first ODI, the WICB had confirmed that the match would start at 9.30 local time, with the toss happening at 9am. Even after the match began 30 minutes early, at 9.00am, the WICB and BCB websites had the timing as 09.30.
Apparently, the time was changed at some point in the last few weeks, and was mentioned in the MoU between the two boards, because of light issues later in the evening. Ten Cricket, one of the official broadcasters, had the match for a 6.30pm start in India (9am local time). With only a handful of spectators present at the ground when the first ball was bowled, did the start time also confuse the public in Grenada?
Communication between Imrul Kayes and Anamul Haque broke down completely in the 17th over when they collided while taking a third run. Although the players were unhurt, it resulted in Kayes getting run out as he recovered from the impact quickly, but could not beat Lendl Simmons' throw from deep midwicket.
It was a bizarre dismissal on two accounts. One, because Anamul played the initial shot incorrectly thinking it was a free-hit, as the previous delivery was a no-ball because of wrong field placement. Two, because both batsmen collided in the second pitch adjacent to the playing surface.
Sunil Narine is not known to be a fast mover, and there was evidence of that when he half-jumped to a drive from Imrul Kayes. But he made amends with a fine catch at short fine leg after Mushfiqur Rahim miscued a slog sweep off Chris Gayle. Narine ran forward slightly then had to throw himself to his right, tumbling and finishing his catch. He did not seem as excited as his team-mates, though.
Some of the young batsmen of this era love to rip into a celebration, and Anamul too did not hold back. Just after he had creamed the ball past cover to reach his third ODI hundred, he let it out in one pretty surprising roar. It stood out in the quiet environs of the National Stadium where the small crowd were predictably quiet. While it can be understood that Anamul did battle it out quite hard, in conditions that were not great for batsmen, it still was a bit too much for an ODI hundred in front of a virtually empty ground.