Thursday 13 September 2007 

West Indies Sent Home By Ashraful And Aftab

West Indies 164-8 (Devon Smith 51, Shakib-Al-Hasan 4-34)
Bangladesh 165-4 (Aftab Ahmed 62no, Mohammad Ashraful 61)
Bangladesh won by six wickets

Bangladesh scored a six-wicket win to send the West Indies crashing out of the Twenty20 World Cup thanks to half-centuries from captain Mohammad Ashraful and Aftab Ahmed in Johannesburg.

Two early wickets reduced the Tigers to 28 for 2, before Ashraful and Ahmed put together a brilliant 111-run partnership which changed the game.

Ahmed hit 8 fours and 1 six while Ashraful struck 7 fours and three sixes in recording the fastest fifty at International Twenty20 cricket level, from just 20 balls.

Fidel Edwards dropped him when he was on 29, and further misfields didn't help the West Indian cause.

Earlier, Devon Smith made a useful 51 and Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit 37 as the West Indies made a respectable score of 164-8 from their 20 overs against Bangladesh.

However, both of these innings were only fractionally better than a run a ball, but a late surge by Dwayne Smith of 29 from just 7 balls including 4 enormous 6’s took the West Indies to their total and left the game very much in the balance at the half way stage.

After losing the opening game of the Twenty20 World Cup, West Indies arrived in Johannesburg knowing that victory against Bangladesh was essential to keep Caribbean interests in this tournament alive.

On winning the toss Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful had no hesitation in inserting the West Indies into bat. Chris Gayle, a centurion in the first game, fell in the first over of the game as the West Indies struggled to get any really momentum in the early stages of their innings. For Bangladesh the star bowler was Shakib Al Hasan, picking up 4-34 from his 4 overs, including the prized scalp of West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan for just 5.

Aaron Kumar
© Cricket World 2007



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