Tuesday 25 March 2014 

West Indies Thrash Hapless Bangladesh

Dwayne Smith, Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle (left) and Dwayne Smith set up the West Indian score with an opening partnership worth 97.
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West Indies 171-7 (Smith 72) beat
Bangladesh 98 (Badree 4-15) by 73 runs
ICC World Twenty20 2014 Group 2, Dhaka
Scorecard

The West Indies took their first win of the ICC World Twenty20 2014, bouncing back from their defeat against India by thrashing Bangladesh by 73 runs.

At the Shere Bangla Stadium on Tuesday, the defending champions bowled out the hosts for just 98 in 19.1 overs.

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This was after Dwayne Smith’s 72 had carried them to 171 for seven in their allotted 20 overs.

The West Indies were excellent in the field, two drops from Marlon Samuels aside, and their slower bowlers ran riot as Bangladesh were bowled out with Samuel Badree taking four for 15 and Krishmar Santokie three for 17.

Chasing 172, Bangladesh got off to a frantic start with 13 runs coming off the first two overs. But then the Windies bounced back with a triple strike in the space of five balls.

Tamim Iqbal (5) was the first to go, in the third over, caught by Dwayne Bravo off Samuel Badree (4-15). Then Krishmar Santokie (3-17) used his slower deliveries to good effect, as he knocked over Anamul Haque (10) and Shakib al Hasan (0) off successive balls in the fourth over. Unfortunately he missed his hat-trick thereafter.

The wind had been knocked out of the hosts' chase, but Mominul Haque (16) and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (22) continued to throw their bats around.

It bought them some time, and a few runs, as the duo added 35 runs for the fourth wicket. However, they were never really in the chase after the initial blows and the end was going to come soon as the batsmen reached the halfway mark of the innings, needing to take some risks and atleast make an effort.

Sunil Narine (1-17) provided the breakthrough in the 10th over, with Mominul departing first. The killer blow came in the next one, as Badree returned to the attack and wrecked the Bangladesh innings with a triple strike in six deliveries.

Sabbir Rahman (1) was gone off the first ball of that over, caught by skipper Darren Sammy. Then, like his first wicket earlier on, he again combined with Bravo to dismiss Rahim, as the fielder took a stupendous catch at point diving to his right. Off the last ball of that over then, Badree struck a third time to remove Mahmudullah (1), caught this time by Lendl Simmons, who had taken over behind the stumps due to a finger injury to Denesh Ramdin.

At 59 for seven, there was going to be no coming back as the West Indies tried to bowl out their overs and improve their run rate, while the Bangladesh innings meandered away.

Finally, Andre Russell (2-10) was introduced late into the attack and with two quick blows he put the crowd’s misery to an end.

Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field first in their first Super 10 encounter. West Indies made a cautious start, but unlike in the game against India, they kept the scoreboard ticking so as to not get stuck once again.

Both Smith and Chris Gayle ran the singles and doubles, while plucking the odd boundary. It brought up their 50-run partnership in the eighth over, after which Smith went on a boundary spree.

He brought up his third T20I fifty off just 33 balls, with eight fours and one six. He finally fell in the 12th over, but not before he had scored another 22 runs off the next 1 balls, 72 runs in total off just 43 deliveries. He hit ten fours and three sixes in all, as the West Indies total breached the 100-run mark in the 13th over.

There was a little hope for Bangladesh as Lendl Simmons (0) coming up the order was stumped off Shakib Al Hasan off a wide down the legside. From there onwards, Gayle and Marlon Samuels (18) took over and added 53 runs for the third wicket.

It was another uncharacteristic knock from the big-hitting left-hander as he scored 48 runs off 48 balls, with three fours and two sixes. Either, he has been told to go slow and not worry about the strike rate as others play around him, or he is carrying an injury; it remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, their partnership meant that the 150-run mark came up in the 18th over. But as the West Indies were getting ready for a final big push, wickets fell in a heap towards the end.

Gayle was the first to go in the 19th over. But it was the last one, bowled by Al-Amin Hossain (3-21) that did the most damage. Some brilliant bowling, aided by superb catches, meant that he sent back Samuels and Andre Russell (0) off the first two balls of that over.

Then, he missed a hat-trick, though Bravo (0) was out to a stupendous catch from Tamim Iqbal. Off the last ball of the innings, Ramdin (0) was run out, scenes of total mayhem witnessed in the end.

Mahmudullah (1-27) and Ziaur Rahman (1-16) were the other wicket-takers for Bangladesh.

In their next Group Two games, West Indies take on Australia on Friday, while Bangladesh will meet India.

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