Sunday, 16 October 2011


It is just some miracle that makes the West Indies bowlers make hay even before the sun has risen when they had their second consecutive victory over Bangladesh yesterday at Dhaka once again.This time the victory margin for West Indies was a mind blowing 8 wickets chasing 221 for victory. No one disputes West Indies' win over Bangladesh like they do for the viceversa. But, with Bangladesh hosting the tournament and secondly winning the one off T20 game, something special would no doubt be expected from Bangladesh whatsoever. But, for all those who expect that there was a disaster waiting.

One of the teams playing which the Bangladeshi team enjoys would be West Indies for, against them at least coming close to winning would be a certainty which can shut up a lot of critics. In the first game at the same venue, Bangladesh were able to cross the 250 run mark and didn't lose more than 7 wickets en route to the same (losing 7 wickets deserves condemnation). This time, the Bangladeshi batsmen were bowled out before 50 overs and the way the scoreboard read with the first three wickets falling was amazing. Bangladesh lost their first three wickets with 1 run on the board.

However, the batsmen who came in later tried to save some face for their team with Mushfiqur Rahim top scoring with 69. Later on for Bangladesh, Nasir Hossain belted 50 runs coming in at number 8 which was the highlight not only in the Bangladeshi innings but also in the game overall. There were 5 batsmen from Bangladesh who did their duty well after the failed top three batsmen. Unlike in the last game, there were a couple of overs maiden in the West Indies side with Kemar Roach and Andre Russel having a ball. West Indies in the end could prove something with a series win.

Shafiul Islam had a confusing spell with him being one of the frontline bowlers for the Bangladesh side bowling 2 overs maiden and still giving away runs at a rate of 7.57 runs an over. Bringing in 7 of his bowlers could not help in Mushfiqur Rahim's men go home empty handed. But, I'd give him thumbs up for trying out too many things that helps a captain in the long run. Scorecard suggests that both captains had other decisions in mind when they had only two bowlers bowling their complete quota of 10 overs. In the end, West Indies have managed to win a series.

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