Bangladesh vs W Indies
So that's your lot from the Cricket World Cup today. New Zealand thumped Zimbabwe by 10 wickets, and I'm not quite sure how to describe this win for the West Indies in Mirpur. One-sided is the mother of all understatements. Bangladesh were bowled out for 58 - their lowest ever ODI score - in what turned out to be a mismatch in Group B. Please join us again on Saturday for coverage of Sri Lanka v Australia - you'd imagine that game should be a little more competitive than the stuff we've been served up today!
Over 13: Shakib 0-1-
59-1 - Shakib comes on and from his second delivery Gayle gets the winning run with a long, easy single out to long-on (why did Bangladesh need a man on the boundary?). The West Indies win in Mirpur by nine wickets with no less than 226 balls to spare. Gayle finishes up unbeaten on 37 from 36 deliveries, with Bravo alongside him at the end on nine not out.
Over 12: Naeem 0-0-0w-0-1-0-1
58-1 - A single by Gayle down to long-on finishes the over and brings the scores level. Bangladesh could have had a second wicket, though, had 12th man Shuvo been able to hang on to a difficult chance low down at cover off of Bravo's bat. He dived forward but simply couldn't cling on to a firmly-struck back-foot drive.
Over 11: Ashraful 1-0-0-1-4-0
55-1 - The West Indies' 50 comes up and the lights are now on! They shouldn't have bothered, as a back cut from Gayle for four takes his side just one blow away from glory - they now need four runs from the next 39 overs. What a win this will be for the Windies, and what a boost for their run-rate too.
Over 10: Naeem 0-0-1-0-1-0
49-1 - And now we wait for this non-contest to finish, for the Bangladesh team to be put out of their misery. Bravo is in no rush to do it, defending solidly to anything that looks dangerous from Naeem, before pushing a single to deep square leg. A run follows for Gayle in the same region, meaning 10 more are needed to clinch the easiest victory you will ever see in one-day international cricket.
Over 9: Ashraful 4-0-0-0-0-1
47-1 - Ashraful starts off what will be a fairly short spell with a rank long hop, allowing Bravo to pick his spot. The left-hander eventually chooses the gap in between extra cover and cover to get his first four of the day. The boundary also results in an increase in the number of fans heading for the exits - at least the hosts will save some money on electricity, as the lights aren't even on yet. A single off the last for Bravo means he keeps the strike.
Over 8: Naeem 0-0-1-0-0-4
42-1 - Bravo finally gets off the mark from the eighth ball he faces, pushing into the cover region and calling his batting partner through for a quick single. It allows Gayle to continue his onslaught, the final ball of the over being thumped back over the bowler's head for another boundary. Patrick has an issue with the points system, suggesting sides should receive bonuses for winning games quickly, or bowling opponents out. He's not sure it's right that the West Indies will get the same number of points as Ireland did for their win over England. Why's that wrong? They bowled a Test-playing nation out for 58.
Over 7: Razzak 0-1-0-2w-4-0w-0-0
37-1 - Razzak gives us a mixed bag of a first over (as Rubel quickly makes way after conceding eight runs). There's some turn when he flights it, but too often the left-arm spinner is looking to dart them in at Gayle's legs. He's punished with several wides and a boundary off the bat, Gayle clipping away a half volley in the air but well wide of the man at mid-wicket. The West Indies require another 22 from 43 overs.
Over 6: Naeem W-0-0-0-0-0
29-1 - WICKET! - Well, at least it won't be a 10-wicket defeat for Bangladesh. Smith plays all around a full ball from Naeem and is bowled, the delivery going on to clip the top of middle stump. The left-hander was caught playing for the angle of the delivery and, with a little bit of turn, was done comprehensively on the outside edge. Darren Bravo pats back the next five balls to make it a wicket maiden for the off-spinner.
Over 5: Rubel 0-1-1-2-4-0
29-0 - Poor Abdul is fighting back the tears at his desk in Wokingham having seen his team fail to last 20 overs, let alone 50. I'm afraid Gayle is trying to rub salt in your wounds, Abdul, by finishing this in a hurry. He comes down the wicket three times to the slingy-action of Rubel, lofting a drive out into the deep at mid-off for two first time around. The next two deliveries, however, both reach the boundary rope on the leg side. The first of the two fours looked like providing mid-on with a catch but the fielder there didn't fancy losing a hand and, instead, waved it on through.
Over 4: Naeem 2b-0-2-0-0-1
17-0 - The first ball of Naeem's second over rips past the outside edge of Gayle's bat and also beats Rahim's gloves, leading to two byes. It's deliveries like that which show just how hard a run chase of 210-220 would have been for the Windies against Bangladesh's plethora of spinners. A single off the final delivery at least means Gayle keeps the strike, though it won't be against Shafiul. Rubel Hossain instead takes over from the Press Box End of this ground.
Over 3: Shafiul 4-1-0-0-4-0
12-0 - Gayle leans on the front foot and smacks Shafiul away through the covers for the first boundary of what is going to be a very short run chase for the Windies. The next ball would also have gone for four in the same region, had it not been for a diving stop. Smith gets in on the fun with a square drive to the point fence, making it nine runs from the third over. They can play as much Taio Cruz as they like over the loud speakers, it isn't going to lift the mood of this crowd.
Over 2: Naeem 0-0-0-0-1-0
3-0 - Shakib springs a bit of a surprise, giving Naeem the second over instead of either himself or Razzak. There's not much turn for the right-arm offie, who bowls from a wide angle, and there's not much interest in Gayle in taking a risk. And why should he? The only thing he can do here is lower his average by getting out cheaply.
Over 1: Shafiul 0-1-1-0-0-0
2-0 - Both Smith and Gayle get off the mark with singles. The one run is significant for the latter, as it takes him through to 8,000 runs in one-day cricket. Only Brian Lara, Desmond Haynes and current team-mate Shiv Chanderpaul have scored more for the West Indies. Marc reckons Gayle could go out with a pool cue and make these 59 runs - it is a strange situation to be in. I'd fancied this game to be a low-scoring thriller. I suppose I got one of those things right.
The Bangladesh team take to the field to a chorus of boos from their own fans, who normally cheer at the mere sight of one of their players. This is not a happy bunch in Mirpur.
Today's effort of 58 is Bangladesh's lowest score in one-day cricket. The previous lowest ODI total seen at this venue was 80, which was actually made by Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka, back in 2009. Stunned, absolutely stunned. The crowd are not taking it well either, launching paper onto the field.
Over 19: Benn 0-1-W-0-W
58 - WICKETS! - Shafiul goes without troubling the scorers, prodding a thick edge straight to Pollard at second slip. It takes him just two balls to end the innings, a quicker, fired-in yorker beating Rubel's flimsy defences and knocking over the furniture. How Bangladesh must be wishing they'd made any kind of total to give their spinners a chance on this bunsen burner.
Over 18: Roach W-0-0-0-1-0
57-8 - WICKET! - Great move from Sammy, bringing back the slippery-quick Roach to try and end this innings. It takes the paceman just one ball to strike as well, Ashraful going for an ambitious drive that merely results in an inside edge through to the wicketkeeper. That was a poor shot to play against the West Indies' premier bowler, but you can hardly blame Ashraful for having a go - what else can those left do? Razzak gets off the mark with a single, but ones aren't enough.
Over 17: Benn 0-W-0-0-0-0
56-7 - WICKET! - Naeem - who once hit six sixes in an over in domestic cricket - continues the procession of wickets, pushing away from his body at a ball that turns from Benn to provide a simple catch for wicketkeeper Thomas behind the stumps. That was a good ball by Benn, but the Bangladesh batsmen look like rabbits in the headlights. Now Ashraful has to decide what to do with the tail for company after a wicket maiden from West Indies' tall left-armer.
Over 16: Sammy 0-1-0-4-0-0
56-6 - The crowd come alive again when Ashraful cleverly steers a short ball away past point for four. That's the first boundary Bangladesh have managed for 30 balls, such has been the dominance of the West Indies attack. The end of Sammy's seventh over (he has stunning figures of 3-21 so far) brings about DRINKS in Mirpur.
- 4th Mar 2011
- S J Davis and H D P K Dharmasena
w indies BATTING CARD
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