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Simmons century sets up comfortable win
West Indies 298/4 (50 ov) Bangladesh 258/7 (50.0 ov) West Indies won by 40 runs
Five years after his debut, Lendl Simmons finally made his first international hundred, and with the help of another batsman who has resurrected his international career this year, Marlon Samuels, powered West Indies to a total that proved too much for Bangladesh in the first ODI in Mirpur. The pair put on 150 for the first wicket before a power-packed Kieron Pollard cameo further demoralised a Bangladesh team that was on a high after their dramatic win in the Twenty20 two days ago.
Bangladesh were asked to chase down 299, which was higher than any ODI score they have made in the past two years, and despite a quick half-century from former captain Shakib Al Hasan and a patient one from makeshift opener Naeem Islam, they ended well short.
Simmons had made half-centuries in six of his previous nine ODI innings, but failed to reach triple-digits each time. On Thursday, he made a fidgety start before settling in on a surface that didn’t have much in it for either the medium-pacers or the spinners.
In the sixth over, he was hurried into a pull which was top-edged just wide of the bowler, then he mistimed a straight drive with which he still managed to find the boundary, before jumping outside leg as he looked to crash a short ball through off without managing to connect. He punched the air in frustration after missing out on a cut in the next over, but then showed how good he could be with fours through cover off the back and front foot.
Simmons was the dominant partner in an opening stand with Adrian Barath, whose usual effervescent batting style wasn’t on display in a watchful 21 that consumed 47 deliveries. Barath was struggling with a hamstring problem, and retired hurt after the 15th over, the first victim of the newly introduced ban on runners.
That provided no relief for Bangladesh as Samuels began aggressively – muscling a six over wide long-on and following it up with a slap past cover for four. Both Samuels and Simmons soon settled down and largely dealt in singles against an unthreatening Bangladeshi attack. The odd poor delivery was smacked for a boundary, like the high full toss offered by Shakib in the 29th over, and West Indies smoothly progressed to 133 for 0 after 30 overs.
Simmons then unfurled a couple of nonchalant sixes over long-on off Abdur Razzak to close in on his century. He reached the milestone in the 37th over, a delivery after Samuels was dropped by the keeper. There were more opportunities that Bangladesh wasted in the field, with Simmons, a notoriously poor runner, reprieved at least twice when a direct hit would have run him out.
The final onslaught began in the 40th over, the last of the batting Powerplay, with Simmons bludgeoning a series of fours. The bowler, Shafiul Islam, also sprayed one down the leg side to concede five wides as 21 runs came off the over, leaving the new captain Mushfiqur Rahim with his hands on his head. Both Simmons and Samuels perished in a Rubel Hossain over soon after, but Pollard pulled out some massive hits in a 25-ball 41 to push West Indies close to 300.
Bangladesh never looked like they could keep up with the tall asking-rate. Their best chance was if Tamim Iqbal gave them a flier but he was bogged down by the West Indies new-ball pair of Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul. He tried to break free when spin was introduced, trying to hammer Devendra Bishoo’s first ball, but could only edge it to the keeper.
The other opener, Naeem, had even more trouble in providing the early momentum. At one stage he was 19 off 50 deliveries, and Bangladesh were crawling along at well below four an over when a much brisker rate was called for. Imrul Kayes, the regular opener, had to come in at No. 3 as he was off the field towards the end of the West Indies innings. He tried to inject some momentum with early boundaries and at the halfway stage Bangladesh still had an outside chance after reaching 101 for 1.
That was snuffed out in the batting Powerplay that was taken after 25 overs, in accordance with the new rules that mandate that it should be completed within the 40th over. As it has done so often, the batting Powerplay resulted in a slew of wickets: both set batsmen, Kayes and Naeem, were dismissed, and Mohammad Ashraful edged a catch to the keeper.
At 130 for 4, the game was pretty much over though Shakib raised some hopes with an enterprising 67. Still, it wasn’t enough to spoil Denesh Ramdin’s day – he captaining West Indies for the first time, on his return to ODI cricket, in the absence of Darren Sammy who was out with an upset stomach
West Indies 298/4 (50 ov) Bangladesh 258/7 (50.0 ov) West Indies won by 40 runs
- West Indies in Bangladesh ODI Series – 1st ODI
- ODI no. 3198 | 2011/12 season
- Played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
- 13 October 2011 – day/night (50-over match)
|West Indies innings (50 overs maximum)||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|LMP Simmons||c Alok Kapali b Rubel Hossain||122||159||124||8||2||98.38|
|AB Barath||retired hurt||21||61||47||2||0||44.68|
|MN Samuels||c Alok Kapali b Rubel Hossain||71||98||78||6||2||91.02|
|DM Bravo||b Shafiul Islam||20||34||19||2||0||105.26|
|KA Pollard||c sub (Shuvagata Hom) b Rubel Hossain||41||36||25||2||3||164.00|
|DP Hyatt||not out||6||8||4||1||0||150.00|
|AD Russell||not out||7||3||3||1||0||233.33|
|Extras||(lb 2, w 8)||10|
|Total||(4 wickets; 50 overs; 203 mins)||298||(5.96 runs per over)|
|Did not bat D Ramdin*†, D Bishoo, R Rampaul, KAJ Roach|
|Fall of wickets0-67* (Barath, retired not out, 14.6 ov), 1-217 (Simmons, 41.1 ov), 2-224 (Samuels, 41.4 ov), 3-283 (Bravo, 48.3 ov), 4-289 (Pollard, 49.1 ov)|
|Shakib Al Hasan||10||0||50||0||5.00||(1w)|
|Bangladesh innings (target: 299 runs from 50 overs)||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|Tamim Iqbal||c †Ramdin b Bishoo||21||50||38||2||0||55.26|
|Naeem Islam||c Hyatt b Russell||52||109||82||4||0||63.41|
|Imrul Kayes||c †Ramdin b Samuels||42||68||52||5||0||80.76|
|Mohammad Ashraful||c †Ramdin b Rampaul||2||3||3||0||0||66.66|
|Shakib Al Hasan||not out||67||87||58||2||1||115.51|
|Mushfiqur Rahim*†||c Bravo b Samuels||21||17||21||0||1||100.00|
|Alok Kapali||c Simmons b Rampaul||20||32||24||1||0||83.33|
|Nasir Hossain||b Russell||9||14||9||1||0||100.00|
|Abdur Razzak||not out||8||16||13||1||0||61.53|
|Extras||(lb 7, w 9)||16|
|Total||(7 wickets; 50 overs; 204 mins)||258||(5.16 runs per over)|
|Did not bat Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain|
|Fall of wickets1-44 (Tamim Iqbal, 12.1 ov), 2-122 (Naeem Islam, 27.5 ov), 3-126 (Mohammad Ashraful, 28.5 ov), 4-130 (Imrul Kayes, 29.4 ov), 5-164 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 35.4 ov), 6-219 (Alok Kapali, 43.2 ov), 7-237 (Nasir Hossain, 46.2 ov)|
|Toss Bangladesh, who chose to field
Series West Indies led the 3-match series 1-0
|Player of the match LMP Simmons (West Indies)|
|Umpires Enamul Haque and PR Reiffel (Australia)
TV umpire Nadir Shah
Match referee AJ Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Reserve umpire Anisur Rahman
Big Picture, Match Facts and Predictions
Can Bangladesh handle pressure?
When Mushfiqur Rahim slammed the penultimate ball of the tour opener for a match-winning six, the packed stands in Mirpur erupted as one. It was a spontaneous expression of joy from a crowd that hadn’t seen their side winning a Twenty20 international since 2007. But the reaction also underlined the dangerous extremes inhabited by the Bangladesh cricket fan. While their team has struggled to shed the minnow tag – the occasional series wins against West Indies and New Zealand notwithstanding – the fans have tended to look at each victory as a new dawn, and every defeat as a national slight.
Mushfiqur’s biggest challenge as he takes over the leadership will be finding ways to manage these unfair expectations. It was a challenge that caught up with Shakib Al Hasan during Bangladesh’s roller-coaster World Cup campaign. One day he was joking with journalists, relieved after a hard-fought win against Ireland, only for the video to go viral and earn him brickbats after the crushing loss to West Indies. When Bangladesh somehow scrambled to victory against England in their next game, Shakib was in tears – the reaction of a man forced to live on the edge…..
Mushfiqur would have seen Shakib’s travails from close quarters, and will have to tread the tricky line now. Tuesday’s win has already raised expectations, and a change in form will not be easily tolerated. Mushfiqur must be concerned since West Indies have the personnel to effect a turnaround. The exclusion of Devendra Bishoo caught up with them on the spinner-friendly Mirpur surface, but they are unlikely to repeat the gaffe on the same pitch. The visitors will also be bolstered by the inclusion of Kieron Pollard, who has developed a reputation for minnow-bashing. The biggest worry for the visitors will be their middle order’s dodginess against Bangladesh’s platoon of left-arm spinners. The in-form Marlon Samuels will remain their point man, but can Darren Bravo and the rest play around him?
With Chris Gayle seemingly out of the picture, Adrian Barath will be expected to take over as the prime mover in the West Indies top order. Barath has the game to do well at the highest level – you don’t hit Test hundreds on debut at the Gabba without having serious talent. West Indies’ emphasis on youth gives him an extended opportunity at the top and he will want to capitalise when the ball is new.
“Honest trier.” “Never-say-die attitude.” “Can’t be faulted for effort.” Darren Sammy’s supporters tend to deal in intangibles when they explain his value to the side. If emotions are cast aside, Sammy comes across as a limited, but effective, back-up seamer, while his batting is of the hit-or-miss variety. Questions remain over whether he justifies a spot in the side, potentially at the expense of the pacy Kemar Roach. Sammy will want to lay those questions to rest in this series.
Pollard should come in for Danza Hyatt in the West Indies middle order, while Bishoo could slot in for Carlos Brathwaite. Given the frailty of the batting line-up against spin, Kieran Powell might feature in team discussions as well.
West Indies (probable): 1 Adrian Barath, 2 Lendl Simmons, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 7 Andre Russell, 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Ravi Rampaul, 10 Devendra Bishoo, 11 Anthony Martin / Kemar Roach
Bangladesh are unlikely to alter their combination, though Shuvagoto Hom could push Alok Kapali out of the XI. Mahmudullah’s continued absence should give Nasir Hossain another chance to come good.
Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mohammad Ashraful, 5 Alok Kapali, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 7 Naeem Islam, 8 Nasir Hossain, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain
Stats & Trivia
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