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West Indies vs Bangladesh 2014: Why West Indies’ victory is statistically significant

Kieron Pollard (left) and Denesh Ramdin stitched together a match-winning partnership © Getty Images
Kieron Pollard (left) and Denesh Ramdin stitched together a match-winning partnership © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Aug 21, 2014

Chasing a modest total of 218, West Indies were in shambles early in their innings. At 34 for five, things looked bleak and they seemed set for another humiliation at the hands of Bangladesh. Yet, that characteristic unpredictability can be West Indies’ biggest strength as Denesh Ramdin and Kieron Pollard helped script a memorable victory. A stand worth 145 put them on course and though there were hiccups, they finished it off in style. Statistically, this victory is remarkable and it does occupies a special place in one-day cricket.

When West Indies lost their fifth wicket, they needed 184 more runs to win. West Indies scored 185 and it is the fourth highest in the most runs scored in a successful run-chase after losing five wickets. The highest is 234, which was chased by the New Zealand in 2007. Chasing 347 to win, New Zealand had slumped to 116 for five and they managed to win the game in the last over with one wicket to spare. Craig McMillan, Peter Fulton and Brendon McCullum starred on the day as New Zealand completed a 3-0 whitewash in the Chappell-Hadlee series that year.

The second on this list is Ireland’s victory over England in the 2011 World Cup. Ireland had slumped to 111 for five when they were chasing a mammoth 328 to win. Needing another 217 to win, Kevin O’Brien then got into the act and smashed the bowling to all parts to record a 50-ball ton, the fastest in a World Cup game. Ireland trumped their neighbours in the last over to spark wild celebrations and leave England stunned. They had scored 218 runs after losing their fifth wicket.

The third instance in this list is when Zimbabwe faced New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland in 2001. Zimbabwe were chasing 274 and had slumped to 64 for five. With 210 to get, Andy Flower battled on for his 81 and was supported by Dirk Viljoen (39). However, Heath Streak’s arrival at the crease changed things as he attacked the bowling during his stroke-filled 79 off 67 balls. Streak remained unbeaten through to the end and ensured Zimbabwe crossed the line with eight balls and a wicket to spare.

Thus, West Indies getting 184 more after being five down is a remarkable feat and finds its place in history. Even though it came against Bangladesh, the task was monumental and they managed to seal it in style.

Winning Team

Opposition

Runs scored after 5th wicket

Year

New Zealand

Australia

234

2007

Ireland

England

218

2011

Zimbabwe

New Zealand

210

2001

West Indies

Bangladesh

185

2014

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)

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