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West Indies vs Bangladesh, only T20I at Basseterre: Match called off after rain, power outage

Bangladesh opening batsman Anamul Haque scored 19 runs in as many balls © IANS (File Photo)
Bangladesh opening batsman Anamul Haque scored 19 runs in as many balls © IANS (File Photo)

Aug 28, 2014

The one-off Twenty20 International between West Indies and Bangladesh was called off due to heavy rains after a brief spell of rains, with the T20 honours being shared between the two sides as an outcome of this result.

The match began on a positive note for the visiting Bangladesh team when they won the toss and decided to bat first given the pitch that was looking to be milked for runs. The experienced Tamim Iqbal along with Anamul Haque were carrying the team’s hopes for a good start, which is crucial in a format that allotts only 20 overs in an innings. The openers were off to a slow start by accumulating only six runs in the first two overs, with the second over bowled by Sheldon Cottrell going for a maiden.

The Bangladeshis then hit the gas pedal and scored 12 runs off the very next over off Krishmar Santokie. Things were going at a decent pace for the visitors when the heavens opened up and the players had to retreat to the pavilion. The wind was so strong at the time that the ground staff had a tough time getting spreading the covers on the pitch, with the surface soaking up a lot of water in the process. The batsmen would have faced a multitude of problems if play resumed at any point in the evening later.

There were brief glimmers of hope for the resumption of play in between when the players and umpires walked to the middle after the showers had subsided. After a couple opf inspections of the pitch, combined with reports of an erratic power supply at the venue, the match officials thought it better to just divide the honours of the match equally between the two sides.

The two teams now head to Jamaica for the Tests starting September 5. While the West Indians will look to improve their position on the ICC Test rankings, Bangladesh will look to end their drought in Test cricket after having won their last game in the longest format over a year ago against Zimbabwe.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 31 for 0 (Tamim Iqbal 11, Anamul Haque 19) vs West Indies

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