West Indies bowlers shine in massive win over Bangladesh

Kemar Roach celebrates with team-mates after taking a Bangladesh wicket at Mirpur

By Jamie Alter

Mirpur: Mar 4, 2011

They came, they saw, and they conquered. It had been eight years since West Indies played an ODI in Bangladesh, and those who remained from that tour would have found that not much had changed.

This match, hyped as a potential banana skin for Darren Sammy s outfit, lasted all of 31.1 overs and was done and dusted before the sun could set in Mirpur.

After Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and opted to bat, Sammy led the way with three wickets and was backed up by Kemar Roach and Suleiman Benn, who snared four wickets as Bangladesh were skittled for just 58 in 18.5 overs, their lowest ODI total ever.

Chris Gayle then charged West Indies reply with a series of trademark thumps over mid-off and mid-on after Devon Smith fell early, and the win was sealed with 37.4 overs to spare. It was Bangladesh s 15th nine-wicket defeat in ODIs.

This wasn t a must-win game for Bangladesh, as Shakib reminded everyone yesterday, but he wouldn t have expected his team to subside in this manner. Forced to field, West Indies took control early on and never let it go. Roach hustled with pace, Sammy confounded with movement, and Benn stifled with a nagging line.

It was abysmal batting from Bangladesh, whose highest partnership was a paltry 16 and whose application would have shamed a school team. Only two batsmen reached double figures.

Under clear skies and on a good batting deck, Shakib had no hesitation in batting first, but the packed stadium was stunned into silence as early as the first over. Tamim Iqbal chased an away-moving delivery, and Sammy took a nice catch moving to his left at second slip.

After one over of spin, Sammy took the ball himself and immediately snapped up Imrul Kayes, feathering a catch through to Devon Thomas. Four balls later, Bangladesh stumbled to 25 for 3 when Mushfiqur Rahim clipped Sammy to Ramnaresh Sarwan at midwicket.

Junaid Siddique got going with a couple punchy boundaries, but it was Roach who delivered the knock-out blow with a yorker that pinged into Siddique s toes.

Sammy welcomed Shakib to the crease with a short ball which the Bangladesh captain duly put away, but trying a regulation forward prod he was bowled through the gate by Benn. Raqibul Hasan was the next to go, when he steered to Kieron Pollard trying to drive a full delivery from Sammy.

Benn reaped the rewards of a lovely line and nagging length, with Naeem Islam playing down the wrong line and nicking to Thomas.

Immediately, Sammy went back to Roach to finish off the innings. First ball, Mohammad Ashraful flashed and edged to Thomas, before Benn ran through the tail in a flash. It was a shambolic effort from Bangladesh, who have now been dismissed for 100 or less on 12 occasions.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh 58 all out in 18.5 overs (Junaid Siddique 25; Suleiman Benn 4 for 18, Kemar Roach 3 for 19, Darren Sammy 3 for 21) lost to West Indies 59 for 1 in 12.2 overs (Chris Gayle 37*) by 10 wickets.

Man of the Match: Kemar Roach (West Indies).

(Jamie Alter is a freelance cricket writer, having worked at ESPNcricinfo and All Sports Magazine.His first book, The History of World Cup Cricket, is out now)

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