Dream dashed for team Tigers
West Indies Vs Bangladesh 2nd ODI
At Providence, Guyana
West Indies 271 All Out 49.3 Overs( Shimron Hetmyer 125, Rovman Powell 44, Christopher Henry Gayle 29, Rubel Hossain 3/61, Shakib al Hasan 2/46 , Mustafiz 2/44 ) beat Bangladesh 268 /6 ( Mushfiqur Rahim 68, Shakib 56 , Tamim 54 , Mahmudullah 39,) by 3 runs.
In what turned out to be a photo finish, Bangladesh lost by three runs in the second ODI against West Indies missing yet another golden opportunity of winning the three matches ODI series with one match to spare. With series locked a t 1-1, the third match is now the decider.
Batting first after losing the toss in the day night match, West Indies scored a challenging 271 all out. Bangladesh responded with 268/6 looking to cruise home at different stages of the match.
They would rue the catch of Hetmyer dropped by Shakib off Rubel, Rubel leaking 22 runs in his last over, Tamim and Shakib batted well again but batting a bit slowly, leaving too much for the middle order when they got out, Mushfiqur – Mahmudullah mix up causing Mahmudullah run out when Bangladesh appeared to be cruising and finally Sabbir and Mushfiqur panicked and got out to full tosses. All these contributed to Bangladesh slipping away the advantage.
West Indies also did not fair well while batting. Gayle and Lewis could not bat long enough to cause damage at the top. Mashrafe, Miraz, Shakib and Rubel all bowled well in their first spell.
West Indies recovered from mid stage slump to an impressive 271 all out riding on magnificent unbeaten 125 by young Simrom Hetmyer.
Bangladesh started with a bang, stayed in the hunt till middle stage, drifted back a little for not keeping up with run rate, recovered and were cruising till throwing away the towel at the last stage failing to step across the finishing mark only just.
Bangladesh lost by three runs with four wicket still in tact.
West Indies Innings:
Winning the toss and putting West Indies to bat was not a bad decision especially in the context of possible rain threats and dew factor in the day night match.
Bangladesh controlled this innings for the first 30 overs, courtesy to their spinners, and then let this slip. Mashrafe, as usual bowled in the right channel exploiting the condition.
Youngster Miraz continued to bemuse hard hitting left hand openers Gayle and Lewis. Mashrafe removed Lewis and Miraz accounted for Gayle before both could grow big.
They recovered a bit till Rubel, Shakib and Mustafiz chipped in with wickets at crucial stage. Young Hetmyer batted superbly pacing his innings brilliantly. He and Powell produced a wonderful 103 runs 5th wicket partnership.
But once Powell got out, West Indies was crumbling. Hetmyer took Charge and was counter attacked. He got a reprieve at 71 when Shakib dropped him in the fence off Rubel. From there on he did not look back. One over of Rubel was taken apart for 22 runs. Rubel not only conceded runs but also bowled wides and no balls. In the ultimate analysis that over made a huge difference.
Credit must also go to a magnificent second ODI century from a 20-year old – Shimron Hetmyer – whose name we will hear of for a long time to come. The manner in which he maneuver the field and played to the situation along with the lower middle order was a stand out. performance.
Towards the death, his improvisation and clean ball-striking stood out. West Indies perhaps found a quality number four to serve them for a long time. He scored 63 of 89 runs scored in the last 10 overs of the innings. If Bangladesh did not leak too many in the last few overs they would have to chase 250 not 272.
Bangladesh innings witnessed a flamboyant Anamul spanking Holder all over the park. But his blitz lasted for 9 balls only scoring 23 with 2 fours and 2 sixes before losing his furniture behind in ugly fashion to Josef. He should have been restrained and consolidate.
Ok his blitz kept West Indies guessing for a while and let Tamim and Shakib go about the business calmly… But with little dew coming, ball started gripping and turning. Tamim and Shakib both scored 50 and produced yet another 97 runs partnership.
But Nurse, Bishoo and Gayle started turning the ball almost square made the asking run rate creeping upwards. After scoring 54, Tamim gifted his wicket to Bishoo and Shakib too fell Nurse after he got to 56. At that stage on the turning track, it got extremely difficult for even Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah to stay in touch with run rate.
But their quality made them survive and at one stage they were cruising 3/232 at 46th over. A dreadful misunderstanding between two Ms cost Mahmudullah’s wicket. Sabbir joined Mushfiqur. With some glorious strokes, Mushfiqur brought the target within sight.
8 runs were required in last 7 balls with 6 wickets in hand. Sabbir got a full toss from Paul, which of all places, he struck to Hetmyer. It was still not over. Well set Mushfiqur could get the required runs in the last over.
Captain courageous Holder despite leaking too many runs in his previous over dared to bowl the last over.
Mushfiqur got a full toss once again which he wanted to blast out of the ground. Such an experienced player got panicked, lost his wicket and let the match slip out of his hand.
Holder bowled exceedingly well. It was well beyond Mosaddek and Mashrafe just coming to the wicket to score the required runs. Bangladesh lost by 3 runs and lost the opportunity of wrapping up the series. Instead it is 1-1. West Indies successfully defended.
We hope Bangladesh coaching staff had identified what went wrong for Bangladesh at different stages of the match. Lot needs to be done at death over bowling and batting if Bangladesh has to win such close matches against any team.
Anamul must know it is impossible for even Gayle striking everything beyond the boundary. Shakib and Tamim must exercise rotating the strikes. Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah must not panic. They are too good players to panic.
Bangladesh bowlers must know how to bowl at death overs like Holder did in his last over. Unfortunately it was Rubel again leaking too many in the penultimate overs.
Bangladeshis were dreaming of yet another win at Guyana where wickets looks suitable for them. At different stages of the match Bangladesh looked like winning. They were at hand shaking distance from the win even at the beginning of the last over .Yet they lost as wind was taken out of their sail with inform Mushfiqur getting out first ball of the last over.
WE CAN ONLY SAY ANOTHER DREAM GOT DASHED FOR TIGER LOVERS.