Windies clinch ODI series after abject Bangladeshi batting
ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (AFP) — An abject batting display by Bangladesh, who were bowled out for just 70, paved the way for a crushing 177-run victory by the West Indies in the second One-Day International yesterday.
Replying to the home side's total of 247 for seven in a match they had to win to keep the series alive following a three-wicket defeat in the opening fixture at the same venue two days earlier, the tourists showed little resistance in being routed for 70 off 24.4 overs.
The third and final match will be played next Monday in St Kitts.
In capitulating to their third lowest ODI total, Bangladesh lost their last seven wickets for 13 runs in the space of eight overs.
Sunil Narine and Kemar Roach combined to decimate a clearly dispirited Bangladesh side in which only opening batsman Tamim Iqbal offered any meaningful resistance in getting to 37.
His was the last of three wickets to fall with the score on 57, popping up a simple catch to midwicket off Roach after Narine had effectively ended any chance the tourists had of an upset win when he removed Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah off successive deliveries in the 16th over.
Narine snared three for 13 to take the man of the match award, while Roach played his part with figures of three for 19.
"It wasn't much different from the first match, I just tried to keep it simple and it went my way today," said the spinner.
Half-centuries by Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo anchored a solid if unspectacular West Indies batting effort after they took first strike in overcast, bowler-friendly conditions.
Gayle's 58 at the top of the order, which included five sixes and three fours, together with Bravo's comparatively serene 53 ensured there was to be no repetition of the embarrassing collapse in the first ODI when the West Indies crashed to 34 for five before Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin successfully resurrected the effort in pursuit of a target of 218.
Mashrafe Mortaza's experience proved critical for the Bangladeshis in limiting the West Indies progress when they appeared on course for a much more imposing total.
The former captain bowled an immaculate line and length throughout his 10-over spell, finishing on a high when he delivered a maiden over and claimed two wickets off two balls in the 49th over to return the excellent figures of three for 39.
"Our bowlers did a good job again, but the batting really let us down," said a despondent Mushfiqur. "Hopefully we can put up a better effort in the last match."
Al-Amin Hossain, who stole the spotlight with the ball for the visitors in the first match when he claimed four wickets, enjoyed early success again with the scalp of Kirk Edwards.
He returned later in the innings to add Ramdin (34) to his haul although he proved more expensive in this effort, conceding 60 runs, which included sixes by Narine and Jason Holder in the last over of the innings.
Notwithstanding the competitive total, West Indies were on course for a score closer to the 300-run mark but lost momentum after the dismissal of Bravo, who fell leg-before to off-spinner Sohag Gazi in the 32nd over.
Lendl Simmons struggled to get going in partnership with Ramdin, and it was only when the wicketkeeper-batsman fell that the arrival of Pollard triggered a late spike in the run-rate.
Pollard smashed a six and two fours in 26 off 20 balls before playing on to Mashrafe.
Simmons got to 40 but occupied 61 deliveries in doing so.
"There were a few harsh words in the dressing room after the first match and I think the players were really up for it today," said skipper Dwayne Bravo.