Bangladesh vs West Indies Match Preview
Bangladesh and West Indies will both look to make it two wins in three games when they play in this game.
Gayle will be the key to West Indies' success
West Indies will play Bangladesh in what will be the 19th game of the cricket World Cup 2011. The game will be played at the Shere Bangla stadium in Mirpur in Dhaka and will be played on Friday, March 4.
The two sides will be desperate to win this one. Both have played a couple of matches and won and lost one each. Bangladesh started with a loss to India and then beat Ireland in a close game. West Indies lost their first game to South Africa before bouncing back and defeating Netherlands very easily.
What makes this game important is that after this one, both sides have one game left against a lesser side, or the minnows as they are called. Bangladesh have to play Netherlands and West Indies play Ireland.
This will mean that a loss here will make things difficult for the losing side to go on and win three games in the group, something that will be necessary to ensure that the side goes through to the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Bangladesh will have a distinct advantage in the sense that they will be playing at home, in front of the many thousand spectators, something that may end up intimidating the West Indian side.
West Indies have shown that they have the batting to surprise the opposition but the question is whether the bowling line-up is strong enough. They will look to Chris Gayle to provide them a start which will help the side to build a foundation after which the likes of Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy should be able to take on the gauntlet and go after the bowling.
When it comes to their bowling, they have only three main bowlers and a league of other part-timers to help their cause. This has hurt them in the past and to overcome that, they will need to put up many runs on the board.
However, even there, one senses that the third bowler needs to be a pace bowler, instead of Nikita Miller who has was selected for the previous game. Andre Russell could be called up.
Bangladesh will not look to change a winning combination. They bowled rather well while defending the total of 205 and that should allow them to carry the same bowling. The likes of Abdur Razzaq and Shakib al Hasan will be the players to watch out for in the game as they would look to try and pick up early wickets to put the pressure on the team.
Bangladesh vs West Indies Match Report
Bangladesh were bowled out for 58, their lowest total in World Cup cricket in the game against West Indies
Bad Start made it difficult for Bangladesh
In what turned out to be a stunning game of the day, Bangladesh were crushed by a rampaging West Indian side in the 19th World Cup game at the Shere Bangla in Dhaka. West Indies won by nine wickets after bowling Bangladesh out for 58. This was the fourth-lowest score ever in World Cup ODI cricket.
Bangladesh batted first and were in trouble in the very first over of the game when Tamim Iqbal edged one from Kemar Roach to the slips. A couple of shots later, Imrul Kayes edged one from Darren Sammy to the slips and that was the start of the procession.
Apart from Junaid Siddique, who not only got the highest score of the innings with 25 as well got a virtually unplayable delivery, the rest were dismissed to a combination of lack of focus and bad strokeplay. Roach picked up three in all, as did Sammy, with Sulieman Benn getting four wickets to his name.
West Indies achieved the target for the loss of one wicket, that of Devon Smith, and in the 13th over. Chris Gayle remained unbeaten on 37.
Speaking of records, Bangladeshâ€™s 58 entered the record books for being the fourth-lowest score in World Cup cricket. Canadaâ€™s 36 in the 2003 World Cup is the lowest ever, followed by Namibiaâ€™s 45 in the same World Cup against Australia and Canadaâ€™s 45 in the 1979 World Cup. Bangladesh had never scored anything below 100 in World Cup before this game.
What this result also does is brighten the West Indian chances of making it to the quarter-finals. They now have two wins from three games and the wins have been rather one-sided â€“ which means that the run-rates have been good for them. With one game against another minnow still remaining for them, they look good for now. On the other hand, Bangladesh have two losses in three games and with their remaining games against Netherlands, South Africa and England, it will be imperative for them to win at least two of them.
A lot will now depend on how England goes about their business â€“ if they lose to Bangladesh, they will have a tough couple of matches remaining against West Indies and South Africa.