About the Match
Winning the first ODI against Bangladesh by 3 wickets, West Indies has taken a 1-0 lead in the 3-match one-day series; they now face each other in the 2nd ODI which is scheduled to take place on 22nd Aug at Grenada. The home side is ecstatic after their narrow win, chasing 218 successfully with more than 10 overs to spare after losing most of the top order to the deadly pace attack of the visitors. This is a do-or-die match for Bangladesh, which easily gave up its match-winning position in the first match to suffer a humiliating defeat; they will try to put their best foot forward and level the series before the series decider on Monday while the home team will be eager to wrap it up with a win.
It was a concerted effort from both batsmen as well as bowlers to drive home an emphatic victory on Wednesday; restricting the visitors to 217 runs in 50 overs, Dwayne who took 4-32 along with Holder, Gayle and Rampaul who claimed a wicket each, made it difficult for Bangladeshi batsmen to build strong partnerships. The fielding was impressive too as they run-out couple of opponents, to add to the worries of Bangladesh. Facing a target of 218 runs, things looked good for the home side but they suffered a freaky start as the top order collapsed to the tricks of the opposing bowlers; they were at 5-34 when Ramdin and Pollard stuck their feet and gave the team the required stability with a 145-run partnership for the 6th wicket. While Ramdin scored 74 off 76 and Pollard posted a valiant 89 off 70 deliveries, it was Holder’s unbeaten 22 off 15 in the end that took the team safely out of the clutches of defeat. The top order needs to take its job seriously and be better prepared against the pace and spin combination of Bangladesh.
The team is clearly feeling the absence of Shakib’s contributions in the middle order but they did put up a strong fight, only to give it all up too soon in the 2nd innings, unable to defend the lowly total of 217 runs. Anamul Haque posted a brilliant 109 off 138 balls but he couldn’t find a steadier partner at the other end. Except for Tamim Iqbal and Nasir Hossain, who scored 26 runs each, none of the others could perform under pressure and threw their wickets to silly run-outs or without any application of technique in facing bowlers like Dwayne Bravo. With just 217 runs to defend, the bowlers ensured that the opponents would have to fight it hard; Al-Amin Hossain was superb claiming 4 wickets, giving away only 51 runs, to keep the pressure on the home side batsmen. Mortaza removed the danger-man Gayle in the 6th over to give his team a vantage position and Mahmudullah and Sohag Gazi did their best to keep the wickets coming; however, the determination of Pollard and Ramdin snatched the game away. Their batting needs improvement so that the bowlers can be victorious in their strategies and keep their campaign going.
While West Indies have the psychological advantage going into this match, they cannot take Bangladesh for granted; the contest will surely be fought fiercely but we feel that the visitors will be able to win this one and keep the series alive.
Bangladesh, 3.75 @ TitanBet