About the Match
In a shocking display of cricket, the Bangladeshi batsmen were all at sea in the 2nd ODI match against West Indies during the chase for 248 runs, losing the contest by a massive 177 runs, which has turned out to be their worst overseas defeat in recent times. Having already won the first ODI and sealing the series 2-0, West Indies now prepares to hand out a complete whitewash to the visitors on 25th Aug, when the 3rd and final ODI between the two sides will be played at Basseterre. The contest is a dead rubber, however Bangladesh will be eager to redeem itself and earn back some respect before the start of the test series next month.
Chris Gayle continued his onslaught on the opponents in the 2nd ODI as he hit 5 sixes and 3 fours to give a solid start to their innings; posting 58 off 67 deliveries he partnered with Bravo, who made 53, to add 93 runs for the 2nd wicket. Simmons was steady in the middle as he scored 40 off 61 balls; Pollard and Ramdin continued their good form, chipping in much required runs to take the total to 247 runs. The match looked well in control for the visitors, but they were hardly prepared for the tactics of Roach, Holder, Rampaul and Narine, who collectively broke the backbone of the Bangladesh batting line-up, getting them all out for 70 runs. Narine and Roach, with 3 wickets each, struck at the heart of the opponent’s batting talents, removing players like Mushfiqur, Shamsur, Nasir and Mahmudullah with ease; Narine continues to be the lead attack of this superb bowling squad and he was given the man of the match award for his astounding 3-13. This team is a dream combination of sturdy batsmen and clever bowlers, who make it a formidable force to reckon with especially on home soil.
Except for Tamim Iqbal, who scored a brave 37 off 50 deliveries, the rest of the batting line-up cut a sorry figure as they were all removed in haste, with all the players getting out for either single digits or ducks; the story was over even before it began and they lost the match by a massive 177 runs in the second ODI. They had no answers for the West Indies bowlers, who brought on pace as well as a mix of spin and variety bowling to dismiss the Bangaldesh batsmen in a hurry. The bowlers had earlier shown a good display of determination as they restricted the home side to 247 runs; Mashrafe took 3 wickets while Hossain continued his good spell by claiming 2 important wickets. The others too chipped in to put up a strong fight, however, the shocking performance by the batsmen has dealt a heavy blow to the morale of the team. They will now need to pull up their socks and give their best performance, to redeem themselves and make a comeback in the remaining part of the tour.
Bangladesh seems to lack the confidence to stay afloat and will need to work on their skills and strategies to come back stronger; however, for now the West Indies side looks excellently placed to make it a 3-0 series victory.
West Indies, 1.22 @ TitanBet