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Bangladesh vs West Indies ~ Tour Review

December 10th 2012 17:23
Bangladesh and the West Indies have combined to make one of the most interesting tours of the year. Yet nobody expected it to be so, or indeed have they commented upon it.

The World T20 Champions West Indies went into the tour as favourites, as in fact does everyone who plays against Bangladesh at home or away. The 2 Test matches went with the trend as the touring Windies won both. Chris Gayle making history by hitting the first ball of the first Test for 6 was just the start with Kieran Powell making a century in both innings, and Darren Sammyís side winning by 77 runs. The second Test in Khulna went in a similar fashion, to the West Indies, but it didnít go all their own way, as Bangladeshi number 10 Abul Hasan made 113 from 123 balls on his debut, in the Tigersí first innings. However, the hostsí 387 was eclipsed by the Windies first innings reply of 648-9 declared, Darren Bravo made 127, Marlon Samuels got 150*, but the star of the show, once again in his career was Shivnarine Chanderpaul. His 260 earnt him the Man of the Series award, but it wasnít just down to him, the touring bowlers had a lot of say as well. Fidel Edwards and Tino Best both took 6 wickets, in the first and second innings respectively. This lead to another Windies win, this time by 10 wickets.

But after the expected result that came from the Testís, the ODIís were something of a surprise. The West Indies have a formidable One-Day side, where Bangladesh have a side that nobody in cricket fears. The Tigerís however took the first 2 ODIís, and both by large margins, the opener by 7 wickets after a good all round performance, and then the second game was won by the huge margin of 160. The second game showed the future talent of young Anamul Haque who made a superb 120, as the hosts racked up 292-6, which they defended comfortably bowling the hapless tourists out for just 132. The 3rd game in Dhaka showed a change in the tides as the favourites, West Indies, won by 4 wickets. This came on the back of 4 Sunil Narine wickets, and a superb Marlon Samuels century. The next game, also at Dhaka saw another excellent all round performance from the tourists, with Captain Darren Sammy showing why he was made captain of his country. He made 60 at just a run a ball with the bat, and followed it up with 3 cheap wickets. This meant the final game of the series was the decider, with Bangladesh hoping to cause a great upset. Kieran Pollard made a quick 85, but this wasnít enough to get his team up to a hugely competitive score. 217 was never going to be easy to defend in a series decider, and so it proved as batting all down the Bangladesh line-up was enough to give them the victory by 2 wickets. The Man of the Series went to Bangladeshi captain and keeper Mushfiqur Rahim, who lead his side brilliantly and scored a good amount of runs to go with it.

Bangladesh players celebrate their ODI series victory against the West Indies

The tour finished with a single T20 game, the West Indies were of course going to be confident, and their confidence was proved correct. The tourists batted first and scored at almost 10 an over to rack up 197-4 from their allotted over's. Marlon Samuels continued his great form in making 85 from 43 balls, including 3 fours and no less than 9 sixes. If you heard that Bangladesh only lost 1 wicket in their chase you wouldíve expected them to win. However, this was not the case, as the hosts came up 18 runs short with 9 wickets remaining, Tamim Iqbal, the opener who made fame with his performances in England a few years back, was unbeaten on 88 from 61 balls, and his partner for most of the innings Mahmudullah made 64 from 48 balls. Anamul Haque was the only wicket to fall, he made 22 from 12 balls, and this makes you think where the hosts went wrong. The answer may have been that the Bangladesh bowlers leaked 7 wides in their innings, which is just free runs to the opposition without them having to work for them, and also giving them an extra over to hit.

The T20 and Test Matches were business as usual for Bangladesh, but the ODIís proved that the Tigerís can thrive at the top International level, all that is left is for them to try and prove it in all forms.

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