Wednesday, July 29, 2009

First Series win for Bangladesh against a "Strong" team

Bangladesh defeated West Indies in the second ODI to seal the One Day International series after the Test Series. This would surely boost their confidence in the days to come.

West Indies captain Reifer again won the toss & elected to bat first after getting a defeat from the same team while fielding first in the first match of the series.West Indies had a fair start as openers Dale Richards & Andre Fletcher shared 33 for the first wicket in just 5.1 overs when Fletcher was dismissed by the Bangladeshi skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who came to bowl in the sixth over. Richards followed his opening partner soon when the score was 52 in the 11th over. Devon Smith & Dowlin shared a good partnership of 68 runs for the third wicket & West Indies were looking solid when they were 118-2 in the 29th over. Dowlin went on to score a brilliant century & took West Indies to 274 in 50 overs. Though at the completion of 40 overs, it looked West Indies would be able to manage just 240-250, as they were 176 in 40 overs.

For Bangladesh, Syed Rasel, Skipper & left arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan took 1 wicket & so did Abdur Razzak & Naeem Islam.

Bangladesh began their innings on a slow note as their openers Tamim Iqbal & Junaid Siddique looked to defend their wicket against the Windies pacers. Mohammad Ashraful & skipper Shakib Al Hasan scored brilliant half centuries to take their team to the doors of victory. When Shakib got out, the scoreboard read 238 with 39 runs remaining for victory with 47 balls to go. Wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim then rose to the occasion, scoring an important 31 in just 30 balls. When he got out, Bangladesh was almost their with just 16 runs remaining for the victory in 24 balls. Abdur Razzak scored 11 not out to ensure their victory in the 49th over itself.

What a victory this has been for Bangladesh, however there were some glitches here & there, but under the captaincy of Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh is looking very confident side. After their victory in Test Series & first two ODIs, none should dismiss their chances of a whitewash in the ODI series.


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