West Indies in Bangladesh, 3 ODI Series, 2018
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Date & Time: 11 December 2018
RR: 5.15 | West Indies beat Bangladesh by 4 wickets
Okay. We have a decider. Not many would have expected that. Will toss play a crucial role? Bangladesh would be wary of that come the decider. Join us on Friday, November 14, 2018 at noon local (0600 GMT) for the third ODI at a different venue - Sylhet. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Aha. Victorious Windies captain Rovman Powell manages a smile. Praises his team for responding well under pressure and is happy that Bangladesh were restricted to 255. Hopes that the bowling continues to be consistent. Admits that there is a worry in the fact that the bowling seems to be excellent only in the last 10 overs, after conceding too many in the first few. On the way the chase was planned, Powell says that the team management knows that there is plenty of batting depth and in further games, the strategy needs to be the way it was tonight - one of the top 3 needs to bat deep.
SHAI HOPE HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS UNBEATEN 146 FROM 144 BALLS. Is happy but wants to reserve his celebrations with one more game to go. Says that he just kept backing himself throughout the chase and in the last 2 overs, cut loose. On the advice given to Keemo Paul, Shai says that he just asked Keemo to bat as straight as possible and is glad that he stayed unbeaten along with him.
Bangladesh captain, Mashrafe Mortaza comes up first for a chat. Admits that he is disappointed and puts it down to not performing under pressure. Hopes to now come back well in the final ODI. Agrees that the choke at the death with the bat was the main setup to this defeat, as they could have scored more runs with so many wickets in hand. But also adds that dropped catches did not help later on in the field. Praises Shai Hope for staying till the end but stresses that with 24 (actually 22) needed from 2 overs, it was a 50-50 game. On Bangladesh's performance overall, Mash is happy with both departments and reckons that they fought hard.
Dew factor? Perhaps. That could be the only reason for Bangladesh's average performance with the ball. Shakib and Mehidy were the only bowlers doing well while the others struggled. Windies played smart cricket, not looking to attack the two spinners and the ploy worked. Consider this - Shakib and Mehidy combined - 19-0-67-1 while Mustafizur, Mortaza and Rubel went for 172 runs in 29 overs combined, for 5 wickets. Dropped catches did not help them either. Expect plenty of criticism from Mortaza. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
And now, finally, Shai Hope. They say that he has got loads of talent and potential. He has shown that here again. Did not allow the pressure to soak in and played confident, risk-free shots for majority of the innings. Now, only for him to be more consistent and become one of the best Windies batsmen in a long time.
Bowlers, you say? Make no mistake, Keemo Paul can bat. He batted responsibly and ensured that Hope was not starved off strike. Indeed - that unbeaten 7th wicket stand worth 71 in 64 balls was the biggest for the Windies and the best of the match.
In any game, partnerships are the key. But more so, in a run chase. The Windies strung decent stands - lost Hemraj early but then got 65 for the second wicket between Hope and Bravo, then another 62 between Hope and Samuels before a bit of a collapse stemmed their progress. It was at this time that Bangladesh thought they had a chance. The visitors slipped from 132/2 to 185/6 and with 71 needed from 66 balls and the bowlers exposed, it looked like the game was over.
A well-scripted run chase. In pursuit of a big target, one of your top three needs to score big. Shai Hope was that man tonight. His unbeaten 146 from just 144 balls provided a wonderful calmness to the others as they kept batting around him. His previous two ODI centuries had resulted in ties - third time, it has been lucky.
Pin-drop silence in the stadium. Now, someone starts to clap. Oh hang on, it is the Windies dugout. What a chase. There were talks of probably toss being the factor in the previous game. It has been proved right here.
Interesting! Mahmudullah to bowl the final over. 1-0-6-0 so far and Windies need 6.
Rubel Hossain to bowl the 48th. 8-0-47-2 so far.
Shakib Al Hasan gets a change of ends. 9-0-25-0 so far. Can he strike?
A mini-conference going on. Shakib and Rahim are the primary talkers while Mehidy is quietly listening on to what is being said and discussed. Shakib was about to bowl but after that big chat, MUSTAFIZUR RAHMAN has been called back on. 7-1-38-2 so far.
Mehidy Hasan is back on. 8-0-33-1 so far.
Shakib Al Hasan is back on. 8-0-24-0 so far.
Hope on 99...
POWERPLAY 3 time. Final 10 overs coming up. 67 more needed. Only one recognized batsman in the middle. Mashrafe Mortaza to bowl out. 9-1-46-1 so far.
Rubel Hossain is back on as well. 6-0-33-2 so far.
Shakib Al Hasan returns. 7-0-20-0 so far.
A slip in place now.
Mustafizur Rahman is back on. 5-1-29-1 so far.
Mehidy Hasan is back on. 7-0-22-1 so far.
DRINKS BREAK. The match is hanging by a thread. Two quick wickets for the hosts and they are right on top. Not much batting left for the visitors and they desperately need someone to help Shai to have any hope. Can Roston take care of the chase?
The chase is getting interesting. In comes the captain, Rovman Powell.
Mashrafe Mortaza is back on. 6-1-34-0 so far.
Imrul Kayes is not looking too comfortable. The physio is having a look at his hand and KAYES IS WALKING OFF THE FIELD.
Shimron Hetmyer comes in at number 5, replacing Samuels.
Rubel Hossain is back. 3-0-13-1 so far.
Mustafizur is back into the attack.
Shakib is back into the back.
DRINKS BREAK! Both the teams are even now. Windies need 174 runs and Bangladesh need eight wickets. Shai Hope has played well and stuck around for a while. Bravo gave him good support but could have stayed with him for a longer time. The hosts have bowled well till now and started with spinners like they did in the last game. They would like to take Hope's wicket after the break and put pressure on the Windies.
First Free Hit for the Windies. Bangladesh got 5 when they were batting.
Mashrafe Mortaza to bowl again. 2-0-17-0 so far.
Marlon Samuels is the next batsman.
Rubel is into the attack.
Mahmudullah to bowl now. Third spinner.
Mortaza comes to the attack.
POWERPLAY 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
First sign of pace. Here comes Mustafizur Rahman.
Darren Bravo is the next batsman for the Windies.
Mehidy is into the attack.
The players are back out in the middle. Chandrapaul Hemraj and Shai Hope make their way out in the middle. Shakib takes the first new ball and will start the proceedings to Hemraj.