West Indies in Bangladesh, 2012
Bangladesh Record Biggest ODI Win to Take 2-0 Lead
2 December 2012
Bangladesh comprehensively defeated West Indies by 160 runs to record their biggest ever win in ODI to take a 2-0 lead in the 5 match Sahara Cup ODI series at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna today. Bangladesh rode on maiden ODI century by young opener Anamul Haque to post 293 for 6 in 50 overs after West Indies won the toss and opted to bowl first. Bangladesh spinners defended the total very well by restricting West Indies to a modest 132 all out in 31.1 overs. The spinners shared 8 wickets between them with Mashrafe Mortaza picking up the vital wicket of Chris Gayle.
Anamul shared a record 174 run 3rd wicket partnership with skipper Mushfiqur Rahim to take the game away from West Indies who started well by picking up two quick wickets inside 7 overs. Mushfiqur scored a classy 79 from 87 deliveries but holed out to midwicket while attempting a pull shot in the batting power play.
Bangladesh lost their way slightly with the departure of Mushfiqur as they could only score 20 runs in the batting power play and lost 2 wickets, but newcomers Anamul and Mominul kept the innings together to prevent any further damage. They cut loose at the death and Bangladesh scored 68 runs in the last 5 overs of the innings to bring respectability to the total. Bangladesh innings received a major boost in the last over of the innings as Mashrafe tore apart Marlon Samuels to score 19 runs from the over. Mashrafe remained unbeaten on 18 from only 6 deliveries.
West Indies found chasing 293 to win hard on a surface that did not offer much turn and bounce, but occasionally kept low. Bangladesh bowlers led by veteran Abdur Razzak struck crucial blows within first 15 overs of the match and reduced West Indies to 65 for 4, and West Indies never recovered from their poor start. West Indies kept losing wickets at regular intervals without putting up much fight and their fate was sealed when Kieran Pollard was bowled by Naeem Islam to make the score 111 for 8. Sohag Gazi soon mopped up the tail to secure a historic victory for the hosts.
Anamul Haque was named man of the match for his maiden ODI century. Both teams will now move to Dhaka to play last 3 matches of the series. Bangladesh will take on West Indies in the 3rd match on 5th December in a day night match.