Bangladesh shot out for 77, West Indies win series
St.George’s (Grenada), Aug 23 (IANS/CMC) Spinner Sunil Narine triggered an avalanche of batsmen as Bangladesh crashed to a 177-run defeat allowing West Indies to take 2-0 lead in their three-match One Day International (ODI) series here at the National Stadium.
Narine struck twice in two balls to spark a batting collapse as Bangladesh, precariously placed on 57 for three, were shot out for a disappointing 77 in 24.4 overs, their third lowest ODI total here Friday, reports CMC.
West Indies, sent by Bangladesh, were restricted to a respectable 247 for seven on account of tight bowling mainly from new-ball bowlers, Mashrafe Mortaza and Al-Amin Hossain.
Only opener Tamim Iqbal with 37 provided any semblance of resistance to the Windies attack with no other batsmen getting into double figures in Bangladesh innings.
Bangladesh’s nightmare of an innings got worse when they lost five wickets for ten runs in just a few overs amid a carnival like atmosphere at the National Stadium.
The final seven wickets fell for just 13 runs, with West Indies claiming victory just minutes after Prime Minister Keith Mitchell arrived at the stadium.
Narine and Roach ran through the middle order with the spinner capturing three for 13 and the pacer three for 19.
Narine produced a delivery that beat Mushfiqur Rahim on extra bounce and followed up with a ball that kept slightly low, beating Mahmudullah’s bat and hitting the off stump.
Roach’s three-wicket haul included the important wicket of Iqbal who was unable to keep down a ball that bounced and gave Chris Gayle a simple catch at mid-wicket.
The visitors lost wickets quickly moving from 57/3 to 57/6 and 66 for 8.
Ravi Rampaul had two wickets while Jason Holder, who was given the new ball, had one.
Earlier, Bangladesh spinners bowled with a tight line to contain West Indies at less than five runs an over.
Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo scored half centuries with Denesh Ramdin and Lendl Simmons, shaped the innings which spluttered significantly at the death overs with the homeside failing to exploit and losing a couple of quick wickets.
Gayle and Bravo added 88 runs for the second wicket with the former dominating the partnership after a quiet start.
Bravo scored a solid knock of 53 and shared another important partnership, 51 runs for the third wicket with Denesh Ramdin who survived a stumping chance to contribute 34.
Lendl Simmons, who was dropped down the order, laboured to 40 and was bogged down for most of his innings.
However, he managed to ride the frustration as Bangladesh bowlers kept the pressure up to scrape up a fourth wicket stand of 53 with Kieron Pollard who made a colourful 26, highlighted by two fours and a six.
Mortaza was the most successful bowler for Bangladesh with three wickets for 39 runs.
The victory over Bangladesh ensures West Indies complete their first ODI series win since February 2013.
The third and final game in the series will be played at Warner Park in St.Kitts, Monday.
Brief scores: West Indies 247/7 in 50 overs (Chris Gayle 58, Darren Bravo 53, Lendl Simmons 40, Denesh Ramdin 34, Mashrafe Mortaza 3-39, Al-Amin Hossain 2-60.
Bangladesh 70 all out in 24.4 overs (Tamim Iqbal 37, Sunil Narine 3-13, Kemar Roach 3-19,Ravi Rampaul 2-21).
West Indies win by 177 runs.