• Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ramdin & Bravo outclass Tigers

Sports Reporter

Tuesday morning was no different than any other morning of the year for Bangladesh fans as West Indies completed a 3-0 whitewash by convincingly beating Bangladesh by 91 runs in the third and final ODI at the Warner Park in St Kitts on Monday.
Darren Bravo (124) and Denesh Ramdin (169), riding on early reprieves, heightened the visitors' agony on way to tearing up the record book during their 258-run third-wicket stand that gave the hosts their highest total of 338 for seven against Bangladesh, beating the 314 for six in Dhaka in October 1999.
It was a daunting chase for a team that has lost its reputation as a competitive ODI unit this year. Bangladesh's batsmen had no clue during the mammoth chase on a veritable batting paradise and in the end the hosts finished their one-day series with a clinical triumph.
Tamim Iqbal hit his first international half-century in more than nine months and 18 innings and Mushfiqur top-scored with 72. Coming together after the first two wickets fell within the first two overs of the innings, the duo shared 99 runs for the third wicket and ensured that the end result, although one never in doubt, was not humiliating.
Like Bangladesh, their opponents also lost two early wickets but the early losses of Lendl Simmons and Chris Gayle were forgotten with Ramdin and Bravo's mastery as they first took time to settle in on a pitch full of runs and then outclassed the Bangladesh attack to achieve a record partnership for the West Indies. It was also the highest third-wicket partnership in ODIs, and the highest partnership for any wicket against Bangladesh.

But the duo must thank Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur for giving Bravo a second chance as he missed a stumping when the batsman was on 10. The ball was so poorly fumbled to deprive Abdur Razzak a wicket that one was left to ask whether any more misery could befall the hapless Mushfiqur. The victim Razzak then became culprit, with Mashrafe Bin Mortaza the aggrieved party, as he failed to get under a looping catch at mid-on off Ramdin when the batsman was on 35.
Tamim Iqbal's return to form and the pace bowling unit's awareness and wherewithal to arrest a rampantly climbing run-rate in the death overs were the brightest spots in a dark landscape. Al-Amin Hossain, who took consecutive wickets in the last over while conceding just two, was the pick of the bowlers and showed great character.
Tamim might not have done anything special but the left-hander applied himself throughout the three matches to give positive indications of a turnaround in form.
But it has not by any stretch -- despite individual successes like Anamul Haque's century in the first ODI -- been the series through which the Tigers can regain some confidence and their 13-match winless streak has left them facing hard questions on how to end the misery.
The Tigers now in the Caribbean are just the shell of the team that only last November were winning ODIs and whitewashing New Zealand at home. Captain Mushfiqur will now need to dig deep into his soul-searching efforts to identify where the problem actually lies. For the team's sake, the little man has to find a solution to his problems of handling the team on and off the field.

Published: 12:00 am Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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