Will Bangladesh maintain their momentum?
by Asher Wilson
DateLine: 1st December 2012
Bangladesh v West Indies
2nd ODI 2012
Not only is it the 2nd day of the last month of the year but is the 2nd ODI of the Bangladesh and West Indies series.
Bangladesh shocked the West Indies beating them in the 1st ODI comfortably thanks to a fantastic bowling effort followed up by some good batting. With still 4 ODI's remaining it will not be over for the West Indies if they lose this game but it would put them under less pressure if they can win this match to level the series.
Sohag Gazi again starred with the ball against the West Indies and his reputation is growing fast. Abdur Razzak also impressed in the game, finishing with fine figures of 3/39. Bangladesh then chased down the target comfortably thanks to half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal and Naeem Islam. Anamul Haque and Nasir Hossain also came up with good contributions with the bat as Bangladesh sailed through to victory with 7 wickets and 9.4 overs to spare.
Going into the second ODI, the hosts need another clinical show like the one in the first game to replicate that success. Bangladesh also need to be wary of the fact that West Indies will be looking to come back at them hard. Bangladesh do have some concerns ahead of the second match. The seamers were hardly effective in the first match and were taken for a few runs. While skipper Mushfiqur Rahim would be happy that the spinners have been doing well, he will still be expecting the quick bowlers to give them some support.
The Bangladesh captain will also be hoping that his bowlers can maintain a disciplined line as West Indies, despite their capitulation in the opening game, have a powerful batting line-up. Bangladesh batters, who stuck to their task in the 7 wicket win, will also need to come up with a similar effort if the hosts are to go 2-0 up.
West Indies have only themselves to blame for the poor showing in the 1st ODI. Although the Bangladesh spinners bowled well, the Windies batsmen did not show any inclination to see them off and their lack of application led to the team's downfall. Darren Sammy along with the coaching staff, would have had a word or two to say to the batsmen and an improved showing is what they would have demanded. Apart from the test match 260, Marlon Samuels has under-performed against the Bangladesh outfit and will be looking for some big contributions with the bat.
Coming to the West Indies bowlers, they did not have a lot of runs to bowl with in the opening game but they lacked the fire despite having good bowlers like Roach, Rampaul and Narine. This is something Sammy would be worried about and the assured manner in which the Bangladeshi batters played against West Indies would have made the skipper ask his bowlers to show some venom. The visitors have a quality line-up to easily overcome the hosts, but they should not take the Bangladesh team lightly, a mistake which they may have made in the first match.
Mushfiqur Rahim (Captain/Wicketkeeper), Mahmudullah (Vice-Captain), Abdur Razzak, Abul Hasan, Elias Sunny, Farhad Reza, Jahurul Islam, Junaid Siddique, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Ashraful, Nasir Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Ziaur Rahman.
Darren Sammy (Captain), Dwayne Bravo (Vice-Captain), Samuel Badree, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (Wicketkeeper), Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.
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