April 19, 2007

World Cup Cricket 2007 - Bangladesh vs West Indies super eight match: Live Blogging

Bangladesh plays their last match today with West Indies. The both are playing for pride and for the sixth position. It is important for Bangladesh to win this game or lose marginally or else they will hit the bottom with lower net run rate than Ireland.

They have won the toss and chosen to field. I expected them to bat first as in this pacy and bouncy pitches of Caribbean if your strength is your spinners you can expect the ball to turn more in the second innings.

Bangladesh has brought Javed Omar in place of Shahriar Nafees, who had a terrible World Cup. And good for them Syed Rasel is back from the injury.

3 Overs: West Indies 8/1. Mashrafe Mortaza strikes as he clean bolds Devon Smith.

3.5 Overs: West Indies 8/2. Rasel strikes as he got Gayle out (lbw).

12 Overs: West Indies at a snail's pace 18/2. No boundary in the last 8 overs. And look at this bowling Figure - Syed Rasel 6-2-5-1

Hope Bangladesh can keep this stranglehold on WI.

31 Overs: West Indies slow but ticking to 90/3. A couple of chances and lbw appeals but the partnership of Sarwan and Chanderpaul is 35 and going on well. We are looking at a possible score of 210-220 by WI.

230/5 in 50 overs - West Indies did better than expected . Mainly because of batting of Sarwan Chanderpaul and Brian Lara. Sarwan missed a century being 91 not out. They have scored 85 runs in the last 10 overs.

Its a defendable total for West Indies. Bangladesh have to work hard not to loose wickets quickly and get these runs.

14.4 Overs: 34/4 - Poor performance by Bangladesh. Four of their star batsmen out failing to see off the quick bouncy bowlers of WI. They are all over Bangladesh now. If Bangladesh wants to stay in the world of Cricket they need to learn to play in these bouncy pitches. This is pathetic. Can Bangladesh keep a decent NRR to be 7th at least? I wonder.

36 Overs: Bangladesh 111/8 and reeling. A bit of resistance from Mushfiq and Mortaza after 52/6 ended with Mortaza bowled by an yorker of Bravo. A sorry end for Bangladesh.

Ireland supporters were wishing if Bangladesh were all out for 116 then their net run rate would be -1.731, thus leaving Ireland in 7th place.

40 Overs: Bangladesh 121/9 Overs. But it was going to be all over at 116 as Mushfiq almost got caught.

Bangladesh is finally all out at 43.5 overs putting only 131 on Board. Mushfiq left stranded at 38 not out. I think Bangladesh's batting order needed a revision.

Bangladesh can be proud of reaching to the super eight and putting some stunning performances by beating South Africa and India. But a pretty inconsistent performance in the bouncy pitches show they need more experience.


The Cricinfo ball-by-ball commentary of the match archive.

The Guardian online's interesting ball-by-ball commentary archive.

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