Rampant Windies destroy Bangladesh
The West Indies joined South Africa at the top of Group B after crushing Bangladesh by nine wickets in a short-lived encounter on Friday.
The result was never in doubt after Bangladesh batted first and collapsed to a miserable total of 58 in their own capital, Dhaka.
The visiting Windies needed just 18.5 overs and three bowlers to push over the Bangladeshis for the lowest World Cup score ever posted by a test-playing nation.
Unsurprisingly the home team were booed off the park by an angry full house at the Shere Bangla Stadium, following what was also Bangladesh’s lowest ODI total.
Spinner Sulieman Benn and quick bowlers Darren Sammy and Kemar Roach did the damage, picking up a dizzying succession of wickets from the moment Roach had home talisman Tamim Iqbal caught at slip in the very first over.
Fine bowling from all three created the chances, and sharp work from the fielders did the rest as seven of the batsmen were out caught.
Sammy and Roach got rid of the top four, with Benn then grabbing four of the last six wickets with a terrific display of spin bowling.
The tall left-armer recorded figures of 4/18 in just under six overs, with Roach and Sammy ending up with three wickets each.
Kieron Pollard took two catches, including a great forward-diving effort to dismiss Raqibul Hassan off Sammy’s bowling.
“It was a brilliant performance by my teammates,” said captain Sammy. “[Former captain] Chris Gayle gave us an inspirational speech before the game and I’d like to thank him for motivating us.
“We were a bit flat in the warm-up and he didn’t like that! He encouraged us not to take Bangladesh lightly and we went out there and did what he asked.”
The only performance of any note in the Bangladesh innings was number three Junaid Siddique’s aggressive 25 off 27 balls.
Although it was hard to find fault with the West Indian bowling, several of the home batsmen got themselves out with loose, impatient shots and minimal footwork.
There is no doubt Bangladesh could have done a far, far better job despite the unusual intensity shown by the West Indians.
With the flamboyant Chris Gayle at the top of the order it was surprising that the run chase took as long as it did, but there was never the slightest doubt about the outcome.
Naeem Islam bowled Devon Smith for six with the score on 29, but a fairly subdued Gayle and Darren Bravo saw the men from the Caribbean home as they sealed a huge win with 37 overs to spare.
“We were really poor with the bat,” said Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan. “I never thought we’d bat this poorly, because we’ve been playing good cricket for the last 12 months and we’ve been consistent with bat.
“It was just one of those days. We have a lot of things to work on now, but hopefully we can come back strongly.
“Our next game against England is a must-win for us. We just have to take the negative side from today and work on those things.”
Bangladesh – Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hassan (capt), Raqibul Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossein
West Indies – Chris Gayle, Devon Smith, Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kieron Pollard, Devon Thomas (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Nikita Miller, Sulieman Benn, Kemar Roach