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Bangladesh In ODI Clean Sweep Series Against Windies

Bangladesh has whitewashed the West Indies 3-0 in the recently concluded ODI series. The visitor’s (West Indies) batting went horribly wrong, and the team could not muster 200 runs in any of the three matches played.

The West Indies selectors had sent a team wet behind the ears to tour Bangladesh, whose total team experience was just over 120 matches. Whereas on the other side, Bangladesh had 3-4 players whose individual career ODI matches are above 150.

One of the West Indies’ problems is that they are not consistent with their playing line-up, especially in limited-overs cricket, as we have seen different playing 11 on different tours. COVID-19 has also impacted the consistency in the playing 11.

But despite not having the best possible line-up, the Windies could have shown some fight and resilience in an international match. Getting bowled out under the 50-overs quota in all three matches is below the international side’s standards. Recently, India has shown the world that when all odds are against you, self-belief can take you through if you are willing to fight to win.

Analyzing the batting and mode of dismissals, most of the West Indies batters have played cross-batted shots, whereas the opposition batters were determined to play with a straight-bat and hit on-the-up.

Some of the dismissals looked as if the Windies batters were double-minded in their footwork (whether playing front-foot or back-foot, attacking the ball, or defense.) 

This new West Indies team, after losing the early wickets of their openers, the middle order did not focus on rebuilding/stabilizing the innings.

Albeit evidence suggests that they lacked the skill to rotate the strike and punished the middle overs’ bad balls.

Rovman Powell was the only positive in the entire batting line-up; he gave that little artificial excitement to the fans when he was at the crease. None of the West Indies batsmen scored a half-century.

Akeal Hosein was impressive in his debut series as he was the only West Indies player among the top 5 wicket-takers in the series.

West Indies has fallen a notch in cricket as they have failed to win a single series for the past nine months, “From here now, the only way we can go is up,” said Phil Simmons.

“I think our performance has been under par. We didn’t bat as well as we can do. Bowling wasn’t that bad. We limited them under 300 on this wicket, which is good. Our batting has been poor throughout the series.”

“Every time you have low scores, it is not enough character, heart, determination shown. It is all about putting everything out there and making sure things happen the way you want them to happen, and that’s not been done,” he added.

It must be noted that the ODI matches were part of the set up for the Super League 2020-23. If West Indies fail to stay in the top-8 position of the points table, they will have to play the qualification round in order to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

 Bangladesh, on the other hand, has made a terrific entry in cricket post-COVID-19 pandemic. Their bowlers (especially spinners) have troubled the inexperienced Windies batters. Shakib Al Hasan has made a come-back in the international arena with some great performances with both bat and ball.

He had scored 113 runs at an average of 56.50 and took six wickets in the tour’s three matches. He has been awarded the man of the series for his all-round performance.

As always, there were regular contributions from Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Mahmudullah. If these three players continue playing for a couple of years, there is a possibility that they become the strongest batting unit in the history of Bangladesh cricket.

Mehidy Hassan has been the pick of the bowlers in this tour. He has taken 7 wickets at an average of just above 10. Post this series, he (Hassan) has jumped nine spots to reach 4th position in the ICC ODI bowler rankings.

Overall, it was a great series for the home team as they welcome back cricket on home soil after a long break.

Bangladesh is also set to host a Test series, which will be interesting to watch as it will be included in the ICC Test Championship.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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