West Indies prevail over Bangladesh

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

West Indies erased the bad memories of the previous day, when they completed an efficient 23-run victory in the rain-shortened second ODI over Bangladesh.

West Indies prevail over Bangladesh

Kingstown (St Vincent):

West Indies erased the bad memories of the previous day, when they completed an efficient 23-run victory in the rain-shortened second one-day international over Bangladesh. Chasing 125 to win, Bangladesh were restricted to 101 for eight from their allotment of overs, after overnight and persistent morning showers forced a late start and reduced the match to 25 overs-a-side yesterday. West Indies now take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series with the last one-day international scheduled for the Queen's Park Stadium in St George's, Grenada, on Wednesday. Chasing 145 to win, West Indies scrambled to a one-wicket victory with 20 balls to spare in the opening ODI on Saturday. "I think our bowlers bowled pretty well for us and there is no one individual that I could pinpoint, it was a total team effort," acting West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan told reporters. "I thought we were brilliant in the field, especially Dwayne Smith, and this is an area of our game that we are trying to improve on," he added. Brilliant effortSmith, named Man-of-the-Match, curbed his natural instincts to collect his highest one-day international score, as West Indies were restricted to 124 for seven from their allotment of 25 overs. Smith hit two fours and two sixes in a run-a-ball, undefeated 62 and was given a reprieve on 25 when Manjural Islam Rana dropped a head-high return chance. Tapash Baisya snatched four late wickets for 16 runs from five overs to be the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers and claim the best bowling figures by a bowler from his country in ODI cricket "In the matches I have played previously, I have gotten a few starts without carrying on, but I had the opportunity to bat at three this time, grabbed it with both hands, and I am happy," Smith said. Once Fidel Edwards removed Mohammad Ashraful and Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar in the space of five balls in the third over, it was always going to be an uphill struggle for the visitors. Hannan Sarkar, the only change to the previous day's line-up, was the Bangladesh top scorer with 36 from 55 balls and Manjural, batting at seven, scored 33 not out from 43 balls to add some beef to the visitors' total. (PTI)



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