Sammy - Bangladesh outplayed us
KHULNA, BANGLADESH - West Indies skipper Darren Sammy admitted on Sunday that his team has been outclassed by the relatively inexperienced Bangladesh line-up in both ODIs of the five-match series played thus far.
"Bangladesh outplayed us in both these games. Both the bowling and the batting are areas of concern," conceded the visiting skipper at the post-match presentation ceremony after a 160-run crushing at the hands of the Tigers. "We need to dig deeper if we have to come back from behind in this series. We have the guys in the team to do that and I back them to do that," he added further.
After losing the series opener by seven wickets at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, Khulna on Friday, the Men from Caribbean faced a crushing 160-run defeat in the second one-dayer at the same venue today, December 2, 2012.
West Indies’ batsmen and bowlers struggled to make an impact in both the games. In Friday’s game, the tourists failed to defend a middling 199-run total, with the Bengali Tigers chasing down the gettable target quite comfortably, with seven wickets and more than nine overs to spare.
In today’s match, the experienced West Indies attack failed to put a halt to teenager Anamul Haque’s blitz, as the rookie right-hander, playing only his second one-dayer, went on to score 120 off 145. The Bangladeshi opener plundered 13 fours and two sixes during his more than 48-over stay at the crease, to take his side to a mammoth total of 292 for 6.
In reply, the West Indies batsmen never looked comfortable against the Bangladesh spin attack, as the wickets kept clattering at regular intervals. Mushfiqur’s spinners shared eight wickets between them to bowl out the visiting line-up for just 132 in the 32nd over.
Sammy’s Bangladesh counterpart, Mushfiqur Rahim lauded his players for the impressive win. He also warned his side against complacency in the remainder of the series.
"Boys really played well, especially Anamul and everyone took the responsibility," said Rahim. "Anamul's innings was fantastic and held one end together. The bowlers really played well especially Sohag Gazi. West Indies are a dangerous side and they will come back hard on us, so we need to be ready for Dhaka," he added further.