West Indies vs Bangladesh 2nd ODI: West Indies take unassailable 2-0 lead after Bangladesh self-implode

Narine was named Man of the Match for his outstanding performance with the ball

Narine was named Man of the Match for his outstanding performance with the ball

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The West Indies secured an unassailable 2-0 lead when Bangladesh self-imploded for 70 in the second ODI in Grenada.

Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo starred with the bat for the West Indies as they both scored half-centuries, while Kemar Roach and Sunil Narine excelled with the ball, taking three wickets each.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first early on after West Indies opener Kirk Edwards was clean bowled by Al-Amin Hossain for a duck.

Gayle and Bravo made up for the early loss of Edwards with an 88-run partnership, during which Gayle brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Sohag Gazi at deep midwicket off the bowling of Mahmudullah.

Gayle’s entertaining knock of 58 came off 67 balls and included three boundaries and five sixes.

Gayle smashed five sixes during his knock of 58

Gayle smashed five sixes during his knock of 58

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Bravo and Denesh Ramdin kept the runs flowing with a 51-run partnership, during which Bravo registered his half-century, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Gazi.

Bravo’s brilliant innings of 53 came off 82 deliveries and included two boundaries and a six.

Bravo scored his 16th ODI half-century

Bravo scored his 16th ODI half-century

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Ramdin went on to score 34 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Al-Amin Hossain.

Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons stabilised the innings with a 51-run partnership before Pollard was cleaned up by Mashrafe Mortaza for 26.

Simmons ended up making 40 before he was caught by Mahmudullah at long-on off the bowling of Mortaza.

Mortaza struck again the very next ball when West Indies skipper Dwayne Bravo was caught behind for only six runs.

Thanks to Gayle and Bravo, the West Indies finished on 247/7 off their 50 overs.

Mortaza was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Al-Amin Hossain snapped up two and Gazi and Mahmudullah chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 248 to win, Bangladesh never got out off the starting blocks as their batsmen began to fall like dominoes.

Every batsman, with the exception of opener Tamim Iqbal, failed to reach double figures. Iqbal was Bangladesh’s top-scorer by miles as he mustered 37 runs before he was caught by Gayle at midwicket off the bowling of Roach.

With none of Bangladesh’s batsmen able to make any contributions, the tourists put out of their misery on 70, which handed the West Indies a 177-run win, which is their biggest margin of victory in an ODI against Bangladesh.

Roach and Narine took three wickets each, while Ravi Rampaul helped himself to two and Jason Holder claimed one.

Roach finished with figures of 3-19 off six overs

Roach finished with figures of 3-19 off six overs

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Rahim was humiliated following his side’s embarrassing performance, and said: “Obviously it is really disappointing (third lowest score in ODI history). We lost a couple of early wickets, but the most disappointing part was no one was willing to stay in and fight. The good news is that there is one more game to go so we have one more chance to show that we are better. I think our bowlers did a good job, but our batting has too improve as a unit. There is one more game and we hope to get something out of it. It is a combination of both being confident and taking the positives and coming up with a good plan for the next game.”

Bravo was ecstatic with his side’s impressive win, and said: “It was a great team effort, especially after the last game we had some harsh words and a honest discussion, but today it shows that we have grown from that and learned from it. Seeing Chris and Darren among the runs, along with Ramdin and Simmons [was good]. We had opportunities to score 280-290, but we lost our way in the middle. The bowling display was good, well done to all the bowlers. We needed a better all-round game today, and we certainly got that. The type of cricket we want to play as a one-day unit, I mean we have top-class batsmen and quality bowlers, and we just have to get that balance right. In the past we have been hesitant to play freely, but now the coach and team management gives us the confidence to go out there and express ourselves.”

Narine was named Man of the Match, and said: “I just tried to keep it as simple as possible. I didn’t get wickets in the first game, but tried to bowl better today. You have to go out there and back yourself and bowl in the right areas, that way we were able to come out on top.”

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