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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 April 2007, 20:57 GMT 21:57 UK
West Indies v Bangladesh
Barbados, 19 April 2007

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World Cup Super 8, Barbados: West Indies 230-5 beat Bangladesh 131 by 99 runs

By Ben Dirs

Ramnaresh Sarwan
Sarwan hit 91 from 90 deliveries
Ramnaresh Sarwan struck an unbeaten 91 as West Indies won their first Super 8 match by beating Bangladesh by 99 runs.

The hosts stumbled to 55-3 batting first as Mashrafe Mortaza and Syed Rasel bowled miserly opening spells.

But Sarwan put on 81 for the fourth wicket with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (50) and Brian Lara struck a lusty 33 as West Indies made a respectable 230-5.

The West Indies bowlers then found pace and bounce as the Tigers were skittled for 131 in 43.5 overs in Barbados.

Daren Powell finished with figures of 3-38, Corey Collymore 2-11 and Dwayne Bravo 2-28.


Although neither side was able to qualify for the semi-finals going into the match, a win would have seen Bangladesh leapfrog the hosts in the Super 8 table.

As it is, Bangladesh's heavy defeat means they just stay above bottom-placed Ireland in the Super 8 table on run rate.

The Tigers elected to bowl first having won the toss and seam duo Mortaza and Rasel proceeded to suck the life out of the West Indies top order.

Devon Smith was the first batsman to fall for five, Mortaza cleaning him up with a beauty that pitched on middle and hit the top of off-stump.

And Chris Gayle's miserable World Cup continued, Rasel trapping him plumb in front for one in the next over.

West Indies should have been three down in the sixth over, Rasel finding the edge of Marlon Samuels' bat and Abdur Razzak shelling a relatively straightforward chance at second slip.

But the nagging Mortaza and Rasel continued to turn the screw, limiting the hosts to 17-2 after 10 overs and just 10 scoring shots in the first 12.

Samuels broke the shackles with three crisply-struck boundaries before falling to Saqib Al Hasan, attempting an ugly heave over extra cover and feathering a catch to wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim.

And at 55-3, it was down to Chanderpaul and Sarwan to rebuild.

After scratchy starts, both batsmen found some fluency, Sarwan hitting Mohammad Rafique for a couple of fours before crashing Hasan over extra cover for the first six of the innings.

Chanderpaul brought up his 46th ODI fifty from 84 balls, but soon after was bowled by Aftab Ahmed attempting to slog across the line.

Sarwan's fifty came off just 57 deliveries, although he should have been out on 62 after a direct hit from Hasan, umpire Rudi Koertzen inexplicably failing to refer it to the third umpire.

Lara played a very useful cameo coming in at six, spoiling Rasel's figures with a four and a six over wide mid-on.

And he slapped Mortaza over cover-point for another maximum before driving Razzak straight to Javed Omar in the covers.

Sarwan continued to play his shots, crashing Razzak over the mid-wicket fence for another six on his way to a fine 91 from 90 balls.

Tamim Iqbal was dropped off the bowling of Collymore in the first over of Bangladesh's reply, Lara spilling the ball as he was about to celebrate the dismissal.

Pacemen Collymore and Powell beat the bat on numerous occasions as Iqbal and Omar struggled to establish themselves.

And Iqbal was removed for seven after a mix-up with Omar, Bravo removing the stumps with the batsman halfway down the track.

Collymore then took two quick wickets, Ahmed (6) and Hasan (0) both edging lifting deliveries to Denesh Ramdin behind the stumps.

Omar was dropped by Lara off the bowling of Powell in the 15th over, although it was a difficult chance.

But Mohammad Ashraful became the Tigers' fourth victim next ball, mistiming a pull shot to Samuels at mid-wicket after scoring just two.

Omar was next to fall, edging Powell to Gayle at first slip after making a painstaking 16 from 49 deliveries.

And Habibul Bashar was almost caught in Powell's next over, but Lara could only get a fingertip to the ball.

However, Bashar's wretched World Cup was soon brought to an end by Powell when the Tigers skipper fended a rising delivery to Bravo at third slip after scoring just 12.

Mortaza joined Rahim at the crease with the score 52-6 and the pair proceeded to put on 58 for the seventh wicket.

Mortaza should have been caught by Jerome Taylor off his own bowling when he was 21, but the fast bowler played some classy strokes, including an impudent slap through the covers off Bravo.

Mortaza was eventually castled by a Bravo yorker in the 34th over and Gayle trapped Rafique leg before six balls later.

Razzak was the ninth man out, Bravo locating the edge of his bat and Lara, fourth time lucky, snaffling the catch at second slip.

And Gayle wrapped up the innings in the 44th over, clean bowling Rasel, to leave Rahim unbeaten on 38.


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