WI and Banglas both don’t have chance in semis, The motivation factor for Banglas is if they win today, they might end up 6th 0r 5th position in WC.Something to take home back.This motivation showed in their excellent first bowling spell.Early Pathetic batting by WI and finest bowling by Bangladesh made WI top order score less than one or two runs per over for first twenty overs. WI looked terribly low on confidence in first twenty overs.Most runs in first overs came from wides.Samuels and Chanderpaul took too long to settle down.But duo contained wickets even when Banglas brought spinner Razak into attack during power play.Samuels is one WI player who can sensibly play against sub continental spinners.Banglas when brining in Razak should have made this observation but they have no choice as they have only two fast bowlers.
WI played like Ireland,Ireland played good to keep the wicket against Bangladesh.The experience of Sarwan and Lara helped them to steer WI to a decent total in the middle and slog overs. Sarwan may not be as good as Lara but his batting average is higher than that of Lara in ODIs.Sarwan finished the WI innings with his one more ODI brilliant knock of 91 runs off 90 balls.
Tamim failed in this match again.Sending Aftab top in the order did not help Banglas.Banglas didn’t do their home work right, they have absolutely no clue how to play Collymore and Powell.Mortaza and Rahim put some resistance put WI bowling patience to test. Banglas had a mixed world cup, Two great shockers the one against India and RSA and many of harsh thrashings.
If WI beats England in next match then they will end up 5th position in the WC2007. How is WI fared so far in Super Eights ? Pathetic with huge loss margins. (see below)
* 37th Match, Super Eights: West Indies v South Africa at St George’s – Apr 10, 2007 South Africa won by 67 runs. South Africa 356/4 (50 ov); West Indies 289/9 (50 ov)
* 30th Match, Super Eights: West Indies v Sri Lanka at Providence – Apr 1, 2007.Sri Lanka won by 113 runs. Sri Lanka 303/5 (50 ov); West Indies 190 (44.3 ov)
* 27th Match, Super Eights: West Indies v New Zealand at North Sound – Mar 29, 2007.New Zealand won by 7 wickets (with 64 balls remaining). West Indies 177 (44.4 ov); New Zealand 179/3 (39.2 ov)
* 25th Match, Super Eights: West Indies v Australia at North Sound – Mar 27-28, 2007.Australia won by 103 runs. Australia 322/6 (50 ov); West Indies 219 (45.3 ov)
From Gary Sobers to Viv. Richards to Lara.It is sad to see how WI cricket have transformed over years.
This is Brian Lara’s last but one match.We will miss great batsman – Brain Lara,
Hope Lara does not get sentimental as Inzi in his last match with England on Saturday.