It was a huge embarrasment for hosts Bangladesh as they put up a nightmare show with the bat against the West Indies in front of a packed house at the Shere-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. What was supposed to be a crucial match in Group B between both the side hardly lasted three hours with Bangladesh folding to an unbelievable 58 in 18.5 overs having won the toss and electing to bat first.
It was just abot a hint of movement that was good enough for pacers Kemar Roach and Skipper Darren Sammy to take three wickets each. But the pitch was tailor-made to suit the heavy spin attack of Bangladesh with plenty of wide cracks on it. And Bangladesh dug their own grave with that as left arm spinner Sulieman Benn exploited them to the fullest to take four wickets in 5.5 overs. The tall spinner used the drift in the air to perfection to deceive the batsmen in playing false shots.
West Indies knocked out the target losing one wicket in 12.2 overs with Chris Gayle remaining unbeaten on 37 from 36 balls. The Man of the Match award was surprisingly given to Kemar Roach and not Sulieman Benn.
All the focus was out of the cricket ground with reports coming in that the West Indian and the Bangladeshi team buses getting stoned by irated local fans.