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The Bangladesh cricket team put on another sterling show against the more fancied West Indies team on Sunday and came out emphatic winners by a record margin of 160 runs in the second ODI of the series in Khulna. Having been put into bat, the hosts Bangladesh amassed a very competitive 292/6 on the board courtesy a superb century from rookie opener Anamul Haque. The 19-year old right hander, playing in only his 2nd ODI scored 120 off 145 balls to set up a challenging target for the Windies before the bangla bowlers bamboozled the visitors again, bowling them out for just 132 runs, thanks to spinners Sohag Gazi (3/21) and Abdur Razzak (3/19).
After losing key batsmen Tamim Iqbal (5) and Naeem Islam (6) early, Haque built a strong 174 run stand with skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (79) to set the Bangladesh team a good platform to launch in the final overs. Cameos from Mominul Haque, who scored 30 off 29 balls and Mashrafe Mortaza, who made 18 off 9 balls, ensured Bangladesh put up a hefty 292/6 on the board in their 50 overs. Among the West Indies bowlers, paceman Ravi Rampaul impressed with figures of 5/49 while the rest of the bowling was sub-standard, giving away too many easy runs to the hosts.
The West Indies batting in reply never really got going. Just like in the first match, they suffered too many setbacks early in the innings. The top order was dismissed inside the first 20 overs as they were reduced to a paltry 78/5 at one stage. Only Darren Bravo (28) and Kieron Pollard (25) managed to get off to decent starts but they too faltered to the spin of the Bangladeshis and didnâ€™t make their starts count. For the hosts all the bowlers came away with decent rewards, as they hit the right areas and built pressure on the Windies batting. Off spinner Sohag Gazi was again impressive with his enticing off-spin, picking up 3 wickets and being very frugal with his economy. Experienced left arm spinner Abdur Razzak too was outstanding and picked up 3 wickets for just 19 runs. While the seam bowlers in didnâ€™t get to do much, spearhead Mortaza got the big scalp of Chris Gayle for just 15 and returned with figures of 1/26 in 6 overs.
This victory is the biggest victory ever in an ODI game for Bangladesh and keeps them within touching distance of a series win against a full strength Windies team. The West Indies team led by Darren Sammy, has failed to come to grips with the conditions and has been thoroughly outplayed in the series thus far. The 3rd odi of the 5 match series will be played in Dhaka on December 5th.
West Indies: L Simmons, C Gayle, D Bravo, M Samuels, K Pollard, D Smith, D Thomas, D Sammy, A Russell, S Narine, R Rampaul
Bangladesh: T Iqbal, A Haque, N Islam, N Hossain, M Rahim, M Haque, Mahmudullah, A Razzak, S Gazi, M Mortaza, A Hasan
Bangladesh 292/6 (50 overs, 5.84 rpo)
A Haque 120(145) R Rampaul 5/49
M Rahim 79(111) A Russell 1/58
West Indies 132 all out (31.1 overs, 4.28 rpo)
D Bravo 28(41) A Razzak 3/19
K Pollard 25(35) S Gazi 3/21
Bangladesh win by 160 runs
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