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West Indies in Bangladesh, 2011


Tigers back to drawing board

After a 40 run defeat paved away by a Lendl Simmons century, Tigers need to rethink and reassess their strategies as they recuperate. A late onslaught brought about by Pollard along with a robust ton from Simmons powered the hosts to 298 after the first breakthrough was brought about by Rubel at 217. With the new ICC rules in place dictating a player cannot employ a runner if injured, Adrian Barath retired hurt due to hamstring problem but only after a patient 21 off 47 balls in an otherwise cautious opening Power Play overs only to wear out the Bangladeshis in test of attrition. Pollard only fueled the fodder followed by Marlon Samuels' quickfire 78-ball 71.

Naeem Isalm led the attack in what deemed to be an unusual opening due to a probational Kayes not given the green-light as the latter exceeded the time to be spent outside the ropes in the first innings. Naeem looked shaky from the start and a familiar pattern of balls whizzing past him developed. His 82 ball half-century looked amateur in the context of the game and Shakib's late burst of 67 off 58 failed to live up to the expectations set by the dress rehearsal 20-20 match.

With Ashraful failing to contribute yet again selectors may opt for Shariar Nafees. It remains to be seen if hosts will mimic the T20 heroics in that very third pitch in Mirpur where the match will take place today.


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