Windies fail badly against Board XI despite good morning with the bat

By December 06, 2018
Shai Hope Shai Hope

The Windies lost to a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI by 51 runs courtesy of the Duckworth/Lewis method at the Savar Cricket Ground on on Thursday.

The Windies, choosing to bat first, amassed a good-looking 331-8 from their 50 overs, with Shai Hope, Kieran Powell, Roston Chase, and Fabian Allen getting among the runs, but were blown out of the water, as the board XI raced to 314-6 off just 41 overs.

Powell started steadily, scoring 43 as he was partnered for the first time in the opening slot by Hope. Hope was even more certain in his strokeplay and scored 81 from 84 deliveries, while the returning Darren Bravo, batting at three, scored 24 from 33 deliveries.

Batting has continued to prove a struggle for veteran batsman Marlon Samuels, who, coming in at four, could only manage five.

Shimron Hetmyer, as has come to be expected, added some impetus to the innings, smashing 33 from just 26 deliveries before he was out caught by Soumya Sarkar off the bowling of Rubel Hossain.

Skipper Rovman Powell did not have a good outing in his first attempt at captaining a Windies side, the allrounder going for nought. However, the lower-order batting of Allen, 48 from just 32 deliveries, and Chase, 65 from 51, gave the Windies what should have been a very defendable total.

That was until centuries from Tamim Iqbal, 107, and Sarkar, 103 not out, took the game away from the Windies in no uncertain terms.

Iqbal smashed his 107 from just 73 deliveries and after Imrul Kayes, his opening partner got out for 27 from 25, Sarkar proved just as savage, his unbeaten ton, coming from just 83 balls.

Sarkar had begun to lose partners toward the end of the innings, with Mohammad Mithun, 5, Ariful Haque, 21, Towhid Hridoy, 0, and Shamim Patwari, nine, all fell victim before skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, scored an unbeaten 22 from 18 balls.

Pacer Kemar Roach came in for a fair amount of stick, ending with figures of 0-49 from just five overs, while Oshane Thomas, had 1-57 from seven overs. Chase was the best of the bowlers, grabbing 2-57 from 10 overs, while Devendra Bishoo, who also had two wickets, leaked 81 runs from his 10 overs.

Allen was also good, bowling five overs for a wicket that cost just 19 runs.

The Windies are preparing for their first ODI against Bangladesh after being swept 2-0 in a Test series last week. There will be three ODIs, two in Dhaka, and one in Sylhet. Three T20Is are also to follow.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

Related items

  • Du Plessis applauds 'Superman' Perera effort Du Plessis applauds 'Superman' Perera effort

    Kusal Perera deserves all the praise that comes his way for steering Sri Lanka to an unlikely opening-Test win for his "Superman" effort with the bat, said losing South Africa captain Faf du Plessis.

    Sri Lanka appeared to be on a hiding to nothing in Durban when, chasing 304 for victory, the tourists fell to 226-9 from 83-3 on day four.

    But Perera, on 86 at that point, produced a masterclass for the ages and his unbroken stand of 78 with Vishwa Fernando – a record 10th-wicket, fourth-innings partnership for a winning side in Test cricket – steered Sri Lanka to a one-wicket triumph.

    Proteas skipper Du Plessis concedes his side could do nothing to get Perera, who finished a career-best 153 not out, off strike and recognised the match was a great advert for fans of five-day cricket.

    "It was an incredible game of cricket. We're very disappointed to end on the losing side, but to have it to go down to nine wickets and a 78-run partnership at the end is great for the game of Test cricket," he said. 

    "You could tell the fans were excited about it and, I suppose, as fans, that's the kind of Test match you want to see. 

    "Well played to Sri Lanka. Obviously Perera was unbelievable. It took a Superman effort. He deserves all of the accolades that will come to him after this game."

    Du Plessis admitted that the manner of the defeat was a tough one to take.

    "I'd be lying if I said there wasn't emotions going through me on the inside. The legs underneath the water paddling, a little bit of that. It's difficult for a captain," he added. 

    "You want to protect a lead and then you also understand that you want to try to bowl at the tailender. 

    "He played that beautifully. Whatever we tried, he still managed to get one away or a boundary away, every over, every over.

    "Towards the end, we got a few balls at the tailender but unfortunately there were a few plays and misses."

  • Big Bash League: The best Opta facts ahead of Melbourne derby final Big Bash League: The best Opta facts ahead of Melbourne derby final

    A new Big Bash League champion is guaranteed to be crowned on Sunday when Melbourne Stars face city rivals Melbourne Renegades in a much-anticipated final.

    The Melbourne franchises are two of the three teams never to have won the competition, together with this term's regular-season table-toppers Hobart Hurricanes.

    Ahead of the final at Docklands Stadium, we look at the best Opta facts relating to the contest.

     

    - Three of the last four BBL finals have been won by the side batting second, with Perth Scorchers (2015 and 2017) and Sydney Thunder (2016) completing successful chases. However, Adelaide Strikers triumphed in last year's decider after batting first against the Hurricanes.

    - The Scorchers are the only team to have won the BBL more than once, triumphing in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Prior to this season, in which they finished bottom of the table, they had never failed to make the semi-finals.

    - The Stars have also made the last four on seven occasions, including this season, but five of their semi-final appearances have ended in defeat. 

    - Hobart boast the two leading run-scorers in the 2018-19 BBL, with D'Arcy Short and Matthew Wade contributing 637 and 592 respectively.

    - The highest batting average (by a player scoring at least 50 runs) belongs to the Stars' Marcus Stoinis, whose 494 runs have come at 54.9.

    - Callum Ferguson is responsible for the highest score in 2018-19, having made 113 not out from 53 balls in the Thunder's victory over the Scorchers on January 24.

    - The Renegades' Kane Richardson has been the most prolific bowler in the competition, with 24 wickets. Next come a pair of Sydney Sixers bowlers in Sean Abbott (22) and Steve O'Keefe (21).

     

  • Farbrace stepping down as England assistant to take Warwickshire role Farbrace stepping down as England assistant to take Warwickshire role

    Paul Farbrace is to leave his position as England assistant coach after their tour of the Caribbean to take up the role as sporting director at Warwickshire.

    The highly regarded coach is taking up a position left vacant by Ashley Giles, who departed Edgbaston to become managing director of England Men's Cricket.

    Farbrace initially joined the England set-up as assistant to Peter Moores in 2014 having led Sri Lanka to World Twenty20 glory.

    The timing of the 51-year-old's decision comes as somewhat of a surprise with a Cricket World Cup and a home Ashes series against Australia on the horizon in the coming months.

    "I have had five fantastic years with England Cricket. It has been a brilliant experience working with world-class coaches, players and support staff," Farbrace, who will start with Warwickshire in March after England's T20I series against West Indies, told the ECB's official website.

    "I have been fortunate to taste some genuine success and be part of the development of some excellent players, who have the world at their feet this summer.

    "There is never a great time to leave an international set-up and despite what will be a fantastic summer for English cricket, the opportunity to shape the future of one of the game's biggest counties was too much to resist. 

    "It would have been tough for me to have turned down the opportunity once Warwickshire showed an interest in me.

    "Finally, I would like to thank the ECB, and in particular, Trevor Bayliss, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root and Ashley Giles for their support in what has been a difficult decision to make. 

    "I wish them every success this summer. I believe they have the right attributes to create history by lifting the World Cup in July and winning The Ashes that follows it."

    Alongside head coach Trevor Bayliss, who will not be renewing his own contract when it expires in September, Farbrace has been instrumental in turning around England's fortunes in white-ball cricket.

    Four years ago, England were reeling from being knocked out of the World Cup group stages, but are now the number-one ranked ODI side.

    "I would like to thank Paul for all his efforts over the last five years as a key figure in England's success across the red and white ball formats," Giles said.

    "Paul was integral, alongside, Andrew Strauss, Trevor Bayliss and Eoin Morgan, in transforming our white ball strategy, which has seen us become the best team in the world leading into a World Cup year.

    "His efforts in developing players in the elite environment will benefit him in his new role at Edgbaston.

    "I will now start the process to find a successor and work closely with our existing set-up to ensure we have everything in place ahead of a busy summer of international cricket."

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.