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All over in a jiffy : Bangladesh All out for 58

06 Mar 2011, 00:33 IST

It was tipped as an exciting duel of Group B, but in the end turned out to be lopsided contest as West Indies, in a breathtaking display of  bowling, skittled out Bangladesh for a paltry score of  58. The contest was unexpectedly over within two hours which was a shame for fanatical Bangladeshi supporters who had gathered in plentitude at Mirpur,  hoping for a spirited performance from their team.The stadium erupted into cheers the moment Shakib called it correct  at the toss. But no one would have expected what was to follow.

Kemar Roach started from where he left off against Netherlands,bowling with sheer pace & grit.He accounted for Tamim Iqbal in his opening spell;the havoc had been initiated there itself.There was certainly no daemon in the pitch.Bangladeshis failed to apply themselves, being over aggresive when situation demanded little bit of caution.Darren Sammy who had a quite tournament uptill then suddenly found form picking up three scalps.Whenever Bangladeshis tried to force the issue ,going for booming drives,they found fielders.Sulleman Benn ,who opened the bowling with Roach,made sure that there was no hope of a Bangladesh comeback.First he took out Shakib with a flighted one that went through the gates & then coming back to polish off the innings.In the end his figures read 4 wickets for 18 runs.Only two batsmen-left handed Junaid Siddique & Mohammed Ashraful could touch the double figure mark.

Bangladeshi innings folded at 58, their lowest total in World cup. In the end only three West Indian bowlers were required to settle the issue, running through the opposition like pack of cards. From then on, it was a mere formality for Windies as they chased down the target in 12.2 overs loosing one wicket of Devon Smith. The crowd was agitated with this shambolic display by their team, soon they started burning effigies of their cricketers. There were violent incidents in other parts of the country as well. In all it was  a thumping win for Windies, their confidence would have been sky high after their clinical performances in the back to back matches.For Bangladeshis,well it was a sorry tale & their prospects of making it to the knockout stage have gone bleak.

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