West Indies missed the experience of Chanderpaul

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 19, 2011 04:18 hrs

​England's win over the West Indies does leave the door slightly open for Bangladesh even if they lose to South Africa. They will hope for India to beat West Indies by a big margin which will then mean the net run rate coming into play for the fourth place with both Bangladesh and the West Indies tied on the same number of points.

The West Indies let England off the hook by some pretty ordinary bowling in the final overs. Kemar Roach trying to bowl yorkers had no third man in position and that meant that thick outside edges were going to go the boundary. It happened more than once and it can be pretty demoralising not just for the bowler but also the team. At Roach's pace it is going to take somebody and something really special to cart him over long on for a six, so that fielder was not necessary.

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The West Indies missed the experience of Shiv Chanderpaul, for in such tight games, it is invariably the experienced guy who knows how to navigate in stormy waters and take the boat to safety. Too many West Indians tried to play too many shots too soon and nobody thought in simple terms of taking the singles and rotating the strike.

There was not much purchase from the pitch for the spinners, so playing for the turn with the protection of the pad in front of the bat was asking for trouble. West Indies do not have a batsman of calm temperament in the middle order and with Sarwan not yet at his best, the younger players just went for the big shots and let England back in the game.

South Africa will want to finish the league stage with a big win but playing Bangladesh in Dhaka is not going to be easy. They will want to do what the West Indies did and try and blast them with pace and hope that the Bangladeshi batsmen will panic like they did against the Windies. That low score and the subsequent quick win by the West Indies may eventually save them if they lose to India in the game on Sunday.

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Bangladesh's best chance is to have a pitch where there is a bit of turn for then their bowlers will be able to exploit the pitch to their advantage. They have been pretty impressive against the associate teams and won both those games quite comfortably though Ireland did run them close like they have most other teams in their group.

It is a must win game for the Bangladeshis and what their band of supporters would want is a whole hearted effort from them. They were upset about the West Indies game because of the poor show by their team and not just the loss itself. The Bangladeshi supporter is an emotional one and knows that it is not always possible to win but all he would like is a big effort from his team. Can Bangladesh do it?

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