Bangladesh crumble to Windies
Bangladesh were routed for 58 - the fourth lowest total in World Cup history - as they were humiliated in front of their own fans by West Indies.
It was nothing short of an embarrassment for the co-hosts, who were hustled out in just 18.5 overs en route to a nine-wicket defeat in Dhaka.
Pace, spin and seam proved their undoing on a blameless surface, Kemar Roach’s removal of Tamim Iqbal with the third ball of the match setting the tone for the sort of one-sided encounter that does the competition few favours.
The game lasted barely 31 overs and the floodlights were not required. At least Bangladesh saved on the electricity bill.
Man of the match Roach finished with 3-19, slow left-armer Sulieman Benn, with whom he shared the new ball, took 4-18 and Darren Sammy 3-21 to hasten Bangladesh’s demise after they won the toss.
West Indies, who lost Devon Smith in completing the formalities with the bat, underlined their growing threat by climbing level on points with South Africa at the top of Group B.
By contrast, Bangladesh, of whom so much is expected in this tournament by their millions of fans, face the very real threat of failing to qualify for the quarter-finals after a second defeat in three games.
Those crammed into the Shere Bangla National Stadium today certainly had reason to feel aggrieved by the performance of their side, and the din which marked the start of the match had turned to boos by the time Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan made his way to the post-match presentation ceremony.
In throwing their ‘4’ and ‘6’ placards on to the pitch, the supporters also found a much greater use for them than they had during a Bangladesh innings which saw just two batsmen reach double figures.
“We batted poorly and it is acceptable,” said Shakib, whose next assignment is against England in Chittagong next Friday. “They have been supporting us in the last two matches.
"We have to win two out of the remaining three games. But it is very possible. We have to come back hard enough and do the right things.”
Tamim’s dismissal - caught at second slip on the drive - punctured Bangladesh optimism, possibly fatally, as they careered to their lowest total in one-day internationals.
Sammy struck twice in as many overs, Imrul Kayes caught behind as he opened the face and Mushfiqur Rahim clipping a leg-stump half-volley straight to short midwicket.
Junaid Siddique, who top-scored with 25, was beaten for pace and struck on the boot by a fired-up Roach, Shakib, was bowled after aborting a lavish stroke against Benn, and Raqibul Hasan drove Sammy loosely to point.
The procession continued as Benn removed Naeem Islam - he was at least beaten by a beauty that spun to take the outside edge - and Mohammad Ashraful was caught behind via inside edge driving at Roach.
There was no better indication of Bangladesh’s plight than when Shafiul Islam steered Benn to Kieron Pollard at gully in a scene reminiscent of pre-match catching practice, and Benn brought the curtain down on a ruthless West Indies bowling display by yorking Rubel Hossain.
Chris Gayle, despite feeling unwell, enjoyed what amounted to little more than a net session by striking six fours in an unbeaten 37 as West Indies strolled home inside 13 overs.
Sammy paid tribute to his opening batsman by saying: “Gayle wasn’t feeling well but the effort he showed today by coming out. He gave us a little motivational speech today before the start of the game. He said, ‘don't take Bangladesh lightly’.
“Roachie gave us an excellent start. My own personal form hasn't been the best, so it was good that I got few wickets.”