Bangladesh run out of breath as Windies level series

Thu, Jul 26, '18

 

Windies v Bangladesh

Not since Tyler Durden in Fight Club has something changed character as dramatically as the pitch in Guyana did. Apologies if that ravages for you a famous Hollywood plot twist but that's exactly what Bangladesh were in for on Wednesday (July 25), their decision to chase considering the inclement weather later turning pear-shaped on a metamorphosed, even unrecognizable, 22 yards. Windies's incredible series-levelling win -- or Bangladesh's hallucinatory loss -- by 3 runs was the kind of sport that gets people springing out of their beds on a weekday.

Even if you look at this loss as just another botched chase in cricket, and ignore the flourishing morbid trend that Bangladesh find themselves in the middle of, the fact that they lost after racking up their fastest team fifty (off 26 balls) in ODIs on a pitch that wasn't exactly a friend has to be gut-wrenching. Unlike Shimron Heytmer, whose second ODI hundred earlier in the match was stunning owing to the situation more than the conditions on offer, Bangladesh had a platform to launch to a win. 79 for 1 after 10 overs chasing 272 is not where you lose from.

If Jason Holder, with an opening spell of 2-0-30-0, was at the receiving end of Anamul Haque's 9-ball 23 at the start, he was the man who closed it for the Windies too, defending seven runs off the last over and staking a claim to a better character arc than the pitch -- just that this went from bad to good.