There was nothing to lose for table bottom West Indies Legends and Bangladesh Legends, but they fought for pride. The two teams clashed at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Nava Raipur, on Friday.
Even as Kirk Edwards (46 off 28, 2 sixes, 6 fours) remained the highest scorer for WI Legends, it was captain Brian Lara, who has been consistent with the bat in the series, to ensure his team win and salvage the pride. Lara remained unbeaten on 31 off 23. West Indies won the match by five wickets.
After being put into bat by West Indies Legends, Bangladesh Legends scored a competitive total of 169 for seven, setting a target of 170 for the opponent team.
A much improved Bangladesh Legends arrived with a positive mind set which reflected in their batting.
West Indies Legends won the toss and opted to bowl first but the first over bowled by pacer Tino Best had cost dearly to the team when he gave away 10 extra runs (2 wide that went for fours) followed by a four hit by in-form batsman of Bangladesh Mohammed Nazimuddin. Best conceded 16 runs in his first over and he was dropped and spinner Suleman Benn was brought into operation in the third over.
Tino Best was back with bang as he bowled the second spell. He sent back the set batsman Aftab Ahmed caught behind by wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs on his individual score of 31 from 21 balls including 4 fours and one six.
The third wicket of Bangladesh fell at 124 when another set batsman Mehrab Hossain was caught at cover from the bowling of Ryan Austin, trying to clear the cover and score quickly. Hossain was out for 44 in 45 balls including five fours.
Ryan Austin claimed two wickets in two consecutive balls in the 16th over of the innings to bring West Indies back to the game but missed the hat-trick. After this loss Bangladesh was in for struggle and the fifth Bangladesh wicket claimed by Benn furthered the struggle.
However, Mohammed Sharif hit three sixes in an over towards the end to score 26 off 13 to help Bangladesh reach a competitive score of 169 for 7.
Earlier, Bangladesh had a good start with 41 runs coming in six over. As usual Bangladesh batting spearhead by Mohammed Nazimuddin from the front was well supported by Mehrab Hossain. Bangladesh completed 50 runs in 7.1 over, with Hossain and Nazimuddin pairing the bat.
It was time to accelerate the score and Nazimuddin hit two back to back sixes over the mid-wicket boundary. The very next ball Nazimuddin was bowled out (33 off 24 including 3 fours and two sixes).
First maiden over was bowled in the series by Adam Sanfod of West Indies who on the other hand conceded 22 runs extra. Benn claimed three wickets while Austin took two.
West Indies started off well and reached 29 in 2.5 overs, but William Perkins threw his wicket while trying to hit over the extra cover and was caught by A Ahmed on the bowling of Mushfiqur Rahman. Left-arm spin bowler Abdur Razzak bowled out Dwayen Smith on 10 off 5. Razzak again bowled out WI’s Kirk Edward for 47 in 28 balls including six fours and two sixes. Tino Best was next to go in the bowling Bangladesh captain Mohammed Rafique as WI required 28 off 29 balls.