Defending champions West Indies remained in reckoning for a berth in the semi-finals after they registered a pummeling win over hosts Bangladesh in their second game of the World T20 2014 on Tuesday.
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What that 73-run victory also does is to help West Indies up their net run-rate in a competition which sees only two out of the five sides qualify for the semi-finals in each group.
West Indies batted first after being put in by Bangladesh and thanks to Dwayne Smith's knock of 72, they were able to score 171. The good news for West Indies was that after struggling through his 25-ball 11 against India, Smith came out with an uncluttered mind and smashed a 49-ball 72 against Bangladesh.
While Chris Gayle continued to struggle with his timing at the other end, there was enough impetus provided by those coming from those down the order to pull them through to a above-average total. First Gayle blasted off a few following a super-sluggish start before Darren Sammy used up only five balls to score 14.
Later, the West Indies bowlers never allowed Bangladesh to get away in their chase, with Samuel Badree picking up four and Krishmar Santokie getting three wickets in the process. Bangladesh were bowled out for 98 and that pushed West Indies up to two points from two games and on to the second spot, with a net run-rate of +1.75.
India leads the table with four points from two, while Pakistan also have the same as West Indies but with a lesser net run-rate. Bangladesh and Australia are yet to open their account after having played one game.
Interestingly, that does not change their position according to what the bookmakers think of their semi-final qualification chances. BetFair
offer 19/10 for the West Indies to make it through to the last-four, which is fourth behind India, Pakistan and Australia. They are also 9/1 (SportingBet
) to top the group, which is only an outside chance for now.
also offers 4/9 for West Indies to crash out of the tournament in the first round.