Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 26th 2014 Contents Denesh Ramdin and Darren Bravo
scored centuries in the final ODI to
put West Indies in a strong position
to sweep Bangladesh in the three-
match Dhaka Bank Cup series which
ended at Warner Park in St Kitts, last
Ramdin continued his impressive form
with a belligerent 169 while Bravo made
124, as the West Indies plundered a
massive 339-7 in their 50 overs.
Up to press time, the visitors, who
have already lost the series 2-0, were
A number of records tumbled during
the innings and when Ramdin finally
left for 169, he had equalled Brian Lara s
score off 169 scored against Sri Lanka
at Sharjah. Only Sir Viv Richards 189
not out against England and his 181
against Sri Lanka were left standing.
Ramdin faced 121 balls and struck 11
sixes and eight fours.
Dwayne Bravo s decision to take first
strike on a very good batting strip
appeared to have backfired after both
openers, Lendl Simmons and Chris
Gayle, fell within the first five overs.
Simmons (6) started with a boundary
off the first over but misqued a pull off
Mashrafe Mortaza. Gayle (6) played the
straightest of straight drives off Al-Amin
Hossain, then edged the same bowler
for wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim to
complete the catch and leave the host
Ramdin joined his T&T countryman
Bravo and after getting through an initial
rough period, the pair blossomed, with
the left/right hand combination seeming
to upset the Bangladesh bowlers.
Ramdin was first to his half century
off 45 balls with three fours and three
sixes. Bravo, who took a while longer
arrived at his off 68 balls with four fours
and three sixes.
After getting to their respective mile-
stones, the two plundered the bowling,
much to the delight of the small crowd
at the picturesque venue.
They brought up their century stand
and then motored past the third wicket
partnership record for West Indies
against Bangladesh, which stood at 146,
which was posted by Ramnaresh Sarwan
and Marlon Samuels in 2002.
Next, the pair erased Ricky Ponting
and Michael Clarke s highest third wicket
partnership of 160 runs at the venue.
The Australians compiled that score
against South Africa at the International
Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in
The punishment continued and the
pair were looking for the next record
which was the highest ever third wicket
partnership for the West Indies in limited
overs cricket. That mark stood at 195
unbeaten between Barbadian Gordon
Greenidge and Trinidadian Larry Gomes
at Worcester against Zimbabwe in the
1983 World Cup.
Beautiful stroke play was the order
of the day. Ramdin, with just two runs
needed for his century, dabbed Mortaza
but the ball fell inches short of Rahim
behind the stumps.
Soon after, he got his second ODI
hundred off 90 balls with six fours and
five sixes. He celebrated with three sixes
off the next three balls.
In between Ramdin and Bravo raising
their bats, there was still another mile-
stone to be celebrated---the highest total
for any wicket for the West Indies overall.
They passed Shivnarine Chanderpaul
and Carl Hooper s effort of 226 against
South Africa at East London in 1999.
Bravo then brought up his second
ODI century off 112 balls with seven
fours and six sixes. He and Ramdin
added 258 runs before Bravo fell for 124.
Keiron Pollard came and went for 10
but Ramdin continued to hammer the
The La Romaine resident reached 150
off 107 deliveries with ten sixes and eight
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, August 26, 2014
T&T s National
Under 17 men s team
secured the top spot in
their Caribbean Foot-
ball Union preliminary
group with a 3-2 vic-
tory over St Lucia at
the Beausejour Stadi-
um on Sunday night.
T&T, guided by head
coach Shawn Cooper,
topped the group with
nine points and have
advanced to the CFU
Final Round in Haiti
next month. T&T will
vie for one of five spots
from the Caribbean for
the Concacaf Final
round in Honduras next
year towards the 2015
Fifa Under 17 Men s
World Cup in Chile.
Four teams from Con-
cacaf will qualify for the
U-17 World Cup.
T&T got their goals
from Dareem Daniel,
Anthony Herbert and a
second half winner
from Herbert as St
Lucia pressed for an
equaliser in the closing
ten minutes of the
appeared pleased with
the team s progress
which was witnessed
by National Senior
Men s team head coach
Stephen Hart who was
in St Lucia for the tour-
T&T had previously
defeated Grenada (2-0)
and Curacao (2-0).
The other qualified
team for the CFU Final
round in Haiti so far
include Cuba, Mar-
tinique and Barbados
and the hosts.
The 2015 Concacaf
onship will include a
field of twelve teams:
Five from the Caribbean
Football Union (CFU),
four from the Central
Union (UNCAF), and
three from North
America. Qualifying in
the Caribbean is cur-
rently underway, while
qualifying in Central
America will take place
in coming months.
This year, the twelve
qualifying teams will be
divided into two groups
of six, to play a round-
robin format on the first
five match days.
The resulting top
team from each group
will earn a direct berth
to the FIFA Under-17
World Cup, and a place
in the championship
match on the final day.
Cup memories be gone. Lionel
Messi is back to his match-
Not even a black cat---
regarded as unlucky in Spain
and other cultures---zigzagging
across his path on Sunday
could stop Messi from sending
the message that the four-time
world player of the year is ready
to do battle once again with
2013 Ballon d Or winner Cris-
tiano Ronaldo for the title of
football s best player.
The trick now for new coach
Luis Enrique will be ensuring
that Messi stays as fit and hun-
gry as he looked in scoring two
sensational goals in Barcelona s
Spanish league opener against
Elche. Luis Enrique may need
to temper Messi s desire to play
every minute of every game,
so his team doesn t lose him
to injury again at the tail end
of the season when trophies
are on the line.
After the first season in six
years without trophies, and a
loss to Germany in the World
Cup final for Argentina, every-
one at the second highest-
earning club in Europe after
Real Madrid is eager to start
afresh. No wonder the Camp
Nou crowd looked nervous
when a black cat streaked out
to join the players.
But Messi s role in
Barcelona s 3-0 victory quickly
put superstitious thoughts to
rest. The goals were vintage
Messi, a mix of balance, quick
judgment and reflexes, and
changes of pace to open angles
through Elche s defense before
slotting unstoppable shots just
inside the uprights with the
silky touch of his left boot.
Even more encouraging was
his hustle, last seen on a regular
basis when former coach Pep
Guardiola helped Messi exploit
his incredible potential.
Over the past two seasons,
Messi slowly settled into a rut
of waiting for the ball to come
to him at the point of attack.
The same was also true in some
of Argentina s games in Brazil.
This despite the fact that
Guardiola once said the key to
winning with Messi was mak-
ing sure that he runs as much
Messi also has to watch his
back. In signing Luis Suarez
and Neymar over the last two
years, Barcelona has attacking
players who could challenge
Messi s leading role if he
With neither Neymar (injury)
or Suarez (banned for biting an
opponent at the World Cup)
available on Sunday, Messi took
full advantage to remind every-
one that he is still the team s
in CFU World
Ramdin, Darren Bravo plunder Tigers
Messi back to old self under new Barcelona coach
West Indies wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin made a record 169 off 121 balls with eight fours and 11 sixes.
It was the highest score by a West Indian wicket-keeper.
It was his second ODI century and second in four matches---surpassing his 128 against England in March.
It was the highest score for West Indies against Bangladesh---surpassing 126 by Marlon Samuels in 2012.
It was equal third highest score of all-time by a West Indian---Brian Lara 169 vs Sri Lanka in 1995.
Ramdin and Darren Bravo (128) added 258 for the third wicket---a West Indies all-time record for any wicket.
Darren Bravo acknowledges the applause after getting to his century in the ODI
against Bangladesh yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET.COM
West Indies vs Bangladesh
L Simmons c Mahmudullah
C Gayle c Rahim b Al-Amin
DM Bravo c Kayes
D Ramdin c Hossain b Al-Amin 169
K Pollard c Iqbal b Razzak
D Sammy c Razzak b Al-Amin 10
DJ Bravo not out
J Holder c Hossain b Al-Amin
S Narine not out
Extras (lb4, w6)
Total 7 wkts (50ovs)
Fall of wkts: 7, 12, 270, 302, 320, 338,
Bowling: S Gazi 9-0-63-0, M Mortaza
10-0-69-1, Al Amin 10-1-59-4 (1w),
A Razzak 10-0-76-1 (4w),
Mahmudullah 10-1-48-1 (1w), M Haque
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