14th over: West Indies 58-1 (Hope 17, Lewis 35) The Bangladeshi fans seem to be out in force in Taunton – we get a nice shot of nine fans, each with one letter of the country’s name on their shirts. You’ve got to be organised with that sort of thing, particularly as the day wears on. There’s no way I’d risk it: all it takes is for a couple of people to wander off at some point and a few people to switch seats and before you know it you’re sat in a row with LASAGNE or GLANDES on your T-shirts.
Mehidy twirls through another over, giving up only ones and twos.
13th over: West Indies 53-1 (Hope 15, Lewis 32) “Re: Animal mascots,” begins Charles Montague. “The Oz badge features two animals that are very much alive and kicking (and punching) in the Australian wild.”
Mashrafe continues into his seventh over. Perhaps once those poor old knees get mobile it’s best to keep them moving. He drops a touch short and Lewis is on to it like a shot, pulling hard for a one-bounce four to cow corner.
12th over: West Indies 45-1 (Hope 14, Lewis 26) Mehidy continues and Lewis benefits from a misfield to pinch a single. But it’s more tight stuff from the spinner.
11th over: West Indies 42-1 (Hope 12, Lewis 24) That is apparently the lowest score after 10 overs in the tournament so far, testament to an excellent Bangladesh bowling performance. Lewis has had enough of it – he slams Mortaza over wide long on for six to get the juices flowing.
10th over: West Indies 32-1 (Hope 12, Lewis 17) Mehidy, the off-spinner, into the attack. Tidy stuff from the youngster – just the two singles off the over. West Indies haven’t got going at all yet.
9th over: West Indies 30-1 (Hope 11, Lewis 16) Mortaza (4-1-8-0) continues and by the end of the over he has figures of 5-1-9-0.
8th over: West Indies 29-1 (Hope 11, Lewis 15) The first bowling change of the day: Mustafizur comes into the attack. He’s a little too straight throughout, though, and the batsmen are able to tickle him away for a few singles before he overcompensates and Hope is able to punch a short wide one through the covers for four.
And here’s the full story on that Jason Roy news:
7th over: West Indies 21-1 (Hope 6, Lewis 13) Mortaza maintains his stranglehold – tight line and length giving up just three singles.
A bit of news from elsehwere: the ECB has confirmed England’s Jason Roy has a hamstring tear and will miss at least two matches.
6th over: West Indies 18-1 (Hope 5, Lewis 11) Yes, this has been an excellent start for Bangladesh. It’s always been an excellent start for Bangladesh. No one ever said it was an excellent start for Sri Lanka. Especially not in the fourth over. No sirree. Don’t know where you got that from. Fake news, I reckon.
Hope pirouette-pulls beautifully for four to get off the mark. And Lewis joins the fun later in the over – Shaifuddin dropping short and offering the sort of width the West Indies opener loves – four more. Then an escape – Lewis edging with soft hands just short of slip.
5th over: West Indies 8-1 (Hope 0, Lewis 6) Mortaza continues to trundle in and hit a nice length. Lewis blocks to wide of mid off for a quick single. And a leg bye means just two off the over.
4th over: West Indies 6-1 (Hope 0, Lewis 5) So this has become an excellent start for Bangladesh. Gayle looked a little dozy, a little sluggish, a little like he’d rather be sat on the settee at home – basically a little like most people on a Monday morning. A wicket maiden for Shaifuddin and only two scoring shots from the Windies so far.
WICKET! Gayle c Mushfiqur b Shaifuddin 0 (West Indies 6-1)
Back to Gayle then, who has now gone 12 balls without getting off the mark. And he’s not going to get off the mark! His 13th delivery tempts him into a tentative, awkward push outside off and the ball just carries through to the keeper.
3rd over: West Indies 6-0 (Gayle 0, Lewis 5) A big play-and-miss from Lewis as Mortaza finds some movement off the pitch but he connects with the next – short and wide from the bowler and thunked through point for four. An inside edge then rattles into the pads and trickles wide of the off stump.
2nd over: West Indies 2-0 (Gayle 0, Lewis 1) Shaifuddin with the new ball at the River End. Lewis pushes his first ball into the off to get us under way and next up Shaifuddin sends down a leg-side wide but Gayle is taking his time to settle in. He’s now seen out
1st over: West Indies 0-0 (Gayle 0, Lewis 0) Mashrafe Mortaza opens the bowling, with Chris Gayle coiled at the striker’s end. The Bangladesh captain squares Gayle up with his second ball and, despite offering the batsman a bit of width later in the over, he starts off with a maiden.
“Is Bangladesh the only cricketing nation sporting an animal mascot which still roams (bits of) its landscape?” wonders Marting Wright. “Lions in Whipsnade don’t count.”
Anthemwatch: two of the jauntier anthems on the international circuit these. Amar Sonar Bangla lasts about an hour and a half but doesn’t really outstay it’s welcome as it’s such a nice tune. And I’m not a massive fan of “Rally Round the West Indies” but it’s still better than most.
Out come the teams. Amusingly, the young mascot seems to be dragging Chris Gayle out there.
A bit of pre-match reading: here’s Moeen Ali’s latest column for us:
West Indies: Gayle, Lewis, Hope, Pooran, Bravo, Hetmyer, Holder, Russell, Cottrell, Thomas, Gabriel.
Bangladesh: Tamim, Soumya, Shakib, Mushfiqur, Litton, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek, Shaifuddin, Mehidy, Mashrafe, Mustafizur.
Bangladesh’s Mashrafe Mortaza wins the toss and is going to have a bowl.
Bangladesh can feel a little hard-done-by so far in this tournament. They thumped South Africa and got very close against New Zealand before falling short against England – and if you wanted one of your games rained off, you wouldn’t choose the one against Sri Lanka. I make them favourites today.
Morning all. We’re pretty much slap-bang at the halfway point of the group stage and this feels like a must-win for both sides if either are to maintain realistic hopes of making the semi-finals.
The good news from Taunton is that for the first time since wooly mammoths were roaming the Somerset wilds, there’s no rain forecast. We should – should – be delay-free for the duration.