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Windies rue wash out

19/02/2003 06:39:11 AM Comments (0)

Carl Hooper's West Indies were deprived of two valuable points when their World Cup group B match against Bangladesh was abandoned due to bad weather at Willowmoore Park.

Bangladesh, replying to the West Indies' 244-9, were struggling at 32-2 in the ninth over when rain and overcast conditions forced the match to be called off, giving both teams two points each.

The West Indies, who were hoping to win and join Sri Lanka and New Zealand at the top of group B with eight points, were left stranded at six points from three matches.

Bangladesh, saved from recording their 28th defeat in the last 29 matches, picked up their first points in the tournament after losing the first two games.

The unexpected result also throws a lifeline to beleaguered hosts South Africa who are now just two points behind the West Indies with four points.

"We are very disappointed not to pick up four points here, but there is little one can do about the weather," Hooper said.

"It obviously puts some pressure on us now. We have now just have to win our match against Sri Lanka at the end of the month to qualify for the next round."

The West Indies were sitting pretty as Ricardo Powell smashed 50 off 31 balls to help his team recover from 158-5 after being sent to bat in overcast conditions.

The right-hander plundered four sixes and three boundaries as the West Indies took 84 runs in the last 10 overs.

Bangladesh lost openers Al Sahariyar and Ehsanul Haque at the score of 19, before the heavens opened up and saved them from another defeat.

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