Windies on edge of series loss after crushing defeat

first_img Tweet 29 Views   no discussions Share Share Teenaged opener Anamul Haque was the architect of Bangladesh’s total, superbly crafting 120, his maiden ODI century in only his second match in international cricket. (Credit: WICB Media)Erratic West Indies were left tottering on the brink of an embarrassing series loss after another abysmal performance saw them slump to a belittling 160-run defeat to Bangladesh in the second One-Day International.If the Caribbean side were lacklustre in Friday’s opening loss, they slipped to the level of the indifferent here Sunday, allowing an energised Bangladesh to rattle up a challenging 292 for six and then keeling over for 132 off 31.1 overs without so much as a whimper.The victory was Bangladesh’s largest ever in ODIs in terms of runs and another win in Wednesday’s third ODI in Dhaka will see them to their first ever series triumph over a top flight West Indies side.Teenaged opener Anamul Haque was the architect of Bangladesh’s total, superbly crafting 120, his maiden ODI century in only his second match in international cricket.Captain Mushfiqur Rahim stroked 79, sharing in a record 174-run third wicket stand with Anamul which set up the innings nicely for the final flourish.The partnership was the highest for any wicket in ODIs against West Indies and the Tigers’ best ever against a Test playing nation.Fast bowler Ravi Rampaul’s five for 49 was not enough to contain the damage.In reply, West Indies were rocked by seasoned left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak (3-19) and rookie off-spinner Sohag Gazi (3-21), to plunge to their lowest-ever ODI total against Bangladesh.Darren Bravo (28) and vice-captain Kieron Pollard (25) were the only batsmen to pass 20 and but failed to convert though they resisted.Winning the toss proved just about the only thing that went right for West Indies, as they claimed the dangerous duo of Tamim Iqbal (5) and Naeem Islam (6) cheaply, as Bangladesh slipped to 21 for two in the seventh over.Anamul and Mushfiqur then came to the Tigers’ aid, mobilising the innings in an upbeat stand that required just 177 balls.The right-handed Anamul struck 13 fours and two sixes off 145 balls while Mushfiqur cracked eight fours and a six in an innings lasting 87 balls.Anamul started positively, flicking wayward seamer Andre Russell behind square for four to collect his first runs, before proceeding to expertly manipulate the Windies attack.He reached fifty off 60 balls with a late cut for four off off-spinner Marlon Samuels and then kept his head down to reach three figures off 138 balls in the 47th over.With his century behind him, he tore in Russell in the next over, carting him for two leg-side sixes and a four, in an over that cost 21 runs.Rampaul removed Mushfiqur and Nasir Hossain (4) in successive overs as Bangladesh stumbled briefly at 201 for four at the end of the 39th over, but 91 run runs flowed from the last 11 overs to end the innings of a high.Even when West Indies lost openers Lendl Simmons (9) and Chris Gayle (15) to be 32 for two in the eighth over, there still was no sign of the pending meltdown, as Bravo and Marlon Samuels carried on to reach 63 without further loss.However, the last eight wickets tumbled for 69 runs off 104 balls, as West Indies staged one of their now famous capitulations.Samuels made 16 off 21 balls before cutting at the fifth delivery of a new spell from Gazi and edging behind to Mushfiqur and in the next over with just two runs added, Dwayne Smith missed a defensive prod at a straight one from Razzak and departed without scoring.The left-handed Bravo, who faced 41 balls and struck three fours, seemed most likely to hang around until he flirted with a wide one from Razzak and was taken behind on the third attempt. When Devon Thomas was bowled through the gate two balls later without scoring, West Indies were collapsing in a heap at 78 for six.Pollard and captain Darren Sammy (12) managed to halt the clatter of wickets with a 22-run stand for the seventh wicket but restraint proved well beyond Sammy and he holed out to deep cover, attempting his second six off off-spinner Mahmudullah.There was still hope, albeit slim, of a miraculous Windies victory with big-hitting Pollard and Russell (9) still at the wicket. This all but perished when the right-handed Pollard played back and down the wrong line and was bowled by off-spinner Naeem Islam at 111 for eight in the 28th over.The end came swiftly for the Windies as Russell was run out attempting a quick single and one ball later in the next over, Sunil Narine tapped a catch to short cover off Gazi.Caribbean 360center_img Share NewsSports Windies on edge of series loss after crushing defeat by: – December 3, 2012 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

What to buy every month of the year in 2018

first_img FILE – In this Sept. 15, 2017, file photo, the camera, upper left, of an iPhone 8 Plus is displayed in New York. Apple has been known to announce its new iPhone installments at the company’s annual keynote in September. Usually, the unveiling is followed by a drop in prices on the current phones in anticipation of the new models making September a good month to shop for iPhones. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) In 2018, you may resolve to save more , spend less or budget better . Whatever your money goal, the one common key to your success is shopping smart. That means knowing the best time to buy just about anything.To help you out, we’ve created a purchase calendar to help you plan your shopping for the year.JANUARYWith a fresh page on the calendar comes a fresh start for sales. These products are discounted in January :—BEDDING AND LINENS. Department stores hold bedding and linen “white sales” in January with deep discounts on sheets and towels. FILE – In this Nov. 23, 2017, file photo, Jesus Reyes pushes a television down an aisle as he shops at a Best Buy store in Overland Park, Kan. Just before the Super Bowl, retailers normally discount their selections of HDTVs and other home-theater essentials making January a good month to shop for electronics. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)center_img —FITNESS EQUIPMENT. Retailers know you want to get in shape. Expect fitness equipment and apparel sales to abound at sporting goods stores.—TVS AND ELECTRONICS. Just before the Super Bowl, retailers normally discount their selections of HDTVs and other home-theater essentials.FEBRUARYIt’s the month of love and gift-giving, but February might be a better time to buy major items for yourself than trinkets for your loved one. Options include:—TVS. TV sales spill over from January into February. Aside from Black Friday, this is one of the prime times to buy a new TV.—WINTER PRODUCTS. With winter winding down, stores will be looking to unload their inventories of cold-weather products. Look for sales on apparel and winter sporting accessories.—HOME GOODS. Presidents Day is Feb. 19 this year. Expect retailers to have home and apparel sales on that Monday and the weekend preceding the holiday.MARCHThere aren’t any major shopping holidays in March, but that doesn’t mean sales are lacking. Look for sales on these products:—GOLF CLUBS. Expect to find discounts on golf clubs in preparation for summer. Whenever consumer demand is down, prices usually are, too.—GRILLS. Buy your summer grilling necessities in March to avoid the spike in prices that will come when summer arrives.—ST. PATRICK’S DAY ESSENTIALS. St. Patrick’s Day is March 17. Around that time, online retailers and department stores usually discount their selection of green-themed clothing, party supplies and jewelry.APRILApril has its fair share of spring deals and discounts, including:—VACUUMS. Buying a vacuum isn’t the most exciting purchase, but it’ll be less painful if you take advantage of a spring cleaning sale. Look for these at department stores as well as manufacturers like Dyson.—JEWELRY. The general rule is to avoid buying jewelry close to major holidays. Try to get a good deal when jewelers have a slower period and may be more motivated to make sales.—FREEBIES. Year after year, retailers and restaurants try to lighten the burden of tax day with discounts and freebies. Keep an eye out for these around mid-April. Tax day this year is April 17.MAYApril showers bring May flowers — and sales blossom then, too. Here’s a look at some products to consider buying this month:—SPRING CLEANING NECESSITIES. Before summer arrives, act on spring cleaning discounts on vacuums and mops.—SMALL KITCHEN APPLIANCES. Use May discounts as a perfect opportunity to buy small kitchen appliances, such as coffee makers and blenders. These products normally are included in Memorial Day sales.—FURNITURE. Three of the biggest blowout shopping days are Black Friday, Labor Day and Memorial Day. This year, Memorial Day is May 28. Look for plenty of furniture and home-decor discounts from big-box stores.JUNEJune may be one of the shorter months of the year, but its supply of shopping events isn’t lacking. Smart purchases include these products:—LINGERIE. Stock up on undergarments in June. That’s when Victoria’s Secret has been known to host its famed Semi-Annual Sale. The sale usually occurs in December also.—GYM MEMBERSHIPS. Consider buying a gym membership during the summer, and don’t forget to negotiate to get the best possible deal. Gyms may be more eager for sign-ups at this time.—GIFTS FOR DAD. You don’t have to buy dad’s gift at full price. Expect Father’s Day deals this month, especially the closer you get to the holiday on June 17.JULYThe temperature usually rises in July, but the prices of certain products drop. Consider buying these items this month:—APPAREL. If you don’t want to wait for end-of-summer sales, buy clothes in midsummer. You’ll likely find a better price than you would at the start of the season.—PATRIOTIC ITEMS. Retailers like a reason to celebrate. In the days leading up to the Fourth of July, there is usually an abundance of sales on red, white and blue products (and products that are all three colors), as well as on sporting goods, jewelry and furniture.—PERSONAL ELECTRONICS. Black Friday is a big deal day that falls in November, but many retailers have begun hosting Black Friday in July sales, including Best Buy and Amazon. Expect discounts in nearly every product category.AUGUSTClose out summer by buying summer products? That’s right. Look for end-of-season clearance sales in August:—BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLIES. The start of school marks the need to buy small items such as pencils and expensive ones like laptops. Generally, the closer to the start of the school year you buy, the better your chances of getting a good price.—LAWN MOWERS. Ride out the end of summer with a big deal on lawn mowers and other seasonal outdoor equipment.—SWIMSUITS. There may not be many swimming days left by the time August rolls around, but that’s exactly why swimsuit clearance sales will crest. Buy your swimsuits now to stock up for next year.SEPTEMBERWith deals on items as varied as electronics and back-to-school supplies, September is a surprising month for good buys. Pick up reasonable prices in these departments:—MATTRESSES. Year after year, September is the time for mattress sales. Expect these from department stores and mattress centers, usually as a part of Labor Day deals.—IPHONES. Apple has been known to announce its new iPhone installments at the company’s annual keynote in September. Usually, the unveiling is followed by a drop in prices on the current phones in anticipation of the new models.—APPLIANCES. This year, Labor Day falls on Sept. 3. Expect a series of blowout deals in the week leading up to the holiday, including promotions on appliances big and small.OCTOBERDon’t let the cost of shopping spook you during the Halloween season. There will be plenty of deals on these product categories in October:—OUTDOOR FURNITURE. People generally spend less time outdoors when the temperature drops. Expect deals on patio furniture and outdoor living products when summer ends.—JEANS. Fall inventory arrives in stores in August and September, but you’ll pay top dollar unless you wait a few weeks. October is a great time to buy a new pair of jeans.—CANDY. The closer you get to Oct. 31, the better your chance at snagging a discounted bag of candy for your trick-or-treaters.NOVEMBERNovember is the month for Black Friday sales, which means some of the most popular tech products fall to their lowest prices:—TABLETS AND LAPTOPS. Electronics take center stage during Black Friday sales. Look for discounts on smartphones and activity trackers, too.—GAMING SYSTEMS. Black Friday is the best time to buy a discounted gaming console or gaming system bundle like Xbox or PlayStation.—HOME APPLIANCES. Reserve your major home appliance purchase — refrigerator, washer, dryer, dishwasher, etc. — for Black Friday deals. Often, sales on these can be found throughout the month.DECEMBERThe end of the year is just the beginning for discounts in some product categories. Look for sale prices on these products in December:—TOYS. Since toys are a popular Christmas gift, stores generally host big toy sales as the holiday season draws to a close.—CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS. Beginning the day after Christmas, shop sales for deep discounts — often upward of 50 percent — on decorations, wrapping paper, ornaments, artificial trees and similar seasonal fixings.—CARS. The end of December is an ideal time to buy a car. That’s when dealerships are looking to meet end-of-year sales quotas.This article originally appeared on the personal finance website NerdWallet . Courtney Jespersen is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: [email protected] . Twitter: @courtneynerd.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: How to save money: Daily, monthly and long termNerdWallet: How to create a budgetNerdWallet: What to buy (and skip) in Januarylast_img read more