Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 11, 2012

Tamim makes a point

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the opening game of the Asia Cup, between Bangladesh and Pakistan in Mirpur
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The freak dismissal
There have already been a number of bizarre dismissals and close calls in one-dayers this year. Lahiru Thirimanne reprieved after being Mankaded, the David Hussey obstructing the ball/handling the ball conundrum, and the Sachin Tendulkar run-out after he crashed into the bowler Brett Lee. Add to that the Shahid Afridi dismissal today. In the 40th over, Afridi tamely pushed his first delivery back towards the bowler Shakib Al Hasan. It flew low to Shakib's right, and though he got both hands to it, he couldn't collect cleanly. With the ball now dropping to his left, Shakib lunged again, and only managed to juggle it once more, this time onto the non-striker Misbah-ul-Haq. The ball deflected off the batsman's chest, hit the grill of his helmet and looped up before Shakib finally snaffled it. No batsman will be happy with a golden duck, but to get one in this manner would be particularly galling for Afridi.

The celebration
All headlines about Tamim Iqbal this week had been about his controversial axing from the squad, and his subsequent inclusion, a consequence of a tussle between the national selection chief and the board president. If anyone had any doubts over his place in the ODI side, he answered them with an unusually cautious half-century, his first since the series in Zimbabwe in August last year. He reached the milestone with a punch to long-on for a single, and celebrated with a series of fist pumps. That was followed by some vigorous pointing to the dressing room, before he raised his bat specifically at the person he was looking for.

The silence
Mohammad Hafeez is another opener coming in to the tournament needing runs. He had a dismal limited-overs series against England, which he ended with a couple of ducks in the Twenty20s. He rediscovered his touch in some style, first top scoring with the bat and then delivering with the ball. The game was evenly poised when he came on in the 29th over. He first dismissed the well-set Tamim - an inside-edge on to the stumps - and then sent back the vice-captain Mahumudullah for a golden duck. Two strikes which found the Shere Bangla's mute button.

The counterattack
Umar Gul was changing the game's momentum with his late blitz after Pakistan had slumped to 198 for 7. He saved his best for the 49th over, off a fading Mashrafe Mortaza. A slower ball was clubbed over midwicket for four, the follow-up was a full toss down the leg side which was duly put away for another boundary. Mortaza's radar remained misplaced as he served up a waist high full toss next; it was dispatched for six to bring up Gul's highest score in one-day internationals.

The comeback
Gul had a rough time with the ball early on, with the returning opener Nazimuddin playing some stylish strokes to send him out of the attack. When he returned for his third spell, in the 43rd over, the Shere Bangla was buzzing after Shakib and Nasir Hossain had brought Bangladesh back in the game. The pressure increased even more on Gul as his first ball was dinked to the third man boundary and the next tucked for four to fine leg. 7.2-0-50-0 were his unflattering figures at that stage, but he hit back with his next delivery, bowling Nasir to stall the home side.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ZsZs on March 13, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Wish Afghanistan was here, it would have been a good tournament. They can give any team a run for their money - and Bangladesh would have been an easy target for sure. I am a Bangladeshi myself, but I like bravery - and Bangladesh except Shakib could do with loads of it. They do not have that bravery.

  • on March 12, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    it would have been a disaster for Bd cricket team had tamim failed to deliver with the bat because BCB boss was just waiting for a bad performance from him.

  • on March 12, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    @ Sports4Youth, are you serious about Awais Zia? It was embarrassing watching that guy bat in the t20s against England. It was a swing and miss marathon. The guy just closes and eyes and swings his bat without using any brains (maybe he doesn't have any). He has more technical flaws in batting than I do, and I only play backyard cricket. Look at his domestic records. Please don't compare him with Nasir Jamshed.

  • on March 12, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    @Sports4Youth : Actually Younus and Gul generally tend to be consistent.....Gul especially....But Gul also has this tendency of completely losing his radar once in a while....(Dnt ask me abt Misbah :-) )However when u look at younsters especially Umar Akmal, one must admit, he has been given a lot of chances to prove himself. All he's done is prove that he's talented but hasnt really contributed....Hammad Azam needs to be given a chance i thnk... If somebody deserves to be dropped, its Misbah......

  • codegreen on March 12, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    ,.,These Pitches in Ban are batsmen paradise and Pak did not utilize their last 10 overs wh ile batting effectively and again GUL proved to be a match winner both with Bat and Ball,,, It is Quite noticeble that Gul becomes energetic When It Comes to big Tournament!

  • Sports4Youth on March 12, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Looks like Younis, Misbah & Gul have license to do as they like and yet they will stay in the team. Younsters will always be burdened with scoring heavily and quickly and yet get dumped.

  • Sports4Youth on March 12, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    @ El_Toro_Loco :- Agreed. Even i expect the finals to be between India and Sri Lanka.

  • Sports4Youth on March 12, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed is not being appreciated here. Hafeez had admitted during the presentation that acutually by playing fast Nasir had taken the pressure off Hafeez and that allowed him to consolidate his innings. Nasir is making a comeback. earlier when he was dumped he was barely 19 yrs old. Now he has shown much more maturilty. He should be persisted with. hope he performs well against the better teams in the tournament.

  • Sports4Youth on March 12, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Younis Khan and Misball (tuk-tuk) dont belong to the limited overs format criket. If they dont have the grace of accepting it, then the selectors should take a call. In recent times Pakistan have triied a few youngsters but the selectors put a very difficult yardstick for them to prove their places in the side. on the other hand Younis and Misball are fixtures in the team, no matter what they do (or they don't do). Youngsters like Nasir Jamshed and Awais Zia have shown that they can bring good aggression into the team which younis and misball are incapable of.

  • Sports4Youth on March 12, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    @ Nadeem1976 :- I agree with you. Pakistan did not win this match. They did nothing to win this match. Bangladesh lost this match. After getting into a strong postion banladesh did everything that was required to loose a match. The bangladesh teem is heavily dependant on Sakib & the pakistan team is heavily dependant on Hafeez. Actually it was a match between equals. Both the teams have rubbish fast bowlers & thoroughly useless batsmen. Now all the other matches in this tournament will be one-sided affairs, except the india sril lanka encounter.

  • ZsZs on March 13, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Wish Afghanistan was here, it would have been a good tournament. They can give any team a run for their money - and Bangladesh would have been an easy target for sure. I am a Bangladeshi myself, but I like bravery - and Bangladesh except Shakib could do with loads of it. They do not have that bravery.

  • on March 12, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    it would have been a disaster for Bd cricket team had tamim failed to deliver with the bat because BCB boss was just waiting for a bad performance from him.

  • on March 12, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    @ Sports4Youth, are you serious about Awais Zia? It was embarrassing watching that guy bat in the t20s against England. It was a swing and miss marathon. The guy just closes and eyes and swings his bat without using any brains (maybe he doesn't have any). He has more technical flaws in batting than I do, and I only play backyard cricket. Look at his domestic records. Please don't compare him with Nasir Jamshed.

  • on March 12, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    @Sports4Youth : Actually Younus and Gul generally tend to be consistent.....Gul especially....But Gul also has this tendency of completely losing his radar once in a while....(Dnt ask me abt Misbah :-) )However when u look at younsters especially Umar Akmal, one must admit, he has been given a lot of chances to prove himself. All he's done is prove that he's talented but hasnt really contributed....Hammad Azam needs to be given a chance i thnk... If somebody deserves to be dropped, its Misbah......

  • codegreen on March 12, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    ,.,These Pitches in Ban are batsmen paradise and Pak did not utilize their last 10 overs wh ile batting effectively and again GUL proved to be a match winner both with Bat and Ball,,, It is Quite noticeble that Gul becomes energetic When It Comes to big Tournament!

  • Sports4Youth on March 12, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Looks like Younis, Misbah & Gul have license to do as they like and yet they will stay in the team. Younsters will always be burdened with scoring heavily and quickly and yet get dumped.

  • Sports4Youth on March 12, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    @ El_Toro_Loco :- Agreed. Even i expect the finals to be between India and Sri Lanka.

  • Sports4Youth on March 12, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed is not being appreciated here. Hafeez had admitted during the presentation that acutually by playing fast Nasir had taken the pressure off Hafeez and that allowed him to consolidate his innings. Nasir is making a comeback. earlier when he was dumped he was barely 19 yrs old. Now he has shown much more maturilty. He should be persisted with. hope he performs well against the better teams in the tournament.

  • Sports4Youth on March 12, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Younis Khan and Misball (tuk-tuk) dont belong to the limited overs format criket. If they dont have the grace of accepting it, then the selectors should take a call. In recent times Pakistan have triied a few youngsters but the selectors put a very difficult yardstick for them to prove their places in the side. on the other hand Younis and Misball are fixtures in the team, no matter what they do (or they don't do). Youngsters like Nasir Jamshed and Awais Zia have shown that they can bring good aggression into the team which younis and misball are incapable of.

  • Sports4Youth on March 12, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    @ Nadeem1976 :- I agree with you. Pakistan did not win this match. They did nothing to win this match. Bangladesh lost this match. After getting into a strong postion banladesh did everything that was required to loose a match. The bangladesh teem is heavily dependant on Sakib & the pakistan team is heavily dependant on Hafeez. Actually it was a match between equals. Both the teams have rubbish fast bowlers & thoroughly useless batsmen. Now all the other matches in this tournament will be one-sided affairs, except the india sril lanka encounter.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on March 12, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Pakistan middle orders threw the wickets but most Bangladeshi batsmen threw their wicket too. Seems like a competition of batting collapse between 2 teams. Both Hafeez & Tamim was positive on top. But Shakib & Gul showed how to fight in odd times.

  • Rahul_78 on March 12, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Mashrafe Mortaza let down Bangla boys big time yesterday. His 49th over to Gul was epitome of a irresponsible bowling in death overs. Being the senior most player in the side he needed to lead from the front. And his heave across the line of Ajmal when Shakib was playing brilliantly at the other end and required rate of run a ball was embarrassing to say the least. Bangladesh has been playing international cricket for more then a decade now and need to shake up their minnows mentality. Yesterdays match was there for the taking and when one senior pro in Shakib was leading the way another senior was letting down the side in big way.

  • Dashgar on March 12, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    This was a great game, down to the wire. I really hope we can stop this tired argument about Bangladesh's legitamacy. Yes they aren't the best team in the world but they do compete and they do win the odd game. It's a mathematical impossibility for every team to be a world beater. Some teams have to lose sometimes. And if you actually go over Bangladesh's ODI results over the past few years you'll see they win regularly enough.

  • Nadeem1976 on March 12, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    Poor very poor by Pakistan. They gave the match in plate to BD but BD never accept a gift ,they always want to earn it. I mean it was pathetic performance by Pakistan but still manage to win the match . I don't know how long we need to see BD performing like that against big teams. Afghanies need more attention here. They have more flair than BD. Come on ICC just give chance to other countries than boring BD. Wake up ICC.

    Enough is enough ICC we need other teams in Asia to grow up. BD is not gonna grow up at all.

  • El_Toro_Loco on March 12, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    Pakistan will finish 3rd in the tournament but something tells me that they'll beat india, somehow in the up coming game....

  • johnathonjosephs on March 11, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    Bangladesh has always been improving. They are just inconsistent, but if any one of Shakib/Mushfiqur/Tamim fires, any score above 200 is under threat

  • Legaleagle on March 11, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    Tamim should focus on cricket! He is an ordinary player and if he pays more attention to his weaknesses in the game he may become a passable cricketer at the international level. I find it rather amusing that he behaves as if he has achieved a lot in the game. He should first become a "real" match-winner then show his discontent like this.

  • Zahidsaltin on March 11, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    Misbah and his middle order should be ashamed of their batting performances. It is time to select new players like Usman Sallahuddin. Asad Shafiq is a burdon and is only good for at most 30s or 40s. He is a long way from international standards. Younis Khan must take his acts together or leave the game of limited overs to some up coming youngesters.

  • sja_edinburgh on March 11, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    Musfique..thanks for pointing at the RIGHT problems u faced today...not everyday u can keep teams like PAK, IND or SL around 260ish in an ODI..when such opportunities come, you have to take it BOTH HANDS..there is no point in PLAYING WELL if you cant beat top teams more often..you r right..senior players need to take more responsibility/use their heads/experience to judge match situations..such performances will only dent their place in team and there wont be any points left in their favour to keep them- rather than giving sustained opportunities to other young promising junior players like NASIR..who is grooming really well. Also I doubt how well Masrafi gonna perform upon this return..not every bowler/all-rounders return can be as sweet as S watson:).his poor bowling towards tailenders proved costly today..and he spoiled it further with his careless batting -rather than making it up..BD TEAMS need2understand that those days are gone THAT playing good IS ENOUGH.BESTofLUCK with next Ms

  • sifter132 on March 11, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Grrrr...Sachin Tendulkar certainly DIDN'T crash into Brett Lee, and that dismissal isn't in the same parish as the other 2 you mentioned. For starters, the umpires didn't even think about coming together to consult about its legitimacy. Secondly, there was ZERO contact. Lee never even looked at Tendulkar so how could he block him? Tendulkar just took a poor line. If SRT didn't raise his hands in frustration afterwards we would be hearing nothing about it. SRT is not the rulebook - he was just frustrated to be out. Sorry to nick pick a random sentence in an article, but your facts are wrong. Please fix!

  • dmqi on March 11, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Pakistan is very lucky in this match, but SL and India will not be as kind as BD is. Mashrafee and Razzaque needed few fours and couple of sixes, if not the defensive 2's. Be ready Afridi, Misbah, Younus and Gul, the 4 seniors.

  • Sports4Youth on March 11, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Gul was thrashed all over in the ealier part of the bangladesh innings. Aizaz Cheema did better by not only conceeding lesser runs but also by picking up the dangerous looking nazimuddin. later it was the spinners that brought pakistan back into the game. However, the late wicket of tail enders in a pressure situation helped Gul to get some tail wickets against his name. This is how Gul manages to stay in the team. However, all of this will change with pakistan face the more stronger batting units of Sri Lanka and India. There Gul will not get such an opportunity to make mends. He will be thrashed at the begining of the game then in the middle and also in the end as it happed against the England series. Also Younis & Misbah need to justify their place in the squad, though Shaifq & Umer Akmal have also dissapointed but but they are young and learning, though akmal is taking too much time to learn.

  • Herath-UK on March 11, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Same old story with BD.Sri Lanka as in CB series will bring some sparkle to this tournament. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Dr.Hasan on March 11, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Pakistan were really lucky to win today....again it was their opponents who lost the match as much as Pak won it...good work by the openers though. Would be immensely worried if Pak batsmen don't grow brain cells and play more responsibly and with better planning in the remaining matches against te big teams. On current forms I predict SL and Ind to make the final and maybe SL slight favs to win it. heart still beats for Pakistan as always though :-):-)

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  • Dr.Hasan on March 11, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Pakistan were really lucky to win today....again it was their opponents who lost the match as much as Pak won it...good work by the openers though. Would be immensely worried if Pak batsmen don't grow brain cells and play more responsibly and with better planning in the remaining matches against te big teams. On current forms I predict SL and Ind to make the final and maybe SL slight favs to win it. heart still beats for Pakistan as always though :-):-)

  • Herath-UK on March 11, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Same old story with BD.Sri Lanka as in CB series will bring some sparkle to this tournament. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Sports4Youth on March 11, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Gul was thrashed all over in the ealier part of the bangladesh innings. Aizaz Cheema did better by not only conceeding lesser runs but also by picking up the dangerous looking nazimuddin. later it was the spinners that brought pakistan back into the game. However, the late wicket of tail enders in a pressure situation helped Gul to get some tail wickets against his name. This is how Gul manages to stay in the team. However, all of this will change with pakistan face the more stronger batting units of Sri Lanka and India. There Gul will not get such an opportunity to make mends. He will be thrashed at the begining of the game then in the middle and also in the end as it happed against the England series. Also Younis & Misbah need to justify their place in the squad, though Shaifq & Umer Akmal have also dissapointed but but they are young and learning, though akmal is taking too much time to learn.

  • dmqi on March 11, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Pakistan is very lucky in this match, but SL and India will not be as kind as BD is. Mashrafee and Razzaque needed few fours and couple of sixes, if not the defensive 2's. Be ready Afridi, Misbah, Younus and Gul, the 4 seniors.

  • sifter132 on March 11, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Grrrr...Sachin Tendulkar certainly DIDN'T crash into Brett Lee, and that dismissal isn't in the same parish as the other 2 you mentioned. For starters, the umpires didn't even think about coming together to consult about its legitimacy. Secondly, there was ZERO contact. Lee never even looked at Tendulkar so how could he block him? Tendulkar just took a poor line. If SRT didn't raise his hands in frustration afterwards we would be hearing nothing about it. SRT is not the rulebook - he was just frustrated to be out. Sorry to nick pick a random sentence in an article, but your facts are wrong. Please fix!

  • sja_edinburgh on March 11, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    Musfique..thanks for pointing at the RIGHT problems u faced today...not everyday u can keep teams like PAK, IND or SL around 260ish in an ODI..when such opportunities come, you have to take it BOTH HANDS..there is no point in PLAYING WELL if you cant beat top teams more often..you r right..senior players need to take more responsibility/use their heads/experience to judge match situations..such performances will only dent their place in team and there wont be any points left in their favour to keep them- rather than giving sustained opportunities to other young promising junior players like NASIR..who is grooming really well. Also I doubt how well Masrafi gonna perform upon this return..not every bowler/all-rounders return can be as sweet as S watson:).his poor bowling towards tailenders proved costly today..and he spoiled it further with his careless batting -rather than making it up..BD TEAMS need2understand that those days are gone THAT playing good IS ENOUGH.BESTofLUCK with next Ms

  • Zahidsaltin on March 11, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    Misbah and his middle order should be ashamed of their batting performances. It is time to select new players like Usman Sallahuddin. Asad Shafiq is a burdon and is only good for at most 30s or 40s. He is a long way from international standards. Younis Khan must take his acts together or leave the game of limited overs to some up coming youngesters.

  • Legaleagle on March 11, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    Tamim should focus on cricket! He is an ordinary player and if he pays more attention to his weaknesses in the game he may become a passable cricketer at the international level. I find it rather amusing that he behaves as if he has achieved a lot in the game. He should first become a "real" match-winner then show his discontent like this.

  • johnathonjosephs on March 11, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    Bangladesh has always been improving. They are just inconsistent, but if any one of Shakib/Mushfiqur/Tamim fires, any score above 200 is under threat

  • El_Toro_Loco on March 12, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    Pakistan will finish 3rd in the tournament but something tells me that they'll beat india, somehow in the up coming game....