Bangladesh v Afghanistan, Asia Cup, Fatullah March 1, 2014

Dropped catches and the flying stump

Plays of the Day from the Asia Cup clash between Bangladesh and Afghanistan

The surprise

The third umpire was beckoned to decide on whether Abdur Razzak had reached the crease in time or not in the 40th over. Replays showed that Razzak had not placed his bat in the crease, but the Afghanistan fielders had gone back to their original position thinking that it was not out. The big screen flashed the opposite, and they all got together, surprised and overjoyed.

The blow

Among the five sixes hit during Afghanistan's innings, the biggest was by Stanikzai when he smacked Abdur Razzak at the end of the 45th over. The ball kept climbing as it crossed the Fatullah field, and landed behind the sightscreen. The most dramatic view was for some of his team-mates who were sitting outside near the boundary boards in front of the dressing room. The ball landed a few metres behind them, as they stood up overjoyed.

The cartwheel

Shapoor Zadran tore in from the media end and off his fifth ball, removed Shamsur Rahman's off-stump in dramatic fashion, sending it cartwheeling several feet. Considered the best sight for a fast bowler, it was also the perfect start for Afghanistan.

The flight

None of the Bangladesh bowlers are known to toss the ball up much, so Mohammad Nabi's eyes must have lit up seeing Mominul Haque's flighted delivery. He leant forward and went for a massive drive but it took the edge and was actually well caught by Nasir Hossain. Flight aside, the ball didn't do anything other than land on the right spot to take the edge, which is perhaps why Mominul had a big smile on his face.

The breaking point

The Fatullah crowd had been patiently waiting for a wicket as the Stanikzai-Samiullah Shenwari partnership started to flourish. The pair started to hit the big ones, but still they remained mildly cheerful. The breaking point of their patience came when Imrul Kayes, fielding in place of the injured Sohag Gazi, dropped Asghar Stanikzai twice in two overs. He first misjudged a catch at sweeper and simply letting the second chance spill through his fingers. The crowd behind him chanted bhua bhua, the Bangladeshi version of boo.

The fortune

Nasir Hossain had dropped three catches, once in every game against Sri Lanka in the recent ODI series between the two teams. The cricketing gods returned the favour when Afghanistan dropped him thrice in one game. First it was Asghar Stanikzai at short third-man and then Samiullah Shenwari and Hamza Hotak dropped him twice, off their bowling. He offered two more chances, the first of which was too tough for long-on, but finally, he fell for 41.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy on March 2, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    Proud of afghan team , they are learning from each game 'hope they continue playing with patients and make new plan for next coming two games in all section of fielding ,batting and bowling playing a good Cricket is more important for our team at this stage. I pray for them to have more success in future.

  • Dummy on March 1, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    Awful performance by BD....well done to the Afghans

  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    It was the superb Afghan batting at the end that finished everything for BD. One wonders why our bowlers who are pretty good couldn't contain the runs. When one is swinging away in that manner, Class bowlers can induce them to make a mistake or two. The capitulation of the Bangladeshi bowlers is inexcusable, specially on your own ground. Very very disappointing for us BD fans. I am not going to watch any more cricket for a very long time. Bye everyone.

  • Android on March 1, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    what can i say about this bd performance. i mean come on.just don't panic anytime anywhere. a wicket falls other batsmen start to shake.still we are hearing about bd should not be getting test status.14 years dammit.still we the bd fans cant shut other fans' mouth.really shame on u bd players. thanks for giving humiliation after this the end for bd cricket?well its end for me as a fan.bye bye.

  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Superb performance by a newly recognised team, best of luck for future, I as a cricket fan believe Afghanistan can become a major force in world cricket if they maintain consistency.

  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    overall Afganistan did splendid job.... the match was so amusing.... we shouldnot expect the world class fielding capability for new comers like afganistan... the catch drops were really terrible and there were lots of flaws in fielding department.. but overall team spirit was good.. despite flaws they won it...... goodluck to afganistan for coming days......

  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    in every street of Afghanistan boys are running and congratulating each other, this is really a memorable time for Afghanistan cricket fans, we Believed if Afghan tigers do something with their potential and discipline we will be the winner against every strong team, because we are not playing just for cricket we are playing for our nation and country

  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    we need noor ali back, take out sadiq

  • Cricinfouser on March 1, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Hope Hamid hassan is fit, bring dawlat for Ashraf, drop Sediq. solid performance batsman is needed, one who can make more than 10runs-

  • Mehdi on March 1, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    I see in the middle time of the innings when singles should come easily or odd boundaries. then BD batsman starts and struggles for runs. when one got out then other batsman creates panic and got out. Too much hype from media or fans also creates panic. It is all about concentration and stick to plan and execute it. Others are learning from that but BD still from the first test match batting collapse they are struggling in those situations. When batsman hit a boundary then go for again in 2nd ball . it looks they are playing for spectator pleasure not for the game plan.same for bowler , when they are in back foot suddenly they starts to ball loose delivery and lapsing their concentration. When someone missed a catch then whole team goes down. these players need to face similar, tuff situations and conditions in domestic circuit then they can realize how to cool their nerve in tense situations. Blaming and excuses are not working for BD'S favor as well.

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