Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 4, 2014

Fielding failures galore

The Plays of the day from the Asia Cup match between Bangladesh and Pakistan
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The chance

Minutes after a Shakib Al Hasan delivery whizzed past Shahid Afridi's leg stump, Mushfiqur Rahim gave Afridi another reprieve. He dropped what seemed to be a sitter as he jogged in from cover. The batsman had already given up but the ball popped out of the Bangladesh captain's hands. He was crestfallen.

The omen

Mohammad Hafeez got one to turn slightly at Imrul Kayes in the first over, the left-hander going on to edge the ball to Ahmed Shehzad at slip. He dived to his right, but the ball spilled out. Given how Pakistan's bowling and fielding went for the rest of the game, this was the omen.

The lucky break

When Imrul was actually caught, it was midway through Abdur Rehman's meltdown. It was the second delivery from Rehman, another full-toss but Imrul had struck it straight at deep midwicket where the catch was taken easily by Sohaib Maqsood. But the on-field umpires declared it no-ball after consultation with the TV umpire.

The off-air miss

As Umar Gul prepared to bowl the 48th over, he warmed up by bowling to Mohammad Talha at long-off but Talha missed the ball and it trickled over the boundary. The crowd picked up the miss and went after Talha once again, after he had comically misfielded in the over before. Shahid Afridi came up to him and asked him to go to midwicket, a sensible move from a senior player to protect the newcomer.

The Michael Slater

When it comes to celebrating a personal milestone, Anamul Haque is becoming the Michael Slater of Bangladesh cricket. After he reached his fifty, he gave Imrul Kayes a hug and once he reached his hundred, he pumped his fist, leapt in the air towards the dressing-room. Mominul gave him a hug too, and Anamul's smile only abated after he got out the next ball.

Slater usually ran straight, running towards the dressing-room, but because the Mirpur dressing room is square of the wicket, he had to change track after scoring the hundredth run.

The wallop

Shakib meant business for the 20 minutes he spent at the crease, on his return from a three-match ban. He finished off his short innings with a clip off the legs, high over midwicket as Umar Gul gifted him a length ball in the penultimate ball of the Bangladesh innings. The six took the home side to their highest ODI score.

The big gap

The first bad decision in this game was when Sohaib Maqsood was given out caught behind off Mominul Haque in the 23rd over. He walked off almost laughing at umpire Nigel Llong as replays clearly showed that he had missed the ball by a fair distance.

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

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  • Abaa on March 5, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Strange how the umpiring decisions they get in their favour are never spoken of by these Bangladeshi fans ... One decision against them and they will all go in uproar and announce that that was the one reason why they lost the game! What an irony the double standards doesn't go unnoticed by others you know ;-)

  • on March 5, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    "The first bad decision in the game was....". Was the author of this article asleep in the first innings when Hafeez didn't get an otherwise plumb decision (once again). If not, here is a refresher for his memory.

    "6.6 Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, no run, appeal for leg before, but this was sliding down leg. Flatter delivery, doesn't turn and just skids onto the batsman. Kayes is slow in bringing his bat down, but escapes. Oh dear, that was not missing the stumps at all! Crashing into leg stump!"

    DRS or no DRS, the umpiring in the last two matches has been pathetic to say the least. I''m not sure if the performances of these umpires are monitored by someone somewhere, but there definitely seem to be no repercussions for these umpires even after being so bad so consistently.

  • Thenain on March 5, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    What the heck Abdur Rehman did? A bowler of his caliber would have done excellent on spin friendly pitch. A really shocker!!

  • on March 5, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    Pakistan had been the most unlucky side in this tournament where umpiring is concerned.No DRS because one country, India, is against it so we have to go with whatever the umpires decide. ICC set the precedent. Get DRS for every matches and not let one country dictate terms.

  • scaceventura on March 4, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    I don't understand why people keep bringing up DRS and India's reluctance to use it. The stance has always been to not limit the usage of DRS. Why give it to the captain to decide if it was out or not? Why only give 2 chances? Why go with "Umpire's call" on some decisions? When all these questions are reasonably answered, then you can blame India for not accepting the use of DRS.

  • on March 4, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    Does ICC provide health insurance for their Umpires? If yes then umpire Nigel Llong needs to get immediate appointment from and ENT doctor. He was not able to see if Sohaib's bat touch the ball but at the same time he heard something when there was absolutely no noise! Hmm...Serious medical issue.

  • wrenx on March 4, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    Nigel Long has been an abomination once more. If I were as bad at my job as he is at his, I'd have been handed my P45 and told to be on my way long, long ago.

    Time to think about retirement, Nige

  • voyager on March 4, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    @immi2711, Don't know how good of a coach he is but Shoaib Mohammad was one of the best fielders of his time. His fielding use to be a big factor in his selection and staying with the team

  • jimmyvida on March 4, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Don't cry. Their fielding standard is 3-400% better than India.

  • akramabed939 on March 4, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    The Michael Slater

    "When it comes to celebrating a personal milestone, Anamul Haque is becoming the Michael Slater of Bangladesh cricket. After he reached his fifty, he gave Imrul Kayes a hug and once he reached his hundred, he pumped his fist, leapt in the air towards the dressing-room. Mominul gave him a hug too, and Anamul's smile only abated after he got out the next ball."

    IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE. None of the players have the level of maturity and temperament needed for successes. Many are saying that Bangladesh "played well," but what is the point of that if you cannot win consistently. Bangladesh needs to rethink her strategy.

  • Abaa on March 5, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Strange how the umpiring decisions they get in their favour are never spoken of by these Bangladeshi fans ... One decision against them and they will all go in uproar and announce that that was the one reason why they lost the game! What an irony the double standards doesn't go unnoticed by others you know ;-)

  • on March 5, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    "The first bad decision in the game was....". Was the author of this article asleep in the first innings when Hafeez didn't get an otherwise plumb decision (once again). If not, here is a refresher for his memory.

    "6.6 Mohammad Hafeez to Imrul Kayes, no run, appeal for leg before, but this was sliding down leg. Flatter delivery, doesn't turn and just skids onto the batsman. Kayes is slow in bringing his bat down, but escapes. Oh dear, that was not missing the stumps at all! Crashing into leg stump!"

    DRS or no DRS, the umpiring in the last two matches has been pathetic to say the least. I''m not sure if the performances of these umpires are monitored by someone somewhere, but there definitely seem to be no repercussions for these umpires even after being so bad so consistently.

  • Thenain on March 5, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    What the heck Abdur Rehman did? A bowler of his caliber would have done excellent on spin friendly pitch. A really shocker!!

  • on March 5, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    Pakistan had been the most unlucky side in this tournament where umpiring is concerned.No DRS because one country, India, is against it so we have to go with whatever the umpires decide. ICC set the precedent. Get DRS for every matches and not let one country dictate terms.

  • scaceventura on March 4, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    I don't understand why people keep bringing up DRS and India's reluctance to use it. The stance has always been to not limit the usage of DRS. Why give it to the captain to decide if it was out or not? Why only give 2 chances? Why go with "Umpire's call" on some decisions? When all these questions are reasonably answered, then you can blame India for not accepting the use of DRS.

  • on March 4, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    Does ICC provide health insurance for their Umpires? If yes then umpire Nigel Llong needs to get immediate appointment from and ENT doctor. He was not able to see if Sohaib's bat touch the ball but at the same time he heard something when there was absolutely no noise! Hmm...Serious medical issue.

  • wrenx on March 4, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    Nigel Long has been an abomination once more. If I were as bad at my job as he is at his, I'd have been handed my P45 and told to be on my way long, long ago.

    Time to think about retirement, Nige

  • voyager on March 4, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    @immi2711, Don't know how good of a coach he is but Shoaib Mohammad was one of the best fielders of his time. His fielding use to be a big factor in his selection and staying with the team

  • jimmyvida on March 4, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Don't cry. Their fielding standard is 3-400% better than India.

  • akramabed939 on March 4, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    The Michael Slater

    "When it comes to celebrating a personal milestone, Anamul Haque is becoming the Michael Slater of Bangladesh cricket. After he reached his fifty, he gave Imrul Kayes a hug and once he reached his hundred, he pumped his fist, leapt in the air towards the dressing-room. Mominul gave him a hug too, and Anamul's smile only abated after he got out the next ball."

    IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE. None of the players have the level of maturity and temperament needed for successes. Many are saying that Bangladesh "played well," but what is the point of that if you cannot win consistently. Bangladesh needs to rethink her strategy.

  • Richard__Hadlee on March 4, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Well we have the answer to umpiring errors aka DRS ... so just don't blame the umpires ... blame those who fail to take advantage of DRS to remove these 'howlers' and for those who argue DRS is not perfect .... YES it isn't and it is only meant to remove 'howlers' when a batsman clearly knows that he is not out, when given out or when a bowler/fielder clearly knows that a batsman is out and not given. So take advantage of what is available and live with it

  • on March 4, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Will the Bangladeshi wicketkeeper get fined for going up in appeal for anything and everything that came his way? I'm surprised that has gone unnoticed.

  • Stieprox on March 4, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    why every poor umpiring decision has been against pakistan?

  • immi2711 on March 4, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    This is what happens when you bring a Pakistani fielding coach....good luck. How does this guy calls himself a fielding coach....only in Pakistan.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on March 4, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    Once again luck mostly ran against Pakistan with poor umpiring AND THEY STILL WON. The fielding from all teams this tournament has been poor. But the spectacle has been awesome.

  • jbentham on March 4, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    to suggest that the umpiring has been an issue in this tournament would be an understatement. There have been some seriously clumsy decisions in all of the matches played. I believe Nigel Llong could use a holiday, take some time to get his eye back into the game.

  • on March 4, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    there was an lbw call off hafeez as well. Poor event umpiring was. so low standards really. in each game they have made 2-3 wrong decisions.

    But really a comedy of fielding effort by Pakistan. doesnt even look international standards.

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  • on March 4, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    there was an lbw call off hafeez as well. Poor event umpiring was. so low standards really. in each game they have made 2-3 wrong decisions.

    But really a comedy of fielding effort by Pakistan. doesnt even look international standards.

  • jbentham on March 4, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    to suggest that the umpiring has been an issue in this tournament would be an understatement. There have been some seriously clumsy decisions in all of the matches played. I believe Nigel Llong could use a holiday, take some time to get his eye back into the game.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on March 4, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    Once again luck mostly ran against Pakistan with poor umpiring AND THEY STILL WON. The fielding from all teams this tournament has been poor. But the spectacle has been awesome.

  • immi2711 on March 4, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    This is what happens when you bring a Pakistani fielding coach....good luck. How does this guy calls himself a fielding coach....only in Pakistan.

  • Stieprox on March 4, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    why every poor umpiring decision has been against pakistan?

  • on March 4, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Will the Bangladeshi wicketkeeper get fined for going up in appeal for anything and everything that came his way? I'm surprised that has gone unnoticed.

  • Richard__Hadlee on March 4, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Well we have the answer to umpiring errors aka DRS ... so just don't blame the umpires ... blame those who fail to take advantage of DRS to remove these 'howlers' and for those who argue DRS is not perfect .... YES it isn't and it is only meant to remove 'howlers' when a batsman clearly knows that he is not out, when given out or when a bowler/fielder clearly knows that a batsman is out and not given. So take advantage of what is available and live with it

  • akramabed939 on March 4, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    The Michael Slater

    "When it comes to celebrating a personal milestone, Anamul Haque is becoming the Michael Slater of Bangladesh cricket. After he reached his fifty, he gave Imrul Kayes a hug and once he reached his hundred, he pumped his fist, leapt in the air towards the dressing-room. Mominul gave him a hug too, and Anamul's smile only abated after he got out the next ball."

    IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE. None of the players have the level of maturity and temperament needed for successes. Many are saying that Bangladesh "played well," but what is the point of that if you cannot win consistently. Bangladesh needs to rethink her strategy.

  • jimmyvida on March 4, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Don't cry. Their fielding standard is 3-400% better than India.

  • voyager on March 4, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    @immi2711, Don't know how good of a coach he is but Shoaib Mohammad was one of the best fielders of his time. His fielding use to be a big factor in his selection and staying with the team