Bangladesh v UAE, Asia Cup 2016, Mirpur February 26, 2016

Bangladesh bowlers flatten UAE to defend 133


Bangladesh 133 for 8 (Mithun 47, Mahmudullah 36, Naveed 2-12) beat UAE 82 (Usman 30, Mustafizur 2-13, Mashrafe 2-12) by 51 runs
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Bangladesh stamp their dominance

Like Sri Lanka on Thursday, Bangladesh were given a scare by UAE before their efficient bowling attack led the hosts to an easy win in Mirpur. Mahmudullah's last-gasp effort with the bat and two wickets were backed up by Mustafizur Rahman and Mashrafe Mortaza. Their wickets shook the opposition's confidence to a point from which they never recovered.

The win keeps the hosts alive in the Asia Cup, but they would have liked a more comfortable path to picking up the two points. They collapsed from 72 for 1 in the tenth over to 133 for 8, and it was their bowling that proved to be too strong for a spirited UAE, who became the first side to be bowled out by Bangladesh in a chase.

Except for the first nine odd overs in the Bangladesh innings, batting didn't seem easy. The Bangladesh batsmen committed one mistake after another before UAE struggled for 17.4 overs in their chase.

UAE's pursuit of 134 began ominously when Soumya Sarkar dropped a simple chance off Rohan Mustafa's bat in the first over. Al-Amin Hossain removed Muhammad Kaleem in the next over and Mustafa survived another chance in the fourth over when Mustafizur Rahman was judged to have grounded the ball in his attempt to take a return catch.

Mustafa fell to Mashrafe Mortaza in the next over, caught at short third-man, Mustafizur completing the simpler catch. Shaiman Anwar was well caught at point by Mahmudullah in Mashrafe's next over before it was Mustafizur's turn to take a brace in one over.

He first took a simple return catch with an off-cutter that left Mohammad Shahzad dumb-founded. Next ball, Swapnil Patil did the same thing, the only difference was that his top-edge carried to mid-on where Mashrafe took an easy catch.

The chase spun out of control for UAE. Their captain Amjad Javed slipped on to his stumps in the 11th over before newcomer Fahad Tariq ran past a slow Shakib Al Hasan delivery and was stumped by Nurul Hasan. Saqlain Haider drove Mahmudullah straight to cover as they sank to 55 for 8 in the 13th over. Muhammad Usman resisted briefly before he was beaten by extra seam movement from Taskin Ahmed after a run-a-ball 30 that included two fours and as many sixes.

UAE's bowling, however, continued to impress. Mohammad Naveed and Javed took two wickets each, with the former only giving away 12 runs in his four overs. Shahzad and Mustafa also took one apiece but the most impactful bowler was Ahmed Raza with his four tight overs of left-arm spin. Raza has now bowled three straight games without conceding a boundary, and his 0 for 17 today backed up economical returns against Oman and Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh's batting had plenty in common with Sri Lanka's effort on Thursday. Both teams sped off to good starts before they were slowed down by spin and collapsed in the middle overs to have very little chance of a late flourish. The significant difference was the 17 runs that Mahmudullah took in the final over to give Bangladesh some confidence at the break.

Sarkar and Mohammad Mithun started off with 46 runs in 5.2 overs before Sarkar holed out to mid-on for 21 off 14 balls. The dismissal came soon after he had struck a six over square leg.

Bangladesh moved to 74 for 2 in ten overs but Raza and Mustafa were slowing them down. The collapse began in the 12th over when Mithun aimlessly took off for a single after the ball had trickled to the wicketkeeper Patil off an inside edge. A maiden T20I fifty was left on the table for Mithun who ended up on 47 off 41 balls with four boundaries and couple of sixes over the leg side.

Mushfiqur Rahim's wave at a short, wide, hit-me ball took the outside edge in the next over before Shakib missed Javed's high full-toss and was clean bowled. Big-hitters Nurul and Mashrafe gave catches to long-on and long-off next, before Mahmudullah ran hard for a trio of twos, sweetly timed a four and hammered a six in the last over to get his team to a respectable 133.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Quamar on March 2, 2016, 15:46 GMT

    How come UAE are not in the world cup they are pretty good

  • Manesh on February 29, 2016, 11:46 GMT

    If you wanna learn how to win outside sub-continent, learn it from BD!. Don't ask how many they won outside Mirpur!

  • Ahmed on February 27, 2016, 17:14 GMT

    please bring nasir back!!!my BD team for next match-1)shomyo,2)mithun,3)sabbir,4)shakib,5)mushfiq,6)mahmudullah,7)nasir,8)mashrafi, 9)taskin,10)al-amin, 11)mustafiz so from the above team captain mashrafi can bowl 3 spinners(shakib,mahmud,nasir) nasir can bowl bring nasir back!

  • Mahmud Miah on February 27, 2016, 16:03 GMT

    all the girls please the game is over! bangladesh has won! now put it to rest

  •   Kazi Zubair Omar on February 27, 2016, 15:11 GMT

    after reading all those so called big teams fans comments I must say ..first of all please make your heart big..we may be not playing cricket 50 years like you but after playing only 16years of test cricket we done sonething so big that no one could imagine ...our bowler make the best batting side of the world vulnerable ..they were just luky that didn't pack under 120..and wait for the pak and sl games...we will prove....and India should have learn how to play fast bowl and play out side india....then claim that you are the best team...

  • Manik on February 27, 2016, 12:26 GMT

    BD batting needs to improve. I am sure it will as they start playing few more games. So I am really hoping they will do this better in WT20. BD usually do not get opportunity to play that many T20 games. Asia games will be a good chance for them. Their bowling attack is really good. Only few mid-order batsmen need to find their form. Good luck BD.

  • Rahul on February 27, 2016, 10:45 GMT

    @BANGLA_TEAM: Wrong, because there was still Dhoni to come in if Rohit had been out and Pandya would've stuck around more to pummel you minnows. Bangladesh got nowhere near India's score, so the dropped catch would not have made much of a difference. Let it go, just let it go you minnows.

  • Cow on February 27, 2016, 10:20 GMT

    133 against UAE? I laughed yesterday than actually be sad of it. They need a batting consultant like Mike hussy or likewise. We also need to sack both fielding and spin couch, they have been with BAN for long time now still no visible improvement. Why the hell Nasir hassain is not playing? Absolute sheet this management has been for months now. #stopexperimemt

  • Shabbir on February 27, 2016, 10:09 GMT

    Once again the usual suspects are out in force whenever BD play. We have a lot of PAK (we got destroyed in every short format game we played against Bangladesh in our last series) fans and the. We have the IND (Mustafiz bowled out 13 of our best players in a 3 match series) fans all commenting on how bad BD are. Let me make it simple for you ... Bangladesh have improved in ODIs and a little improvement in Test but have done nothing in T20.

  •   Showkat Khan on February 27, 2016, 9:19 GMT

    After reading some diabolical and pathetic comments from anti-Bangladeshi fans, I must say our young players should realise that having potential doesn't win you anything. It takes far better commitment and endurance to reach the top and to stay there. As for our more experienced players if they fail repeatedly to fulfill their responsibilities then they would be wise to look behind their shoulders. There are better and hungrier youngsters just around the corner.

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