Asia Cup, 2008 / Commentary

Asia Cup - 7th match, Super Four

Bangladesh v India

India won by 7 wickets (with 40 balls remaining)

5.5

Gony to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, just outside off stump, run down to third man. Remember this is the all new Ash who likes to get his eye in, accumulate runs before going for his shots. Let's see how he goes today

Bangladesh 23/1   Mohammad Ashraful 1* (1b)

6.1

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, bouncer and Ash takes it on his left shoulder. He made sure he dropped his wrists and got the bat out of the way. Brian Close, the former Eng batsman, once said, "There is no such thing as pain." Mad man. Extremely brave cricketer.

6.2

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, angling away, left alone

6.3

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, fuller in length and leans forward to defend to the off side. Two slips in for Ashraful

6.4

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, straightens off a length on the off stump line, Ashraful gets into a side-on position to cut but is surprised and cramped as the ball holds its line but manages to stab it behind the stumps towards gully

6.5

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, this time gets the cut shot working well as this ball slants across him and will pick a single to right of the wide third man

Bangladesh 26/1   Mohammad Ashraful 2* (6b)

7.1

Gony to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 wide, Ah! the good old Ash bleeds through. He moved outside off stump and tries to paddle a delivery dug in short and just outside leg stump. Misses.

7.1

Gony to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, slapped to point boundary. He went down on his knee to slice a full pitched delivery to left of backward point where Raina dives and gets his fingers on the ball. It was traveling too fast for him to have any realistic chance of reaching it.

7.2

Gony to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, driven to wide mid-off for a single

Bangladesh 32/1   Mohammad Ashraful 7* (8b 1x4)

8.1

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, well outside the off stump, left alone. He remarks his guard with the shoe spikes, taps the bat on the pitch and gets ready to face the next ball

8.2

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, closer to the off stump, straightening a touch, Ash stops his front foot movement, gets his bat in front of the pad, taps it towards mid-off and runs with the stroke.

8.4

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 wide, short and rising, well outside the off stump, Ashraful tries to upper cut it but can't reach it

8.4

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, fires in a yorker on the middle and leg stump line, Ashraful just about manages to jam his bat down in a hurry, just before his boots and the ball runs off the inner edge to fine leg boundary

8.5

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, RP goes round the stumps and serves a short and wide delivery, flashed to third man boundary

8.6

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, straighter and defended to mid-off

Bangladesh 49/1   Mohammad Ashraful 16* (13b 3x4)

10.1

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 wide, short, wide, too wide and Ash can't reach

10.1

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 wide, Similar delivery, another wide and Ashraful doesn't even bother playing a shot this time

10.2

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 wide, Hmm.. deja-vu.

10.1

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, again well outside the off stump, Ash misses a cut shot.

10.2

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, beaten on the cut again. Width offered outside off and Ashraful tried to cash in. He then practises leaving it. Old Ash v New Ash. The clash is on. Hopefully, in a while, he will learn to balance both the traits and get his shot selection better. Having said that, this ball deserved to be cut

10.3

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, fuller, closer to the off stump and Ashraful lets it go through to Dhoni

10.4

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, drifts to the pads and Ashraful glances it fine for yet another boundary. Bangladesh are doing very well here

10.5

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, cuts and connects well but can't beat the backward point fielder.

10.6

Singh to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, length delivery outside off stump, left alone

Bangladesh 64/1   Mohammad Ashraful 20* (19b 4x4)

12.1

Gony to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, slower one, outside off stump, defended to covers. Ashraful goes for some gardening down the track. One slip in for him.

12.2

Gony to Mohammad Ashraful, OUT, 2nd catch for the debutant Ojha. This time at mid-off. Ashraful drove a full length delivery to left of Ojha but couldn't get the elevation that he wanted. Ashraful is livid with himself; bangs the bat on the ground before walking off. Nice little moment, though, for Gony; his first international wicket.

Mohammad Ashraful c Ojha b Gony 20 (37m 21b 4x4 0x6) SR: 95.23

Bangladesh 66/2   Mohammad Ashraful 20 (21b 4x4)
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Photos

Jun 28, 2008

Pragyan Ojha in his final delivery stride, Bangladesh v India, Super Four, Asia Cup, Karachi, June 28, 2008

Pragyan Ojha in his final delivery stride

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Jun 28, 2008

Suresh Raina soaks in his second ODI hundred, Bangladesh v India, Super Four, Asia Cup, Karachi, June 28, 2008

Suresh Raina soaks in his second ODI hundred

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