Bangladesh v Australia, 1st ODI, Mirpur April 9, 2011

Lost match in the field - Shakib Al Hasan

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Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan believes a poor morning in the field, rather than a somewhat half-hearted chase of Australia's healthy 270, cost Bangladesh dearly in losing the opening match of the limited-overs series at Mirpur.

While Shakib himself bowled well to return a tidy 0 for 34 from 10 overs, he had little support at the death as the Australians stole 31 runs from the last two overs of their innings. It was this period, fuelled by new captain Michael Clarke (101) and the muscular Mitchell Johnson (26, 13 balls), that turned Bangladesh's chase from realistic to improbable.

"I think we gave them 20 more runs, I thought we didn't field well today. Mainly that cost us the game almost," Shakib said. "But I think the way we batted, we batted sensibly, we should've scored a bit more runs towards the end. If we'd been a bit more aggressive we could have scored a bit more runs, but I thought we gave them too many runs.

"At one stage they were 225 for 5 with just two or three overs left, and they scored 31 runs in the last two overs. But that can always happen in the death overs when they have got set batsmen like Michael Clarke, who played very well. So when they scored 270 on that wicket it was really hard for us to chase it down."

Many in the crowd at the Shere Bangla Stadium were left puzzled by the nature of the Bangladesh chase, which petered out all too easily once the Wisden Cricketer of the Year Tamim Iqbal (62) was caught in the deep, leaving his team on 116 for 4 after 30 overs.

Clarke expressed plenty of surprise at his opponents' lack of ambition on an admittedly wearing surface. "To be honest I thought they played pretty well at the start of their innings, I was very surprised that they didn't have more of a go at the end of the game," he said. "I thought they might've played a few more shots, they still had wickets in hand, to me I'd rather lose the game with everybody getting out than only being five down and falling 70 runs short. So that surprised me more than anything else."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Love_Tiger_Cricket on April 11, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    @ r0ketman, thank you for your posts.It's amazing how facts can put things into perspective; isn't it? I don't know if this is universal or not, but a very large number of cricket fans seem to have suffered from mass amnesia and can hardly recall their own not-so-glorified past and find it just too convenient to attack and demonize their cross-border neighbor for playing sub-par cricket. You'll hardly hear this type of unprovoked hostile posts from a typical Sri Lanka or Pakistani fan. But for some reason most Indian fans can hardly mask their inexplicable resentments for their tiny cross-border nation and appear just too eager to launch campaigns to strip BD of their test status. The reasons for such hostility is a mystery to me.

  • r0ketman on April 11, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    @ wambling_future: I am not sure if your argument is any more convincing either. The fact is India has the culture of cricket cultivated since 1848, they were playing international matches every year since 1912, yet did not win a match till 1952. Even if they played 1 match a year for the years 1912 to 1951, that is still poor winning percentage. And about the point for trying to win, do you mean try to win like India did in 1976? Against England? Sunil Manohar Gavaskar, one of the best Batsmen in the history of cricket, bats all 60 over for a whopping 36 n.o? You want BD to fight like that? Or do you want BD to fight like India in 1979 WC where they lost to WI by 9 Wickets, NZ by 8 Wickets and last but not least, lost to Sri Lanka (non test playing at the time) by 47 runs. At least BD did not lose to a non test playing nation in 2011. So, how is India better than BD? I will most certainly entertain logical responses. Thanks.

  • r0ketman on April 10, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    To the Indian fans saying there is no comparison between India and BD, I ask you to logically counter this argument. The first Cricket club was formed in India in 1848, 160 years ago!. By 1912, the Indian Cricketers played a quadrangular tournament with the Europeans every year. India became a member of ICC in 1926, and got test status in 1932. Their first test victory against England was in 1952, 20 years after getting test status. In 1956 India won a series against NZ, a newcomer. After that India did not win any matches for a decade. In 1974, India lost all 3 tests badly against England, including a 44 all out in a test match, 52 years after becoming a test nation! I think 44 all out in a test match is much worse than 58 all out in an ODI, no? BD got test status in 1999. Won test series with WI in 2009, and ODI series with NZ in 2010, in just 10 yrs. So how is India better than BD? I am willing to listen to any logical argument on this topic. Thanks.

  • maddy20 on April 10, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    @Arif Hasan India != Bangladesh. Replace India with the team that got bowled out for under 100 in the worldcup and bingo! Your equation will be correct!

  • on April 10, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    this is to all the people who think that bangladesh should not be playing Test matches, they should always keep this one thing in mind that, the test playing nations are ALL more experienced than bangladesh, and have been playing cricket much much longer than bangladesh, in some comments as suggested by Mr. PRANAV DESAI that bangladesh team is a trash, if so than why do test playing nations play with their full strength team and why do they see bangladesh as a threat. and Mr. Vipul Patki is surprised that bangladesh cricket team is compared to indian cricket team, there is no comparison so why do ppl expect bangladesh to come over the top in such a short span, yesterdays performance was dismal, but should not be criticised but encouraged to do better in future, in terms of cricket against the other nations, Bangladesh team is a toddler, and to go head to head against teams who have played for more than 50 years compared to 15 years and still giving them a scare, is comendable.

  • Musallagroup on April 10, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    why there are no improvements in bangal performances!!!!!... look like if they get other 5-10 yrs they will stay at 10th position only... just consider how many chances are getting for bangla ..they are playing with all top ranked teams( but ireland,afgan,zim are not getting) still they ve no maturity..How are they eligible for test cricket..?.Why ICC cannot see this..with average players like tamim and shakib u cannot win matches... may be with low ranked team u might..!(Rest all players are below average).atleast try to play some good cricket rather than talking too much in medias.....thats one msg i wanna pass...good luck bangladesh!

  • wambling_future on April 10, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    @Shahid Zaman; Your argument is one of the worst. It doesn't matter how many years you have played the game, but how many matches you have played in those years. The amount of Test matches Bangladesh has played in last 10 years, it took more than 20 years for India to play same number of matches. In old days cricket wasn't played all round the year. Bangladesh have been playing ODIs consistently since 1999 WC. At least by now they should have learnt how to fight. To give up chase before innings has started doesn't bode very well for this team. Every time they look like taking a step forward, they take 2 steps backwards. Loosing is a part of game as much as winning is. But at least try to win. I am sure everybody would have praised them if they have gotten some where near the target.

  • on April 10, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    ICC should investigate if Mashrafee was forced to play in current series with Australia inspite of his fitness issue.

  • Polock on April 10, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    I think Shakib is totally right. on this wicket its too many runs to chase. BD bowling and fielding is not up to the mark. they gave them 20-30 runs more. On this slow wicket even Indian strong batting lineup must struggle to chase that score.we saw in WC SA fail to chase 220 on this slow wicket. its all most impossible task to get 271 on this wicket against strong AUS bowling lineup. so i think BD did show right attitude to play fully 50 over and get back some confident. best of luck for the rest of the matches.

  • VipulPatki on April 10, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    @Shahid Zaman: I hope you realize the sheer absurdity of your arguments. Bangladesh cricketers themselves don't think they can start winning on a regular basis. Yesterday's match was a prime example. With no NRR to worry about, what prevented them from at least giving Aussies a scare? We expect India, SA or England to win every time they play. can you say the same thing about Bangladesh? I am surprised that you still try to compare Indian and Bangladesh cricket teams.

  • Love_Tiger_Cricket on April 11, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    @ r0ketman, thank you for your posts.It's amazing how facts can put things into perspective; isn't it? I don't know if this is universal or not, but a very large number of cricket fans seem to have suffered from mass amnesia and can hardly recall their own not-so-glorified past and find it just too convenient to attack and demonize their cross-border neighbor for playing sub-par cricket. You'll hardly hear this type of unprovoked hostile posts from a typical Sri Lanka or Pakistani fan. But for some reason most Indian fans can hardly mask their inexplicable resentments for their tiny cross-border nation and appear just too eager to launch campaigns to strip BD of their test status. The reasons for such hostility is a mystery to me.

  • r0ketman on April 11, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    @ wambling_future: I am not sure if your argument is any more convincing either. The fact is India has the culture of cricket cultivated since 1848, they were playing international matches every year since 1912, yet did not win a match till 1952. Even if they played 1 match a year for the years 1912 to 1951, that is still poor winning percentage. And about the point for trying to win, do you mean try to win like India did in 1976? Against England? Sunil Manohar Gavaskar, one of the best Batsmen in the history of cricket, bats all 60 over for a whopping 36 n.o? You want BD to fight like that? Or do you want BD to fight like India in 1979 WC where they lost to WI by 9 Wickets, NZ by 8 Wickets and last but not least, lost to Sri Lanka (non test playing at the time) by 47 runs. At least BD did not lose to a non test playing nation in 2011. So, how is India better than BD? I will most certainly entertain logical responses. Thanks.

  • r0ketman on April 10, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    To the Indian fans saying there is no comparison between India and BD, I ask you to logically counter this argument. The first Cricket club was formed in India in 1848, 160 years ago!. By 1912, the Indian Cricketers played a quadrangular tournament with the Europeans every year. India became a member of ICC in 1926, and got test status in 1932. Their first test victory against England was in 1952, 20 years after getting test status. In 1956 India won a series against NZ, a newcomer. After that India did not win any matches for a decade. In 1974, India lost all 3 tests badly against England, including a 44 all out in a test match, 52 years after becoming a test nation! I think 44 all out in a test match is much worse than 58 all out in an ODI, no? BD got test status in 1999. Won test series with WI in 2009, and ODI series with NZ in 2010, in just 10 yrs. So how is India better than BD? I am willing to listen to any logical argument on this topic. Thanks.

  • maddy20 on April 10, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    @Arif Hasan India != Bangladesh. Replace India with the team that got bowled out for under 100 in the worldcup and bingo! Your equation will be correct!

  • on April 10, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    this is to all the people who think that bangladesh should not be playing Test matches, they should always keep this one thing in mind that, the test playing nations are ALL more experienced than bangladesh, and have been playing cricket much much longer than bangladesh, in some comments as suggested by Mr. PRANAV DESAI that bangladesh team is a trash, if so than why do test playing nations play with their full strength team and why do they see bangladesh as a threat. and Mr. Vipul Patki is surprised that bangladesh cricket team is compared to indian cricket team, there is no comparison so why do ppl expect bangladesh to come over the top in such a short span, yesterdays performance was dismal, but should not be criticised but encouraged to do better in future, in terms of cricket against the other nations, Bangladesh team is a toddler, and to go head to head against teams who have played for more than 50 years compared to 15 years and still giving them a scare, is comendable.

  • Musallagroup on April 10, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    why there are no improvements in bangal performances!!!!!... look like if they get other 5-10 yrs they will stay at 10th position only... just consider how many chances are getting for bangla ..they are playing with all top ranked teams( but ireland,afgan,zim are not getting) still they ve no maturity..How are they eligible for test cricket..?.Why ICC cannot see this..with average players like tamim and shakib u cannot win matches... may be with low ranked team u might..!(Rest all players are below average).atleast try to play some good cricket rather than talking too much in medias.....thats one msg i wanna pass...good luck bangladesh!

  • wambling_future on April 10, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    @Shahid Zaman; Your argument is one of the worst. It doesn't matter how many years you have played the game, but how many matches you have played in those years. The amount of Test matches Bangladesh has played in last 10 years, it took more than 20 years for India to play same number of matches. In old days cricket wasn't played all round the year. Bangladesh have been playing ODIs consistently since 1999 WC. At least by now they should have learnt how to fight. To give up chase before innings has started doesn't bode very well for this team. Every time they look like taking a step forward, they take 2 steps backwards. Loosing is a part of game as much as winning is. But at least try to win. I am sure everybody would have praised them if they have gotten some where near the target.

  • on April 10, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    ICC should investigate if Mashrafee was forced to play in current series with Australia inspite of his fitness issue.

  • Polock on April 10, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    I think Shakib is totally right. on this wicket its too many runs to chase. BD bowling and fielding is not up to the mark. they gave them 20-30 runs more. On this slow wicket even Indian strong batting lineup must struggle to chase that score.we saw in WC SA fail to chase 220 on this slow wicket. its all most impossible task to get 271 on this wicket against strong AUS bowling lineup. so i think BD did show right attitude to play fully 50 over and get back some confident. best of luck for the rest of the matches.

  • VipulPatki on April 10, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    @Shahid Zaman: I hope you realize the sheer absurdity of your arguments. Bangladesh cricketers themselves don't think they can start winning on a regular basis. Yesterday's match was a prime example. With no NRR to worry about, what prevented them from at least giving Aussies a scare? We expect India, SA or England to win every time they play. can you say the same thing about Bangladesh? I am surprised that you still try to compare Indian and Bangladesh cricket teams.

  • Baundele on April 10, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi, I am ashamed of this performance. This type of loser mentality will take us nowhere. The surviving for 50 overs was our mantra some 15-20 years back. But now we have enough quality players to compete head-and-neck with any big side. The team selection is poor and this coach has implanted a loser's mentality within the team. A fearless Shakib has turned into a coward.

  • Biggus on April 10, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    I think some of the commentators here are being a little harsh on BD, and plainly have short memories. Ten or fifteen years is nothing on the international stage. Hell, we Aussies had a slump that long in the late '70s-early '80s, and the Windies, India, South Africa and New Zealand were in the game far longer before they were able to stand tall on the world stage. This is going to take time folks, but it will happen eventually if you keep working on it. The BD public has to be a little understanding as well and not get too angry if they fail. These young players are on a steep learning curve and need your support. We Aussies support our team, win or lose, and are happy if they have given their best. That's all you can expect. International cricket is a tough game and you're not going to win them all, especially when the teams you're playing have had a 50-100 year head start. This is a work in progress! Patience!

  • Udoy on April 10, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    @parix, totally agree with you mate. Mushfiq is rather hopeles with the bat. Hes a good keeper and all, but the years of having a specialist keeper is long gone. Id rather have Imrul Kayes keep. Gives them the option to play the extra batrman. Knowing Shakib, he might even play an extra bowler. Point is if Mushfiq dusnt perform, get him out no mater what his popularity.

  • on April 10, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    To Pranav Desai, Ireland will Trash India too 3 in 5 outings in Ireland. Go Ireland...

  • Hasan-Shahid on April 10, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    To Udoy: you are right my friend. Had Australia scored 250, would Bangladesh have won that match? No way, as they never tried to chase the total. If Bangladesh tried to chase 270 down then I would support Shakib, but there was no intention at all. After playing 10 years of Test Cricket this team is playing to stay at the crease, this is just shambolic. If they think that 270 isn't gettable then what type of score they want to chase? They cannot chase a total, even cannot set a total otherwise they should have batted first on that placid wicket. Siddons and the management should resign instantly and go home. This is pathetic to see that a team is mentally so down, and they are giving up even before the game starts. Fully hopeless.

  • on April 9, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    @ Nazrul I. Chowdhury Riyadh, if after 3 year the Average age of BD's will be 25-27 and if don't keep winning then you'll be the first who says, keep them some time and Transition will happen and new fresh blood will be take place of theirs and they will start winning the game, so plz stop all these nonsense and let they enjoy the game I know its gonna not happen ever that BD will ever compete with the Top Teams like India, SA, Aus, SL. Winning 1-2 game is not make the Team good. :)

  • on April 9, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Pranav Dasai - I agree with you, I think Bangladesh should play the Associate Teams before they qualify to the WCs ... just as much as I think that England, who has been a member since 1909 (also never won a WC), SA, who too has been a member since 1909 has yet to prove that they go past the Semi (even Kenya went to the Semis), Zim a member since 1992 never proved much either, not to mention India as well a member since 1926 took them 28 years before winning the 2nd WC. Sure in some perspective no major team is scared of the B'desh team ... but yet no one dares to place their 2nd Tier team to play them. A world cup contending team doesn't happen in a single day ... England is the biggest proofs ... playing since 1909 they are yet to win a WC moreover just like India in the previous WC they lost to B'desh. To call an entire team a trash is really offending, cause I really want to know whoever you support have they played 100% consistently in their first 10 years? I doubt they did.

  • THINK-TANK on April 9, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    it seemed back to the past!!!!

  • on April 9, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    It was really horrible batting from Mushfiq & poor plan by BD, like Mr. Clarke, I would prefer to be allout fighting for win than playing 50 overs & accept loss. Shame for us! If it is the real ability of them, i think, they should hand over the test status to Ireland, who are lot more professional & fighting!

  • Biggus on April 9, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    I thought BD fielded pretty well although a couple of chances went down and apart from bowling a few too many loose ones at times the bowling wasn't bad either but the thing I'd like them to work on is their running between the wickets and working 'creative' singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over when the going is tough. You can always get an easy single by dropping the ball at your feet and taking off fast and pushing hard with the first run of a possible two can create misfields that not only rattle the fielding side but can pick the team up 20 or 30 runs in a innings. If your opponent is doing this stuff and you're not then it's giving the opposition a head start in every game. Although the big hits get all the attention doing the little things well is the foundation of all great cricketing sides. I think there's a lot to like about the BD side but if you're going to challenge the big boys you have to be professional and disciplined. The talent is already there.

  • Udoy on April 9, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    If Shakib claims they gave away 20 runs too many. Shudnt BD have scored 250. Felt it was an incredibly selfish performance by Tamim and Shakib. With all due respect Ashraful has been given far too many chances and has fluffed it each and everytime. About Nafees, hes been shunned for so long, I think its reasonable to be a little rusty. Give him half as much chances as Ashraful's gotten in his career he'll be great. Dnt get me wrong hes argubly the least fit player in the team. Jsut saying give him a chance.

  • on April 9, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    Bangladesh is playing good cricket for last one year. Yes it is true that they are not consistent but Bangladesh is doing well. If any one want to compare 2011 with 1996 then I must say its poor thinking. I believe Bangladesh will reach in top four team within next 3 years. Just imagine the average age of Bangladeshi cricketer is 22. A 22 years old boy is playing cricket on behalf of a nation is a big thing!!!! After 3 year this average age will be 25-27 and then the original game of Bangladesh will come out. Just wait man!!! Emerging nation is threatening!! just few year and Bangladesh will be in winning side!!

  • on April 9, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Does anyone c that Bangladesh are at the same level as the associate nations? Like seriously, bangladesh has been in cricket for like 15 or more years and yet they are a team that can barely give a scare to the big teams. Yeah once in a blue moon they win, but they are just like ireland/ scotland/ afganistan etc. I really think that bangladesh should have been in a WC qualifier for 2015 aganist those other associated and then move forward. Bangladesh would get hammered by Ireland in Ireland. Shakib things hes the best in the world, and no doubt him and tamin are good, but in a nice terms, Banglasdesh team is trash in the top 10 teams of icc.

  • T2-- on April 9, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    Bangladesh team selector should resign they are not selecting the right team. Where is junaid, Naeem. they should be in the team, Ashraful never was given time and good chance to play for the last one year. Why is Sharir Nafees playing he is out of form for the last 2years he is only good against low rateing team like Zimbabwe.

  • Praxis on April 9, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Well, after the two early wickets, that partnership between Tamim & Shakib was building up nicely(although slowly), but after Tamim got out the chase died. If someone tries to judge BD team's performance from the scorecard it may not look so bad, but those of us who have watched the whole game, it was hopeless. Mushfiq couldn't find gaps & the pressure was building up on Shakib. How many time Shakib got out this way? Also BD needs good fast bowlers, it been more than 10 years but BD don't have anyone with enough experience(exception: Mashrafee who's injured most of the time). So how can the team perform overseas matches without good fast bowlers? With 3/4 left arm spinners? Also I don't care what everybody say about Mushfiqur Rahim, he's got to improve his batting & keeping a lot or be replaced by someone better; how about Dhiman Ghosh?

  • on April 9, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Yes, BD teams are still in confusing mood to selection teams, toss decision and also the game plan. They are well trained and techinically the players are not bad but they always can't perform in the field bacuase of the above three combination.

  • Toufique-Zinat-Billah on April 9, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    I think Junaid Siddique is much better than Shahriar Nafees at their bating position, specially against fast bowler. Though Australia couldn't get run easily, they achieved wining score. They also bowled very well.

  • on April 9, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Dear Shakib, you had to take these into consideration while winning the toss and electing to bowl. You knew that was a better batting pitch for the first half and that would turn low in the second half. Still, choosing bat first would go your way if the boys had not drop chances earlier the partnership between White and Clarke. I still belive, if that would have happened, they would get past 235 and the reasult would be different. But, you never shown your potential to chase the total from the very begining after loosing two early wickets. In fact, a lack of plan was shown all along in your chasing. If you can come up with a better game plan than this one in the next two games, you can even win the series. And I must say that the Australians were a far better side in this game.

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  • on April 9, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Dear Shakib, you had to take these into consideration while winning the toss and electing to bowl. You knew that was a better batting pitch for the first half and that would turn low in the second half. Still, choosing bat first would go your way if the boys had not drop chances earlier the partnership between White and Clarke. I still belive, if that would have happened, they would get past 235 and the reasult would be different. But, you never shown your potential to chase the total from the very begining after loosing two early wickets. In fact, a lack of plan was shown all along in your chasing. If you can come up with a better game plan than this one in the next two games, you can even win the series. And I must say that the Australians were a far better side in this game.

  • Toufique-Zinat-Billah on April 9, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    I think Junaid Siddique is much better than Shahriar Nafees at their bating position, specially against fast bowler. Though Australia couldn't get run easily, they achieved wining score. They also bowled very well.

  • on April 9, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Yes, BD teams are still in confusing mood to selection teams, toss decision and also the game plan. They are well trained and techinically the players are not bad but they always can't perform in the field bacuase of the above three combination.

  • Praxis on April 9, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Well, after the two early wickets, that partnership between Tamim & Shakib was building up nicely(although slowly), but after Tamim got out the chase died. If someone tries to judge BD team's performance from the scorecard it may not look so bad, but those of us who have watched the whole game, it was hopeless. Mushfiq couldn't find gaps & the pressure was building up on Shakib. How many time Shakib got out this way? Also BD needs good fast bowlers, it been more than 10 years but BD don't have anyone with enough experience(exception: Mashrafee who's injured most of the time). So how can the team perform overseas matches without good fast bowlers? With 3/4 left arm spinners? Also I don't care what everybody say about Mushfiqur Rahim, he's got to improve his batting & keeping a lot or be replaced by someone better; how about Dhiman Ghosh?

  • T2-- on April 9, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    Bangladesh team selector should resign they are not selecting the right team. Where is junaid, Naeem. they should be in the team, Ashraful never was given time and good chance to play for the last one year. Why is Sharir Nafees playing he is out of form for the last 2years he is only good against low rateing team like Zimbabwe.

  • on April 9, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Does anyone c that Bangladesh are at the same level as the associate nations? Like seriously, bangladesh has been in cricket for like 15 or more years and yet they are a team that can barely give a scare to the big teams. Yeah once in a blue moon they win, but they are just like ireland/ scotland/ afganistan etc. I really think that bangladesh should have been in a WC qualifier for 2015 aganist those other associated and then move forward. Bangladesh would get hammered by Ireland in Ireland. Shakib things hes the best in the world, and no doubt him and tamin are good, but in a nice terms, Banglasdesh team is trash in the top 10 teams of icc.

  • on April 9, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    Bangladesh is playing good cricket for last one year. Yes it is true that they are not consistent but Bangladesh is doing well. If any one want to compare 2011 with 1996 then I must say its poor thinking. I believe Bangladesh will reach in top four team within next 3 years. Just imagine the average age of Bangladeshi cricketer is 22. A 22 years old boy is playing cricket on behalf of a nation is a big thing!!!! After 3 year this average age will be 25-27 and then the original game of Bangladesh will come out. Just wait man!!! Emerging nation is threatening!! just few year and Bangladesh will be in winning side!!

  • Udoy on April 9, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    If Shakib claims they gave away 20 runs too many. Shudnt BD have scored 250. Felt it was an incredibly selfish performance by Tamim and Shakib. With all due respect Ashraful has been given far too many chances and has fluffed it each and everytime. About Nafees, hes been shunned for so long, I think its reasonable to be a little rusty. Give him half as much chances as Ashraful's gotten in his career he'll be great. Dnt get me wrong hes argubly the least fit player in the team. Jsut saying give him a chance.

  • Biggus on April 9, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    I thought BD fielded pretty well although a couple of chances went down and apart from bowling a few too many loose ones at times the bowling wasn't bad either but the thing I'd like them to work on is their running between the wickets and working 'creative' singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over when the going is tough. You can always get an easy single by dropping the ball at your feet and taking off fast and pushing hard with the first run of a possible two can create misfields that not only rattle the fielding side but can pick the team up 20 or 30 runs in a innings. If your opponent is doing this stuff and you're not then it's giving the opposition a head start in every game. Although the big hits get all the attention doing the little things well is the foundation of all great cricketing sides. I think there's a lot to like about the BD side but if you're going to challenge the big boys you have to be professional and disciplined. The talent is already there.

  • on April 9, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    It was really horrible batting from Mushfiq & poor plan by BD, like Mr. Clarke, I would prefer to be allout fighting for win than playing 50 overs & accept loss. Shame for us! If it is the real ability of them, i think, they should hand over the test status to Ireland, who are lot more professional & fighting!