Bangladesh v Australia, 1st ODI, Mirpur

Lost match in the field - Shakib Al Hasan

Daniel Brettig in Mirpur

April 9, 2011

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Michael Clarke crunches the ball through the off side during his 101, Bangladesh v Australia, 1st ODI, Mirpur, April 9, 2011
Michael Clarke was surprised Bangladesh didn't chase harder than they did © Associated Press
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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."

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Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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