Bangladesh v Australia, 2nd ODI, Mirpur April 11, 2011

Watson's knock was one-off, says Nafees

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Shahriar Nafees, the Bangladesh batsman, has said his side can take positives out of Monday's match at the Shere Bangla Stadium, despite their crushing loss to Australia. He said Shane Watson's storming knock of 185 off 96 balls, during which he broke the record for the most number of sixes in a one-day innings with 15, was a "once-in-a-lifetime" performance, and Bangladesh's score would have been competitive had they not caught Watson on "his day."

Rather than wallow in the wreckage left by Watson, Nafees said it was better for his side to think about the lower-order rearguard that lifted them from 88 for 5 to 229-7, a total that at the change of innings appeared reasonably competitive. Nafees had played his role in getting Bangladesh to a decent score; he held firm through a top order collapse and got 56. The score may have been harder to chase had it not been for Watson's belligerence, and Nafees reminded his team-mates of that ahead of the final match of the series on Wednesday.

"I think we made a decent score on this wicket and we are used to defending this type of score," he said. "I think Watson's innings was a rare innings, a once-in-a-lifetime thing.

"Seeing the way he played, I think 300-350 wouldn't have been enough. But it is definitely disappointing for us. Any defeat is demoralising. But I think if you tell Watson to play this sort of an innings tomorrow, he won't be able to do it.

"It was his day and if you have noticed, I think seven of his sixes were mishits. But all credit goes to him, what an outstanding innings. What we can take from this game is that we recovered well with the bat after a bad start. After losing three wickets we had partnerships and that's a positive. Putting up a total that can be defended is always something we talk about in the dressing room.

"It would be best if we don't think about this Watson innings and instead think about continuing our batting positives."

Also absolved from guilt in Nafees' mind is the Bangladesh spin attack, usually far more constricting on a turning surface than they were made to look by Watson.

"In the recent past, our left-arm spin-based bowling attack has been useful. If you leave aside Zimbabwe, when New Zealand were here, this attack did very well."

"In the last game, apart from the last Powerplay, the spinners did a decent job. If someone plays this sort of an innings, any bowling attack would have badly struggled."

The physical contrast between the stout Watson and the lithe Bangladesh players being stark, left Nafees estimating his own six count in a similar situation. "I think he hit 15 sixes because he's stronger than our batsmen," Nafees said. "If I was there in his place, maybe I would have hit 10 boundaries and three sixes. This is the difference."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Copernicus on | April 14, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Mr. Tariq Islam - before you make any more assumptions, I am actually Canadian. And while I live in Australia, I've no great love for their cricket team. However, I also think Bangladesh's special treatment by the ICC is most unfair given how little progress they have made. Yes I realise my native country has consistenly disappointed but the point still stands that Bangladesh (and Zimbabwe for that matter) aren't really up to international standard, so if they are allowed to clog the international stage with mediocre-to-pathetic cricket I don't see why countries like Ireland should not.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 13, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    @kalyankk1985 - scoring has 200 has been the sights of batsmen for ages, ever since Viv Richards blasted 187 about 30yrs ago it was going to be done. With the advent of T20 creating more hitting zones (Dil-scoop), stronger bats, shorter boundaries, 200 will be achieved on a regular occurance. Congrats to SRT for being the first, others will get there with better S/Rates in the not too distant future.

  • POSTED BY kalyankk1985 on | April 13, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    @Chris Ward : To make a score of 200, cricketers all over the world have struggled for over 40 years of ODI cricket .. Its not that 200 is impossible for a batsman on a good day .. Suppose if shane watson has made 10 scores of 150-180 before sachin's 200- he would have tried to or thought of converting one or two of them into 200's .. But after sachins 200, if he makes 10 scores of 150-180 he would try to convert atleast 5-6 of them into 200's and make it big on one or more occasions ..This mentality change is brought by sachin achieving the record - That means he proved the dream of 200 in ODI possible something realizable .. His 200 has this speciality of breaking a mental hurdle of 200 for 40 yrs .. It got to be very special and none other than sachin is the person to do it .. if it was not for him, I doubt how much long it would have taken for a 200 in ODI .. making 200 in ODI is just not cricket, that requires some x factor as well to cross something so hard for over 40 yrs ..

  • POSTED BY mumbai_matrix on | April 13, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    @Lyndon Barham ....i am fully agree with you....

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    I did not find this to be particularly special, this was nothing more than a swiper taking advantage of a substandard bowling attack.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    wonder what bangladesh team does with all the positives it takes after losing nearly all the games it plays?

  • POSTED BY Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on | April 12, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    has everyone started discussing tendu here? why am I not surprised

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | April 12, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    He should have done it or do it against a sllghtly better attack. Then , perhaps, it would come into the sphere of reckoning!

  • POSTED BY mumbai_matrix on | April 12, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    thank god...Aussies now have something to cheer for...

  • POSTED BY analyseabhishek on | April 12, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    It's heartening to see Nafees sport a positive attitude. Scoring 185 out of 232 in 26 overs of play is indeed once-in-a-lifetime- albeit something that would now bless Watson with enough x-factor to scare his opponents! However, the Bangla players should not get into the physically stout part. They may take inspiration from Ganguli who was hardly physically imposing but who did impose himself with the bat, hitting many sixes- many of them long ones.

  • POSTED BY Copernicus on | April 14, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Mr. Tariq Islam - before you make any more assumptions, I am actually Canadian. And while I live in Australia, I've no great love for their cricket team. However, I also think Bangladesh's special treatment by the ICC is most unfair given how little progress they have made. Yes I realise my native country has consistenly disappointed but the point still stands that Bangladesh (and Zimbabwe for that matter) aren't really up to international standard, so if they are allowed to clog the international stage with mediocre-to-pathetic cricket I don't see why countries like Ireland should not.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 13, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    @kalyankk1985 - scoring has 200 has been the sights of batsmen for ages, ever since Viv Richards blasted 187 about 30yrs ago it was going to be done. With the advent of T20 creating more hitting zones (Dil-scoop), stronger bats, shorter boundaries, 200 will be achieved on a regular occurance. Congrats to SRT for being the first, others will get there with better S/Rates in the not too distant future.

  • POSTED BY kalyankk1985 on | April 13, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    @Chris Ward : To make a score of 200, cricketers all over the world have struggled for over 40 years of ODI cricket .. Its not that 200 is impossible for a batsman on a good day .. Suppose if shane watson has made 10 scores of 150-180 before sachin's 200- he would have tried to or thought of converting one or two of them into 200's .. But after sachins 200, if he makes 10 scores of 150-180 he would try to convert atleast 5-6 of them into 200's and make it big on one or more occasions ..This mentality change is brought by sachin achieving the record - That means he proved the dream of 200 in ODI possible something realizable .. His 200 has this speciality of breaking a mental hurdle of 200 for 40 yrs .. It got to be very special and none other than sachin is the person to do it .. if it was not for him, I doubt how much long it would have taken for a 200 in ODI .. making 200 in ODI is just not cricket, that requires some x factor as well to cross something so hard for over 40 yrs ..

  • POSTED BY mumbai_matrix on | April 13, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    @Lyndon Barham ....i am fully agree with you....

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    I did not find this to be particularly special, this was nothing more than a swiper taking advantage of a substandard bowling attack.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    wonder what bangladesh team does with all the positives it takes after losing nearly all the games it plays?

  • POSTED BY Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on | April 12, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    has everyone started discussing tendu here? why am I not surprised

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | April 12, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    He should have done it or do it against a sllghtly better attack. Then , perhaps, it would come into the sphere of reckoning!

  • POSTED BY mumbai_matrix on | April 12, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    thank god...Aussies now have something to cheer for...

  • POSTED BY analyseabhishek on | April 12, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    It's heartening to see Nafees sport a positive attitude. Scoring 185 out of 232 in 26 overs of play is indeed once-in-a-lifetime- albeit something that would now bless Watson with enough x-factor to scare his opponents! However, the Bangla players should not get into the physically stout part. They may take inspiration from Ganguli who was hardly physically imposing but who did impose himself with the bat, hitting many sixes- many of them long ones.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    there is no better knock than this one and see watson he has exploited the Bangladeshi attack so lethally that they had no chance to recover............

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    Had Bangladesh scored more no doubt Watson would have easily overtaken Tendulkar's 200. Not to say Tendulkar isn't a legend but the admiration he gets on here can be grating at times. The bowling attack might have been poor but you can only score against what's bowled at you. Watson's 161 against England was made against an attack I would humbly say was up there with South Africa's and that was a pretty fine innings. Tendulkar is a better batsman but that 200 will be bettered sooner or later for sure.

  • POSTED BY KingofRedLions on | April 12, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Two "once-in-a-lifetime" knocks in the space of a few months...

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | April 12, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    Our school team is better than this BD team...lol....they bowled out under 100 twice in the recent times, most of the teams scored 300+ against them and now a fantastic innings from Watson. BD can send their under 19 team for a change...

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    It is good that the next edition of the World Cup will be shorter but to expect it be more better quality-wise is only a fool's dream. ICC has made a huge mistake to give the automatic slots for all the 10 test playing nations for the 2015 WC. I think there should be a four nation qualification tourney at the start of 2014 between the best two ODI teams from the associate nations and the two worst sides of the test playing nations based on ICC ODI ranking by the end of 2013. All the four teams should play a match home and away on a round robin basis and the best two sides should be in the 2015 ICC World Cup in AUS/NZ. My guess is as if the current performances holds sway, Ireland and Netherlands from the Associate nations and Bangladesh and Zimbabwe from the test playing nations should be involved in this qualification tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    @Tariq Islam: Tendulkar had a 163 not out against NZ in March 2009, a 175 against AUS in Nov 2009 and that majestic 200 against SA in Feb 2010. So, Tendulkar made those "the once-in-a-lifetime knocks" 3 times all within a year !!!! Dude.. brush up on your cricket knowledge.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 12, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    @Something_Witty - agreed, its an early call to say its a once in a life time innings. @ Copernicus - I actually think Nafees is right about the total they made, it was historically a match winning score, & typically their spinners operate well defending 200+ totals at home. They copped a special knock thats all.

  • POSTED BY ingy7215 on | April 12, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    If you bowl garbage that's what you get......definitely agree that Bangladesh aren't world standard.....Ponting played a good innings too...very circumspect.... his mouth must be have been watering at the prospect of ripping in as well but he played the 'I'll get a single for you mate...' role. As for the Aussie knockers...at least we've been there and won a tournament or two....What's worse are the Aussies who are Aussie knockers....those that can't wait to rip into the national team or its members if they fail or worse, succeed...is there no satisfying you...? I remember eight or nine years ago when a young brash blonde allrounder aged about 21 came into the national side and most people thought that the fellow didn't have a future. Australian Cricket stuck with him and now we have one of the best all rounders in the world....I hope very much that I can say the same thing in ten years time about young Steve Smith who has a bucket loads of potential....

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | April 12, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    Great stuff from Watson, following on from his 161* against England in January. He's certainly become one of Australia's big guns up the order. He had some luck but was able to take advantage of it. Australia still needs to work on some of its latter over bowling (2-141 in the latter stages isn't great) and build some consistency in the middle order (which wasn't needed in this match, as it turns out). Bangladesh have lots of work to do - it's great to see Nafees taking some positives out but there's still a lot of areas that need attention. Top order batting, new ball bowling and fielding should keep them busy at training.

  • POSTED BY bad_boy on | April 12, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    Bangladesh is long way from having a decent bowling attack..... however as a team they do play well... look at india ... they don't boast the best bowling attack in the world but they are the world champions...

    watson is a class player and i hope he plays this kind of innings again... however as far as bangladesh is concerned they need to move away from the mohammad rafique mould of bowling and try for variety in their attack... having 4 left arm spinner leaves you vulnerable to any one of the batsman in the opposition who is having his day (sehwag in WC and now watson)

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    @ Tariq Islam. He recently made 160 odd against England when chasing over 300 in Melbourne. Was a great innings against mediocre opposition. We are rebuilding hopefully a lot of our younger players will get a game soon and there will be some improvement on our recent performances.

    Where are Bangladesh going?? There doesnt seem to be any improvement since they have been admitted. Sri Lanka have a smaller population and have played in 3 or the last 5 World Cup finals with 1 win!

  • POSTED BY cric_fanatics on | April 11, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    its not a once a lifetime innings...given a chance watto will maul this attack at will...thing is that hes good against both spin and pace...

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    @ Nipun, he would have probably ht more if his own team mates were bowling to him. And for those who compare this knock with Sachin's 200, please don't. That is something else. Out of the world. There is no way Watson can get away with such mishits against South Africa. That too two dropped catches. Not worth comparing really. 7 of the 15 sixes were mishits too. It wasn't that pretty.

  • POSTED BY Thevas on | April 11, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    This does seem pretty arrogant IMO, why can't he just admit Watson is a fantastic batsman? The last year has given more than enough evidence to show that.

  • POSTED BY avmd on | April 11, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    Save the cricket, ICC withdraw Test ad ODI status from BD, please. I watched the highlights, it wasn't international cricket by any standard.

  • POSTED BY BrianCharlesVivek on | April 11, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    Couldnt Ban bowl a straight ball that nips back slightly in??? He cannto play straight ball and still scores 185...hmmm

  • POSTED BY TheFridge31 on | April 11, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    Tariq Islam 1 word denial.

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    @ Tariq Islam Bangladesh in first place should not have permanent international status. They got into the frame but that should not guarantee a place forever. Stop cribbing about other teams, what can you say about a team that got bowled out below 100 on its home ground twice in a tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    he scored the second 150+ score within a year, excuse me?

  • POSTED BY Afridynamite on | April 11, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    The only teams Australia beat in the 2011 WC are Kenya, Zimbabwe and New Zealand

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    im a bangladeshi and simply not saying anything..but seriously ask shane watson to do the same thing again and let him show...if he can show that again...i have no comments...but prolly he wont be able to do that...and @Copernicus...so what has happened now? does he do that every match? everyone has his day...ask tendulkar to do 200 again...maybe he cant..its the same thing....you aussies are just swimming in the ocean without any current....whne you get higher...you shout..what about the QF exit??-.-

  • POSTED BY Jamalshobi on | April 11, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    excellent stuff from Watto

  • POSTED BY donda on | April 11, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    True very true, the power is big difference in bangladesh batsmen and ausies.

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    amazing watson.....really fab player....hope his continue his good form...!

  • POSTED BY mogan707 on | April 11, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Dropped catches,easing of the pitch helped Shane Watson launched attack against Bangladesh attack and succeeded in ensuring that new Australia would emerge under the guidance of Michael Clarke.Still more challenges ahead.For Bangladesh,it seemed that they were going through motions right from the moment,he started hitting them for sixes.And dropped catches from Razzaq,and Rafiq didn't help the cause either.And left arm spinners did not try any variety to get him out.No leftarm spinner went over the wicket and try to make play against the turn.Proper comeback was not done by any bowler.Too much width was given by fast bowlers.And by calling to bat first they didnot bat well,instead they could have restricted them to a decent total and chased it.Total surrender to Australia.Bangladesh are as shoddy as they can be as they were in their past days.Good only to play bottom ranked teams NEwZealand,Zimbabwe and West Indies.

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    For every step forward that Bangladesh takes, there are 3 back, they have 162 million people compared to Sri Lanka's 20 million, one gets the sense that the passion is the same but that's where the similarities end. New Zealand gave them a lot of undeserved creditability as a cricketing nation, and their performance abroad in any format speaks for itself. If they play the next world cup and Ireland does not, might have to wait for India in the finals again before I watch.

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    I think Bangladesh were quite lucky they didn't bat second. Watson could have made 250+ today. Effortless. Faultless.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | April 11, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    its ok bangla you got absolutely destroyed by the best player in the world. no shame in it

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    He was just AWESOME today ........ no words for such an inning.... It was worthwatching

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Waaaaaaaaaaau Watto..whatta whaaacky knock... :)),

    Bangladeshees are not very bad bowlers too !!!

    real all-rounder.., come to IPL a.s.a.p ............

  • POSTED BY Copernicus on | April 11, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Pfft, what a joke - Nafees doesn't seem to have seen the 161* Watson smashed against England chasing a much higher total against a (theoretically) better English attack. There's a difference between "taking positives out of a match" and just lying to yourself. Bangladesh are woefully inadequate (can't imagine Ireland capitulating this feebly).

  • POSTED BY Nipun on | April 11, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    "I think he hit 15 sixes because he's stronger than our batsmen," Nafees said. "If I was there in his place, maybe I would have hit 10 boundaries and three sixes. This is the difference." He neither has the skills nor the stamina nor the power to play even half of that innings.

  • POSTED BY HijabA on | April 11, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    jealous much -______________-

  • POSTED BY rshn on | April 11, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    wow! Australia have found an opponent that they can beat! lolz

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | April 11, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    I doubt it's a once in a lifetime performance from Watson... he'll be looking to better it in the near future. As for Bangladesh, I feel it was a better performance from them this match. Batting first is a positive and aggressive step. - Something they should do more often. I really like the Bangladesh side and I can't help but want them to do well. I hope to see more aggressive attitudes towards their cricket in the near future. If you take the mindset of "this target is unreachable on this pitch", you're NEVER going to get anywhere.

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  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | April 11, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    I doubt it's a once in a lifetime performance from Watson... he'll be looking to better it in the near future. As for Bangladesh, I feel it was a better performance from them this match. Batting first is a positive and aggressive step. - Something they should do more often. I really like the Bangladesh side and I can't help but want them to do well. I hope to see more aggressive attitudes towards their cricket in the near future. If you take the mindset of "this target is unreachable on this pitch", you're NEVER going to get anywhere.

  • POSTED BY rshn on | April 11, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    wow! Australia have found an opponent that they can beat! lolz

  • POSTED BY HijabA on | April 11, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    jealous much -______________-

  • POSTED BY Nipun on | April 11, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    "I think he hit 15 sixes because he's stronger than our batsmen," Nafees said. "If I was there in his place, maybe I would have hit 10 boundaries and three sixes. This is the difference." He neither has the skills nor the stamina nor the power to play even half of that innings.

  • POSTED BY Copernicus on | April 11, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Pfft, what a joke - Nafees doesn't seem to have seen the 161* Watson smashed against England chasing a much higher total against a (theoretically) better English attack. There's a difference between "taking positives out of a match" and just lying to yourself. Bangladesh are woefully inadequate (can't imagine Ireland capitulating this feebly).

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Waaaaaaaaaaau Watto..whatta whaaacky knock... :)),

    Bangladeshees are not very bad bowlers too !!!

    real all-rounder.., come to IPL a.s.a.p ............

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    He was just AWESOME today ........ no words for such an inning.... It was worthwatching

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | April 11, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    its ok bangla you got absolutely destroyed by the best player in the world. no shame in it

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    I think Bangladesh were quite lucky they didn't bat second. Watson could have made 250+ today. Effortless. Faultless.

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    For every step forward that Bangladesh takes, there are 3 back, they have 162 million people compared to Sri Lanka's 20 million, one gets the sense that the passion is the same but that's where the similarities end. New Zealand gave them a lot of undeserved creditability as a cricketing nation, and their performance abroad in any format speaks for itself. If they play the next world cup and Ireland does not, might have to wait for India in the finals again before I watch.