New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013-14 October 18, 2013

Bangladesh eyeing series win - Shakib

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Shakib Al Hasan has said Bangladesh have a major opportunity to win the series against New Zealand and this increase in team's confidence has developed over the past five years with more players performing regularly. The latest in that list is Sohag Gazi, who became the first Test cricketer to score a hundred and take a hat-trick in a Test.

Shakib took the catch to complete Gazi's hat-trick, an excellent swoop from leg-slip after the ball had deflected off Mushfiqur Rahim's pad. The catch was one of the many moments in the past two years which have signified the team's growing will power after the lows of 2011. The drawn Test against New Zealand last week also pointed to the progress within the team.

Shakib said that since his international debut, the talk in the dressing-room has gone through a lot of change. He has had a major contribution to this transformation, particularly his role in the 4-0 series win over New Zealand three years ago.

"When I started six years ago, our goal was to play five days," he said. "Then it was to draw Test matches. Now we go out to win. We have been progressing as a team all along. Everything takes time. This team has been playing together for quite some time, so we have more confidence. We are looking to win this series. We have a major opportunity, so we have every reason to give it our best.

"When there are four or five performers in a team, the rest of the players then want to do well. So within everyone, there is a challenge to perform. I think it is major positive for the Bangladesh team."

Shakib hasn't necessarily stopped being a performer himself. Bangladesh's last Test win against Zimbabwe in May had two Shakib half-centuries. He struggled with the ball in the Chittagong Test match, but he has said the hunger is far from satiated. The fact that he has returned to the top of the Test allrounder rankings has been an added inspiration.

"It is easy to motivate myself when I look at the rankings. My battle is with top cricketers, but I wouldn't compare myself with anyone. Everyone wants to contribute to the team's cause. I don't think any cricketer keeps an eye on the rankings but it does feel good to be at the top."

This is his second time as top Test allrounder after he scaled the height in December 2011. While someone like Jacques Kallis gets plenty of opportunities to maintain such a position, Shakib has to do his best in the limited number of Tests that Bangladesh play. The second Test against New Zealand is one of them, and given the position of the series, there couldn't be a better time for Shakib.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Sarfin on October 20, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Whenever our cricketers talk big, usually a big defeat follows. It's more important to perform than talking. I'll always support tigers, but now it's time to talk less and work hard

  • on October 20, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Bangladesh should field only 1 pacer, Robiul; and use Mohammadullah as a spin all-rounder in place of Rubel. This will give a greater depth in batting and bowling in the spin-friendly pitch in Mirpur.

  • on October 20, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    i am genuinely excited about the 2nd test,cant wait.bds best chance for series win.;]

  • Wajahatt on October 19, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    NZ has never been very good in the sub-continent. Definitely a great chance for Bangladesh to taste a test success very soon. Good luck Bangladesh! :)

  • TheRisingTeam on October 19, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Hopefully Shakib will take a 5 wicket haul and/or score a test 100 so he can maintain that number 1 all-round ranking. Its not like Bangladesh are playing that many tests compared to other teams. Bangladesh need more International Cricket and hopefully BCB can arrange that for once.

  • bangla_slog on October 19, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Guys, remember that Bangladesh team wanted spinning wicket. Chittagong's wicket was useless to Bangladesh as well. Chittagong's wicket have been disappointing for past 3/4 years now. You cannot have any result on that pitch unless one team throws it away. Dhaka pitch is much more closer to what Bangladesh team wants, a spinning flattish wicket that mostly guarantees a result. I wish someone intevened about the Chittagong wicket. Its not a sporting wicket.

  • on October 19, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    All this talk about Bangladesh preparing flat tracks in the hope of drawing the game is ridiculous. In both innings, New Zealand's middle order collapsed and found themselves in a position where they could have been bowled out for under-par scores. Bangladesh had the better of the game and could have even won the game had Rubel not overstepped in the first innings when Watling could have been out for 4. It's time to give Bangladesh more credit than they are getting at the moment. Bring on the 2nd test!

  • bdsmaruf on October 19, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    I believe bd have ability to beat nz in 2nd test.

  • King_Ravanaa on October 19, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    since getting the test status in 2000, after 13 years these Bangladeshis talking about winning a test is quite hillarious. look at the Zimbabwe, even after so many senior players from Andy Flower's time to recent times has abandon the team, yet they found a quite a good bunch of players to replace them and even able win a test against a Major Test Playing Nation like Pakistan. something which would be like a dream for Bangladeshis. and Zimbabwe now remains at the no 9 of test ranking while bangladesh occupying the 10th spot. Big talks is one thing, doing it practically is another thing. winning a 2 series of ODI's against a teams like WI and NZ, while coming to the Asia Cup final means, an improvement, but it does not make them a top Cricketing nation. still Bangladesh remains few step ahead the Minnow status, which means they are still like seniors of Minnows.

  • on October 19, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    i seriously feel BD have a chance to win a series here....we have better chance then NZ to pick up 20 wickets.....but BD batters must be patient....and especially openers should take more time in the middle......btw; i think that BD can drop another pacer as BD pace bowlers have nothing to offer in these sort of pitches...!!

  • Sarfin on October 20, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Whenever our cricketers talk big, usually a big defeat follows. It's more important to perform than talking. I'll always support tigers, but now it's time to talk less and work hard

  • on October 20, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Bangladesh should field only 1 pacer, Robiul; and use Mohammadullah as a spin all-rounder in place of Rubel. This will give a greater depth in batting and bowling in the spin-friendly pitch in Mirpur.

  • on October 20, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    i am genuinely excited about the 2nd test,cant wait.bds best chance for series win.;]

  • Wajahatt on October 19, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    NZ has never been very good in the sub-continent. Definitely a great chance for Bangladesh to taste a test success very soon. Good luck Bangladesh! :)

  • TheRisingTeam on October 19, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Hopefully Shakib will take a 5 wicket haul and/or score a test 100 so he can maintain that number 1 all-round ranking. Its not like Bangladesh are playing that many tests compared to other teams. Bangladesh need more International Cricket and hopefully BCB can arrange that for once.

  • bangla_slog on October 19, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Guys, remember that Bangladesh team wanted spinning wicket. Chittagong's wicket was useless to Bangladesh as well. Chittagong's wicket have been disappointing for past 3/4 years now. You cannot have any result on that pitch unless one team throws it away. Dhaka pitch is much more closer to what Bangladesh team wants, a spinning flattish wicket that mostly guarantees a result. I wish someone intevened about the Chittagong wicket. Its not a sporting wicket.

  • on October 19, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    All this talk about Bangladesh preparing flat tracks in the hope of drawing the game is ridiculous. In both innings, New Zealand's middle order collapsed and found themselves in a position where they could have been bowled out for under-par scores. Bangladesh had the better of the game and could have even won the game had Rubel not overstepped in the first innings when Watling could have been out for 4. It's time to give Bangladesh more credit than they are getting at the moment. Bring on the 2nd test!

  • bdsmaruf on October 19, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    I believe bd have ability to beat nz in 2nd test.

  • King_Ravanaa on October 19, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    since getting the test status in 2000, after 13 years these Bangladeshis talking about winning a test is quite hillarious. look at the Zimbabwe, even after so many senior players from Andy Flower's time to recent times has abandon the team, yet they found a quite a good bunch of players to replace them and even able win a test against a Major Test Playing Nation like Pakistan. something which would be like a dream for Bangladeshis. and Zimbabwe now remains at the no 9 of test ranking while bangladesh occupying the 10th spot. Big talks is one thing, doing it practically is another thing. winning a 2 series of ODI's against a teams like WI and NZ, while coming to the Asia Cup final means, an improvement, but it does not make them a top Cricketing nation. still Bangladesh remains few step ahead the Minnow status, which means they are still like seniors of Minnows.

  • on October 19, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    i seriously feel BD have a chance to win a series here....we have better chance then NZ to pick up 20 wickets.....but BD batters must be patient....and especially openers should take more time in the middle......btw; i think that BD can drop another pacer as BD pace bowlers have nothing to offer in these sort of pitches...!!

  • on October 19, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Good to know about Bangladesh draw match against New Zealand... although it is home series for them but BD players struggle hard, hats off to them.... wish that BD win 2nd test against kiwis.... a Pakistani wellwisher of BanglaDesh..

  • jimbond on October 19, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Is Shakib thrilled because they have drawn a match in home conditions? The problem is, to win, the bowlers have to take 20 wickets. To take 20 wickets, there has to be some help for bowlers in the wicket. And if there is help for the bowlers, Gazi is not going to score another hundred. Unfortunately for Bangladesh, both teams have to play on the same pitch, and there is always a 50 percent chance of losing the toss. So the best BD can do is to create flat tracks, and hope for another draw.

  • on October 19, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    I think it is only a matter of time when Bangladesh become world baeaters! They have quality batsman, just need to improve their bowling and temperament for test matches. I for see the rise of Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Ireland in the coming World Cup. Best wishes from a Pakistani fan:) Eid Mubarak!

  • kiwicricketnut on October 19, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    There is only one way to beat bangladesh on flat wickets like the one in chittagong and it probably wont be our spinners, raw pace would take the pitch out of the equation, so instead of risking southee or trying wagner, lets give milne a shot, he can hit 150kms and bangladesh don't like express bowling because there is nobody even close to those sort of speeds in bangladesh, he's over there for the odi leg of the tour so give him a go, i think we would have a better bet of getting 20 wickets with him in the team than picking another medium pacer, straight swap for martin would give the team better balance and more firepower.

  • on October 19, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    In my openion, Al Amin should get a call instead of Rubel. I predict tigers will win the toss and batting first. First day will be important. At least near to 400 runs is must. Otherwise they will not win the match.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on October 18, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    Bangladesh will be a force in test cricket if they can find quality pacers.

  • on October 18, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Good to see that BD are give NZ a run for there money. I can sense a change in cricket now maybe the teams at the bottom(eg ZIMBABWE AND BD) can get off the bottom and win.Then the ICC will be forced to take notice and realise its the top 10 and not the top 8.

  • TheRisingTeam on October 18, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    Shakib main goal in test is to bat properly and long and convert his 50s into big 100s so he can take his career average to over 40. He's 26 now very experienced and you would expect a player of his calibre to do these things.

  • StevieS on October 18, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    God if we lose this to Bangladesh we might as well give up cricket, what an embarrasment it would be. Then again if played on a green top or any wicket that others something to the seamers we would win by an innings.

  • QTS_ on October 18, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    Last year, remember that BD crashed to about 180 for 8 in the second Test against WI (before Abul Hassan's century). The batsmen need to be careful about complacency since reckless shots can lose wickets, even in the flattest pitches.

  • Dhutugemunu on October 18, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    BD found the tactic to not to loose Tests after Drawing 1st Test at Galle Road. This time they managed to Draw it in Chittagong Road. Way to go. At least BD are not loosing anymore.

  • on October 18, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    Bangladesh should be proud of producing quality spinners and that should be balanced out by also producing quality pacers. We have recently seen how South Africa lost to Pakistan by not having quality spinner and their batsmen had no answer to Saeed Ajmal. We also saw how India and England were unable to maintain to keep top spot due to lack of top class spinners. Also the demise of the Australian team without Shane Warne and in addition when they had world class pacer like Glenn McGrath with Shane Warne they were unbeatable.

  • on October 18, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Anamul should be dropped, Tamim should play down the order. He is a bad opener for test cricket. OK for other formats though.

  • on October 18, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    My XI for next Test would be 1. Marshall Ayub. 2. Anamul Haque. 3. Naeem Islam. 4. Mominul Haque. 5. Shakib Al-Hasan. 6. Mushfiqur Rahim. 7. Nasir Hossain. 8. Sohag Gazi. 9. Al-Amin Hossain. 10. Abdur Razzak. 11. Robiul Islam.

  • Warm_Coffee on October 18, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    In future, Bangladesh especially at home must raise its test series to 3 matches at least against the likes of Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. These 2 match series does the team no good especially when first class structure is of such poor quality.

  • on October 18, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    The Bangladesh management needs to weigh how it picks the Test squad in terms of asset or burden to the team. Far as i am concerned the likes of Mominul Haque, Shakib Al-Hassan, Mushfiqur Rahmin, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Abdur Razzak, Robiul Islam, Naeem Islam and even Marshall Ayub are an asset to the squad. Even though Tamim Iqbal is a class player, Rubel Hossain and Shahadat Hossain seem to be a burden by not learning from their mistakes and not adapting to change when circumstances requires. Anamul Haque requires further development and playing alongside Tamim Iqbal does not breed much confidence. If Anamul can develop better footwork then he can be one of the best Test players to grace cricket. I thought Bangladesh played very well in the last Test match. Never mind what the pitches condition was like because both teams played, fielded and had same opportunity to win. Just because New Zealand have not got better spinners then Bangladesh, then whose fault is that?

  • Warm_Coffee on October 18, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    New Zealand spinners are not of decent quality. If Bangladesh can successfully take on someone like Ajmal then its so obvious what they can do to Williamson, Sodhi, Martin etc. I think the best way forward for New Zealand in the second test match is to go with 3 seamers and select Wagner. But then again neither of New Zealand pacers are express something the West Indies exploited against Bangladesh last year. They had 3 bowlers that can consistently bowl about 145kph which got them the wins. I think this final test match will be a draw but cannot see New Zealand winning it unless Bangladesh plays recklessly. Hopefully the wicket will give bowlers assistance if some sort.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on October 18, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    whenever Bd talk big before the game, they lose bad. I am Bd fan by the way.

  • on October 18, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Great enthusiasm in BD supports.. Good to see!!

  • Lermy on October 18, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    I think the motivation will always be lacking for NZ. Despite never being a top test team they have in the past produced one or two good players and a solid supporting cast. Now they are fading away to less than mediocrity, but still can't see that Bangladesh are actually the only side they have a chance of beating. Bangladesh however want it far more. I think NZ was actually better when they were a band of mainly amateur players, it gave them much more of an edge when they did play internationally. Now they are very very average professionals, just another day at the office for under achievers, and it shows!

  • on October 18, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    SLslider, in recent times this mediocre team has won the ODI series (2013) 3-2 vs WI (2013), went to the the finals in Asia Cup (2013) having beaten India & SL and ALMOST beak Pakistan in the finals. Also the last time these two teams met Bangladesh won with a 4-0 whitewash in ODI. BD is playing with it's third generation of players and every five years or so they have picked 2-3 decent players. In all honesty in another 5 years this team has the potential to become world class! We are missing a couple of pace bowlers and perhaps two solid batsmen on the top. All will come happen in due time.

  • The_Ashes on October 18, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Bowlers like Rubel Hossain shouldn't be anywhere near the national team. No wonder our pacers cannot get test wickets. Rubel bowling average is embarrassing and don't understand why the management pick him. 17 test matches 25 wickets average ridiculous 75 strike rate pathetic 115. He's a poor bowler and give his role to deserving bowlers like Zia, Nazmul, Al-Amin etc. Surprised Rahim went for Rubel than Robiul who was by far the best pacer in Zimbabwe and can swing the ball and bowl good line and length unlike Rubel Hossain who is inconsistent, bowls too short and all the place.

  • The_Ashes on October 18, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Tamim doesn't interest me anymore. His batting since 2010 has simply been below par with only 1 century in that time. His test average is dropping all the time and ODI average is only a mere 30 therefore overrated. What I am impressed about the Bangladesh side is how well the likes of Rahim, Shakib and newbies Nasir, Gazi etc are performing and these players have been the keys to Bangladesh's good success in the last few years. I just hope the wicket plays to Bangladesh strength so Shakib can pick up his 10th 5 wicket haul and dominate the all-round rankings and win the test match this time around. Bangladesh need to be playing more International Cricket even if its against associate teams so players continue to develop and gain experience.

  • on October 18, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    last test was brilliant. extremely disappoint with our pacers. the most disturbing thing is our quick cant bowl in a good line/length. if they cant provide any good with new ball, at-least i hope they will bowl in a good line/length instead of terrifying wide deliveries otherwise they will be useless to be part of a test team. our spinners is quite good in turning track hope mirpur will provide some crack after 2nd day. our batsman did well in last match keep it up guys make them sweat and cry for your wicket. best of luck boys hope for a good contest. just fight hard and do your best, make us proud.

  • on October 18, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    we need to play more tests against the others test playing country for proving ourselve.....

  • SLslider on October 18, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    I don't think bangladesh can win. They are a mediocre team.

  • sachinisawesome on October 18, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Best of luck Bangladesh from an Indian fan.

  • bdsmaruf on October 18, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    this bd team have this ability to bit nz. bd have pace bowkling problem as well as opening pair, tamim should think himself what happening with him. he is a class player, so............ good luck tamim.

  • British_North_America on October 18, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    I would invite such words after the test series is finished.We have drawn a test match in a flat track does not provide surety that we will not lose the next test match.New Zealand is a very good test side and their pace bowlers in helping condition will be lethal.Our edge is that Vettory is not playing so our spinners would be more dominating.I suggest BCB to make spin friendly pitch with much turn but no bounce.

  • The-love on October 18, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Best wishes from India to Bangladesh for the 2nd test.I hope they start well in this test,that will release lot of pressure of playing in decider as they will be under more pressure coz they are playing in front of home crowd and after first test the expectations are very high.

  • asiacricket1234 on October 18, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    It is very less likely that Bangladesh will win this test. We've seen this many time before that they start with a good test and lose their momentum and this time to make matter worse they had a week break. As a Bangladeshi I'll be thrilled if Bangladesh win this match but don't wanna get my hope high as they have let us down so many times. Anyway wish them best of luck. Hope they didnt forget how to play test during this Eid Break

  • r1m2 on October 18, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    I think one of the upside of having a super talent is an overall improvement in the team. Shakib was the first true international quality cricketer in all 3 formats from Bangladesh. International Quality for me means, someone who can walk straight into the first XI lineup for any top-tier international team for the given format. Shakib is that. I'm sure his skills will rub off on others, but need someone who's willing to be as ambitious as Shakib. I have a feeling Sohag is that category. Let's see who else follows suit. A+ for team performance in the last match as well.

  • on October 18, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    this shows how the Bangladesh national team has progressed in the last couple of years.the drawn test against Newzealand was a testament to that fact.keep up the good work TIGERS!!and make us PROUD! :D

  • on October 18, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    I believe that the pace bowling needs a huge overhaul since our pacers are shocking in tests (except Robiul to an extent) but spinners are quality. Batting just needs improving in swing conditions, I.e. pace bowlers. Overall most of the base is covered for tests, just pace bowling needs huge improvement and we need to be tested by the best international teams. Looking forward to series decider provided that there is a spinning track.

  • Captainman on October 18, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Bangladesh could win the test series providing the wicket turns. It will be extremely disappointing if they are aiming for a pointless draw when the win is there for the taking. Anyway, if Bangladesh wins the toss (unlikely) then just bat and put the pressure on New Zealand.

  • on October 18, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Bangladesh needs to set their sights higher. Nz are now the easy beats of the test arena.

  • on October 18, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    yap we do need fast bowler well obviously not like shahadat

  • on October 18, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Kudos to BD. They played well as a team, in the previous match and showed lot of character against the more experienced Black caps. Good luck in the next match.

  • on October 18, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    I hope the Tigers don't get carried away after one good performance (like they have in the past). We would all love to see a good match. Best wishes Tigers!

  • Samad.Sylhet.Mitali.Raynogor on October 18, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    We need quality quick bowlers who can take wickets by new ball as well as old ball. Like Pakistan or Srilanka both the team has balance attack in both departments spin/quick. We have quality spinners but our quick's are not good enough at the test level. If our quick's can take wickets at the front we can restrict opponents much lesser score.

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  • Samad.Sylhet.Mitali.Raynogor on October 18, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    We need quality quick bowlers who can take wickets by new ball as well as old ball. Like Pakistan or Srilanka both the team has balance attack in both departments spin/quick. We have quality spinners but our quick's are not good enough at the test level. If our quick's can take wickets at the front we can restrict opponents much lesser score.

  • on October 18, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    I hope the Tigers don't get carried away after one good performance (like they have in the past). We would all love to see a good match. Best wishes Tigers!

  • on October 18, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Kudos to BD. They played well as a team, in the previous match and showed lot of character against the more experienced Black caps. Good luck in the next match.

  • on October 18, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    yap we do need fast bowler well obviously not like shahadat

  • on October 18, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Bangladesh needs to set their sights higher. Nz are now the easy beats of the test arena.

  • Captainman on October 18, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Bangladesh could win the test series providing the wicket turns. It will be extremely disappointing if they are aiming for a pointless draw when the win is there for the taking. Anyway, if Bangladesh wins the toss (unlikely) then just bat and put the pressure on New Zealand.

  • on October 18, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    I believe that the pace bowling needs a huge overhaul since our pacers are shocking in tests (except Robiul to an extent) but spinners are quality. Batting just needs improving in swing conditions, I.e. pace bowlers. Overall most of the base is covered for tests, just pace bowling needs huge improvement and we need to be tested by the best international teams. Looking forward to series decider provided that there is a spinning track.

  • on October 18, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    this shows how the Bangladesh national team has progressed in the last couple of years.the drawn test against Newzealand was a testament to that fact.keep up the good work TIGERS!!and make us PROUD! :D

  • r1m2 on October 18, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    I think one of the upside of having a super talent is an overall improvement in the team. Shakib was the first true international quality cricketer in all 3 formats from Bangladesh. International Quality for me means, someone who can walk straight into the first XI lineup for any top-tier international team for the given format. Shakib is that. I'm sure his skills will rub off on others, but need someone who's willing to be as ambitious as Shakib. I have a feeling Sohag is that category. Let's see who else follows suit. A+ for team performance in the last match as well.

  • asiacricket1234 on October 18, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    It is very less likely that Bangladesh will win this test. We've seen this many time before that they start with a good test and lose their momentum and this time to make matter worse they had a week break. As a Bangladeshi I'll be thrilled if Bangladesh win this match but don't wanna get my hope high as they have let us down so many times. Anyway wish them best of luck. Hope they didnt forget how to play test during this Eid Break