Bangladesh v NZ, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 5th day

Bangladesh impress but rain forces draw

The Report by Mohammad Isam

October 25, 2013

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Bangladesh 282 (Tamim 95, Wagner 5-64) and 269 for 3 (Mominul 126*, Tamim 70) drew with New Zealand 437 (Anderson 116, Watling 70*, Shakib 5-103)
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Bangladesh's ground staff pull covers on the ground, Bangladesh v New Zealand, 2nd Test, 5th day, Mirpur, October 25, 2013
It was a grey final day in Mirpur © Associated Press
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Overnight rain and a persistent light drizzle through the day ruined the last day's play in the second Test, in Mirpur. That meant Bangladesh had registered their second successive drawn series after finishing 1-1 against Zimbabwe in April this year. The 0-0 result against New Zealand, a team ranked higher than them in the Test rankings, is a fine result for the home side. They have now drawn three Tests against New Zealand in eleven matches.

The covers came on and off twice in Mirpur in the morning session, but they remained on since 11.00am. The rain never progressed into a downpour, but it was enough to bring everything to a standstill.

Mominul Haque, with his 376 runs in four innings, and Sohag Gazi, with eight wickets, take the top positions in the batting and bowling charts for the series. For New Zealand, Kane Williamson is the top run-scorer with 250 runs, while Neil Wagner's seven-wicket tally ranks the best among his team's bowlers.

Mominul, however, missed a chance to topple Habibul Bashar's record for aggregate runs in a series by a Bangladesh batsman. Bashar had made 379 runs against Pakistan in a three-match series in 2003. Mominul's tally is second on the list.

After the match, Tamim Iqbal was fined 50% of his match fees for nudging Brendon McCullum with his shoulder during New Zealand's innings, while moving past the batsman to his fielding position at mid-on. Tamim pleaded guilty to the charge, and was penalised under Article 2.2.4 of the ICC code of conduct, which deals with "inappropriate and deliberate contact between players during the course of play".

The two teams now play a three-match ODI series, starting on October 29. New Zealand depart from Bangladesh on November 7, a day after the one-off Twenty20.

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

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Posted by   on (October 28, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

@r0ketman - `ive got no idea how my comment can be construed as meaning NZ would have won if not for rain. re read my posts`. What i said was that a DRAW was always the highest likelihood and i was responding to the overly confident comments of many BD fans that a BD win was the next most likely scenario.

from my last post "there are plenty of what ifs in competition and the far more likely one in this game would still have been a draw. I really didnt see a declaration from BD that would have given NZ any chance to win even if it was 250 in 50 overs".

earlier still i mentioned if i was to judge the "next most likely scenario" after a draw it would have been a NZ win. and when i say next most likely i mean MUCH less likely than a draw and reasonably more likely than a BD win.

so yeah a bit baffled how my comments could be interpreted that way.

Posted by r0ketman on (October 27, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

Alex hose: I agree with you that there is no reason to disrespect NZ. As a Bangladeshi, NZ has always been one of my favorite teams. They do show good spirit and are great ambassadors of the game. That being said, you are criticizing BD fans for predicting a 3-0 whitewash (a bold prediction, I agree. This is not the NZ of 2010), yet in the next post you are claiming if there was no rain, NZ would have won the 2nd test! Was this really a flat wicket? The pitch where SL scored 900+ is a flat wicket. There were two five wicket hauls on the match. I saw NZ bowling on both BD innings, they strayed with their lines. They did not have many wicket taking deliveries. In these same flat wicket WI quicks were able to bowl out BD last year. NZ did not bowl good enough, BD did even worse. They way NZ bowled, I can't fathom how you are predicting NZ would have won without rain. I do think the I ODI series will be contested, BD did win against WI last year as well.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

someone has to be the worst team, its not a slight or insult its just the current state of things. BD are ranked 10 out of 10 and thats all there is to it and there ranking reflects there results

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 2:13 GMT)

@abcdef_12345 - yes i read cricketskills comment obviosly.....tell me how its incorrect in anyway and how "for now they are showing a lot of strides and that's what was important to see" is in anyway negative.....you BD fans are talking down NZ and complaining about negative comments at the same time yet when someone says something truthful and positive you don't like that either. I think BD fans should offer some respect before they can hope to earn some themselves.

Posted by Ajmal_Chucker on (October 26, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

ha ha New Zealand struggling against Bangladesh. 4-0 and now 2 drawn matches ha ha ha Bangladesh even have less less test experience compared to New Zealand with highest cap player Rahim only 36 test caps but Taylor and McCullum 50 and almost 80 caps ha ha and still couldn't win ha ha

Posted by tauhid_aks on (October 26, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

Well, a Bangla wash this time wont be easy. Though we have improved in ODI's, yet we have to be at the top of our game to do well against New Zealand. It is crucial that we get a good start to the series by winning, the team should look to win match by match instead of 3-0.

Posted by British_North_America on (October 26, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

Alex Hose Before commenting about my comment, read what CricketSkills actually wrote.he wrote, " Yes Bangladesh are still the worst test team and have a long rocky road in that form but for now they are showing a lot of strides and that's what was important to see."

How beautiful it looks to see the phrase-worst team?

Posted by   on (October 25, 2013, 22:57 GMT)

~@i_golam i havent seen any posts about NZ fans complaining about not winning and your 'scenario' is a pretty far out one. there are plenty of what ifs in competition and the far more likely one in this game would still have been a draw. I really didnt see a declaration from BD that would have given NZ any chance to win even if it was 250 in 50 overs. As is evident after the match and from the BD supporters a draw was the desired result, i just cant see that BD would have risked defeat. there improving but dont think for a second that they wont still collapse or bowl badly at crucial times in matches. Improving means reducing the likelyhood of that happening and\or recovering from bad sessions.

@ABCDEF_12345 - are you kidding BD complain and complain about negative comments and now your running someone down for a positive comment!!!

as ive said before i think BD should give the opposition more credit because i see more neg NZ comments from BD fans than anything

Posted by   on (October 25, 2013, 22:34 GMT)

in my opinion a rain affected draw on a purposely prepared flat pitch is nothing much to crow about. Not to say there isnt anything to praise about BD performance. They batted very well but i think to be able to say there is real improvement they have to play on and produce sporting wickets. What annoys me though is the negative comments and over confidence from BD fans toward NZ. All BD fans are predicting a 3-0 whitewash to BD. ok they played well in the tests but i think if circumstances were a little different and there was a bit more life in the pitch and no rain NZ would have won...not by alot but they would have won. As for the ODI's BD always go back to 2010...that's ancient history. Recently NZ have won ODI series in SA and ENG and just like BD are a much better ODI side than test side. Where does this overconfidence\Arrogance come from in the BD supporters. if you deny your weaknesses and underestimate your opponents your going to look silly and get nowhere.

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