Bangladesh v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Mirpur October 29, 2013

Who called the rain?

Plays of the day from the first ODI between Bangladesh and New Zealand in Mirpur

Catch of the day
Mushfiqur Rahim was the star of the delivery with which Rubel Hossain completed his hat-trick. Rubel bowled a poor delivery to James Neesham, who looked a little rushed while fending away the delivery, which caught his glove on the way to Mushfiqur. He dived full-length and grabbed it well, having been slightly wrong-footed, to make sure it didn't pop out. Rubel turned eagerly and Enamul Haque raised the finger to give him the milestone.

Turn of the day
It was Anamul Haque's call that Mominul Haque heard to spring out of the non-striker's end for a quick single. But it was Anamul who turned his back after he saw the mid-off fielder swooping to his left. As Anamul turned back, Mominul had to run past him but Anamul beat him to it, and while the third umpire took some time to take the decision, it was clear that Mominul would have to leave without facing a ball.

Surprise of the day
Rain has been a prominent feature during this tour, starting from New Zealand's three-day practice match that was completely washed out, to the two Tests also being interrupted several times. But the rainfall during the first ODI in Dhaka came as a huge surprise. There was no rain in the forecast, but at quarter past seven in the evening, it was pouring.

Dupe of the day
Umpire Ranmore Martinesz was duped in the fifth over during Bangladesh's batting when Brendon McCullum and Tim Southee teamed up to get away with a wide. The ball slipped down the leg side, and with the pair appealing, the umpire decided it wasn't a wide. Replays easily suggested that the ball had made no contact with bat or pad.

Wait of the day
Naeem Islam took a long time to get off the mark, off the 17th ball he faced. By that time, Mushfiqur had reached 21. Naeem's next scoring shot was 12 balls later when he crashed Nathan McCullum through the covers for a boundary. As the crowd got impatient, the concern was whether he would make a big innings out of such a start. He possibly didn't disappoint anyone with his effort in the end.

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

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  • z on October 30, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    At this stae Anamul should dropped out from the squad. Bangladesh should start with Tamim & Naeem and get Ziaur Rahman as they need a third pacer

  • Subterraneo on October 30, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    Between the World Cup and Asia Cup, Tamim's performance was poor. He was bowled first ball by Hafeez, called Zimbabwean bowlers ordinary and even came to the verge of being dropped before the Asia Cup (before Akram Khan's drastic action). Since the Asia Cup, his performance has been healthy, although his overall statistics are still affected by older performances. Since the team is concerned about current performances and form, Tamim is the best opening choice at the moment.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on October 30, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    I genuinely think Anamul needs a break.....Shamsur Rahman should replace him......And Naeem (5-6) should bowl more than Mahmudullah (3-4) as he is very inconsistent in his line and length.......

  • Amir on October 29, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    @ coffee and ordinary; Tamim has averaged 37.8 runs in the last 14 ODI matches and 43.0 in 6 test innings starting from the Asia cup. He has been a consistent performer over that span of time. Granted he plays too many shots instead of rotating strikes but he is the best we have. He is only 24 and getting into his prime now. We need other openers to stand up. If our other openers average even 30.0 we will have a decent start in most games. As a team, we are in much better shape and hopefully we have even better players coming through the pipeline to push the current players. Go Tigers!

  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Let's have a look at the performance of Bangladesh Team V/s New Zealand: BAN Won the last FIVE ODIs the teams played.... I know We r Not Best team in the world But we r getting Better :)

    I do not wanna see Anamul Haque in the best 11 for the 2nd and 3rd ODI

  • Shoaib on October 29, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    @Ordinary: Shocking thing is that Tamim has played well over a 100 ODIs and averaging 29. His strike rate surprisingly isn't that great either.

  • Jay on October 29, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    feeling sorry for mominul but otherwise it was an excellent day of cricket. Anamul needs to get some life and tamim is no longer a worldclass batsman

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