Bangladesh v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Mirpur October 31, 2013

Bangladesh discover new match-winners

Bangladesh have moved on from a one-man show to a team that has a new performer on a daily basis. That they won yet another home series without Shakib Al Hasan shows their progress
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Bangladesh won another home ODI series against a higher-ranked team by believing in their abilities. They batted first after winning the toss in Mirpur where, in late October, dew is already a major factor, particularly for the finger spinners. They used four of those in their chosen conditions, the most effective of whom opened the bowling at one end. Their injury prone fast bowler also came through. They won the second match with unconventional, yet useful methods.

Mushfiqur Rahim showed a lot of confidence in his main spinners, Sohag Gazi and Abdur Razzak, in deciding to bat first. Both bowled accurately, didn't let the wet ball be too much of a distraction and ensured they remained calm after every big hit. The wicket of Ross Taylor was a good example of how much Gazi has progressed as an international cricketer, and how quickly he learns.

Taylor had smashed him for a six, and like the first game on Tuesday, it would have been easy for Gazi to continue firing them in as a defensive ploy, hoping to restrict the batsman to ground strokes. This time he tossed it up outside the off stump, and Taylor chipped it down long-on's throat. He was lucky to pick up James Neesham's wicket with a short ball, but it was the build-up that often gets bowlers wickets. He also ended Anton Devcich's misery (he scored 19 off 44 balls) with an easy caught and bowled chance and a few words.

Razzak dismissed Grant Elliott, the highest-scorer from the first match, with a flattish delivery that went straight, the batsman caught plumb in front. Razzak may have contributed only one wicket, but his discipline and leadership skills have been recently praised by the Bangladesh management.

Mushfiqur's gamble with Mominul Haque also paid off, his two wickets a bonus for the team. These series wins are important for Bangladesh's growth as they have done it without their main allrounder, Shakib Al Hasan. He was also out of the squad with injury when they won 3-2 last year against West Indies in the ODI series.

The team should be most pleased with Mashrafe Mortaza's performance over the two games. He is known for missing more international matches than playing during his 12-year career but this latest comeback has begun very well.

He was the quiet performer in the first game, making sure his transition from injury to rehabilitation to match fitness was smooth. His three-wicket haul on Thursday was his first since April 2011, and his best bowling figures since July 2010. His first spell kept the two left-handed New Zealand openers on tenterhooks, and he soon accounted for the miserably out of form Hamish Rutherford. He continued to be accurate, but when he gave width to Corey Anderson in his second spell, the edge was snapped up by a diving Mushfiqur.

When you have a player with a history of major injuries and one who has to resettle almost every year, exiting suddenly after a comeback, it has two different effects in a team. Mortaza and his team-mates have experienced both, like when he felt unwelcome more three years ago when he made a comeback. But Mushfiqur's catch said that the team wanted to do something for their rickety warrior.

Bangladesh have their concerns too. Like their counterparts, the Bangladesh batsmen struggled to convert good starts into big scores, were poor in the batting Powerplay and didn't have the flourish in the end overs. They took a chance by handing Shamsur Rahman a debut in such a crucial match. The right-handed batsman didn't have the best of starts but it was progressive thinking to break a winning combination, knowing fully well how the public and media would react if Shamsur failed like Anamul Haque.

Mominul, Tamim Iqbal and the rest of the batsmen all flattered to deceive, as they didn't bat for long or put together a big stand. Even during their problematic phase, at 173 for 6 in the 39th over, two batsmen stood up. Gazi and Mahmudullah added 48 precious runs that got them past the 200-run mark.

Bangladesh have moved on from a one-man show to a team that has a new performer on a daily basis. Someone or the other stands up. Mominul and Gazi did so in the Chittagong Test while in Mirpur, Tamim batted out of his comfort zone to guide his team to safety. Rubel Hossain did it on Tuesday with his best performance in international cricket. Today it was Mortaza, Gazi, Tamim and Mominul.

There was a lap of honour at the end of the game, with the players' families converging in the field, and a majority of the crowd that stayed back. The word out was that the Bangladesh players don't celebrate in the dressing-room as much these days. But one can imagine that the players nowadays toast each other's success, rather than one man's.

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

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  • on November 5, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Go a head BD. thats time for you

  • rtdeb on November 4, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    if we want to enjoy cricket more, the teams like BD should be given more test matches. Another thing is that while BD beat the big teams like India, Sri Lanka, and winning series against West Indies and New Zealand, why do they need to play qualifying round ??? It appears to me very strange !!!

  • on November 4, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    I think BD should play more tests, ODIs. I request Isam to write something about the comparison of number of matches played by BD and other countries. Now, we are capable of beating any team, then why not play more matches... I hope we will win the upcoming Asia Cup and do a great job in World T20 too.

  • shanazpk on November 2, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    todays bangladesh team has 7 world class players in mushfiqur,shakib,tamim,mominul,nasir,gazi,mushraffe, whereas earlier times there have never been more than 2

  • kiwicricketnut on November 2, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    @ Warm_Coffee their is nothing wrong with losing to zimbabwe, world cricket would be pretty boring if the big guys were not beaten from time to time, i think my point may have been missed, i like the fact that bangladesh is becoming a force in world cricket, more so in the one dayers but more test success usually follows odi success, so i don't think your team is to far off winning test matches. Teams certainly play better in conditions they are use to, i have no doubt bangladesh would be far stronger in india than australia just like we are better in conditions more like our own, we have had very little success on the sub continent, always struggled there probably always will. Most teams are stronger at home than abroad, losing to you guys is not a disgrace but its still dissapointing. You see i don't have a problem with bangladesh cricket, just some of there fans who talk trash and disrespect nz cricket, i only spoke of facts not once did i insult your team, not like Lermy.

  • Warm_Coffee on November 2, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut: I don't understand what's the big deal if Bangladesh loses games in Zimbabwe. Pakistan also lost a one-day game and test to them and obviously they are much much better than Bangladesh. Its not like Bangladesh gets the opportunity to play away to such places that's the problem. If my memory serves me right when New Zealand last toured Zimbabwe they lost the final one-day game. Yes lost 11 in a row in New Zealand but that was a long time ago and the Bangladesh team is completely different now. You should be ashamed you have lost 6 times in a row lol against Bangladesh that's the problem. There's nothing impressive if New Zealand beats England and South Africa since conditions and pitches are pretty similar to your country. When was last time New Zealand won a series in the subcontinent?

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    The BD players are now performing both on and off fields fingering at media saying that media circulated the term " Bangla wash" in place of cricketing word " white-wash". Our boys found to be more mature and confident while they are now address public media. The fact is pretty clear - "no defeat" 2 tests and 2 ODIs so far. Only sad news so far is -crowds reported to be in clashes for tickets for last match entry; it is a common scene in every good tournaments in Bangladesh but we do not hope to see any bullet for this passion as happened yesterday to stop the crazy fans. I think BCB now to take different strategy to boost up BD ranking position by inviting more teams in BD and generating some better performance at home conditions rather struggling in foreign conditions. Regarding NZ it seems to me that they are just having a bad times as their so far display of show in 2 tests and 2 ODIs and it would be great to see a big contest in last ODI and solitary T20 match.

  • Spash65 on November 2, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Now time has come to build up bouncy pitches for the domestic competition, so that Bangladesh could come up with decent pace attack and also it will enable their batsman to perform in the bouncy tracks while touring abroad. Bangladesh can also build a pacer academy just like India did and it will find decent pacers from the root levels since cricket at Bangladesh is very much centralised and if any one doesn't come dhaka for playing cricket his talents will remain unnoticed there in Bangladesh.

  • bdsmaruf on November 2, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    3rd game will be very tough, nz are hungry to win,but I think at last bd will win and nz will get 0-3.

  • kiwicricketnut on November 2, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Again Lermy with the nonsense, i tried giving you some facts but i doesn't seem to sink in, maybe you are ranked below us because you can't even win away from home to zimbabwe, yet in recent times we have beaten heavy weights south africa and england in their back yards, i tried to remind you and other bangladesh fans that bangladesh has lost 11 in a row in nz and neutral venues, still the rants continue about how we couldn't beat the dutch, i would argue till im blue in the face that your team struggles more in foreign conditions than us. I don't want to try and steel any of the bangladesh's supporters thunder because they deserve to be happy about the situation they are in with another series win, but i can't tolerate nonsense comments like that without trying to give them a reality check. Please Lermy reign in the bs its gone beyond annoying, its just disrespectfull.

  • on November 5, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Go a head BD. thats time for you

  • rtdeb on November 4, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    if we want to enjoy cricket more, the teams like BD should be given more test matches. Another thing is that while BD beat the big teams like India, Sri Lanka, and winning series against West Indies and New Zealand, why do they need to play qualifying round ??? It appears to me very strange !!!

  • on November 4, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    I think BD should play more tests, ODIs. I request Isam to write something about the comparison of number of matches played by BD and other countries. Now, we are capable of beating any team, then why not play more matches... I hope we will win the upcoming Asia Cup and do a great job in World T20 too.

  • shanazpk on November 2, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    todays bangladesh team has 7 world class players in mushfiqur,shakib,tamim,mominul,nasir,gazi,mushraffe, whereas earlier times there have never been more than 2

  • kiwicricketnut on November 2, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    @ Warm_Coffee their is nothing wrong with losing to zimbabwe, world cricket would be pretty boring if the big guys were not beaten from time to time, i think my point may have been missed, i like the fact that bangladesh is becoming a force in world cricket, more so in the one dayers but more test success usually follows odi success, so i don't think your team is to far off winning test matches. Teams certainly play better in conditions they are use to, i have no doubt bangladesh would be far stronger in india than australia just like we are better in conditions more like our own, we have had very little success on the sub continent, always struggled there probably always will. Most teams are stronger at home than abroad, losing to you guys is not a disgrace but its still dissapointing. You see i don't have a problem with bangladesh cricket, just some of there fans who talk trash and disrespect nz cricket, i only spoke of facts not once did i insult your team, not like Lermy.

  • Warm_Coffee on November 2, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut: I don't understand what's the big deal if Bangladesh loses games in Zimbabwe. Pakistan also lost a one-day game and test to them and obviously they are much much better than Bangladesh. Its not like Bangladesh gets the opportunity to play away to such places that's the problem. If my memory serves me right when New Zealand last toured Zimbabwe they lost the final one-day game. Yes lost 11 in a row in New Zealand but that was a long time ago and the Bangladesh team is completely different now. You should be ashamed you have lost 6 times in a row lol against Bangladesh that's the problem. There's nothing impressive if New Zealand beats England and South Africa since conditions and pitches are pretty similar to your country. When was last time New Zealand won a series in the subcontinent?

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    The BD players are now performing both on and off fields fingering at media saying that media circulated the term " Bangla wash" in place of cricketing word " white-wash". Our boys found to be more mature and confident while they are now address public media. The fact is pretty clear - "no defeat" 2 tests and 2 ODIs so far. Only sad news so far is -crowds reported to be in clashes for tickets for last match entry; it is a common scene in every good tournaments in Bangladesh but we do not hope to see any bullet for this passion as happened yesterday to stop the crazy fans. I think BCB now to take different strategy to boost up BD ranking position by inviting more teams in BD and generating some better performance at home conditions rather struggling in foreign conditions. Regarding NZ it seems to me that they are just having a bad times as their so far display of show in 2 tests and 2 ODIs and it would be great to see a big contest in last ODI and solitary T20 match.

  • Spash65 on November 2, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Now time has come to build up bouncy pitches for the domestic competition, so that Bangladesh could come up with decent pace attack and also it will enable their batsman to perform in the bouncy tracks while touring abroad. Bangladesh can also build a pacer academy just like India did and it will find decent pacers from the root levels since cricket at Bangladesh is very much centralised and if any one doesn't come dhaka for playing cricket his talents will remain unnoticed there in Bangladesh.

  • bdsmaruf on November 2, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    3rd game will be very tough, nz are hungry to win,but I think at last bd will win and nz will get 0-3.

  • kiwicricketnut on November 2, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Again Lermy with the nonsense, i tried giving you some facts but i doesn't seem to sink in, maybe you are ranked below us because you can't even win away from home to zimbabwe, yet in recent times we have beaten heavy weights south africa and england in their back yards, i tried to remind you and other bangladesh fans that bangladesh has lost 11 in a row in nz and neutral venues, still the rants continue about how we couldn't beat the dutch, i would argue till im blue in the face that your team struggles more in foreign conditions than us. I don't want to try and steel any of the bangladesh's supporters thunder because they deserve to be happy about the situation they are in with another series win, but i can't tolerate nonsense comments like that without trying to give them a reality check. Please Lermy reign in the bs its gone beyond annoying, its just disrespectfull.

  • on November 2, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Newzealand will be whitewash. Go ahead Tigers

  • Rafelgibt on November 2, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Good to see that BAN is improving very well as a TEAM.I've been waiting for this days since 1998 (As i first saw BAN playing ODI in Dhaka Stadium).Cant express my feelings right now.

  • on November 2, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    Bangladesh has been progressing quiet impressively in the ODI format for last couple of years . statistic shows they have touched some incredible & fantastic as well as favourable results in recent years like being runners up of Asia cup , defeated by very narrow margin, drawing series with Sri Lanka as a visitor , winning series against west indies at home and now won series against new Zealand . most importantly they found some new emerging guys in every single series what make this team much more balanced . for instance Nasir hussain from asia cup , sohag gazi , anamul haq from west indies series , mominul haq from sri lanka tour . all of them are performing well in every format of games . my instinct says if Bangladesh has the facility to play more matches with the top ranked teams , they will effectively meliorate their skills in versatile way . so I would draw the eyes of BCB to create more fields for this novice team .

  • Swarna01 on November 2, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    I think Bangladesh is a tough opponent to any team now.I remember when bd used to be satisfied with one win against a top team. But these days bd proved how to win series consecutively, and have the confidence to banglawash NZ again. This shows our team is not satisfied with one win anymore. First they wanted the series and now they want the whitewash. Great news for us indeed. Best of luck team Bangladesh.

  • ExtremeSpeed on November 1, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    There's no need though for Bangladesh to change their ODI squad that much for next 2 years. Ideally this should be our 16 man squad - Tamim, Shamsur, Mominul, Shakib, Nasir, Rahim, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Mashrafe, Razzak, Rubel.....reserves... ...Anamul, Shafiul, Zia, Naeem and Al-Amin or Nazmul.

  • ExtremeSpeed on November 1, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    Bangladesh have obviously improved across all forms. Anyone who deny's that has a serious ego and cannot take its success. The talent was there all along but it was the Bangladeshi players mentality which has let the national team depressingly down. When Bangladesh introduced things like BPL and improved the well known 50 over tournament DPL with numerous foreign players from all over the world, these Bangladeshi players gained so much confidence and believed in their abilities by playing against them on the field and spending time and socializing off the field. Spirit is very good within the entire Bangladesh camp as well and this also includes the supporting staff and administrators. Even when Bangladesh lose games, the losses most of the time now is not by a big margin these days.

  • on November 1, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    The Bangladesh cricket team doing very good because the team selectors are exploring their options and not just relying on the players prior reputation...this is the difference between the old team and the new team...very smart move

  • on November 1, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    The Bangladesh team very good because selectors are exploring their options and not just relying on the players prior reputation...this is the difference between the old team and the new team...very smart move

  • Lermy on November 1, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    How can Bangladesh possibly be rated below NZ in anything? I can't believe the NZ players get paid to perform to such a pathetic standard. The lot of them should be out sweeping the streets on minimum wage. They couldn't beat Netherlands A.

  • Ziad.DU.Banking on November 1, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Mominul, Shohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain are the man of the match award holders of the 2 test matches and last 2 ODI's. Not Shakib, not Tamim, not Mushfique, not Nasir. 3 new performers. This is a clear indication of improvement. Young talented lads like Mosaddek Hossain, Soumyo Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed are in the pipeline. Really good future for Bangladesh.

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Best Of Luck Bangladesh.

  • on November 1, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Good Team Combination. Best Of Luck Bangladesh.

  • gentleme on November 1, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    I have heard that this Kiwis are better than the last. But I don't know what happened to them in Bangladesh. I think the same thing has happened here with Kiwis like when Bangladesh faced Zimbabwe in the ODI and lost the series to them on their own soil.

  • on November 1, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    We're yet to see a performance from Nasir Hossain in this series. Would wait for this excellent talent to make a comeback. I also think that Shamsur Rahman can bring out his best.

  • bdsmaruf on November 1, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    it is the important thing that bd have believe they can beat any team. bcb should try to make strong pipeline(player) for national team. otherwise it will be for very short time. though nz is my 2nd favourate team, I want bd's win 3-0. nz havily missing vettory who is the best spin allrounder of the world. goodluck bd and nz.

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    @The-love. I think your views are quite decent. Cheers to the cricket loving people of subcontinent

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Very good performens. Very good come back marshfi.

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    ICC need to give more matchs to BANGLADESH

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Wow! How sweet is the smell (I mean ROAR) of success?

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    very well thought writing. BD has been progressing over 5 yrs. Hopefully they will maintain it. The most important thing is their keeper makes it easier for them with a real leadership skill what he has. Now, they believe in their ability which is a big deal indeed. NZ is passing their bad times but we know their ability to lead the cricket world. GOOD Luck both BD & NZ.

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    We are Real Tigers , We are Bangladeshi .

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    This is a very nice article. Bangladesh are now capable of winning a series against any team at home in ODIs. They are no longer heavily dependent on Shakib. They should look to win more matches abroad. The pace attack is rather weak as Mashrafe is the only decent bowler (Rubel is very inconsistent). This is where the team needs a lot of improvement.

  • CricketMaan on November 1, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Good Luck for future. The question to be asked though is just like India and to some extent SL can spin win them games down under in 2015 WC? sub-continent teams excluding Pak are in general weak in thier pace department. Although SL has Malinga and Kula the rest two dont have potential match winners. Bangla needs keep Mashrafe free of injuries and develop a nice set around him. Spinners are special, but dont know if Aus wickets can provide them continous success.

  • SarfBD on November 1, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    @The-love, love your spirit. wonder why we don't have more fans like you

  • on November 1, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    If Bangladesh wins the third match, then will be above NZ in ODI ICC ranking as NZ will be 83 and Bangladesh 84! Tigers roar! Best wishes.

  • The-love on November 1, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    So finally,We have 4th country from Asia,challenging and causing problems for other countries.Giant in making....Congrats from India....Will be following the 3rd game too,expecting whitewash.....I hope,within 5 years,we will have 1 more country participating regularly from Asia....Good luck to Afganistan..It will make Asia Cup, a big hit....

  • Rabiulhasan on November 1, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    We want more match. Icc should look after that. We are not the little giant any more. we can challenge any team in the world.

  • mandi on November 1, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    congrats bangladesh for wining series,kiwis team not showing fighting sprit they have,am sad with kiwis

  • Baundele on November 1, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    This is a very well written article. The best thing happened to Bangladesh cricket after the last world cup is getting rid of Jamie Siddons. He focused on particular individuals (mainly Tamim and Shakib) and in the process destroyed the 'team'. He wanted to persist with the same 15/16 players till 2015. Now that he is gone, performers like Nasir, Gazi, Mominul, Anamul could get in the team. He also made Mashrafe's life difficult, when the best pacer of the country needed support. From now on, I can see a better future of the team Bangladesh.

  • on November 1, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    well dan triger of bangladesh

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on November 1, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    Wonderfully pictured article by Mohammad Isam --- thanks mate.

  • dulabhai on October 31, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    @Md. Zahirul Islam, good point. The current coach has a lot to do with how BD are playing these days. Thank you Mr. Jurgensen and thanks to everyone of your staff.

  • on October 31, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    We defeat them 6th time from 2010 (Bangla Wash 4-0) in our Land. Waiting for the lucky 7. 7 marvelous win from Team Bangladesh :)

  • Warm_Coffee on October 31, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    Hopefully there will be some ODI series between Bangladesh and Ireland and Afghanistan because there are still many dreamers who think they are miles better than us even though we just won ODI series against West Indies and New Zealand within a space of 12 months all without the worlds top ranked all-rounder. The old Bangladesh team has 1-2 players perform on average but this new Bangladesh team has 5-6 players who put their hands up.

  • Warm_Coffee on October 31, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    I wouldn't worry about ranking my fellow bangla fans. Its not like our team are playing anywhere near as many ODIs as compared to this special club of 8 teams. But hopefully this series win will finally bring us more International Cricket. Last year Bangladesh beat West Indies in an ODI series and almost won the Asia Cup losing by 2 runs.

  • on October 31, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    Our tigers have progressed and I am so proud of following them everyday day in day out from miles away.It feels so good,just makes my day better. Trust me its a different experience following cricket commentry on cricinfo without actually watching the match on TV..you realize that when the update is taking a bit of time somethings gotta give ..its either a wicket or a description of a good six or a four and I found myself flattered with the wickets going down in the second innings.I have promised my office colleagues with a treat with this win :D I hope and wish I can do this more often..well done Bangladesh and well done Cricinfo..remember there are millions around the globe like me quietly following the commentry every minute as thats the best we could do..hats off!

  • on October 31, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Yes isam bhai, you are correct and produced a brilliant article. Bangladesh are improving and their players know that and I think the coach is responsible as well and deserves some credit!

  • on October 31, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    ICC ODI TEAMS RANKINGS: before this series 7) West Indies 41 - 3639 - 89 ... 8)New Zealand 31 - 2648 - 85 ... 9) Bangladesh 25 - 2030 - 81 ... if we win the series by 3-0 then we will b on number 7!!! for the first time. here u go tigers r coming :)

  • AzAb12754 on October 31, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    The pitch wasn't actually easy to bat on as the ball didn't nicely come onto the bat and hence both teams scored fewer boundaries. One thing I know for sure is that with Shakib, Bangladesh in ODIs can challenge any team and make them sweat. Test Cricket improving but still a long rocky road whereas in ODIs its a lot smoother.

  • on October 31, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Its good to see that they are evolving from a one man show to a team effort! I believe that if they can get over some of their batting woes and correct over the small mistakes they make at times, they can be one of the best batting order in the world! They are gelling well together as a team, these are signs of improvement. :)

  • on October 31, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    No one has given any credit to the coaching staffs. I think we have a great coach who understands the player well and knows how to get the best out of each of them. Really happy with the way we have played in the last couple of years. We don't need any high profile coach I guess. Well done tigers. It's a great TEAM( Together Everyone Achieves More) work.

  • on October 31, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    What an article mr. Isam, amazed me the way you put together all tiger cricketing sense as well as spectators, loved it.

  • TheRisingTeam on October 31, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Shocking thing is that Bangladesh have only been playing 9 ODIs each in 2012 and 2013 despite the wins and series over the likes of West Indies, New Zealand, India etc no wonder we cannot break into the "top 8" especially when these teams play more than twice the amount of Cricket compared to us. Anyway I really hope now that Bangladesh plays at least lots of limited overs matches if they cannot get much test matches. Even against top associates like Ireland especially away will be fantastic for Bangladesh Cricket and its fans.

    Bangladesh Cricket is certainly the rising team!!!

  • on October 31, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    I think we need to give credit to the pitch curator for preparing such a sporting wicket. I think bangladesh as a team is playing wonderfully well and if they get to play more ODIs then I think we can challenge any team whether it's here or abroad. Feeling proud to be a bangladeshi as we have won a series against one of the so called top 8. Haters will always hate by saying New Zealand team is not good enough, well we are on the rise and no one can deny that. Come on tigers

  • on October 31, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    What a Win !! feel proud for the Boys . Musfiq is real Hero . Bangladesh team is very happy under his captaincy . Hats Off Boys

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  • on October 31, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    What a Win !! feel proud for the Boys . Musfiq is real Hero . Bangladesh team is very happy under his captaincy . Hats Off Boys

  • on October 31, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    I think we need to give credit to the pitch curator for preparing such a sporting wicket. I think bangladesh as a team is playing wonderfully well and if they get to play more ODIs then I think we can challenge any team whether it's here or abroad. Feeling proud to be a bangladeshi as we have won a series against one of the so called top 8. Haters will always hate by saying New Zealand team is not good enough, well we are on the rise and no one can deny that. Come on tigers

  • TheRisingTeam on October 31, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Shocking thing is that Bangladesh have only been playing 9 ODIs each in 2012 and 2013 despite the wins and series over the likes of West Indies, New Zealand, India etc no wonder we cannot break into the "top 8" especially when these teams play more than twice the amount of Cricket compared to us. Anyway I really hope now that Bangladesh plays at least lots of limited overs matches if they cannot get much test matches. Even against top associates like Ireland especially away will be fantastic for Bangladesh Cricket and its fans.

    Bangladesh Cricket is certainly the rising team!!!

  • on October 31, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    What an article mr. Isam, amazed me the way you put together all tiger cricketing sense as well as spectators, loved it.

  • on October 31, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    No one has given any credit to the coaching staffs. I think we have a great coach who understands the player well and knows how to get the best out of each of them. Really happy with the way we have played in the last couple of years. We don't need any high profile coach I guess. Well done tigers. It's a great TEAM( Together Everyone Achieves More) work.

  • on October 31, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Its good to see that they are evolving from a one man show to a team effort! I believe that if they can get over some of their batting woes and correct over the small mistakes they make at times, they can be one of the best batting order in the world! They are gelling well together as a team, these are signs of improvement. :)

  • AzAb12754 on October 31, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    The pitch wasn't actually easy to bat on as the ball didn't nicely come onto the bat and hence both teams scored fewer boundaries. One thing I know for sure is that with Shakib, Bangladesh in ODIs can challenge any team and make them sweat. Test Cricket improving but still a long rocky road whereas in ODIs its a lot smoother.

  • on October 31, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    ICC ODI TEAMS RANKINGS: before this series 7) West Indies 41 - 3639 - 89 ... 8)New Zealand 31 - 2648 - 85 ... 9) Bangladesh 25 - 2030 - 81 ... if we win the series by 3-0 then we will b on number 7!!! for the first time. here u go tigers r coming :)

  • on October 31, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Yes isam bhai, you are correct and produced a brilliant article. Bangladesh are improving and their players know that and I think the coach is responsible as well and deserves some credit!

  • on October 31, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    Our tigers have progressed and I am so proud of following them everyday day in day out from miles away.It feels so good,just makes my day better. Trust me its a different experience following cricket commentry on cricinfo without actually watching the match on TV..you realize that when the update is taking a bit of time somethings gotta give ..its either a wicket or a description of a good six or a four and I found myself flattered with the wickets going down in the second innings.I have promised my office colleagues with a treat with this win :D I hope and wish I can do this more often..well done Bangladesh and well done Cricinfo..remember there are millions around the globe like me quietly following the commentry every minute as thats the best we could do..hats off!