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Plays of the day from the third ODI between Bangladesh and New Zealand in Fatullah
Mohammad Isam in Fatullah
November 3, 2013
The reverse pull
The New Zealand batsmen brought out a variety of shots, starting from Anton Devcich's scoop in the third over of the game. But the most outstanding of shots during their innings was Colin Munro's reverse pull of Abdur Razzak that went for six. It went over the sweeper cover on the off-side, who turned into a deep midwicket as the ball sailed over his head.
The costly drop
Ross Taylor was on 12 when Rubel Hossain made the first big mistake of the morning. He dropped a sitter of a chance during his follow through of the right-hander, although caught and bowled chariness are hardly considered easy. But at this level, you would expect fast bowlers to learn how to manage a return catch. But Rubel dropped the chance, and Taylor thrived thereafter, scoring his eighth ODI hundred, and taking New Zealand past the 300-mark.
The body blow
Tom Latham was also given a life when, on 18, stepped out of the crease and missed a Abdur Razzak delivery that spun past the bat. The ball went on to hit Mushfiqur Rahim on his body, which prevented him from completing a safe take as he dropped the ball while Latham stretched back to get to his crease.
The soft wicket
Mominul Haque was timing the ball too sweetly in the 17th and 18th overs when he suddenly decided to hit the ball a little too softly. It ended up as a leading edge which was taken easily by the bowler Anton Devcich, his first international wicket. Mominul has now started well in two consecutive innings and on both occasions he has been dismissed before reaching a fifty.
Anti-climax of the day
Bangladeshi batsmen off late have been very carefully when batting in the nineties. Shamsur Rahman was a little different, by hitting a four to move to 96, and then trying another big one at that score. But he got out, ending an impressive effort, although a hundred was there for the taking. Although he became the 12th Bangladesh batsman to get out in the nineties in ODIs, Shamsur shouldn't be too sad as he is likely to take over the second opener's slot alongside Tamim Iqbal.
It wasn't anything else but a beamer from Mitchell McClenaghan in the 42nd over. The ball came in so quick that Naeem Islam simply let it go. So did the wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi. The ball went to the fence at a rapid pace. McClenaghan has had a busy day in the field and hadn't bowled well till that point, with the beamer capping his frustration.
The Mahmudullah decision in the 48th over has highlighted the severe shortage of television cameras at the ground. The front view alluded that there was a top edge to his scoop that took the shoulder and went to the wicketkeeper. But the one behind the wicketkeeper hinted that the ball may not have taken an edge. There were no other angles as there weren't many of the broadcaster's cameras at the ground. The third umpire ultimately gave it out caught, but Mahmudullah wasn't convinced.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets hereFeeds: Mohammad Isam
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