Bangladesh v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Mirpur December 3, 2011

Pakistan too powerful for Nasir Hossain's fight

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Pakistan 262 for 7 (Akmal 59, Afridi 42, Shakib 1-27) beat Bangladesh 186 for 6 (Nasir 100, Gul 4-36 Hafeez 2-15) by 76 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

For the second time in two matches, Bangladesh's top-order batsmen collapsed quickly, this time playing rash shots on an easier pitch, and Pakistan secured the three-match series 2-0 without being stretched in Mirpur. The home side's approach to their innings was in contrast to that of Pakistan, who had batted with deliberate caution to guard against early wickets and build a platform for a strong total. The difference in how the teams fared in the first ten overs of their innings decided the match.

Bangladesh's batsmen did not even begin to challenge Pakistan, crumbling against Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Gul, whose economical yet incisive spells with the new ball made the target of 263 disappear from sight. The collapse began in the fourth over and went on until the tenth, at the end of which Bangladesh were 19 for 4. Tamim Iqbal slashed at a potential wide and toe-ended it to slip; Imrul Kayes chipped a drive softly to cover; Shahriar Nafees might have inside-edged on to his pad but he had just survived a closer lbw shout; and Mushfiqur Rahim pushed away from his body and was caught at gully. In between these dismissals the batsmen couldn't get the ball off the square and the asking-rate spiraled irreversibly out of control. Hafeez eventually finished with figures of 10-2-15-2.

Pakistan, on the other hand, used an old-school approach. They were content to play within themselves and build slowly. Pakistan weren't entirely successful, because Bangladesh broke steady partnerships before they caused too much damage, but the power-hitters, Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi, fired from the platform built for them to reach a sizeable total.

Hafeez and Younis Khan laid the foundations with a partnership of 57 for the second wicket. They blocked the good deliveries when they had to, and shouldered arms when they could. Shafiul Islam and Rubel Hossain conceded only 28 in the first nine overs before Mushfiqur turned to the left-arm spin of Shakib Al Hasan, who continued to tighten Bangladesh's grip on the run-rate. Hafeez and Younis eventually fell in succession and, at 93 for 3 in the 26th over, Bangladesh had inched ahead.

Then began Pakistan's strongest partnership, between the two most different batsmen in the XI: Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal. Misbah ensured solidity, while Akmal infused the innings with urgency with his running between the wickets and his repertoire of attacking shots. Though Misbah had begun batting earlier, Akmal was soon double his captain's score in virtually the same number of deliveries.

The fifty partnership for the fourth wicket came off 54 balls and Akmal brought up his half-century off 49. Shakib had been Bangladesh's best bowler and his only wicket broke the threatening partnership: Akmal skied the ball inside out to long-off to be caught for 59. Misbah fell soon after, becoming the debutant Elias Sunny's maiden ODI wicket. At 193 for 5 in the 42nd over, Bangladesh had restored parity.

Shahid Afridi hit his second ball for six, over long-off, and was then dropped on 8 by the bowler Shafiul. He went on to hurt Bangladesh, hitting the ball powerfully and charging between the wickets to score 42 runs off 27 balls. That Bangladesh had to chase more than 250 was their own fault, for they conceded 22 runs in extras, 17 of them through wides.

Bangladesh were not without a hero, though, for Nasir Hossain entertained the strong crowd by scoring his maiden ODI century. Unfortunately for Hossain, he began his innings after the game was lost, and he did not have partners who batted with similar purpose. Even Shakib, who is usually hard to subdue if he bats long, managed only 34 off 90 balls. That partnership of 106 for the fifth wicket took 32.1 overs and caused the asking-rate to skyrocket.

Hossain could have been out on 9 had the wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed held an easy catch, and as Pakistan eased their intensity because they were never going to lose, he began to play his shots, taking on a formidable spin attack. Hossain began the 49th over on 86 off 127 balls and reached his century in the next four deliveries. He slammed Afridi over the extra-cover boundary for six, and cut through point, before playing a dot ball. On 96, he charged and swung, getting an edge that beat Sarfraz and went to the boundary. The crowd and his team-mates applauded him warmly, for he had been an example to his more experienced team-mates.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 6, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Pakistan are doing well at the moment they never given the single opprtunity to their rivals to dictate terms Even though it might came against Zim,BD and Sl(who are on transition).Their ultimate Challenge will come against Australia,South Africa,India and England.The Traditional problem with Pakistan team has been their mindset when they are winning its seems to be okay but when they are losing every things fell apart and loosibg series becames episodes of Controversy,Fixing allegation,Board Player dispute ,Disciplinnary action etc etc.

  • on December 5, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    well done team green we love you boom boom always rockssssssss

  • khuram13 on December 5, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is not an opening batsman. Imran Farhat should be replaced with Imran nazir. Afaq Raheem is the leading runs scorer in the recent Quaid e Azam trophy. Ahmed shahzad is also another option for the opener. There are certain options for the opening batsman, so selectors should think about these options. Specially Mr. Illyas should look this matter because he is the chief selector.

  • fazaian on December 5, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Imran Nazeer should be given chance. He is an attacking batsman. Instead of Imran Farhat, he sould be given a chance. He has ability to destroy every kind of bowling attack.

  • on December 5, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    try kamran akmal as a specialist batsmen, he is good as a opener,he has 3 centuries while opening else try imran nazair instead of farhat

  • on December 5, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    BD team is now paying for removing it x coach Mr. Jemie Sedions and x captain Sakib al Hasan. Top order batsman performed much batter during Sedions period. There should have been changed of dirty political minded Directors from BCB rather than removing it coach and captain. I don't know how long we are going to see the pathetic batting display & performance from BD team as we support this team blindly.

  • khuram13 on December 5, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    There is possibility of inclusion of new players in the third ODI against Bangladesh. Hope they perform well. Best of luck for the third match. As far as Sadaf is concerned, he is young and he will get a chance in near future. Now its time to the new guys to perform well in the third match if they are given a chance.

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    @ ahsan shere u r right he holds the innings together with misbah if wickets r falling 4m other en misbah & younis make a good steady partnership and hold the innings made work easy 4 players like umar akmal,shahid afridi

  • mrgupta on December 5, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    Was the pitch a minefield? How come they played all 50 overs and scored only 187? I am sorry but i thought at no time this guy Naseer, though he scored a century, tried to Win the game for his team. He could be a good asset for Test team but was no good in the ODI. I am sure those days are gone when a 50 off 93 balls was considered good in an ODI.

  • pak78 on December 5, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    i hope wahab riaz will play v eng coz cant wait wahab to bowl to trott. it will sure be a cracker of a series cant waittttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt.

  • on December 6, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Pakistan are doing well at the moment they never given the single opprtunity to their rivals to dictate terms Even though it might came against Zim,BD and Sl(who are on transition).Their ultimate Challenge will come against Australia,South Africa,India and England.The Traditional problem with Pakistan team has been their mindset when they are winning its seems to be okay but when they are losing every things fell apart and loosibg series becames episodes of Controversy,Fixing allegation,Board Player dispute ,Disciplinnary action etc etc.

  • on December 5, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    well done team green we love you boom boom always rockssssssss

  • khuram13 on December 5, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is not an opening batsman. Imran Farhat should be replaced with Imran nazir. Afaq Raheem is the leading runs scorer in the recent Quaid e Azam trophy. Ahmed shahzad is also another option for the opener. There are certain options for the opening batsman, so selectors should think about these options. Specially Mr. Illyas should look this matter because he is the chief selector.

  • fazaian on December 5, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Imran Nazeer should be given chance. He is an attacking batsman. Instead of Imran Farhat, he sould be given a chance. He has ability to destroy every kind of bowling attack.

  • on December 5, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    try kamran akmal as a specialist batsmen, he is good as a opener,he has 3 centuries while opening else try imran nazair instead of farhat

  • on December 5, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    BD team is now paying for removing it x coach Mr. Jemie Sedions and x captain Sakib al Hasan. Top order batsman performed much batter during Sedions period. There should have been changed of dirty political minded Directors from BCB rather than removing it coach and captain. I don't know how long we are going to see the pathetic batting display & performance from BD team as we support this team blindly.

  • khuram13 on December 5, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    There is possibility of inclusion of new players in the third ODI against Bangladesh. Hope they perform well. Best of luck for the third match. As far as Sadaf is concerned, he is young and he will get a chance in near future. Now its time to the new guys to perform well in the third match if they are given a chance.

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    @ ahsan shere u r right he holds the innings together with misbah if wickets r falling 4m other en misbah & younis make a good steady partnership and hold the innings made work easy 4 players like umar akmal,shahid afridi

  • mrgupta on December 5, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    Was the pitch a minefield? How come they played all 50 overs and scored only 187? I am sorry but i thought at no time this guy Naseer, though he scored a century, tried to Win the game for his team. He could be a good asset for Test team but was no good in the ODI. I am sure those days are gone when a 50 off 93 balls was considered good in an ODI.

  • pak78 on December 5, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    i hope wahab riaz will play v eng coz cant wait wahab to bowl to trott. it will sure be a cracker of a series cant waittttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt.

  • aadizzzz on December 4, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    ENGLAND WATCH OUT GUYS.....IT WILL B PAY BACK TYM TS WINTER...v hav loads of things to settle down wd u guys....

  • on December 4, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    all the best team Pakistan . and take a revenge from England just like India take his revenge from England .

  • on December 4, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    t bangladesh's batting collapses but other said to 3 bowler playng

  • on December 4, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    current pakistan team seem to be good. But if pakistan chasing over 300 runs against good teams, is it possible to chase it with current batting line-up containing younis khan, asad shafiq???.

  • avmd on December 4, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    If a new player doesn't perform and continues to fail, the best option is to drop him and let him improve his game and let him make a come back. BD as team has not been perfroming for 25 years in ODIs and 11 years in tests. They are not good enough. Defeat after defeat will not going to improve this team. ICC should drop BD from playing ODIs and test and if they get their hunger and desire to win back, give them chance to play ODI then.

  • mhk21 on December 4, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    asad shafiq should be in for imran farhat .........and please sohail tanvir has forgotten how to bowl ....he has no pace ......m talha should be a good inclusion

  • fazaian on December 4, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Congratulation to the series win. It is rightly said that Khalil should be given a chance in the third match. It is a right time to give chance to new players who have been included in this series.

  • Ahsan_Shere on December 4, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    Younis may not be of Bradman's class but this man is very important for Pakistan because we can't play full quota of 50overs without him & Misbah

  • rahathminhaj on December 4, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    u all commentetors r mad i am Qatari, citizen of richest country,specially indian,pakistani etc.etc. countries commentetors just critisizing.Come lets play best game on earth (football) with us we will see how much u all can speak.As i know little history of cricket u no asian have rights to speak,before u were the worst teams now little improvement.I am trying to be interested by the asian cricket teams

  • on December 4, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Food for thought: I think both the teams need to develop such a plans that work to develop their own skills and specific sections and segments of the game under new ODI rules. A new ball at both ends, mandatory power plays, mandatory non-power play overs, conditions regarding batting power plays, etc, warrant formulation of relevant strategies. For better performance in Tests, success is measured through performance in sessions, there should a mechanism to measure success in ODIs and that could be performance during distinguishable periods under newly devised ODI rules. Movement on this play will enable Bangladesh to develop and Pakistan to gain stability and consistency that will be crucial for its upcoming assignments at international levels.

  • HaaZ on December 4, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Okay.. congratulations to Pak and commiserations to Bangladesh.What i have seen over here is people just getting frustrated about why certain players are not playing in pak team..I think I can justify, why not..

    Imran Nazir- even though good technique, but uncalled for aggression at certain time and already given a million chances

    Shahzaib hassan- very poor technique being an opener, No foot work at all.

    Nair jamshed- weakness outside the off-stump+ poor foot work

    Sadaf Hussain- I think he deserves a place but still he is young, so Mohammad Talha had to be tested once before he gets too old and goes into oblivion. i`m sure sadaf will get a chance in near future.

    Hammad Azam- he needs to be groomed, very over-rated player at this stage.

    Ahmed shahzeb- excellent foot work, can play every shot in the book, but No temperament at all.he should be given more chances..

    oh btw imran farhat deserves no place at all and asad shafeeq needs to learn how to HIT the ball.

  • khuram13 on December 4, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    well done and congratulation Pakistan team. In the third match Khalil should give a chance. Best of luck to him for good performance against Bangladesh

  • on December 4, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    TERRIBLE,MAN.SOME PEOPLES ARE COMMENTING USELESS.WE SHUD PLAY AGAINST TOP TEAMS.JUS OUR TOP ORDER IS NOT GOOD.WE HAVE TO IMPROVE.I DONT KNOO WE SHUD PLAY TEST OR NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BUT WE SHUD ATLEAST PLAY ODI....BANGLADESH,PLS GET A WIN AND SHUT UP THIS PEOPLE...........

  • Ali-Sajid on December 4, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    @mufakir Malik has been given 7/8 chances dude. 3 against Zim, 2 against Srilanka and now 3 against Bang. He has not scored more than 20 in any of the above games. What is your excuse now??

  • on December 4, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    I have read all the comments, Some of you criticized very badly against Bangladesh cricket team, I think cricket is not just only for fun, refreshment,enthusiasm or amusement, also for RESPECT and FRATERNITY among different nations. And as we have observed Some of our previous records, I believe one day we will have Syed Anwer, Wasim Akram, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara in our team, and will defect other teams very easily but never comment against any other such harsh and horrible.

  • on December 4, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    i think it was Misbah's lack of understanding the situation and not attacking when the time was right, that allowed BD to get such a big score against Pak's very strong bowling lineup. 18/4 and introducing sohail tanvir (a pathetic bowler in my view), and continuing with hafeez, knowing both batsmen play spin well, let them settle on the crease, and later on looking at malik afridi and ajmal when they were well set, gul would have been more lethal. also i dont know why misbah wants every bowler to bowl atleast 5,6 overs in a spell, only to realize it not working! how can you expect a breakthrough from tanvir and malik!

  • Hammad-Hasan on December 4, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    LOL every one is giving comments like they all are great players and selectors of their time. Guys just relax and watch all the games. A victory is always a victory. i dont know why people dont accept Pak wins. if Saching or sehwag scores 100's against BD or Zim you guys praise them for there innings then why dont accept Pak performances ???

  • asif_the_spotfixer on December 4, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    @ sachinisnogood & @ Arnab Hossain - Well played Pak its love to see them thrashing almost single handedly to the mediocre bangladesh team, icc should really ban their test status and also take a look at their odi status also, they allow only to play wid associates even not with Progressing team like Zimbabwe and Westindies.

  • spiritwithin on December 4, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    @Arnab Hossain,just for a reminder,india invited zim only thrice in 12yrs to play just 5tests so zim visited india even less than top test sides in the same duration,in india all team struggled starting from great Aus side to SA to Eng etc so india does'nt need an excuse of Zim to win a tests that too in india...

  • on December 4, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Every one is talking about bangladesh's batting collapses, and attributing to their lack of skills, that might be one factor. But u got to realise that 3 out of the current Pakistani bowling line up are in the top 10 bowlers in one day cricket and all 3 happen to be spinners and bangladesh have provided them with the best possible conditions a spinner can wish for. No one can have any doubt about Mahila's batting skills, during the UAE series his reply to Russel Arnold's question, why didn't he play ajmal confidently was, "i had no idea which way is it going to spin'.

  • bismoy on December 4, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    @ sachinisnogood what rubbish is that...india will trash bangladesh with Indian B team.Bangladesh should be banned for cricket.

    Zim is far better side then this bangladesh boys.

    what is fun of pak trashing a hopeless bangladesh side in there home only??

  • swat1999 on December 4, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Congratulation for Pakistan!! Also wel done NASIR HOSSAIR, you really fight like a Tiger, Your attitude, sincerelity & afford is bring honor for Bangladesh.Wish other players shall learn from you. God bless you.....

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on December 4, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    BD top orders r playing like batsmen 4m Associates. But their middle order is still good. Batting Average of 3 Bangladeshi Middle order batsmen Shakib, Mahmudullah & Nasir has batting average over 30. But only 1 batsman of top 4 has such average- Nafees & his form is worst than ever b4. So top order performance will sink Bangladesh. Btw, none can blame Bangla bowlers. Shakib & Rubel showed good display of Bowling against most opponents this year. Shakib is a World class left arm spinner & probably best after Vettori in last 1 decade!

  • on December 4, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Why Indian and Pak fans r so much worried abt test status of BD? It was not so far away when India called Zim to play in India once in a 1.5 years just to have the taste of test match win! And what can one say abt Pakistan whose every outing in the field is doubtful! Yaak!

  • on December 4, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Sreedharan Mundanat: Well first of all I think its a bit unfair to put India in the catagory of Aus and SA. India is not in that league yet unless you are talking about playing India in India only.... cause Indian Team away from India is an ordinary team. Its always better to have a clear sense of understanding about cricket.... teams that capitalizes on their chances wins the game and teams that fails to capitalizes on their chances loses.... for example.... if Sachin catch is dropped when he was on 18 and went on to make 100 and India wins the match will you call this win a win by chance? I don't think so.... Pakistan win the match because they played better than the other teams and I would like to hear your comments when Pakistan will beat India/Aus or SA in near future... will you call that chances or will you be brave enough to give credit to Pakistan team for playing good cricket....

  • on December 4, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Agreed with sachinisnogood.

  • Desihungama on December 4, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    The fact century was scored against Pakistan bowling Nasir should really be proud of himself.

  • on December 4, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    The only thing wrong in this good team at the moment is Shoaib malik.

    Oh, and Misbah's the best captain there is for us.

  • sachinisnogood on December 4, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    India got whitwashed in England. So B'desh is better than India. Also India doesn't deserve test status.

  • thePakistanian on December 4, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    I can't see any sensible Pakistani at this moment opposing to Misbah being in team as captain or not! He's got an outstanding average in all formats & is in great form! He's not a natural leader or greatest captain & is surely more defensive but he's bringing the team together. Not just that he has a Cool & CALM head & is thats required always, but he's the ONLY one right now who can guide the ship of Pak cricket through the storms it's passing thru! Malik's got talent &is a good Alrounder but not performing. I think we should give him this series but if he fails as he has since his return, then he shouldn't be in England tour. I think Younis hould retire from ODIs too & focus on Tests, hes a great player but it's time for youngsters to come in! Azhar Ali is the guy who is extremely consistant in Tests & he should be given chance to settle in ODIs. As Azhar is 26 now & Younis 37, we need to look for future players! Umar Akmal, Azhar & Asad Shafiq & other are Future of Pakistan batting!

  • on December 4, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Five Important Steps to be taken to Beat top teams:

    1: We need to play atleast 2 seamers against Aus/Eng/Sa/India. maybe Gul with Junaid/Cheema or anyone new. 2: We need to drop shoaib and bring back Asad Shafiq 3: We need to drop Imran Farhat and bring in either Imran Nazir or Kamran Akmal as a openner instead of WK... they are aggressive. 4: We need to stick with Misbah, he is playing a very good role in keeping one end secure to let other end batsmen play confidently 5: We need to remind gul and there is one thing call yorker that he bowls beautifully and he need to bowl that more often than usual.

  • adnan_rifat84 on December 4, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    @Haleos..buddy remember in cricket every day every match every ball is diffrent..so u can not expect single player performing consistantly..11 players are playing every body is trying best to give there best for there team

  • paklov on December 4, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    For the UK series instead of shoaib sohail and imran bring kamran akmal sadaf hussain and hammad azam...i also think imran nazir should be given another chance...

  • frendz27 on December 4, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    tamim is just another Ashraful... BD showed lot of guts while facing England in away series last year..I guess all those improvements have gone down the drain after the WorldCup

  • on December 3, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    @ Sreedharan Mundanat

    I agree with you..but give credit to our team the way they beat SL in three formats..You can't just say it was luck and chances that helped PAK..As for beating top teams like Aus,SA and Ind..PAK still have to work hard and come up with their old aggressive approach..Openers are not firing for Pak and in first 10 overs 4 run/over is just not acceptable against top teams.The current middle order of pakistan is not capable of chasing anything more than 230.Misbah ul haq and Younis khan play lots of dot balls and Misbah ul haq should b kicked out of the team because he is way too defensive and looks like he just bats to score 40 or 50 runs for his own sake..I think Umar Akmal is far far better than Misbah and Younis...Shoaib Malik shud be retained in the squad ,Muhammad Yusuf should be brought in the team IF PAKISTAN WANTS TO BEAT TOP 3 RANKED SIDES IN THE WORLD ...OTHER WISE WE WUD BE JUST CELEBRATING THESE MINNOW BEATING VICTORIES

  • fredy007 on December 3, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    Dont really understand the reason behind Imran Farhat, shoaib Mali and sohail tanvir's inclusion in this team. Now they are winning and will retain these players.

  • on December 3, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    regardless of the pakistani batsman performace .. whats wrong with Misbah, u know the other team has lost 4 wickets and still your giving them easy singles, your field is spread (whyyy) why don't go for the attacking field, you have world class bowlers under your belt and still .... 2ndly .. well played nasir .. this kid has a bright future ahead, i hope he doesn't choke like his senior members are doing when the team needs them the most

  • naeem-butt on December 3, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    Nobody should under estimate any team,whoever does they should remember that Bangladesh cost big Gaints of cricket the World cup 2007 India,SA, lost their games and it cost India Early exit of the WC 2007.When Ireland beat Pak in 2007 WC it was an eye opener for Pak fan so i will suggest to all fan don,t be arrogant and underestimate any team everyone deserve Respect.......I hope someone will agree with me Good Job Team Pakistan and Good luck for the Future.................

  • avmd on December 3, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    Doen't make any sense to let BD keep their ODI or test status. Pakistan should not be over the moon for beating them. Any first calss team in Pakistan or indian doemstic circuit can beat them. Pakistan recently beat Zimbabwe in all the games they played and BD was beatn by Zimbabwe. If Zimbabwe's test Status was put on hold for few years, BD should face the same treatment. They are no improving, getting worse.

  • pak78 on December 3, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    congrats team pakistan for the series win, again top order needs to lash out rather than get into there shell hit out or get out man to slow run rate.

  • on December 3, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    Dont understand why Bangladesh only plays with 3 frontline batsman? They should have 5 frontline batsmen with the wicketkeeper coming in at no 6. This batting lineup is too weak

  • on December 3, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    BD should be given a period of respectable demotion to come out from the shell they are in at the moment.May be couple of years to play with associates to build up their confidence.See how Zimbabawe is coming up gradually.BD is stuck in a vicious cylce and ICC should temporarily realese them from that for their own benefit.This should be akin to dropping a player for a while until he gets his form back.They have shown some guts time to time.But lack of consistency is a big concern.

  • ajmal1988 on December 3, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    Dilshan, Sangakkara, Jaywardene, Malinga and Shakib Al hassan aren't all of these big stars in the IPL? well they got owned by Pakistani players :D

  • atiq_pak on December 3, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    good bangladesh good batting

  • on December 3, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    Hi, What are Bangladesh doing with Mahmudullah? He did not get to bowl a ball and he also came down the order with not much scope to bat. This guy has a test ton and his best is 5/51 in test. No scope for this guy? He has single handedly won matches for Bangladesh with both bat and ball. Its time to go back with Shakibul and promote Mahmudullah up the order. Atleast give him a chance, Shakibul and Mahmudullah would be the first two buy in my IPL team for sure (hopefully :))

  • on December 3, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    We Played with B.D after almost 8 years, and during all these years instead of improving B.D cricket has deteriorated... bad for world cricket, so disappointed,

    Clearly B.D is playing for respectable losses , they should play for win

  • atiq_pak on December 3, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    Love Pakistan LOve Afridi

  • on December 3, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Misbah played a crucial captain's knock today when it really mattered and made it easy on the rest of the players. BD's bowling side is quite good I think, otherwise Pakistani Batsmen wouldn't have shown so much restrain and caution in their approach. It is the batting side that is completely overshadowing any accomplishment the bowling side is proving (though they are in great need of real fast wicket taking bowler). Nasir looks level headed and more importantly, aggressive. Couple more finds like him BD should be back in business. Relying just on Tamim is like digging for grave for yourself. Way too much pressure on the poor guy. BD better get started with a nationwide batter-hunt or something. It was wonderful to see Pakistani players patting on the back of Nasir for his gutsy performance and I was personally glad to see a much improved Afridi back in action. CRICKET needs more players like him.

  • brainbox on December 3, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    All this picking on bangladesh is disgraceful and plain unfair. The only way they can get better is by playing regularly against quality opposition. A fantastic innings by nasir, looks a very good prospect.

  • kriskini on December 3, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    Please don't curse at bangladesh. Welcome Ireland in to Test cricket. They are as good or as bad as Bangladesh. Below are some of Irelands achievements. * Record chase in any world cup match 329-7 against Engalnd. * 2007 world cup they tied with zimbabwe and defeated Banlgadesh and Pakistan. * In 2011 world cup points table they ended up below Bangladesh but they have much better run rate than BangalDesh.

  • Fahrari999 on December 3, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    There are few points that I need to raise and bring in to authorities consideration.

    1. I wonder will this current Pakistani team be able to perform and win in Australia?south Africa..I think for this they need to start grooming young players at the top level. 2. I need to make a point for ICC they are making cricket really boring by making it a batting friendly sports...before one bouncer in an over afterwards no ball will earn a free hit, ball change after 36th over and now two new balls killing the reverse swing... 3. we the true cricket fans demands for a real good cricketing contest b/w ball and bat or else just place the balling machines and finish the bowlers once for all... 4. PCB board inject new blood in this is the right time to build the team...I dont see many of the players from the current line up in the 2015 world cup side...

  • CricketFan365 on December 3, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    I was in the field. It was a very disappointing performance from Bangladesh. I cannot understand why batting has become so difficult all of a sudden. I think the biggest problem right now is that the top three batsmen are not in form at all. However, we could see a different result in Chittagong. That venue has the highest success rate for BD. Maybe BD shouldn't play in Dhaka :(

  • on December 3, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    why shoaib malik in team ?????

  • on December 3, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    First of all kudos to Nasir Hussain as he played really well and a consistent batsman for BD ... why Shoaib Malik is in the team and Asad Shafiq out i dont get it ... Asad is far better player then Malik ...Its good to see Sarfaraz in the team but he should work on his batting otherwise he will lose his spot ...

  • on December 3, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    The only thing which is noticeable in this tour is Crowd, I wonder why people are creating so much hype about Nasir, he came at a stage where match was lost, he with Shakib, played for a respectable defeat which is most painful for a cricket lover. How on earth you can award MOM to a player who never tried to win the match, played a selfish innings, hammering the image of cricket time for ICC to make few harsh decisions to save cricket.

  • Just_Love_Cricket on December 3, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    I share my opinion with Zee Qi. Where is that boy Naser Jamshed. He was such a sensation in 2008 opening the batting. Why is Imran Farhat in the team instead of this boy who is only 22 currently & with loads of talent. For all people still asking for the return Imran Nazir, please note Imran Nazir has had multiple chances but never cemented his place. Plus his attitude seemed to have become arrogant. we require young talent like Nasir Jamshed before they are lost to the politics of PCB.

  • getsetgopk on December 3, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    @Oceanic: bro ur right but his name is Ramiz Raja not Ramiz Raza im from pak and dont like that guy either, Bangladeshi commentators talk more sense than Ramiz, he was making fun of Afridi too a few days ago if you remember, a poor commentator but unfortunately thats the best we got

  • JaneJosephene on December 3, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    @Haleos I don;t know y indians are jealous of Pakistani players :D It was a miracle that a team without bowlers won worldcup. But there will be no more miracles ;)

  • on December 3, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    Just to Remind Farhan Khan and Sameer that if you knew a little about Cricket, You ought to know that Every Big time team like England, Australia, South Africa, India , Pakistan, West Indies, has been beaten by Bangladesh (not only once). Miracle just didn't took place on every time on those occasions. Yes both India and Pakistan is an A1 team in every aspect with their ups and downs & so do Bangladesh (BD). Forming it's team from absolute Scratch, It was only year 2000 when BD got it's Test Status. And guess what, the most contributing factor was beating Pakistan 161 (all out) Bangladesh 223/9 in ICC world cup 1999. And hey guys put yourself in the same shoes before degrading another country or it's players. And hey, just another fact , it's still BD's Shakib Al Hasan who is No 1 in ICC's Ranking of All-rounders !!

  • on December 3, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    nasir jamshed and ahmed shehzad..or may be jamal anwer the wicket keepr from rawalpindi rams can open for pakistan imran farhat should left now...also sarfaraz is not looking really good..he had to prove himself in the next 2 or 3 matches...

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on December 3, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    @ Siam Ashraful had Pakistani players played for their own personal record they would also do that...We are happy that Pakistan is wining. A win is more important then personal achievement..and i think that was 1st ever Century in ODIs scored by a Bangladeshi batsman against Pakistan after 22 matches. check the record how many centuries Pakistan scored against your Tigers... hats off

  • on December 3, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    hah :D...i read the comments black wicktes really these wickets are not going to help them what they will do when they will go to australia for next worlcup.. :D...

  • addipakistani on December 3, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    @haleos baby boy afridi is one of the the top ten bowler of the world not over rated pleas correct your thought budy and the highest wicket taker in this world cup and the highest wicket taker in t20s he is a hero and his honest personality deserves this rating

  • on December 3, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    hope we will win the next match at chittagong.....

  • on December 3, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Sorry Siam...I dont regard Nasir as a tiger...Anybody can make a century if winning is no longer an option....a quickfire 42 by Afridi for the sake of team is lot better than a 100 by Nasir for his own pride only....

  • IAS2009 on December 3, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    please take test status away from BD and do some good to cricket. BD can not beat Ireland or Netherlands. They have been so bad in every department for so long, they could play only T20. Once they perform consistently against A team them they could come back to play Test matches. ICC should allow to play overseas player for BD side if they want team to be competitive. 5day game will be a torture for people to watch. T20 you can tolerate.

  • on December 3, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Cummon people. If Nasir's Inninings was that great why Bangladesh never had a slightest realistic chance when they were chasing. For Afridi critics just see the last 4 year of bowling record and then criticize.

  • on December 3, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    @ Haleos Afridi the overrated player is the 9th leading wicket taker in the world. get ur facts right. BOOM BOOM.

  • on December 3, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    @haleos : Afridi is not only a bowler he also scored aggresive 42 runs. & in this match afridi knows pak already won the the match afridi takes wickets in those match in which pakistan need wickets he is undoubtly worldclass alrounder.pak is lucky that it has afridi.

  • on December 3, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Bangladesh is becoming a disgrace 4 International cricket. for how long we will have to watch these useless matches. nothing personal with Bangladeshi peoples but fed up of this now. Pakistan lost to them in 1999 to make a strong case for them to get Test status but after that they got nothing.. they think that by creating such black wickets they can use there 4 5 spinners to win matches but doing this they are making fool of themselves.

  • getsetgopk on December 3, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    @Haleos: the kind of support India gave to sri lanka in SPL?

  • abdubaba on December 3, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    @Haleos: Absolutely spot on friend! Afridi is just nothing. over rated! Weird though that he's at number 7 on the ICC ODI rankings for bowlers and at number 4 on the rankings for ODI all-rounders. Damn, these ranking dudes are strange aren't they? There must be some sort of mistake, right ?

  • on December 3, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    I wonder why Naseer Jamshed is out of the international cricket. He has a good ODI average and he is far superior than Imran Nazir and Imran Farhat. Taufeeq Umer is a good opener as well. Pakistan should try him as an opener for ODI.

  • getsetgopk on December 3, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    @Haleos: AFRIDI was the second highest scorer with 42 off 27 ball, you should check the scoreboad before bothering yourself to comment on a player of the caliber of AFRIDI. Besides AFRIDI performes when it really matters unlike your overated tendulkar who scores useless centuries even your fellow countrymen would testify to that most of his runs came in innings where he was playing for either a draw or was playing against minows.

  • VipulPatki on December 3, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    @Siam Ashraful: Appreciate your sense of humour.

  • Lahori_Munde on December 3, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Unfortunate that we lost after trying so hard. Pakistan is not so great team and we still lost all the games. I watched all the games in this series including T20 and I am so disappointed with Remiz Raza, a Pakistani commentator. He is so bias and arrogant. He even has sarcastic smile on his face when he is talking to Bangladesh captain at the Post Match presentation.

  • Jack_India on December 3, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    It is meaningless to score a tone without aiming to win the match. Nasir didn't deserve the Man of the Match for this reason. Umar Akmal's half century was worth more than Nasir's ton. - Zack, Mumbai, India

  • getsetgopk on December 3, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    well one feels sorry for the Bangla but aren't good enough at this level

  • on December 3, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    @Haleos Someone sounds Jealous to me because none of their team's bowler is in top ten rankings.

  • on December 3, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Here every comment is harsh and horrible. We know the trace well of criticizing our players not to induce and inspire them at all. I am not objected to all comments but this is true for all Bangladeshi spectators and citizens that they lob the players to the dustbin if they fail to show their consistent performance and hug them ( our players) to their hearts if they show well. I have expressed my view over this after observing Bangalee's cheers in I997 and 1999 world cup,( beat Pakistan) ,2011 world cup ( beat Scotland and England). Our players are trying well but suffering from playing a lot of international matches( ODI, T 20 and Test matches). Before criticizing our country and players we should scrutinize the past records of NEW ZEALAND, Srilanka etc. This is not way of behaving and not sporting behaviour. Today we get Nasir and future we will discover many. We should inspire them instead of disheartening.

  • tick on December 3, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    @haleos spot on mate...no indian can dream of smacking 45 ball hundred against pakistan in pakistan...and yea tell me any indian player who has got 300+ wickets and almost 7000 runs...infact AFRIDI is gonna pass kumble as 8th all time highest wicket tacker in odi...and ya he owes \o/ ...so be happy..we are gonna take you in your home grounds soon...

  • Stark62 on December 3, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    @ Farrukh Masood

    Azhar Ali can open the innings like Amla does for SA but he isn't being given a chance and Nasir Jamshed is like Saed Anwar!

    The guy isn't getting any chances because of dirty politics. Why do you think Sadaf Hussain isn't in the squad?

    There is a lot of talent around but politics just won't allow them to be in the team.

  • on December 3, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    i feel so sorry 4 plyrs like shakib ,tamim,and nasir .they sent shakib and nasir when the match was almost lost but credit to them that they perform well when the match was almost ended

  • Stark62 on December 3, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Is Younis Khan, Tendulkar or something?!?!

    The guy is a very, very, very, very poor ODI player! His slot could have easily been filled by Azhar, Alam or even Yasin.

    Also, Tanvir has nothing to offer and will get hammered by Eng. I won't talk about Farhat and Malik because it is just getting ridiculous now.

  • on December 3, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    The Bangladesh challenge was low for Pakistan that there was no intensity in Pakistan's bowling to bowl them out. Everyone was very casual.

    BUT BD team does deserve Test and ODI statuses, It is the Pak team which made the inferior otherwise it is not too bad.

  • on December 3, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    bangladesh should now play against 11 to 15 rank teams .Because he lost to zimbabwe before the WI tour then they lost 2 wi and now against pakistan but thanks our team won 6th consective series so congrats

  • on December 3, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    ok if bangladesh wins 3rd then i would say yes they practiced that today to bat pak bowlers but otherwise it was a very ppor performace . such 100s wont make any difference apart from man of match awards. well plaayed by pak apart from poor fielding performance.

  • on December 3, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    why malik instead of asad shafiq .Asad is very good talent 4 pakistan in future .They have given malik 2 many chances. They play asad only when the series is finished i m sure he will play the 3rd odi here also like he played in the 5th odi against SL in abu dhabi so he should get more chance and he deserves 2

  • Ahsan_Shere on December 3, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Afridi tasted his own medicine after being hit for a six over cover & after being clobbered seven runs an over!

  • Behind_the_Wicket on December 3, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Shoaib Malik should be drop , One Performance in 10 matches is not enough for consistency of the team.Imran Farhat also should replace by Imran Nazir , Why they don't bring him back ? I listen from some Pakistani Senior Cricketer that Imran Nazir is not good in hook & pull shot ,lolz , is that reason ? We have two good middle order batsmen but they are sitting outside , Asad Shafique and Fawad Alam , Fawad Alam is not better than Shoaib Malik? , I know he can't hit hard as Shoaib Malik but he is very consistence in batting , if he got chance in bowling he is good too and in fielding he is also far better fielder than him , Sohail Tanveer is not on the top these days in both bowling and batting try Hamaad Azam or someone who is better all rounder .

  • Akif-Ali on December 3, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Other than Shakib no one is up to the mark to play international cricket, if you drag rest of the players out of Bangladeshi team and try to fit them in any of the top 6 test playing nation than you can only adjust them if you are biased or cricket board of that particular nation has a chairman like X Pakistani chairman (The Butt). I think Bangladesh needs immense improvement at Gross root level, their domestic cricket, academies and whole system requires charismatic change. Otherwise they will be letting down their spectators the way they did today & in past.

  • on December 3, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    may be enough with sarfraz not yet provided what he wass suppose to provide and all that hype created by Geo Super about him really have not played to expectations because we are wining no body is noticing drop chances by him drooped a sitter today and Hussain went on to made a 100 may be adnan is better batsman than and far more composed wicketkeeper than him ...

  • sameer111111 on December 3, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Last time it was the pitch. Wonder whose fault it was this time.

  • on December 3, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    I think Nasir Hossain has shown great resilience and could prove to be a great batsman provided other batsmen in the squad also score some runs and support him. Shakib has also shown talent both with the bat and the ball and needs to concentrate more. Bangladesh will require to concentrate more on domestic cricket, which will provide them enough manpower to improve at international level. Notwithstanding poor performance by Bangladesh in these two one-days, I personally contemplate a better performance by them in Test series. Pakistan is doing well but will have to constantly work on improving their batting. Pakistan's forthcoming series with England will be litmus test. Let's hope for the best and be prepared for the worst.

  • on December 3, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    May be 50overs is not enough for bangladesh. dont worry still you guys are my inspiration

  • on December 3, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    it seems to be better to play pakistan lokally with their local strong opponents who can give them some fight, instead of playing with a team who is not playing for a win, By doing this bangla is just lifting pakistan confidence for nothing, though nothing to take away from pak performance., as a cricket fan it will be sad to see this kind of performances from a test playing nation, may be icc can take out this team from icc calender and put ireland or netherlands instead of it

  • on December 3, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Nasir Hossain is a complete all-rounder.......all the other bd players are crap.....Nasir can bowl,bat and field nd thats what u want from an all-rounder!

  • bilalAWAN on December 3, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    There is only one Boom Boom, and that is AFRIDI!!! Tamim can't be boom boom... All rights reserved for this name...!

  • on December 3, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    again a warm up match for Pakistan. more like a practice session.

    Bangladesh ought to have become mature by now. even Nepal would play better than them.

  • gujratwalla on December 3, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    After so good a progress under Misbah here we go again with the gambling and feuding club standard cricketers like Malik and Farhat.I see no sense in playing both while better and far more talented players are available.PCB will never change...i am afraid.

  • on December 3, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Mr. Imran Shafi, Had Pakistan been so influential to get Bangladesh to test status they should try to play some home series in their home ground and bring home National Team Players (Cons) from English prisons ! BD people had the enjoyment that they have watched a fair match. BD have wins over every test playing nations in ODI in their first decade of test status, lets not be so discourteous over a win. Test status should be reviewed on the point of capacity to play in the home ground and playing fair matches.

  • on December 3, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    nice match by pakistantheyre just playin toop good for bangldesh rt now

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    I dont know what bangladesh cricket team is upto.

    How easily bangla player switch off the focus to main goal i.e. to win the game.

    The efforts nasir put to complete his hundred should have been put much earlier to save the match.

  • BravoBravo on December 3, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    There is lot of clamor going around about stripping BD off of test status or even ODI status. Why, I dont understand. Look at NZ what they have done in 70-80 years, recently they have been whitewashed by a team like IND in ODI, so my question why it is BD all the time is being targetted. If someone goes by ICC ranking (which is a Joke), anyteam which slips to #7, that team should be stripped off of any format ofthe game which includes TEST, ODI, or T20. If not going by ICC ranking, then how about this if a team is whitewashed in any format of the game, they should be immediately put in suspension of that format of the game. That is too bad, only SA, AUS, and SL will survive that kind of screening in recent 3 years. But on a lighter side, if weaker teams are not around it will be big setback to record hungry, and self-centered players. Because these (very very few) self centered players fail when the going gets tough. Let BD play, they will find a way get out of this hole.

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Whenever I read comments here in cricinfo, cannot help but laugh, people say take away Test status from BD, well guys, Bangladesh are failing in ODIS, what in the earth taking test status away from them going to help? Use your sense while commenting guys, if they are failing to compete against Pakistan then ask ICC to reduce the number of matches against pakistan, and like wise increase number of matches against opponents like Newzeland or Westindies. Pakistan is too good a team for them right now.

  • LeftBrain on December 3, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Congrates Pakistan on a comprehensive and easy win, credit goes to Misbah and team for consistency. But it should have been a bigger win, and Pak should have been bowled BD out. Although it is understandable as Pakistan relaxed once they released that the match is virtually over, this mindset can hurt against better teams. There are things that Pakistan can improve on. Fielding still has some more yards to cover.

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Cricket is not only about winning, its about putting up a good show, playing a natural game, and Nasir has succeeded in doing that! I just came back from the stadium, feeling a little disappointed abt the loss, but atleast it was a good entertainment! It takes time for a team to grow, gaining experience. That doesnt mean u will scrap them out! Yes, maybe some changes in the batting line up (Tamim, Imrul, Shahriar) can make things better! ;-)

  • khurramengr on December 3, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Great performance once again by PAKISTAN......... But i do agree that some of the changes should b there in the team just like Replacing Shoaib Malik with someone else because of his poor performance......... Anyways Best of luck for the rest of the ODIz.........

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    i didnt get it what BD was trying to achieve on today's match, were they playing for a team or themselves ?! first they lose 4 early wkts then miserable batting from hossain and shakib.. it was really torture to watch these kinda matches.. atleast show some courage to win a match, instead playing for 100/50.. pathetic

  • FrenchCricketFan on December 3, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Although I am not asian but I like their style and hope pakistan do well against england. As for ban , I posted in the last game that only one player in this team looks promising - nasir hossain and the rest should be replaced. This game just proved my words. Until they dont replace the rest of players this team would not improve playing test. sorry bengali fans, you desperately need to find new set of players with potential like nasir hossain, otherwise no point playing test anymore.

  • towfiq90210 on December 3, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Although Bangladesh did not played well in T20 and 2 One day matches .But Today the youngest player of the team Nasir Hossain's 100 gives the hope to the team to reorganised in next matches .Bangladesh batting suffering hardly last few matches in Mirpur specially with big opponent . Hope to see a better one in Chittagong on 6th December.

  • Haleos on December 3, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    @Imran Shafi - it was india who gave the support.

  • Haleos on December 3, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    typical afridi. 5 wickets in one match next match goes for 7 an over. what a overrated player.

  • honestno2 on December 3, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Can anyone temme that how can we get rid of this Imran Farhat ??? (the only batsman in the world who cant bat)

  • tick on December 3, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    bangladesh's problem is that they said we don't want respectable defeats...every time they play even in this match they played for a respectable defeats...defeated by 76 or 150 runs. defeat is defeat..nasir played well but if you have to make hundreds for your carrier rather than for team..you will lose again...again and again...

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    What a miserable and pathetic performance by Bangladesh. They have been consistently performing badly. The ICC should revoke their test status and limit their assignments to ODI teams like Ireland, Zimbabwe, and the like as Rezaur Rahman pointed out earlier. This team is simply not worthy of being among the cricketing elite. ICC, for God's sake save the sanctity of cricket. Finally, a word of advice for Bangladesh: Shun the losers' attitude! Why save 3 wickets in an ODI chase? The least they could have done is tried and got dismissed. Only a short flurry of boundaries in the end and that too motivated for a personal record. This is just sad. Get your act together or pack-up, leave and don't play cricket again. Saying that, well played Pakistan.

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    sorry to say that " bangladesh" aint a good for the game ambassador!!!

  • Legaleagle on December 3, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Ban Bangladesh from playing cricket at all international levels. They should be reduced to an A level cricket team and compete with Ireland, Kenya and Zimbabwe. What a waste of time. Are they here to better other country's ranking only?

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Giving a good bowling wicket to Pakistan is nothing but suicide and this is what Bangladesh did! More important thing is Bd should have batted sensibly .After the NZ series Bd is flying in the sky and degraded themselves . Certainly lack of game plan and irresponsibility shown . But Bangladesh can do better than this and hope they will do better . Whenever Bd plays badly , people start showing thumbs down but remember Bangladesh need some time. They have just passed through some bad series after the NZ series .So hope for the best .

  • x-squire-x on December 3, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Was this pitch also designed for the away team?

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Many fans have until now showered Pakistan with praises during their series against SL & now also as Pakistan is showing upper hand against BDesh . Naturally Pak fans have to pease them beyond limit& words.Of course ,Younis Khan,Umar Akmal,Misbah ul haw,Umar gul all have potential to mention.But Pak as a team does not seem to have the calibre to beat Australia or SA continuously as it has happened in Gulf & now.The series against SL was a matter of Chancenas evident from the performance of SL.They could not force a win was not due to the potential ofvPpakbut a matter of chance & luck.A.close look would reveal this.With BD they just made262 whereas WI at Vizag made 269 against all odds.So Pak has to prove their calibre&ppotential against Aussies,SA&India first before anyone praising them beyond required.!!

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    @@ khuram13 :::: Please try to remember the day 25th February 1993 when Pakistan had a total 43 by 19.5 Over against West Indies in CAPE TOWN. On that day you would say "The way Pakistanis are playing, it looks like a school team rather than a test playing team. Horrible and boring cricket. We want a strong and tough competition so that we could enjoy cricket. ICC should review about Pakistan for the test ans one-day status" ...... Lol.

    In the whole world, there have very few nations are playing Cricket. ICC is trying to increase that. So they have the "enthusiasm" role that I like.

  • sameer111111 on December 3, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    How many more matches do Bangladesh have to lose in order to be demoted as a Test playing nation? They are a real disgrace to cricket. The reason they have been playing so many matches is due to the Asian lobby. Ireland or Netherlands, if given half the chances would have become proper cricketing nations by now.

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Bangladesh harming cricket badly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ICC please please please!! do something!!! Bangladesh actually humiliating cricket!!!!!!

  • Crazy4cricket40 on December 3, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    Bangladeshi were just trying to secure their test palying status by playing such boring cricket...It was ODi 50 overs only not whole day to chase target...

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    Pakistan just too good for Bangladesh we need to play against higher teams rather than teams like Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, etc

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    nasir the real tiger.............pakistani player never dare to make a ton on that pitch but nasir did.hats off to tigers and yes nasir...........

  • on December 3, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    well i would have to say Pakistan has improved during this whole year as well as bangali's should have thought before erasing boom boom afridi for boom boom tamim on a post card in the audience. You have got to think b4 you put something on .. Boom Boom only belongs to afridi as he has been known by all throughout his whole career.. hats off to Pakistani team

  • khuram13 on December 3, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    The way Bangladeshis are playing, it looks like a club team rather than a test playing team. Horrible and boring cricket. We want a strong and tough competition so that we could enjoy cricket. ICC should review about Bangladash for the test status

  • on December 3, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Pakistan is the team who got BD to test status and Pakistan will be the team who will get them relieved of test status by heavy defeats :) Bd shall get the outsiders inducted in their team by giving them nationality. BD is not at all a sports nation from any side..

  • on December 3, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Fawad Alam, Shahzeb Hassan and Tanvir Ahmed deserve more chances that Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat and Sohail Tanvir. The lobby in PCB need to justify their omission who left far better players just due to favouritism.

  • on December 3, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Talal, what batting standard you are talking about? This is Bangladesh batting standard.... It's just that Pakistan bowling attack is too good for them to handle.... That's the truth... Just face it....

  • fazaian on December 3, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Umer Akmal batted well. It is rightly said that Imran farhat should now be dropped and new opener should give chance. Khalil should also give chance in third match. well played Afridi in the last overs.

  • on December 3, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Terrible Bangladesh. They should have given opportunity to play against the 8th to 12th ranked teams only. one day internationals will be enough for them. Ban them from test cricket. let them play more three or four days days matches against the A teams of the test playing nations the Aus, Ind, Sl, Pak and Nz at least for the next two years. I feel sorry for our cricket fans whose are always too much kind forgiving to the cricket team. lCC needs to take some tougher steps now and dont rely on their one or two wins in 10 matches or poor performances in the test matches.

  • tanstell87 on December 3, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    its high time Bangladesh should be discarded from playing top teams...they cant bat/bowl or field...pathetic display of batting again...

  • on December 3, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    i just dont get it!!! what with bangladesh batting ? why do they always fail to show up their batting standard ?

  • on December 3, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    I think Imran Farhat should be given enough chance b4 dropping.... may be one more series... Try getting Asad Shafiq in no2 then promote him as opener... Malik too should be enough opportunity to check wedr smthing left in him... Getting Imran Nazir may not be permanent solution....Umar, wat to say about him.... jus don try and be like flamboyant afridi, pak doesnt want another afridi... try in the path of Sachin,Miandad.... may be learn from virat kohli...

  • on December 3, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Bangladesh is Terrible Cricket team ICC is spending Waste money behind themNo use They still living in agaes of respectable defeats or creating upset

  • on December 3, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    all are stupid bangladesh criket team . still dont know how to play criket .just for nothing spend a lots of money behind of them

  • Kami00000 on December 3, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    I think afridi should play test series on this pitches if anybody agree with me?

  • abdubaba on December 3, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    @Kami0000, he made a mistake. Batsman do that.

    @Sara2, Umar's got the 2nd highest average in our team right now. But yea, I suppose he does need to mature a little bit.

    @Uziq85, Younis is not someone who can be dropped. Asad Shafiq does need to be given more opportunities though. Imran Farhat should be the one dropped even though he has a good series so far but he does not have that level of skill we need in an opening batsman. Asad Shafiq opens for us in T20's so why not in ODI's?

    @Murtaza! Absolutely! Imran Nazir needs to be brought back! If not for ODI's, then he definately, absolutely deserves a place in the T20 side!

    @Haris Izhar: Malik is a good player. He needs to be given a consistent chance. 1,2 or even 3 games is not called a chance. Let him play 7/8 games and if he can't perform then, he'll be gone. Today he did well though.

    We need to induct Sadaf Hussain into the side :D

  • on December 3, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    none of the good than farhat... i dont think so one or 2 inngs determine how the batsmen is. as far as concern where x aizaz cheema n y malik include in top11, its a good decision because we saw early that pitch is supporting spinners while aizaz is faster, by malik we have an option of another spinner. dont be emotional just see situation guys

  • on December 3, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    IMRAN NAZIR AND DONT FORGET SHAZAIB UL HASSAN ... HES ALSO GOOD OPENER ..

  • Kami00000 on December 3, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    I dnt understand why umar dnt go for hundered after geting a good start?

  • sara2 on December 3, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    U.Akmal batted good he needs to improve and play big ings...

  • Uziq85 on December 3, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    i say drop younis permanently ... take umar akmal to no.3 and bring asad shafique permanently in the team

  • shah_cop on December 3, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    keep going on umer akmal bcz u r the future of pakistan cricket and inshallah u become a sachin tendulkar of pakistan cricket

  • on December 3, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Well! quality is not the ONLY criteria. Lets get the facts right. You need someone who can influence the board and selectors. Thats the reality. Hence Imran Farhat and Sohail Tanveer will keep playing for Pakistan whether we all like it or.

  • on December 3, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    yes there is agood opner then farhat he is imran nazir

  • on December 3, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    yes why why - where is cheema

  • on December 3, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    can anybody answer is there no better opener in Pakistan than Imran Farhat?

  • on December 3, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Where's Aizaz Cheema?

    And again they have given chance to Malik why why why?

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  • on December 3, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Where's Aizaz Cheema?

    And again they have given chance to Malik why why why?

  • on December 3, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    can anybody answer is there no better opener in Pakistan than Imran Farhat?

  • on December 3, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    yes why why - where is cheema

  • on December 3, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    yes there is agood opner then farhat he is imran nazir

  • on December 3, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Well! quality is not the ONLY criteria. Lets get the facts right. You need someone who can influence the board and selectors. Thats the reality. Hence Imran Farhat and Sohail Tanveer will keep playing for Pakistan whether we all like it or.

  • shah_cop on December 3, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    keep going on umer akmal bcz u r the future of pakistan cricket and inshallah u become a sachin tendulkar of pakistan cricket

  • Uziq85 on December 3, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    i say drop younis permanently ... take umar akmal to no.3 and bring asad shafique permanently in the team

  • sara2 on December 3, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    U.Akmal batted good he needs to improve and play big ings...

  • Kami00000 on December 3, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    I dnt understand why umar dnt go for hundered after geting a good start?

  • on December 3, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    IMRAN NAZIR AND DONT FORGET SHAZAIB UL HASSAN ... HES ALSO GOOD OPENER ..