Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st Test, Chittagong, 1st day December 9, 2011

Spin in the first over of a Test

Plays of the Day from the first day of the Chittagong Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan

The surprise move
Few things are stranger than a captain winning the toss and bowling first on a subcontinent shirtfront. Opening the bowling with a spinner after attributing the toss decision to early-morning moisture is one of them. Mohammad Hafeez ambled in with the shiny new ball to become the first spinner in 42 years, and the first ever from Pakistan, to bowl the opening over of a Test. The move was sound, given Hafeez had dismissed Tamim Iqbal for two ducks in the ODIs. Misbah's decision to bowl came a few hours after Australia had sent New Zealand in to bat at Bellerive Oval, the first time in six years that they chose to field after winning the toss.

The play-on
The Bangladesh innings wasn't the best advertisement for shot selection. It ended with a particularly strange stroke from Nasir Hossain. He moved across the stumps and tried to lap Abdul Rehman over the leg side. He could not get entirely under the ball, though, and ended up scooping it from the top of the bat straight up for a simple catch. To add injury to insult, the ball grazed Hossain's jaw on the way up, leaving him in pain.

The commentary gem
Shahadat Hossain is known to grunt as he delivers the ball, and today he was louder than ever. Yet, there was little in the bowling - be it pace, bounce or movement - to suggest he was putting in more effort than usual. After a series balls in the mid-120s, accompanied by increasingly noisy grunts, the commentator Shamim Chowdhary quipped that the decibel levels may have gone up, but little else had.

The confident take
With Pakistan closing in on the lead by the end of play, Bangladesh began to get a little desperate for wickets. Mahmudullah got Taufeeq Umar to repeatedly edge his offbreaks into the offside, but the ball kept eluding Shahriar Nafees at slip. Eventually, one went Nafees' way, and he began to celebrate after pouching it. The umpire wasn't convinced though, and Taufeeq stayed rooted to the crease with a wry smile. Quite rightly, too. Replays confirmed that the ball had landed well in front of Nafees before he collected it.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • mazhar41 on December 9, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    Pakistan can invite Bangladesh players to play in Pakistan Domestic season.

  • dummy4fb on December 9, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    Bangladesh does not deserve to be a test playing nation. There are some good quality batsmen in the form of Tamim, sakib, mahamudullah but the main problem is they dont have any patience. Thats their main problem. Law should only work on their patience. THere is no doubt about their skills. But still, at this moment Ireland deserves more than Bangladesh to get the test status.

  • dummy4fb on December 9, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    what a waste of time it is.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 9, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Bangladesh players should start asking themselves a question; Do we deserve to be playing test maches.

  • sameer111111 on December 9, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    It has become quite evident that Bangladesh will never do much in world cricket. 11 years, including tests against Zimbabwe and not one win (excluding the series against WI D team). There's still time to rectify that and give nations like Ireland test status instead and see how it goes. Not possible for them to do any worse even if they try.

  • DR.Qaiser on December 9, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Well That was expected to open with Hafeez to bowl as Misbah decided to bowl first..and well not a very bad from hafeez but not much impresive cas we were expecting a wicket atleast from him at the early overs,,well no prob we got those wickets from our pacers today and that was good to see and later on Ajmal and good to see Rehman to getting some wickets as well...Hafeez () and umer weldone guys i was a bit tense cas i dont want to see any wicets damage in the start of pak but these guys did a great job and it was all over for ban.....well take 2 more days and get good on the board and go for an innings victory ,well done Misbah for ur sharp changing in bowlings for the sake of did'nt work for mushfiqur....well i would love to see ban to get back in game strong but what i feel is its over for ban or maybe not lets see ???i want a fight back from ban so be positive and come back strong guys ,,,,LONG live PAK

  • ilyasx on December 9, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Much as I love Pakistan, it is difficiult to be excited by this Pakistani team, especially when i see the first over being bowled by a spinner. Pakistan cricket has always been associated with tearaway fast bowlers especially over the last 40 years and now we open with a spinner!!!! I am glad we have some stability in the side after the madness of the last few years but would wlecome a little more excitement!

    The way Banagladesh are currently playing this would have been an ideal opportunity to blood a young fast bowler, assuming we could persuade the curator to leave a littel more grass on the pitch. When we play England we need to have a little more oomph in the side than currently otherwise we will lose or play out a number of boring draws.

    Spinners like Rehman are no more than average and will not win us tests. Historically it has alwas been a pack of fast bowlers backed up by a quality spinner that have been the most succesful in test cricket.

  • Ajmalnumber1 on December 9, 2011, 13:41 GMT


  • SamAsh07 on December 9, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    Bangladesh are really trying their hardest to lose that Test Status.

  • dummy4fb on December 9, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Its a shame Bangladesh are playing Test Cricket. The time and resources could have been invested on Ireland or Kenya

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