Bangladesh v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 3rd day December 19, 2011

The stumping that never was

Plays of the Day for the third day of the second Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan

The missed stumping
On Sunday, Shakib Al Hasan had been within sight of breaking the record for the highest individual Test score by a Bangladesh batsman but didn't after being run-out due to a poor call from his captain Mushfiqur Rahim. He had shuffled off yesterday after several angry glares at Mushfiqur. There was more reason for him to be displeased with Mushfiqur on Monday. Shakib had Taufeeq Umar, on 56, playing for the arm ball when it actually spun past the pads. Mushfiqur collected and was so sure then was an edge that he jumped up-and-down in appeal without accepting the stumping chance on offer.

The bouncer -1
It had been a tough day for Shahadat Hossain, repeatedly overstepping as he strived for pace. He couldn't get the ball to jag around, and the batsmen dealt with him comfortably despite the high-decibel grunts that showed the effort he was putting into each delivery. He finally got one ball to lift sharply, a perfectly directed bouncer at Taufeeq. Even though Taufeeq was well past 100, he couldn't get out of the way, and the ball struck his helmet just above the ear, before trickling away for a four towards third man. And to Shahadat's dismay, it was a front foot no-ball, which meant a total of five runs against his name.

The bouncer-2
While Nasir Hossain is a handy bowler in one-dayers, he isn't quite as effective in first-class matches. He normally bowls offspin, and when he was tossed the ball in the 72nd over, the move nearly worked as the in-form Younis Khan whipped a catch towards deep midwicket, only for it to be dropped. When the second new ball was taken, the quicks had it seaming around, prompting Bangladesh to call on Nasir again, this time to try some medium-pace. The speed was nowhere near express, but when Misbah-ul-Haq casually drove him past mid-on for four, Nasir responded with the usual fast bowlers' retort - a bouncer. Misbah evaded it, and grinned at the impudence of attempting a 116kph bouncer.

The breakthrough
By the third session, Bangladesh's fielding was ragged, the bowling flat and Pakistan's batsmen looking forward to a pile of runs. They were buoyed though through a testing spell of quick bowling from Nazmul Hossain. The high point was the wicket of the well-set Taufeeq. First Nazmul had Taufeeq searching for the ball outside off as it nipped away off the seam, and two balls later he induced the outside edge to second slip, ending Taufeeq's innings on 130.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Vinu on December 20, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    Drnaveed. Please do not bring unnecessary arguments in this forum. Have you read the article in the first place???

  • Vinu on December 20, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    @ Sumit Jha. What is this unreasonable differentiation between batting oriented and bowling oriented teams. Really baseless. While I agree that each teams have their strong points, this argument is unethical. Perhaps you are a relative of Sanjay Jha who writes pedestrain articles for another cricket website !!!

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    @donda - how is it possible that Pakistan will lose this game, hence your recommendation they go for a draw first?? There is no way Pakistan will lose 17 wickets in 2 days based on how the wicket has played so far. Pakistan needs to push for a lead of 200+ and send Bangladesh in today to bat and try to bowl them out and push for another innings win by end of Day 5 !

  • Shafin on December 20, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    A tricky 4th way coming up. BD must slow down the PAK run rate and attack for wickets.

  • Satish on December 20, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    Pakistan rocks with the bowling attack.. Their bowling attack allows the batsmen to play in their own tempo without losing the wickets.. With the 11 consisting 6 batsmen who put heavy value to their wickets, they can challenge England.. Wish Pakistan strangle England with spin and roughen up for the India tour sowing heavy doubts in their mind..

  • Omar on December 20, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    Pakistan vs England soon. Pakistan are favourites in my opinion, already they versed the inform South Africans in the UAE and got a draw, that time in the squad there wasn't the talent of Aizaz and Junaid Khan. Who in my opinion are going to play a crucial role...

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    according to Pakistan can easily win this game. That is difference between batting oriented team like india and bowling oriented team like pakistan. The bowling oriented team can more matches, often they get way with poor batting with a win. But for a batting oriented at the most they can get away with a draw after poor bowling performance ,, that explains the why pakistan wins more matches than india. I wish good luck to india team for Australia..

  • syed on December 19, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    I have not seen Azhar comfortable with his stroke play against SriLanka or Bangladesh. Both Azhar and Taufeeq are defensive players that score at < 40% S/R on average. Sadly, I feel that Azhar and Taufeeq will be ineffective against England. The burden will again fall on the 32+ yrs age bracket senior players. How does that play out in the long term strategy. The answer: not very well. I suppose time will tell the story.

  • syed on December 19, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    Taufeeq should send his thanks to Bangla team for continuing to give him more lives to stay on the pitch. He survived three dropped catches in the first test match to reach 61. And more drama in this match as well. For sure, England is no Bangladesh. Looking back at recent WI and NZ series test matches, Taufeeq only scored substantive runs in 1 out of 4 innings. For sure, stats are not on his side.

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    Pakistan played all the three big nations -- SA, Aus and Engkand in last 2 years. Against SA Pak played 2 test matches at UAE and drew both of them. Played 2 test agianst Australia lost one and won one. Played 4 agianst England won one and lost threee though they were rigged by Asif and Butt. For the knowledge of Some people who commented

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