Bangladesh v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 3rd day

The stumping that never was

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

Siddarth Ravindran

December 19, 2011

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Taufeeq Umar celebrates his century, Bangladesh v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 2nd day, December 18, 2011
Taufeeq Umar was lucky Mushfiqur Rahim wasn't paying attention when on 56 © Associated Press

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.

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Posted by iphone1 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???

Posted by iphone1 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 !!!

Posted by   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 !

Posted by reyme 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.

Posted by satish619chandar 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..

Posted by Geonewz 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...

Posted by   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..

Posted by AnotherCricketer 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.

Posted by AnotherCricketer 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (December 19, 2011, 22:23 GMT)

my prediction is going perfectly. 1. bangladesh is going be all out between 300-350. a tick mark there. 2. pakistan is going to pile up huge number of runs. on course. tick mark tmrw 3. bangladesh collapse in 2nd innings. waiting.

Posted by Omarrz on (December 19, 2011, 21:59 GMT)

England sucks in subcontinent and they will suck even more in middle east.. I don't think they will be of any competition to Pak in upcoming series.. may be in T20 but I don't see them winning in Tests or ODIs

Posted by   on (December 19, 2011, 20:12 GMT)

Dont worry, tour of english team is also not too far and i believe that this pakistan side on slow turning tracks of UAE can easily beat them. Its a matter of time in my opinion.

Posted by drnaveed on (December 19, 2011, 19:38 GMT)

for mr vishwas gupta ..... we have already played SA on neutral grounds,and we drew that series,we want to play against india even on their own grounds and in front of their own crowd ,but they dont want to play with us ,probably they dont want to loose to us at this stage ??? look at the last four to five series that were played between our two teams (India and Pak) and you will see which team was more victorious.. agianst England ,on their grounds we showed a comparatively better performance than india, only Australia is left against which our two teams(ind and Pak) performance is not good. yes india is ten times bigger than pakistan, considering that our small nations performance is far far better than your country, who has a financially strong board,which rules the icc.

Posted by donda on (December 19, 2011, 18:45 GMT)

I think Pakistan should try to bat on 4th day and have a lead of 200. The best option is to play for Draw and win the series for Pakistan. We cannot win all the test matches and it's better to have a draw instead of a loss. Pakistan should go for draw first.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2011, 17:13 GMT)

this are early days to say all that. Pak has to play against India,England,SA,Aus to assess the quality of their players or plans. Quality no doubt is there but it is always their attitude towards the game and approach that let them down most often.

Just 8-9 years back it was difficult to beat pak for India but now you can see the gap b/w this 2 teams, India too is going to lose few top players in near future but the way Indian dressing room is run and maturity is shown over the years you always feel that they would use their talent in better ways. That will make them better then Pak.

SRL has been a good team only bcos sincerity and attitude. Pak always failed on this front.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2011, 16:38 GMT)

I think Pakistan should declare with 150 runs lead. We need to get BD out to win the match, for this purpose we need some to do this.

Posted by ilyas on (December 19, 2011, 16:35 GMT)

We should not get over excited about Pakistan's successes this year. We have not played one of the top four Australia, SA, India or England yet. (I don't count SL as they are a side in a transitional phase without Murali.) The true test will come when we play England who are a top side at the moment.

If we play the same sort of attritional defensive cricket we have played this year we will get thrashed. Pakistan need to drop Rehman (a spinner who does not turn the ball and can't field) and bring in a wicket taking fast bowler. We have enough other bowlers to bowl line and length.

Our batting is still fragile and if we bat as defensively as we do against an average BD attacke we will be lucky to score 200 in a day. One good thing is that at least our players are not being allowed to play in the BD T20 so as to ensure they keep their focus for the England Tests.

Posted by ilyas on (December 19, 2011, 16:25 GMT)

To become a better side Bangladesh need to improve their wickets. These low spinning wickets will not prepare them for the faster boucier wickets they are likely to face abroad. BD can play with ten spinners but it makes no difference as not one of them is a world class spinner.

Make the wickets, faster and bouncier and both your fast bowling will improve as well as your batting. Playing on these wickets is a waste of time and will never ever improve the level of BD crciket. Every top class test side in history has had a quality pace attack with maybe one spinner. No succesful side has ever based its attack totally around spin (except Murali but then he was a freak). Even australia had Lee, Mcgrath and Gillespie alongside Warne.

Also it will make the cricket a lot more interesting than the boring rubbish regularly being served up in BD tests!

Posted by drnaveed on (December 19, 2011, 13:57 GMT)

the game seems to go towards a draw, but not due to performance of the bd team, but they should thank GOD for this kind of a weather.teams in the past have lost test matches even after scoring more than 450 runs in their first ininngs, so it is a lucky escape for the bd team.

Posted by JaneJosephene on (December 19, 2011, 13:32 GMT)

Now all expectation on Misbah ,he should now play little agressively as time is less and if he continues to waste balls then draw is sure :(

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