Bangladesh v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 4th day December 20, 2011

Pakistan in charge despite Shakib's six-for

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Bangladesh 338 and 114 for 5 trail Pakistan 470 (Taufeeq 130, Misbah 70, Azhar 57, Akmal 53, Shakib 6-82) by 18 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Shakib Al Hasan became the first Bangladesh player to score a hundred and take a five-for in the same Test, but that wasn't enough to stop Pakistan from taking charge of the second Test in Mirpur. Shakib's importance to the outcome of the match was highlighted by Pakistan's jubilant reaction to his dismissal late in the day - in the exuberance of the celebration, Younis Khan was pushed over by one of his team-mates.

Pakistan's batsmen made unrelenting progress in the first half of the day - Adnan Akmal reached his maiden Test half-century and Misbah-ul-Haq completed his seventh Test fifty of the year to stretch the first-innings lead to a healthy 132. In contrast, the Bangladesh batting's perennial struggle to put up strong performances in both innings of a Test continued, and they slid to 114 for 5 by close.

It was a typical beginning to the innings. Tamim Iqbal started as though it was a Twenty20, cracking five boundaries in his 21 before falling in the final over before tea. It was a dodgy decision as he was ruled out after the ball ricocheted off his helmet to slip. He stood around making his displeasure clear, and pointing to the helmet to indicate where the ball hit him, actions which are likely to earn him a meeting with the match referee.

To make it worse, off the next ball, Umar Gul removed Shahriar Nafees lbw for a golden duck to spark thoughts of a familiar top order collapse. Like the light in Mirpur, Bangladesh's chances also began to fade early.

Gul got the new ball to jag around, and though he couldn't complete the hat-trick after tea, he thoroughly examined the batsmen's technique outside off. Aizaz Cheema wasn't as incisive early on, but returned to take two big wickets - Mahmudullah and Shakib. Both dismissals were due to a long-standing problem with the Bangladesh batting - poor shot selection. Mahmudullah looked to flatbat a delivery that was well outside off, top edging it to deep point and Shakib steered a catch to backward point.

One of the other reasons for the home side's troubles at the Test level is the lack of quality medium-pacers, and they were unimpressive again on the fourth morning. That prompted Mushfiqur Rahim to give marathon spells to the left-arm spin pair of Elias Sunny and Shakib. Sunny bowled through the entire morning session, while Shakib had sent down a 23-over spell by the time Pakistan's innings ended.

Comfortably placed at 292 for 3 overnight, Pakistan were expected to be more adventurous on the fourth morning to set up a declaration, but the dismissal of Younis in the second over of the day led to a more measured approach. Sunny struck in his first over, getting the ball to jump and turn, and Younis nicked it to the wicketkeeper as he looked to defend.

Neither Misbah nor Asad Shafiq are known for an aggressive brand of batting, and there was plenty of caution in their partnership early on. Only three runs were scored in the first seven overs of the day, before Misbah broke free with a couple of boundaries in a Nazmul Hossain over. Shafiq also got going with consecutive fours off Shahadat Hossain, but once Sunny and Shakib started to bowl in tandem, the run flow subsided again.

Misbah, to his credit, attempted to push the tempo with an array of sweeps - delicate paddles from outside off, reverse-sweeps and powerful conventional ones to try and throw the spinners' off their line and length. The partnership swelled past 50, before Shakib finally had reward for his tight bowling - Misbah falling to the sweep, top-edging to slip.

The Bangladesh fielding was again below par: Robiul Islam shelled a simple chance at mid-on, Mahmudullah dropped another at slip and there was another let down at midwicket by Sunny.

Bangladesh's spirits were lifted when Shafiq was given a tight lbw appeal, but Abdur Rehman and Akmal played a series of strokes to take the lead close to 100. Rehman then fell to a catch at slip, and the rest of the tail was mopped up by Shakib.

As if a century to rescue the team from 43 for 4, and then scooping up six wickets wasn't enough, Shakib was expected to prop Bangladesh up with the bat in the second innings as well. He wasn't able to, leaving Bangladesh needing something of a miracle to save the Test on a track where Pakistan's potent spin attack was getting plenty of help.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 21, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    Shakib is the lonely warrior for Bangladesh- Ramiz Raja I agree with Ramiz completely. Bangladesh is relying too much on one player. The management is doing nothing to improve their domestic league and bring out new players of international standard. One man can not win a test match. Test cricket is a real team game. Anyway, congrats to Shakib for this achieving this amazing feat

  • atuljain1969 on December 21, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    For all these years I have analysed that one reason for Bangladesh consistent failure at Test cricket is because of the reason that they keep changing their 1st eleven from one test to other. Hardly they have repeated their 1st eleven, due to this consistent chopping and changing of players, players are not exposed to demand of test cricket in continuity.

    Due to above, player are not putting up matured performance. There selectors must understand that Bangadesh players seem to different temperament and they require much more time to understand how they are to approach test cricket.

  • on December 21, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Bad Umpiring !!

    I believe the umpires needs be questions for this kind unprofessional decisions. I am wondering how ICC is planning to improve the cricket game, with these kind of umpiring, it may be millions of miles away to improve the game. Also, commentator like Ramiz Raza needs to watch his irrelevant comments against Bangladeshi team. I sure don't like to see his ugly face on the commentator box. I am sorry but this is how I feel.

  • musa441 on December 21, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    to all those who think that pakistan's run rate is the major problem well last year in 2010 pakistani batsman failed badly in australia and england just becoz they played like ODI in tests and ket on fetching the balls which shud be left alone so they failed and everybody said pakistanis don have test temperament. now after a long time our batsmen have started to occupy the crease and they are yet again taunted by some fools that they shud play aggressively. well team's victory is more important than your entertainment. its a sport its not an entertainment show like WWE. so just think again and look on the positive side of the pakistan team rather than crictisizing them all your life!!

  • dmqi on December 21, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    ICC, please give two REAL elite panel umpire for England-Pak test series next month. We are tired of seeing poor umpiring. May be Aleem Dar and a South African/Newzeland umpire will be fine. Is there any demotion system for umpires?

  • on December 21, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    I wonder what measures they have against bad umpiring. Clearly this was a display of below standard. It was bad enough to watch BD struggle, on top of that you got umpires who can't really see much and giving inaccurate decisions way more than the acceptable tolerance levels. Way too many bad calls. UMPIRES SHOULD NEVER BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF THE GAME. It's plain BAD for any type of game. Stricter measures should be implemented. Things that are beyond human grasp can be captured through using high tech measures and these types of methods should be vigorously enforced. We can't be held HOSTAGE by these people anymore. Worst case scenario, fire them and find new candidates.

  • on December 21, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    Play for whole day and create example for others that Bangladeshi Batsman can play test cricket. It is very much pushing and heartbreaking to hear or read dismal performance of BD as usual. We like to see BD at the top of cricketing nations. Since cricket is very popular in Bangladesh, so it is not unwise expectation by every Bangladeshi. Hope for the best.

  • on December 21, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    Bd is quite unlucky team. I know the application of players in second innings were poor but the way Tamim and Shahriar were given out, this is nonsense umpiring. Both the umpire should be scrutinized. Sorry for BD team.

  • on December 21, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    I am Pakistani, but I love cricket.. I do respect whichever player or team is playing good cricket.. No doubt that Bangladesh is a very good team and they have the will to do something extra.. I have seen all the past 4 days very closely and what I have come up with is; "BANGLADESH FIELDING and CATCHING", that led them down..

    It was the same case with Pakistani team about an year ago.. They were used to give a lot of extras, miss-fields and catches that turned them in to a bad team. But now they have come up on those problems and current year's result is in front of everyone..

    Instead of blaming Umpires (because the decision cannot be reversed). I am 100% sure, if BD team improves their fielding and catching, they can easily become no 4 to 5 on list very quickly.. They have much talent. May be good coach(es) can be a better option.. I wish them best of luck for future...

  • on December 21, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    @Modasar be respectful with your opponent...Pakistan is great against Bangladesh, Kenya....and under dog against India, Australia..England..

  • on December 21, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    Shakib is the lonely warrior for Bangladesh- Ramiz Raja I agree with Ramiz completely. Bangladesh is relying too much on one player. The management is doing nothing to improve their domestic league and bring out new players of international standard. One man can not win a test match. Test cricket is a real team game. Anyway, congrats to Shakib for this achieving this amazing feat

  • atuljain1969 on December 21, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    For all these years I have analysed that one reason for Bangladesh consistent failure at Test cricket is because of the reason that they keep changing their 1st eleven from one test to other. Hardly they have repeated their 1st eleven, due to this consistent chopping and changing of players, players are not exposed to demand of test cricket in continuity.

    Due to above, player are not putting up matured performance. There selectors must understand that Bangadesh players seem to different temperament and they require much more time to understand how they are to approach test cricket.

  • on December 21, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Bad Umpiring !!

    I believe the umpires needs be questions for this kind unprofessional decisions. I am wondering how ICC is planning to improve the cricket game, with these kind of umpiring, it may be millions of miles away to improve the game. Also, commentator like Ramiz Raza needs to watch his irrelevant comments against Bangladeshi team. I sure don't like to see his ugly face on the commentator box. I am sorry but this is how I feel.

  • musa441 on December 21, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    to all those who think that pakistan's run rate is the major problem well last year in 2010 pakistani batsman failed badly in australia and england just becoz they played like ODI in tests and ket on fetching the balls which shud be left alone so they failed and everybody said pakistanis don have test temperament. now after a long time our batsmen have started to occupy the crease and they are yet again taunted by some fools that they shud play aggressively. well team's victory is more important than your entertainment. its a sport its not an entertainment show like WWE. so just think again and look on the positive side of the pakistan team rather than crictisizing them all your life!!

  • dmqi on December 21, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    ICC, please give two REAL elite panel umpire for England-Pak test series next month. We are tired of seeing poor umpiring. May be Aleem Dar and a South African/Newzeland umpire will be fine. Is there any demotion system for umpires?

  • on December 21, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    I wonder what measures they have against bad umpiring. Clearly this was a display of below standard. It was bad enough to watch BD struggle, on top of that you got umpires who can't really see much and giving inaccurate decisions way more than the acceptable tolerance levels. Way too many bad calls. UMPIRES SHOULD NEVER BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF THE GAME. It's plain BAD for any type of game. Stricter measures should be implemented. Things that are beyond human grasp can be captured through using high tech measures and these types of methods should be vigorously enforced. We can't be held HOSTAGE by these people anymore. Worst case scenario, fire them and find new candidates.

  • on December 21, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    Play for whole day and create example for others that Bangladeshi Batsman can play test cricket. It is very much pushing and heartbreaking to hear or read dismal performance of BD as usual. We like to see BD at the top of cricketing nations. Since cricket is very popular in Bangladesh, so it is not unwise expectation by every Bangladeshi. Hope for the best.

  • on December 21, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    Bd is quite unlucky team. I know the application of players in second innings were poor but the way Tamim and Shahriar were given out, this is nonsense umpiring. Both the umpire should be scrutinized. Sorry for BD team.

  • on December 21, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    I am Pakistani, but I love cricket.. I do respect whichever player or team is playing good cricket.. No doubt that Bangladesh is a very good team and they have the will to do something extra.. I have seen all the past 4 days very closely and what I have come up with is; "BANGLADESH FIELDING and CATCHING", that led them down..

    It was the same case with Pakistani team about an year ago.. They were used to give a lot of extras, miss-fields and catches that turned them in to a bad team. But now they have come up on those problems and current year's result is in front of everyone..

    Instead of blaming Umpires (because the decision cannot be reversed). I am 100% sure, if BD team improves their fielding and catching, they can easily become no 4 to 5 on list very quickly.. They have much talent. May be good coach(es) can be a better option.. I wish them best of luck for future...

  • on December 21, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    @Modasar be respectful with your opponent...Pakistan is great against Bangladesh, Kenya....and under dog against India, Australia..England..

  • karamat on December 21, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    Pakistan also has had their share of iffy umpiring decisions in this series so lets not use umpiring decisions as an excuse for BD. One batter had an obvious thick edge onto pads and was given LBW - BD batter had an obvious nick and was not given out, a couple of several I can remember. BD are obvioisly well below acceptable standard hence their dismal record.

  • on December 21, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    If Pakistan bowsl them out quickly tomorrow, it can happen.

  • FrenchCricketFan on December 20, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    had ban not dropped those catches and batting collasp in 2nd innings this would have been interesting competitive test game, now its very one sided. Poor fielding from ban and their batting always collasp in 2nd innings. pakistan would most probably lose against eng.

  • Rezaul on December 20, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    How long will these umpires keep hunting Bangladesh? 1st innings Nazimudding and Sunny were given LBW when anybody who saw will agree those were shocking decisions. Second innings both 1st and 2nd wickets were not suppose to be given, Tamim's caught behind ball hit his helmet and was no where near to his bat but he was given LBW. Next comes Nafees whose ball was about to go over the stump but still he was given LBW. We knew in cricket if there is any doubt it goes for batsman but here everything goes against bangladesh. Pakistani batsmen were caught but was not given. What is the indication of this kind of umpiring?

  • SamAsh07 on December 20, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    @Adnan142 - If Pakistan were given a target of 100 or say 90, they'd definitely go for it, even if there are 25 overs in total. Why?? With Hafeez at the top, Pakistan will want to fly away quickly and score quick runs, however, if Hafeez fails to score and gets out early then Pakistan will only aim for a draw.

  • KarachiKid on December 20, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    Guys - I fail to understand why Billy Doctrove in elite panel. I feel sorry for Bangladeshi fans as they are justified in cursing umpiring. I have noticed one thing that umpires generally side with the stronger team. Pakistan has been a receiving end of down right BAD umprining against Aussies, England and India. The other thing that could explain this a little bit is that everyone gets bad decisions every now and then, but the good teams make them count for themselves, like younis getting dropped and then going on to make a double century. I cant forget umpiring especially involving Pak vs Oz matches, hobart 1999, colombo 2002, WB serives, countless other matches. In short I can feel the pain of my Bangla brothers.

  • on December 20, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Brendon Taylor from Zimbabwe, O'Brien from Ireland and Sakib Al Hasan from Bangladesh are worthy of playing in Team Australia or England.

  • on December 20, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Bangladesh is a good team but hopeless and very hyper, they lost most of their test matches n ODI n t20, why pakistan is even playing with this team? btw love shakib Al Hassan.

  • cric4world on December 20, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    when Pakistan wins, its either bcoz of bad umpiring or opponents couldnt play on the day or Pakistan just got lucky. when Pakistan loses its becoz Pakistan is just a bad cricket side and they dont deserve test status or blah blah blah.. just one question for all the haters, why is it so hard for u guys to admit that Pakistan has always been a respectable side or they were a better team on the day? lol. sometimes b a sportsman and admire the better team without thinking ''oh its Pakistan playing, i m supposed to oppose them at any cost''

  • reyme on December 20, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Before you complain about BD cricket, first talk about a fair game, shall we?

  • Dowite77 on December 20, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    BD woiuld do well with a Pakistani coach- someone like Rashid Latif

  • reyme on December 20, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    @Nick.coll: Have you even watched BD batting yesterday or in this Test? Please do not make derogatory comment without watching a single ball! 4 completely wrong decisions went against BD. Before Tamim got out where the ball hit helmet only, he was punishing bowling pretty much freely. Hpow can score, if the umpires dont allow you to score?

  • VipulPatki on December 20, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    I think BCCI can try scheduling matches between Bangladesh and Ranji teams like Mumbai and Delhi. The popularity of these matches would also improve and Bangladesh would also acquire that much-needed winning habit. This can be done without stripping Bangladesh of their test status.

  • gobangladesh on December 20, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    I wonder if this had been a match between Pakistan and India or Sri Lanka, would we get the same two umpires? It was such a decision in Multan(Inzamam's LBW) that cost BD the game so early in their Test career. If they continue to be not taken seriously by the ICC as a test nation, they will eventually lose their morale. Not to say, BD is not to blame for their current position, dropped sitters are absolutely unacceptable at this level.

  • arun02k81a0205 on December 20, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    I think Bangla needs to be dethroned from playing tests. They are very poor performers in test arena. They are good in ODIs but needs to fine tune a lot in tests. If one sees their performance, it has been ages since they have have one a test match. It's really waste of playing a test match if you cannot even compete with the other side. They need to play a lot of ODIs, keep some winning ways and then they can play tests. They are getting lot of encouragement and support from their home crowd but the players are not really stepping into their shoes.

  • thePakistanian on December 20, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    To all Pakistanis & others, who are so worried about Pakistans Strike Rate / RR. I agree we have quite low RR... But few more things to look at: 1): Pakistan has 2nd highest Average & that's what is important eventually in tests. Look at Aus; they play with RR of 3+ but has only average of 29, India too play with 3.3+ RR & only average of 32 & if Pakistan has RR of 2.85 along with 44 of average in year 2011. So what's the Problem!!! 2): England is a complete team, Pakistan is still Building their team, we have lots of new player. & the ones we have don't have a LOT experience. Just look at Alister Cook; he has played almost same number of matches in just 5+ years to what Younis has played in almost 12 years. & 3): We are No.6 in world & England No.1, so we need to look where we are, have a reality check & don't get into emotiotions on not being agressive & then we don't have Home advantage, that every other team has & then no one lost Asif, Amir, Butt & Yousaf & still did this well!

  • ajmal1988 on December 20, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    dmqi : at the moment this is fine why do we need to put up 900 runs when we have bowlers that bowl out the opposition for 197 (Srilanka), 91, 170 etc?

  • on December 20, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    I think Bangladesh Needs Inspiration!! it will help Grow many youth of Bangladesh into Brilliant Talent of the game!! But who will get inspired if they R alwayz on the Losing side!! I always see huge Crowd supporting behind the back of Bangladeshi cricket team it makes me envy them!! PLz Bangladeshi playerz b passionate about ur Job and respect the people who support u with performance and victory!! If u alwayz dissapoint ur home crowd then the nation will lose interest in the Game!! Plz i alwayz See frustrated Faces in the Crowd!! Make them smile iz Ur job!! Do it correctly Show some passion for the game and Every Bangladeshi player should make room for self improvements within himself!! If u Think thats ur Limit Bangladesh!! Then i will b very Glad that ur Test Status gets Taken Away!! Peace and best wishes frm a Pakistani Fan!!

  • ratedstfu44 on December 20, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    If Bangladesh Want to beat Pakistan then They just need to keep basic right. Should have taken all the dropped catches. Just imagine what would happen then?

    Also Umpires need to keep their basic right about decisions. Bangladesh dont need to play extraordinary to beat pakistan.

  • szrana007 on December 20, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    @arnab hossain! r u kidding me! Pakistan also suffered some poor decisions in this series like that of asad shafiq today! So don't act like dat bd is losing due to umpires. reality is that bd is a poor cricket team and dey can't in any way stand in front of dis pakistani juggernaut. So plz accept dis reality !!

  • on December 20, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Is Shkib Ali Hasan becoming next Vettori ? scoring 144 n picking up 6/82..........doing what Vettori does almost in every match for New Zealand.....n shakib seems to be following his foot marks....

  • Ahsan_Shere on December 20, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Not only Bangladesh suffered, recall when Younis was given caught behind off a wide ball down the leg-side when Pakistan chased 92 & when Hafeez was given LBW off an inside edge & when ball was clearly hitting leg stump today but not given off Saeed Ajmal of Mushfiqur, also, ball was clearly missing leg today when Asad Shafiq was given to an in-swinger which hit him high on knee roll & on leg-stump when it struck, so it is almost impossible that a ball which swung in so sharply will straighten after hitting the pads.

  • dmqi on December 20, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Well, Pakistan will win this test too for ( a). drop catches by Bangla fielders, b. poor batting by Bangla batsmen except Shakib of course, c. average bowling by bangla bowlers. BUT, Misbah and co, wait for January. England will not drop you and Taufic to give your team extra 150 runs ( Ramiz said Pakistan got 1st innings lead for drop catches). Look at Pakistan strike rate, well below the top teams, even against Bangladesh. That says about your batting. GET RID OF POOR UMPIRES.

  • WICric101 on December 20, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Bangaladesh needs to play alot more first class cricket against top test teams A squads, and more bilateral series against WI & NZ (of maybe 5 test series) who are have also been at bottom of rankings for a long time.

  • Nick.coll on December 20, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    I'm sure Bangi is heading towards another loss, I just don't understand why Bangi can't improve in their batting. New teams like Ireland have improved drastically. I guess Bangi have to play against Touch opponents frequently like SAF,IND,ENG and AUS. It's important for Cricket that Emerging Country like Bangi should Play well and show their Worth to the whole world. It looks like SL will be the next Bangi in a couple of years.

  • on December 20, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Bad luck for BD..Umpiring decision going against them but it happens in cricket..But wat was Tamim trying to do...Do batsmen know thier resposibilites regarding to the situation..if the score was 60/1 end of play, wud hav been gud for BD..I guess BD players still dunno wat is TEST cricket and how to save the TEST..they dont know tht u can DRAW the TEST..only ONE REAL DRAW in BD's TEST history says it all..Hats off To Shakib..He is just doing everything..i hop he dont get too much work loaded in his career..he needs to get break when playing weaker teams..lol

  • on December 20, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    bear in mind the 67 lost overs due to fog. Pakistan are fighting hard to win a 4 day match and Bangla Desh apparently are failing to save yet another game in less than 5 days. BD needs to play may be more against Associate teams to lift their confidence. Back to back humiliating defeats will only shatter their confidence and cricket will be at a loss in the country.

  • on December 20, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Another poor decision against BD and its the first wicket again, this time of Tamim. If so many decisions go against a already struggling side then the result is inevitable. Disgusting umpiring from the so called Elite Panel!

  • on December 20, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    What a bad umpiring!! Every time we see when Bangladesh try to play well the umpire stopped them .. Really bad luck for Bangladesh team..

  • maddy20 on December 20, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Is there anything Shakib cannot do? Bolwer, excellent fielder, batsman, captain(former). Its a real pity that they sacked him as captain. There is nothing a captain can do if his players do not support him in the field, throwing away wickets by playing feisty shots!

  • Adnan143 on December 20, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    dont worry BD fans just make sure u bat untill tea with lrsd of sbout hundred and rest assure pak will not chase and u will get away with draw, hats off to misbah-mohsin 80's style cricket approch

  • on December 20, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is great now

  • on December 20, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    At least Run Rate lovers will be satisfied with BD performance. 114 in 35 overs @ 3.25 rpo is a nice one. Who cares about wickets in hand....

  • on December 20, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    BCB should ask for more experienced umpires next time. coz the umpiring was pretty much ordinary in this test match. That indian umpire seemed like a joker out there making bad decisions now & then. I'm shocked with the performance of billy doctrove too. An experienced umpire like him shouldn't make these kind of bad decisions.

    About today's match, well Bangladesh is clearly slipped from the match now. U can't expect doing good in a test match after dropping 7-8 catches.

    But hats off to Mr. Shakib. Test cricket've seen such all round performance today after many days.

    Good luck to both the team for tomorrow.

  • on December 20, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    my prediction is coming true and i am not surprised. 1. bangladesh to be bowled out between 300-350 - a tick mark there 2. pakistan is going to pile up huge number of runs - a tick mark 3. bangladesh is going to collapse in 2nd innings - coming close. wait till tmrw.

    pakistan win the test match easily. I don't like the betting business or else I wish i could have done it. its so easy to bet when my country plays. I know we will lose.

    cmon ICC take away our membership. Shakib please start playing for county or in Australia first class cricket. Why do you have to pay for all your dumb fellow cricketers?? I think you have seen enough of this. If you announce your retirement from Bangladesh cricket team trust me as Bangladeshis we won't think you as a hypocrite or criticize you.

  • azmal007 on December 20, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    BCB should ask for more experienced umpires next time. coz the umpiring was pretty much ordinary in this test match. That indian umpire seemed like a joker out there making bad decisions now & then. I'm shocked with the performance of billy doctrove too. An experienced umpire like him shouldn't make these kind of bad decisions.

    About today's match, well Bangladesh is clearly slipped from the match now. U can't expect doing good in a test match after dropping 7-8 catches.

    But hats off to Mr. Shakib. Test cricket've seen such all round performance today after many days.

    Good luck to both the team for tomorrow.

  • on December 20, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    pakistan win this match

  • Mystery on December 20, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Bangladesh need to revisit their domestic format. Unless a strong domestic structure is not put in place it would be very difficult churnout quality test players. The Coach has a big role to play also to invive temprament in the players to play long test inings. there are one ot two individuals who are performing rest are just filling up the places to put 11 players. They need to wake up soon or else their test status may be questioned.

  • on December 20, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    It should not be a problem to win from here, go Green go

  • on December 20, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    It circles back to the sane issue that bangladesh nred more 4 day 1st class game. By furing experienced captains & promotong players who r not eligible in merit will not help.

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  • on December 20, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    It circles back to the sane issue that bangladesh nred more 4 day 1st class game. By furing experienced captains & promotong players who r not eligible in merit will not help.

  • on December 20, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    It should not be a problem to win from here, go Green go

  • Mystery on December 20, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Bangladesh need to revisit their domestic format. Unless a strong domestic structure is not put in place it would be very difficult churnout quality test players. The Coach has a big role to play also to invive temprament in the players to play long test inings. there are one ot two individuals who are performing rest are just filling up the places to put 11 players. They need to wake up soon or else their test status may be questioned.

  • on December 20, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    pakistan win this match

  • azmal007 on December 20, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    BCB should ask for more experienced umpires next time. coz the umpiring was pretty much ordinary in this test match. That indian umpire seemed like a joker out there making bad decisions now & then. I'm shocked with the performance of billy doctrove too. An experienced umpire like him shouldn't make these kind of bad decisions.

    About today's match, well Bangladesh is clearly slipped from the match now. U can't expect doing good in a test match after dropping 7-8 catches.

    But hats off to Mr. Shakib. Test cricket've seen such all round performance today after many days.

    Good luck to both the team for tomorrow.

  • on December 20, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    my prediction is coming true and i am not surprised. 1. bangladesh to be bowled out between 300-350 - a tick mark there 2. pakistan is going to pile up huge number of runs - a tick mark 3. bangladesh is going to collapse in 2nd innings - coming close. wait till tmrw.

    pakistan win the test match easily. I don't like the betting business or else I wish i could have done it. its so easy to bet when my country plays. I know we will lose.

    cmon ICC take away our membership. Shakib please start playing for county or in Australia first class cricket. Why do you have to pay for all your dumb fellow cricketers?? I think you have seen enough of this. If you announce your retirement from Bangladesh cricket team trust me as Bangladeshis we won't think you as a hypocrite or criticize you.

  • on December 20, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    BCB should ask for more experienced umpires next time. coz the umpiring was pretty much ordinary in this test match. That indian umpire seemed like a joker out there making bad decisions now & then. I'm shocked with the performance of billy doctrove too. An experienced umpire like him shouldn't make these kind of bad decisions.

    About today's match, well Bangladesh is clearly slipped from the match now. U can't expect doing good in a test match after dropping 7-8 catches.

    But hats off to Mr. Shakib. Test cricket've seen such all round performance today after many days.

    Good luck to both the team for tomorrow.

  • on December 20, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    At least Run Rate lovers will be satisfied with BD performance. 114 in 35 overs @ 3.25 rpo is a nice one. Who cares about wickets in hand....

  • on December 20, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is great now

  • Adnan143 on December 20, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    dont worry BD fans just make sure u bat untill tea with lrsd of sbout hundred and rest assure pak will not chase and u will get away with draw, hats off to misbah-mohsin 80's style cricket approch