Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Mirpur

Shakib's swoop, Gazi's drop

Plays of the Day from the first ODI between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Mirpur

Mohammad Isam

February 17, 2014

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Sohag Gazi fluffs a catch near the boundary, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Mirpur, February 17, 2014
Minutes after he had help effect a run-out, Sohag Gazi put down a sitter © AFP
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The delayed return

Mushfiqur Rahim took a baffling decision to keep Shakib Al Hasan out of the attack for much of Thisara Perera and Sachitra Senanayake's 14-over stand. The pair blasted 82 runs in the interim, with none of the spinners or Rubel Hossain finding a way to break the partnership. Shakib had bowled just four overs, and was waiting for his turn, and had also gone close to ending the stand with a fine diving effort from short midwicket. He eventually made a breakthrough by foxing Senanayake, but by then it was far too late a move from the captain.

The swoop

Shakib was having a superb time during the Sri Lanka collapse, the zenith being his dive, swoop and throw which accounted for Dinesh Chandimal's run-out. The ball seemed set to go past him at cover, but the dive threw off the two batsmen in the middle, and as they couldn't decide which way to turn, Shakib threw the ball on the turn while on the ground, and returned it to Arafat Sunny, who took a moment to break the stumps after being far too excited at first.

The hero to zero moment

Sohag Gazi suffered a loss of fortune in a matter of minutes. He first had an indirect role to play in the Kithuruwan Vithanage run-out, by moving behind, and pressing the oncoming batsman to move further to the left, thereby winning a split second as Mushfiqur Rahim threw down the stumps. Just six balls later, though, Gazi crucially dropped Thisara at long-on, and it changed the course of the Sri Lanka innings dramatically.

The decision

In the 20th over, after Shamsur Rahman's bat had got stuck just short of the crease as he was completing a run, third umpire Anisur Rahman took more than five minutes to decide whether both of Shamsur's feet were in the air when the bails were taken off. Anisur finally decided to give Shamsur out, although the number of replays and the ensuing doubt suggests he was not entirely sure. The TV commentary didn't quite agree with the decision too, but Shamsur walked back, rather slowly. It was a moment of misfortune that had a big impact on the final outcome of the match.

The miss

Mahmudullah's body language has often given the wrong vibe, but his laidback approach was never viewed as a major hindrance. In the 38th over, however, he froze at long-on when the ball came at him, and it looked awful in the replay. Thisara had smashed one straight towards him and Mahmudullah actually moved away from the line of the ball. It went for a one-bounce four and Thisara made him pay further by hammering the next ball for a six.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by i_golam on (February 18, 2014, 20:12 GMT)

Everyone wants to be the hero & thats the problem for BD ! Mushis captaincy going worse & worse ... in this series against SL !!! Maybe Our U19 team should take over now when things going so ugly for BD !

Posted by Bangladesh_Forever on (February 18, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

With only one debutant, BD has no excuse for their overt immaturity in this match... Please, BD selectors, for God's sake- 1. Naeem or no Naeem, how come Mahmudullah and Gazi, being of identical type, play together in any match?... First, you didn't pick Naeem for the tests. Now when his bat was hitting the balls fine in NCL, you seize his bat just to use his butt heating the side bench?! 2. This isn't the first time Mushfiq's fielding plans being too defensive beyond explanation. Close shaves aren't good enough, we want wins. How many match have we lost like this with Mushi's captaincy now? Shakib must be given back captaincy... 3. Putting Tamim and Mash out of this match has something to do with this VC issue, I reckoned, and I welcomed it. However, Anamul saved us the time to decide he still isn't up for it so, again, please cut the VC crap and bring back batsman Tamim...

N.B. to ICC, please sack Atahar Ali Khan from the commentators' panel...

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

There are way too many Bangladesh players who are not firing!

Nasir Hossain and Sohag Gazi's no show in the Tests, T20s, and now the ODIs are really costing us matches.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

See the temperament: players->67 for 8 to 180!! and then 114 for 2 to 167!!! Umpire->third umpire Anisur Rahman took more than five minutes to decide benefit of doubt against batsman... Umpire needs training from schoolboys about cricketing rules and players needs training from schoolboys how to catch or run between the wicket

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

Mahmudullah's body language has always been poor. He acts lazy always. And we keep selecting him the team. This is ijustice to other player like Naeem Islam. Naeem got two brilliant innings in the series against NZ few moths ago but he was denied a position in the XI! And guess who took Naeem's place it is Mahmudullah! Pathetic selection by the team management. Hope they learn and reverse the decision.

Posted by ashqarmahi on (February 18, 2014, 4:18 GMT)

no comments about the umpire...it is happening frequently against us...but so many comments for players...only samsur out in a bad decision...what about other players..what about catch misses...come on guys...Give all credit to SL...Today they showed us how to come back in a game....They have the mental strenth to overcome the odds....Please learn from them and comeback....

Posted by not_a_Flattrackbully on (February 18, 2014, 3:06 GMT)

Oh. Here's another could have should have would have talks. If it is. SL have 4 world cups to say the three words. :P not a excuse guys. Don'nt blame the fielders and dropoed catches every time. 180 is very getable in which BD were 116-2. The batsmen were not in the feet and were playing like they almost done it. Paid the price for it. Isam where's A.fidel fernando? Your articles are full of dump. You should remember Kusal was given a Lbw for a ball which miss the leg. It was'nt that BD gabe away always. But SL make it happend. Hold the nerve till the end. Sorry i got to say this.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 0:58 GMT)

Rahim is the worst captain, Mathews is the 2nd worst.

Posted by Masking_Tape on (February 17, 2014, 21:34 GMT)

How do you choke like that in a regular season game?? Wonder what they'd do if this was a knock out game or semi final game of an ICC tourny. I fear there will be no washing machine in the world to wash their pants ...

Posted by zamana03 on (February 17, 2014, 21:19 GMT)

I am fed up on watching Bangladesh performance. Gazi and mahmudullah should get punishment. They are accountable for losing this match. Nasir Hossain also is not getting runs. If he does not get runs next match then he should get dropped.

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