Bangladesh v West Indies, only Twenty20, Mirpur

'I knew a mis-hit would have gone for six'

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October 11, 2011

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Mushfiqur Rahim lets out a victory cry, Bangladesh v West Indies, only Twenty20, Mirpur, October 11, 2011
Mushfiqur Rahim scored 41 off 26 balls to take his side home © Associated Press
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Mushfiqur Rahim, who sealed Bangladesh's victory over West Indies on Tuesday with a six over midwicket, said it was a calculated shot he played to finish the game.

"I was targeting the smaller side of the ground, and I was confident that even a mis-hit could travel for six," he said.

During Bangladesh's recent tour of Zimbabwe, Mushfiqur was in a similar position in the third ODI. Bangladesh needed eight to win off the last over with one wicket in hand, and Mushfiqur, batting on 99, hit a couple of the first ball and holed out off the next attempting a six. Here, he said, he was not worried about repeating the mistake.

"In Harare, as we only had one wicket left, I knew that even if I took a single we would have lost the match; in other words it was all left up to me. Here, since we had three wickets left, I knew that even if I mis-hit the shot and we ran one or two there would still be a chance to win."

The match was Mushfiqur's first as captain of Bangladesh and he was glad everything went to plan. "Everyone wants the first match [of their stint in charge] to be memorable, and I couldn't have asked for more. We won the toss, it was the plan to bowl first because dew might have been a factor and our bowling is spin-reliant. We saved 10-12 runs in the field and made a concerted effort to restrict them as much as possible."

With Bangladesh 93 for 6 in the 16th over, chasing 133, West Indies appeared to have the edge, but Mushfiqur found an able partner in debutant Nasir Hossain. At that point, Mushfiqur said, he was looking to play out 20 overs. "I believed that if Nasir and I stayed till the last over, even if we needed 10 or 15 runs [in the 20th], we would win.

"We got some runs in the second-last over [14 off Carlos Brathwaite], which was a bonus for us. In the last over, I had the confidence that if I got the ball in my zone then I could hit it for a four or six. Fortunately, that is what happened."

The Bangladesh bowlers did well to restrict West Indies, he said. "I think we bowled fantastically well to restrict West Indies to 132. It was not a difficult total [to chase]. Rubel [Hossain] got hit for two sixes, but these things can happen in the Powerplays. What I liked was how he responded to the responsibility placed on him and came back well."

Darren Sammy, West Indies' captain, said his side had made too many errors. "We could have scored more runs, and we could have stopped more balls in the field," Sammy said. "In the end we made more mistakes than they did.

"We knew it was going to be an interesting series. They held their nerve better than we did. We never took them for granted."

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Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (October 13, 2011, 11:14 GMT)

yes, pure luck...see the result of ODI...

Posted by gloriouscricket on (October 12, 2011, 15:02 GMT)

Bangledesh played an excellent game: Still don,t think this was best 20/20 team--Dwayne Smith, Pollard, Cooper & Bishoo for the next 20/20 match.

Posted by Sarfin on (October 12, 2011, 11:44 GMT)

@Man007, luck? May be you are right. But I guess you didn't have a look on the scorecard let alone on tv. As a team and individuals, Bangladeshis completely outplayed WI and all of their players, save Samuels. Surely, that's luck.And on three occasions on T20I, Bangladesh defeated WI twice. May be that's lucky too.

Posted by chesumsne on (October 12, 2011, 10:59 GMT)

Well played Bangladesh. I am a Windies fan and of course I am disappointed with the result, but Bangladesh did play better than we did. For starters they selected a team to suit the conditions. Spinners for the subcontinent! Horses for courses! Where was Bishoo? WI went in with 4 seam bowlers, one "spinner" (Martin) and Samuels as backup. With Braithwaite and Russel bowling such short lengths, runs must flow. And once again the batting was abysmal (Samuels aside). Tough luck Rampaul... you simply had too few runs to defend. You are still the best fast bowler in the team at the moment, so don't lose confidence... I hope a more sensible bowling attack is selected for the rest of the tour.

Posted by khondokar on (October 12, 2011, 7:49 GMT)

well kelvin, itz true dat may b gayl could have made some difference. but if india says they lost the series because kumble/kapil was not there, or if australia says they are not playing their best cz steve waugh is not playing- that won't be logical. similarly u cant depend on a cricketer who is more interested in making money than playing for his nation. u should be accustomed to the fact that he is not always available to play for windies . he has not signed board contract. moreover, what did he do in the match of 2007 t20 world cup? he made a duck! so u cant be very sure that he could do something in the last match.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (October 12, 2011, 6:43 GMT)

It was just luck...wait and see.

Posted by mmaliBD on (October 12, 2011, 6:42 GMT)

Dear KelvinLTR, Gayle is a very good player no doubt, but WI not such a team which depends on the efficiency of a single player. Moreover in home ground BD team play good cricket. So BD won T20 by playing good cricket.

Posted by Sarfin on (October 12, 2011, 6:09 GMT)

@KelvinLTR, here's your answer. The fact is WI lost to BD with and without Gayle. And if two times world champs are toothless without one specific player, then that's nothing to be proud.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2011, 6:07 GMT)



keep following the games....

Posted by wiseshah on (October 12, 2011, 5:59 GMT)

Great win by bd team. Now win odi series

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