Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 3rd day November 15, 2012

Permaul's long wait, Shakib's moment of frustration

The Plays of the day from the third day of the Mirpur Test between Bangladesh and West Indies

The reprieve

When Shakib Al Hasan edged Ravi Rampaul to the wicketkeeper, Bangladesh were set back at 179 for 4. But umpire Bruce Oxenford checked for the no-ball, and the replays showed that Rampaul had overstepped by at least six inches. Shakib was on 26 and he quickly corrected himself by leaving the ball as much as possible when the seamer bowled from around the wicket. He went on to score 89.

The shot out of character

Naeem Islam was a picture of calm when he took guard on the second evening. He continued to build on his innings quietly until Sunil Narine was introduced into the attack in the second hour. After defending the first ball, he slogged the next ball over mid-on for a boundary. Naeem's intention to attack was a surprise given he had been mostly quiet for his previous 99 deliveries.

The field placement

Darren Sammy was running out of options when West Indies returned after lunch. With Shakib using the arc behind point and third man regularly, the West Indies captain decided to put three fieldsman deep in that area, within ten yards of each other. Soon after that, in the 69th over, Shakib threaded the gap between deep point and square third man.

The frustration

It had happened on the second evening when Tamim Iqbal got out to a "strange shot at a strange time", by his own admission, when he was batting on 72. Shakib, on 89, would feel a little worse than the opener after he tried to chip Rampaul over Assad Fudadin at extra cover, but only hit it straight to the substitute. Shakib turned around and swished in the air, angry at himself, but there was no one else at fault but him.

The private moment

Naeem had spent 18 deliveries in the nineties but as soon as Tino Best gave him a freebie, he tickled one to the fine leg boundary and began celebrations in earnest. After a hug from captain Mushfiqur Rahim, Naeem covered his eyes with his forearm, conceivably rubbing off a tear. He quickly flashed a smile at his team-mates who came out of the dressing-room to congratulate him.

The long wait

Veerasammy Permaul was given a bowl quite late in the West Indies innings, the 31st over, and had to wait even longer for the first wicket. It came in his 22nd over, the 103rd of the Bangladesh innings. Mushfiqur was his first victim, drilling one straight back for an easy caught-and-bowled chance. It was however not his first wicket at this venue as he toured Bangladesh only a month ago for the Sagicor West Indies High Performance team.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Jonny on November 18, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Ordinary bowler Bishoo is far more effective in tests.

  • sam on November 16, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    WI making a hash of a good position near the end of day4 and set up a stiff 4th innings chase for BD with a distinct possibility of claiming 10 Wkts on a 5th day pitch only in true .....WI style- Well almost- will back WI an a crumbling pitch -only need to add 50 rund or so in the morning- The spinners will come into play and expect Sunil 'mystery' N to cause some misery for the batsmen. Have a feeling Narine will cause lot of damage tom and take WI to a win.BD gave a good reply to a big WI 1st inng score but the pitch was flat and both teams had no problems scoring in 1st inngs .Will be diff 2nd time round for BD to repeat 1dt inngs effort though. Any how, will BD do something special and give a fitting riposte to a certain Indian opener who rates them v 'ordinary'... Wait and see...

  • Derek on November 16, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    @David Lloyd, tha is not a bad thing if WI no longer select Narine for tests remember they never considered him good enough until the T20 franchises did. He could use the long break from test match cricket in between freelancing as a professional.

  • Derek on November 16, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Which way do WI want to go? Bravo batting for the rest of the match for 300no or the team aiming to bat out the rest of today then a further 10 overs tomorrow providing the average 8 an over during this period, should give the bowlers enough to encourage another express reply as in the BD first innings. If only WI had a Walsh, Garner, Marshall , Ambrose or even A Jerome Taylor and Roach in their attack.

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    Sunil future is in T20. With Permaul success, there is no way the West Indies will keep 2 spinners again.

  • michael on November 15, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Roach did it 3 times this year by having batsmen caught off no balls. Now Rampaul. Could it be a record and a new cricketing play?

  • Muhammad Rakibul on November 15, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    "Strange shot at a strange time"- is a theme for BD batsmen. Both Shakib & Tamim should learn 4m WI batsmen as well as 4m Naeem how to b patient at crucial time. Anyway, congratz to Naeem & Permaul.

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Naeems temperament and patience impressed me last year too. Him, Nazimuddin and Mushfique probably have the best test batting mindset among all banladeshi batsmen.

  • Niles on November 15, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Well done BD. I only wish i could see the game wondering why Roach is not in Indies team, what a toothless attack. 9 overs between Gayle and Samuels so what two spinners in squad narine is not a test spinner especially not in 1st innings Sammy and Otis need to think twice now about underestimating BD and realize WI test team still needs to take 20 wickets and with Roach out Best cant be in

  • Jonny on November 15, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Naeem has improved as an batsman always knew he had the talent only needed the right training and coach to guide his batting and it seemed to work.

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