Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 5th day

Batsmen let the team down - Mushfiqur

Mohammad Isam in Mirpur

November 17, 2012

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Mushfiqur Rahim walks off after his dismissal, Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 5th day, November 17, 2012
Mushfiqur Rahim was one of the five batsmen dismissed in the second session © AFP
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The Bangladesh batsmen must put a greater value on their wickets, their captain Mushfiqur Rahim has said, after his side squandered an opportunity to beat a full-strength West Indies for the first time in a Test. Chasing 245, Bangladesh were 45 for 2 at lunch on the final day in Mirpur, but lost five wickets to slip to 129 for 7 by tea. They were dismissed for 167.

"Shakib [Al Hasan] got an unplayable ball, but some of our top-order batsmen played soft shots," Mushfiqur said. "It is not expected of them. We need to make the bowlers work hard for our wickets.

"I thought we had a good Test match except for the last two sessions today. We lost the game in the second session by losing five wickets. It became difficult for us to go all out for the win in the final session. We wanted to bat with six wickets in hand after tea, because scoring any amount of runs with just three wickets is difficult in the final session of a Test match."

Given it was Bangladesh's first Test in 2012, Mushfiqur said it was satisfying to post the team's highest total in Test cricket. While several batsmen performed in the first innings, their failures in the second frustrated the captain.

"Ahead of the Test match, our concerns were about lasting the five days, but we scored 500-plus and took a first-innings lead, these are big achievements," Mushfiqur said. "Naeem's maiden Test hundred and the performance of the others are also noteworthy.

"But it is sad that we couldn't make 245 or draw the game against an attack that had given us 556 runs. I hope we start making the bowlers work for our wickets. If we can bring this into our game, we can do better in every Test in the future."

Bangladesh became the 14th team to score 500 runs in an innings and still lose the Test. Their inexperience in chases, having only won once and drawn twice in 14 tries, also contributed to the defeat, according to Mushfiqur. They had considered trying to save the game but that also required the top and middle order to show patience in the 16 overs before lunch and in the second session.

"There was a target to make sure we bat less overs if we didn't get wickets in the morning session. We knew they wouldn't let go until they had scored 300, but we got quick wickets in the morning. It was a tricky target but I think the batsmen have let down the team.

"Chasing 245 is never easy on the final day, so we did consider a draw. We wanted to play normally till tea and try to score the rest in the last session. We were under pressure by losing too many wickets then. We don't have much experience in fourth innings chases. We can improve ourselves by getting into such situations more."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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Posted by Mullick on (November 19, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

What is the big fuss some people are making about Bangladesh's test results? Don't they know that the New Zealand cricket team played its first Test in January 1930 against England in Christchurch, New Zealand. The team won their first Test 45 matches and 26 years later, against the West Indies at Eden Park, Auckland in the 1955/56 season. As of January 2012, NZ had played 368 Test matches, won 71, lost 148, and drawn 149.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

you always have some excuses. Battling did not work, bowlers are no good! When you guys going to show something that makes Bangladeshi proud

Posted by Rafelgibt on (November 19, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

Like any other BAN fan I'm also disappointed but not broken…BAN took the game into 5 days and fought really hard to beat the WI almost…Then what's the point of bashing the BAN team???Its true that BAN could have been won the game but that's beauty of TEST cricket while you chasing down in fourth innings (just imagine it was last 2 sessions of 5th day)…I still remember that once Pak and IND could not chase down 120 runs against SA and WI at respectively…And very recent PAK could not make just 240 runs against AUS in their last tour to AUS...So its very clear that so called big teams can choke to chase down a modest total….In that case did BAN do very bad???I don't think so……We are still not in the situation of winning a test match unless our players play exceptionally well (but we can force a DRAW for a sure)….But next 2 years our aim would be take the test matches into 5 days on a regular basis……..And target the ZIM team beat convincingly…Best wishes are always with you BAN tiger

Posted by   on (November 18, 2012, 22:33 GMT)

As long as BD can not make a proper structure nothing will happen in BD cricket. Problem is there!!!. still BCB and their directors all concern is Dhaka Premier League. which takes major amount of time in BD cricket calender. as well neither team in Dhaka Premier League have the ground or proper training facility.. BCB has made national team weak day by day for their lack of structured plan or vision. why not follow Australia, South Africa, India's domestic structure..is it so difficult or important than BCB directors or Dhaka clubs own interest? ICC should focus on this issue and also monitor the test status teams domestic cricket structure specially Bangladesh. we the spectators do not want to see the team loosing daily.

Posted by BG4cricket on (November 18, 2012, 21:52 GMT)

I think if the ICC are serious about developing the game they need to find a way for Bangladesh to play more Test cricket. Just 2 tests this year are not enough and this game showed there is some talent there.

Posted by The_Ashes on (November 18, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

I see no reason why Bangladesh cannot play New Zealand and Zimbabwe in a 3 match test series, both honestly are also struggling bad in Test Cricket so it would be best if you play an extra match so you get into the rhythm. If Bangladesh play well in the second test and not lose by an innings then its obvious they have improved. They're still a long way of winning test matches but can certainly play much better.

Posted by Fogu on (November 18, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

BD is definitely a better team. Need a couple of more batsmen in the top order and a fast bowler along with Mashrafe. This team can compete as they have shown. This was not a pitch that helped BD but they competed. Younster like Anamul, Abul Hasan are coming up which bodes well for us. BD needs to play more tests. Playing 2 tests a year is not going to do it. Some Indian fans comment shows their class and fear. BD will be a top 5 test team consistently soon enough.

Posted by The_Ashes on (November 18, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

@The_Greek_Master - Totally agree with you, spinning tracks will be a far better contests. Apart from the first session on the first day, the next 2 and half days had nothing for either bowlers. These are okay in limited overs but test Cricket is a bit unsuitable.

Posted by The_Ashes on (November 18, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

@Maruf27 - Exactly! apart from the last session Bangladesh played well and your statement can be backed up because the ICC President came to the country the other day and was very impressed with the facilities and plans Bangladesh Cricket holds for the future. There's no chance for a country of more than a 100 million people to be totally deprived of Cricket. These people are just worried about the rise of Bangladesh's Cricket. Its not our fault we can successfully hold Cricket matches and tournaments :)

Posted by sawifan on (November 18, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

@Meety, i agree. And @notOut0... Rubel just isn't test quality, and his 1st class stats back that statement up. Coming back from injury or not, a guy averaging 60+ in 1st class cricket isn't going to take your team forward. I do agree with you that Shahadat is also lucky to hold is spot, and i believe there are better fast bowlers that BAN could pick, but Rubel MUST go!

Posted by   on (November 18, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

Bangladesh gave us fans false hope of winning this match :-(

Posted by The_Greek_Master on (November 18, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

This wicket was disgraceful! The first three days, it offered the bowlers nothing!. This pitch did not have 40 wickets in it. With this wicket, the game deserved to be a draw...a waste of time! But the Windies gambled to get a result, declaring with only 4 out. Banglas played well, and didnt crumble and bat as badly as W.I. might have hoped. But then at the start of the 5th day, I had to listen to the Bangladeshi commentators, with a hope of victory for their team, make comments like "Bangladesh deserve to win this match" and "I hope the wicket in the 2nd test is the same"... Bangladesh didnt deserve to win! Was it Bangla's plan from the start to create a wicket that for the first 3 days gives the bowlers no chance, expect the W.I to declare half way through their innings, then take advantage of W.I desire for a result by posting a large total and then win the game? Bangladesh must stop propping up their batting by creating these sort of wickets, they will never improve until they do!

Posted by Maruf27 on (November 18, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

BD's test status is not going to be taken away with the comment of leagalegle, lorddravid or whatever. They r here for staying and to play forever. Just as their ODI performance is improving, test performance will also improve within 2-3 years time. Just that the progress is a bit slow.

Posted by realist1 on (November 18, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

@Legaleagle - Dude why are you so negative of BD cricket? I sure being a Pakistani you know most of the passionate BD fan show their support to your country when BD isn't playing against them. Yet, day after day your post against BD cricket is getting harsher. Yes, BD cricket team is playing Test cricket for 12 years but not this bunch of guys. These are still 21-26 year old kids. Give them chance, I am sure you agree they are improving day by day.

Posted by realist1 on (November 18, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

@Meety, Really? You will drop Rubel not Shahadat? Rubel bowled his heart out in the second innings. He is back from injury and looks improving over by over, whereas, Shahadat did not learn anything but keep bowling short pitch and wide outside off. His annoying grunt is getting louder and his speed getting lower. I say, drop Shahadat now and never let him in BD squad, any form. Good Day

Posted by Legaleagle on (November 18, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

Bangladesh captain should stop giving excuses and start performing.

Posted by rony1008 on (November 18, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

Bangladesh isn't used to play for win on the fifth against stronger opposition. With time that will come. On a different note, may be its time for Mushfiq to bat late in the order, enabling Nasir, Mahmudallah to more time in the middle.

Posted by Shafin1987 on (November 18, 2012, 1:22 GMT)

If a test side plays after 1 year this would be the outcome. Last 2 years they hardly played 4/5 tests. Even if AUS play 5 tests in 2 years they would forget how to play the game. But BD played well. Fall in the last 2 session. It will be overcome if they get more tests. BD should get 6 tests in a year.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

I am not sure why every1 is so eager to play bash the minnow. Very few people look at flaws or loopholes in WI perfomance as they almost threw away another test match. We should have been unbeaten in test series since 2007 when we toured South Africa. Rain, injuries, trivial / avoidable disagreements , poor selection, dropped catches, poor tactics / field placing have all played a major part in hindering us. Gibson & co want to get to #5 in Test cricket, with better management & coaching training, fitness etc we could have gotten past there by now. Hopefully we do not get too carried away with our recent successes. Our field placing + tactics & bowling albeit on a batting pitch still allowed Bangladesh to score nearly 600 runs while we lost 9 wickets for 64 runs in the 2nd innings against a minnow team with a bowler on debut taking all of 6 wickets 2 easily. we cannot get to #5 in test cricket by barely beating / almost losing to # 8 ranked team

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (November 18, 2012, 0:57 GMT)

I was very gutted we couldn't even chase that score no wonder most don't respect the Bangladesh Cricket team its ridiculous. Everytime inconsistent chance after chance. This was the team that celebrated last week with a cake 12 years of test Cricket but for what exactly? because you hardly won any games and I'm a Bangladesh fan who is saying this us fans do not deserve this everytime. Players like Tamim and Shakib are so happy with getting 50s instead of 100s and no player from the other teams have that kind of attitude. No wonder they average in the 30s. They just don't seem to learn a game we should've at least drawn. If we can't take on a mediocre bowler on slow pitches then how on earth can you take on the likes of Steyn or Morkel on fast bouncy pitches? please take Cricket seriously and improve from all departments otherwise we will continue to struggle. Bangladesh fans do not deserve this.

Posted by Meety on (November 17, 2012, 23:55 GMT)

Dissappointing for Bangladesh. That said, they took this match to the last session. The WIndies deserved the win for that sporting declaration - much credit should go there. Bangladesh fought hard but the weight of History stumped them in the end. Positives for Bangladesh - Sohag, Naeem, Nasir & Tamim. The mix of the team is pretty close to what I would select. I would make 2 changes for the next test. I would drop Siddique for Anamul Haque - he is a class act. I'd move Rahim or Mahmudullah to #3 & Nafees to open. I would drop Rubel for Elias Sunny. This would bolster the batting further & present a more practical attack for Bangladesh conditions!

Posted by IAS2009 on (November 17, 2012, 22:49 GMT)

first three wickets were give to WI, very very poor batting form BD, they have game in their hand, they took it like a 20/20 or ODI, still it is test match if you can't win it does not mean you have to loose the game, in 10 years SL became very competitive team, BD have to be better by now, it looks like they don't believe in their abilities. Every BD batsman has to prize his wicket, being aggressive and stupid to throw away your wicket are not same. I am sorry for BD fans. they need to find players who can prize their wickets in all format. if you look at the dismissals of BD players in all format it will tell you the sorry state of batting team is in for a very long time. this has to change.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

ICC Please take away test status from Bangladesh

Posted by TAPOREE on (November 17, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

Same story....different tests. Bangladesh grabbed a defeat from the jaws of a win. I think same words were spoken by all of the Bangladeshi captains after a test match loss? Mushfiq echoed my words which I am writing here for many years. "Bangladesh players must put a value on their wicket. They must give respect to opponent." In batting a batsman must have short term goals and long term goals. The long term goals, nine out of ten times are achieved without any extra effort if the short term goals were achieved. If in this game, after lunch had Bangladesh batsmen (and not tailenders) decided to take the game into the last hour, eyeing on the mandatory 15/20 overs....the result would have been different. There were no demons in the pitch and it was playing beautifully, even on the fifth day. And even that unplayable delivery to Shakib referred in Mushfiq's interview was unplayble because Shakib received the ball on the wrong foot. He made it unplayable and not the bowler.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

bangladesh were given 556. yes indeed!! that's y we took 10 for 167

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Why do BD have such a long batting line-up! Sohad Gaji @9 still they fell spectacularly. I think batters didn't anticipated a win despite posting 556 in the first innings.

Posted by smukhles on (November 17, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Tamim Iqbal is a good aggressive player but not a match winner at all and quiet independable. Playing irresponsibly has been his trade mark so far and that just has been proven one more time. It is the same symptom lile Ashraful, " not able to resist the temptation". It is indeed very hard to understand under what circumstance a team cannot score 245 after scoring 500+ in the first innings and taking a lead. BD needs match winning players, not somebody who plays for themselve only, at least the pattern of these losses keeps pointing towards that. This match at least should been drawn. They had all day to be there. It may not be easy on the 5th day, that is understood but 245 in all day!!!!!!!! is a mountainuous task!!!!! for our so called test team?

Posted by warneneverchuck on (November 17, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

Sehwag rightly said about the current BD team recently

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

very very negative thinking from skipper that they were playing for draw and end up the loosing side. he is the very overrated player i think they should replace him with young keeper who scored 2 hundreds in under 19 world cup

Posted by The_Ashes on (November 17, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

I'm not actually not going to blame Bangladesh too much because they played well for most parts especially considering they haven't played long forms of the game for almost a good part of a year which by the way is a fact. But I was really unhappy the way you guys batted in the final session totally out of character. The management needs to be strict on these place positions and that includes players like Tamim Iqbal and Rahim who still have not learnt. Also totally unnecessary to prepare the pitch so flat and really feel bad for the fans especially those that have come in, they really do not deserve this.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (November 17, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

Aah......Really :O. Isn't he a Batsman too??? What did he do? Honestly we are fed up with this same old story and excuse. C'mon boys its been 12 years u should know how to win a test by now. If you can score 500+ on that pitch than u should have been able to score 245 too. Their performance is disappointing. Knowing record of BD team I think in next match they wont even score 300. They have never played two decent test match in a series against a good team :/

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