Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Khulna, 4th day November 24, 2012

A high and low for Shakib Al Hasan

Plays of the Day from the fourth day of the Khulna Test

The milestone
After taking his first wicket only in his 49th over, Shakib Al Hasan began to strike regularly for Bangladesh. He dismissed Darren Sammy to become the second Bangladesh bowler, after Mohammad Rafique, to take 100 Test wickets. In his next over, Shakib became his country's highest wicket-taker and then took his 102nd scalp to finish with figures of 52-11-151-4.

The surprise
When Sunil Narine fell at the stroke of lunch, there was speculation whether West Indies would declare because Tino Best had been injured on the first day. However, Best's sudden appearance as he limbered up with some spot-bowling on the side wicket during the lunch break was assurance that he would bowl in the second innings. His three-wicket burst was the confirmation that all was well with his hamstring.

The struggle
Shahriar Nafees has found new ways to struggle against the short ball. In the second innings, he attempted an upper cut against Fidel Edwards, which was caught at gully, but Nafees was given a reprieve when a no-ball was called. He kept pulling whenever the ball was pitched short and eventually perished when he took his eyes off another rising delivery, this time at the throat, and was caught at slips.

The mad moment
The charge and swing at Veerasammy Permaul that resulted in his dismissal will be a sour end to the Test series for Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim. After two days in the field, during which he kept wickets for 200.3 overs and captained the side, fatigue is the best reason to explain such a shot.

The second mad moment
Shakib had batted beautifully, and in contrast to the others before him, to ensure the Test would go into a fifth day. However, his loss of composure in the final over ensured he would not be part of Sunday's play. Batting on 97, Shakib charged Permaul's first ball and tried to find a boundary but the top edge landed in mid-off's hands.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Bangladeshi batsman mentality still very poor . They can not adjust with Test matches . Even they are poor than ZIM . U can see Pujara , how he can improved . But after 12 years , BD Batsman are very very poor .

  • Sami on November 24, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Can't blame him 100% prior was on the field for 200 overs bowling 1/4 of it so little rest time for him. He was probably mentally fatigue.

  • Rafiq on November 24, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    @Kriskingle, Tamim and Shakib already play county cricket although they didn't this season. Shakib has had a lot of success with Worcestershire over last two seasons. No doubt that helped him improve.

  • Dummy4 on November 24, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Giving all my respect to this great player,this is not the first time Shakib thew away his wicket on nineties.When Bangladesh was chasing a mammoth total of 500 + against Sri Lanka in 2009,he dragged a wide ball onto his stumps.At that time he was on 96,and Bangladesh total was 400+ (could have been a winnable match for them!).Sri Lankan bowlers were thinking how to get him out,but shakib's carelessness awarded them the match.But still Shakib,you are a wonderful cricketer.Wish you good luck! ~Sri Lankan fan of you~

  • Dummy4 on November 24, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Well we understand that a left arm spinner's ball can be pulled over the top easily by a lefty batsman but that doesn't mean u got to come Down the track at the final over of the day where ur trying to save the match, going after the lefty Permaul, given the lights are on... Shameful end to what could have given Shakib back his No.1 spot in test all rounders

  • krishnaKarthik on November 24, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    I have been saying it for years and will say it again:wisdom does not sprout from trees. Repeating the same things and expecting a different result is insanity, as Einstein said. IN order to improve, BD cricket needs exposure to other, established cricket cultures. If they want to win in the subcontinent, the best things is to play in India, though with the state of the domestic game here, I doubt if they would learn much. The better move would be to go play county cricket in England, where the wisdom of old players and the approach of younger ones will add a different dimension to BD Cricket. Players like Tamim and Shakib are ready for a season or two of county cricket and will benefit hugely from it, not to mention the improvement to BD cricket. BD should strongly think about facilitating such a move.

  • Amir on November 24, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    This is not the first time Shakib threw away his wicket. We make excuses for our best players Tamim and Shakib and keep saying that is how they play. Its their natural game but there is a time and place for some shots. In a test match when you are trying to save a match, this is not the shot you want to play at the end of the day when you need to keep all the wickets on hand. Most often, established batsmen go in a shell at the end of the day to preserve their wickets. BD is still on the right track, but our batsmen have to learn the value of their wickets.

  • Anisul on November 24, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Until and unless we are mentally ready we should not play Test cricket. What our players doing match after match is absolutely unbearable. Again we have witnessed the same old scenario while Shakib threw his most valuable wicket at 97. Don't forget this was his third nervous nineties innings (one was unbeaten). The Bangladeshi batsmen should play for the team not for personal achievement. Cricket is not a joker's game.

  • Sami on November 24, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    The youngest player in less matches to score a 1000 or more runs in ODIs and Tests and 100 or more wickets in ODIs and Tests common critics :)

  • Shahir on November 24, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Shakib literally threw it away after having come so far. He was playing so comfortably and he would have gotten his century had he stayed calm, and tomorrow after seeing off the new ball Bangladesh could have steered to 400 only if he stayed. Lers hope Nasir and Riyad bring it together and entertain us and hoping against hope for Abul Hasan to repeat the show. If everything falls in place for Bangladesh, they could make West Indies bat one session. A target of 100 runs in the last session can also be interesting.

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