Bangladesh v West Indies, 5th ODI, Dhaka December 9, 2012

Excitement causes confused conclusion

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Elias Sunny remained the most sought-after Bangladesh player the day after their 3-2 series win.

Everyone wanted to know why he didn't complete the run that would have sealed Bangladesh's win off the fifth ball of the 44th over. Nasir Hossain had to reconfirm the win with another shot over the covers the next ball, sparing Sunny the ire of millions.

His teammates, though, gave him an earful later in the dressing room. "Mushfiqur, Riyad, Mashrafe, they all started shouting at me," Sunny said, relieved that he can still see the funny side of his carelessness. "It was sweet because we had won but I can't tell you what they said."

The confusion, according to Sunny, began when Nasir started to celebrate in earnest after hitting the fifth ball of the 44th over. The ball sailed into the deep field but didn't reach the boundary and Sunny appeared to be have been taken in by his teammates who had rushed to the middle to celebrate.

"The way Nasir hit that ball and started celebrating, I thought the ball went to the boundary," Sunny said. "He thought I had completed the run so he started to celebrate. I returned from very near the popping crease.

"I would have completed the run if I knew it wasn't a boundary. It was due to excitement. The ball was dead when the team had entered the field. If I had walked towards the striker's end, I the ball would have been live and that could have been risky."

West Indies captain Darren Sammy was also laughing when asked about the incident right after the match. "That was actually funny. I thought the two guys crossed and one didn't touch the popping crease.

"Apparently one guy didn't reach the crease at all. I would probably take a look at it in the replay and have a laugh about it again," Sunny said. "They did what they had to do and congratulations to them."

Sunny said he followed the next ball quite carefully. Nasir cut it away to the boundary. "I really focused on the ball crossing the rope."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • POSTED BY Meety on | December 11, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    @Rezaul on (December 09 2012, 20:38 PM GMT) - a bit harsh. The reality is, the guys are not YET use to winning & have not YET got the winning habit. When they do, they'll really step up a notch. The fact is, their professionality has improved - otherwise they would not of been able to compete with a good WIndies side over Tests, ODIs & T20s.

  • POSTED BY BANFAN on | December 10, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    @Faridoon....it wasn't given run out, because it wasn't run out. When WI took out the stump, batsman was standing inside the crease.

    @MashroorR... The nonstriker batsman returned from about half the crease, thinking it was a 4, so there was no run scored. The striker simply went back to his own crease and that can't be called run ...

  • POSTED BY westindian4life on | December 10, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    on another note at first i did think that it was petty for west indies to protest about sunny and nasir not having completed the winning run..but on closer reflection...the rules of the game are the rules...if the ball dosent reach the boundary then you need to complete the run by grounding your bat behind the crease which sunny did not...if the windies were really serious about things and really were being petty then they would have run out the batsman and appealed...then who kmows what would have happenned with no 11 at the crease...so it isn't petty at all..

  • POSTED BY reaz_bd on | December 10, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    whatever, we'r really happy to win the series, best of luck & all the best for future games of cricket for Bangladesh Team. Thanks to Almighty Allah.

  • POSTED BY mashrurR on | December 9, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    batsmen crossed twice (hence Nasir on strike again), but Sunny ran one short. That way shouldn't it be 1 run?

  • POSTED BY Rezaul on | December 9, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Thats an extreme example of lack of professionalism in the team members. Thats why Bangladesh can not rise to their expectations despite having a group of super talented players. This is an elementary level mistake which is inexcusable. I can bet you, no other player in the world have this kind lethargic attitude while playing such a crucial game. I am sure coach and leaders will look into it.

  • POSTED BY on | December 9, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    i dont understand this at all... why does it matter..darren sammy ruined the win for the public...

  • POSTED BY on | December 9, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    we have to improve immatureness!!!

  • POSTED BY vladtepes on | December 9, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    imagine what wouldnhave happened if he;d been run out with the scores still lrvrl. that would have broiught in the number 11 for another try at powell.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | December 9, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    stupidity of the highest order. This guy should not play cricket, hadudu may suit him better. Hard to believe the over celebration, before the match ended. Why God has given you 2 eyes? Next time use power glass to see the position of the ball.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | December 11, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    @Rezaul on (December 09 2012, 20:38 PM GMT) - a bit harsh. The reality is, the guys are not YET use to winning & have not YET got the winning habit. When they do, they'll really step up a notch. The fact is, their professionality has improved - otherwise they would not of been able to compete with a good WIndies side over Tests, ODIs & T20s.

  • POSTED BY BANFAN on | December 10, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    @Faridoon....it wasn't given run out, because it wasn't run out. When WI took out the stump, batsman was standing inside the crease.

    @MashroorR... The nonstriker batsman returned from about half the crease, thinking it was a 4, so there was no run scored. The striker simply went back to his own crease and that can't be called run ...

  • POSTED BY westindian4life on | December 10, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    on another note at first i did think that it was petty for west indies to protest about sunny and nasir not having completed the winning run..but on closer reflection...the rules of the game are the rules...if the ball dosent reach the boundary then you need to complete the run by grounding your bat behind the crease which sunny did not...if the windies were really serious about things and really were being petty then they would have run out the batsman and appealed...then who kmows what would have happenned with no 11 at the crease...so it isn't petty at all..

  • POSTED BY reaz_bd on | December 10, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    whatever, we'r really happy to win the series, best of luck & all the best for future games of cricket for Bangladesh Team. Thanks to Almighty Allah.

  • POSTED BY mashrurR on | December 9, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    batsmen crossed twice (hence Nasir on strike again), but Sunny ran one short. That way shouldn't it be 1 run?

  • POSTED BY Rezaul on | December 9, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Thats an extreme example of lack of professionalism in the team members. Thats why Bangladesh can not rise to their expectations despite having a group of super talented players. This is an elementary level mistake which is inexcusable. I can bet you, no other player in the world have this kind lethargic attitude while playing such a crucial game. I am sure coach and leaders will look into it.

  • POSTED BY on | December 9, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    i dont understand this at all... why does it matter..darren sammy ruined the win for the public...

  • POSTED BY on | December 9, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    we have to improve immatureness!!!

  • POSTED BY vladtepes on | December 9, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    imagine what wouldnhave happened if he;d been run out with the scores still lrvrl. that would have broiught in the number 11 for another try at powell.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | December 9, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    stupidity of the highest order. This guy should not play cricket, hadudu may suit him better. Hard to believe the over celebration, before the match ended. Why God has given you 2 eyes? Next time use power glass to see the position of the ball.

  • POSTED BY Ibra95 on | December 9, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    that was really funny sunny, grat hit to the boundary nasir!!! congrats again!!!=)

  • POSTED BY Faridoon on | December 9, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    It was very gracious of Sammy to laugh about it. I think the Windies had every right to claim a run out. If it had been the last ball of the last over, surely the Windies would have taken it more seriously. Fail to understand why the umpire didn't give that out. The Windies had five more overs to bowl, so they can be forgiven for assuming that one run would easily have been scored. The umpires shouldn't be taking any such subjective factors into consideration.

    If the ball had eventually raced to the boundary, would it still be deemed a dead ball because the Bangladesh team members came on to the field before the ball crossed the line??

  • POSTED BY ArifurKhadem on | December 9, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    What a game! What a history! What a stylist and responsible batting displayed by Bangladeshis! And what a series win! I am equally proud alongside all patriotic Bangladeshis who have really enjoyed every moment of this match home and abroad. TIGERS, we are mainly lacking this consistency not due to talent but because of patience and self respect. Once we constantly maintain it for a number of years, it will be very difficult to beat us in any game, I bet (like former Pakistan and West Indies). We have to change this longstanding strategy that winning one match ensures we have achieved everything and we are on the top of the world. And this is the prime cause of majority of our defeats. Although you made this great victory last night, please consider that you learned how to win a match patiently and responsibly. So please keep learning this lesson to maintain the consistency. BILLIONS OF CONGRATULATIONS FROM MY HEART.

  • POSTED BY Saadman_BD_Faisal on | December 9, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    An honest mistake by Sunny. And it was really funny. Though it wouldn't be so fun for us if Bd had gone on to lose the match. In the end no hard done . And cricinfo should give more importance to international match than Indian domestic match .

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  • POSTED BY Saadman_BD_Faisal on | December 9, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    An honest mistake by Sunny. And it was really funny. Though it wouldn't be so fun for us if Bd had gone on to lose the match. In the end no hard done . And cricinfo should give more importance to international match than Indian domestic match .

  • POSTED BY ArifurKhadem on | December 9, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    What a game! What a history! What a stylist and responsible batting displayed by Bangladeshis! And what a series win! I am equally proud alongside all patriotic Bangladeshis who have really enjoyed every moment of this match home and abroad. TIGERS, we are mainly lacking this consistency not due to talent but because of patience and self respect. Once we constantly maintain it for a number of years, it will be very difficult to beat us in any game, I bet (like former Pakistan and West Indies). We have to change this longstanding strategy that winning one match ensures we have achieved everything and we are on the top of the world. And this is the prime cause of majority of our defeats. Although you made this great victory last night, please consider that you learned how to win a match patiently and responsibly. So please keep learning this lesson to maintain the consistency. BILLIONS OF CONGRATULATIONS FROM MY HEART.

  • POSTED BY Faridoon on | December 9, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    It was very gracious of Sammy to laugh about it. I think the Windies had every right to claim a run out. If it had been the last ball of the last over, surely the Windies would have taken it more seriously. Fail to understand why the umpire didn't give that out. The Windies had five more overs to bowl, so they can be forgiven for assuming that one run would easily have been scored. The umpires shouldn't be taking any such subjective factors into consideration.

    If the ball had eventually raced to the boundary, would it still be deemed a dead ball because the Bangladesh team members came on to the field before the ball crossed the line??

  • POSTED BY Ibra95 on | December 9, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    that was really funny sunny, grat hit to the boundary nasir!!! congrats again!!!=)

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | December 9, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    stupidity of the highest order. This guy should not play cricket, hadudu may suit him better. Hard to believe the over celebration, before the match ended. Why God has given you 2 eyes? Next time use power glass to see the position of the ball.

  • POSTED BY vladtepes on | December 9, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    imagine what wouldnhave happened if he;d been run out with the scores still lrvrl. that would have broiught in the number 11 for another try at powell.

  • POSTED BY on | December 9, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    we have to improve immatureness!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 9, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    i dont understand this at all... why does it matter..darren sammy ruined the win for the public...

  • POSTED BY Rezaul on | December 9, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Thats an extreme example of lack of professionalism in the team members. Thats why Bangladesh can not rise to their expectations despite having a group of super talented players. This is an elementary level mistake which is inexcusable. I can bet you, no other player in the world have this kind lethargic attitude while playing such a crucial game. I am sure coach and leaders will look into it.

  • POSTED BY mashrurR on | December 9, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    batsmen crossed twice (hence Nasir on strike again), but Sunny ran one short. That way shouldn't it be 1 run?