Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 2nd day November 14, 2012

Bangladesh swift in reply to WI's 527

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Bangladesh 164 for 3 (Tamim 72, Rampaul 2-49) trail West Indies 527 for 4 dec (Chanderpaul 203*, Ramdin 126*, Powell 117, Gazi 3-145) by 363 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

At one end was Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who took seven-and-a-half hours to make his second Test double hundred. At the other end was Tamim Iqbal, who hit so many boundaries in his 72 that he turned the single into an event. In the end, Bangladesh were halfway towards the follow-on mark, at the cost of their top order.

West Indies didn't lose a wicket in two sessions today, with Denesh Ramdin making a hundred and putting on 296 with Chanderpaul. After Darren Sammy declared with Chanderpaul having equalled his highest Test score, West Indies did lose their bearings for a bit, though, as Tamim, along with Shahriar Nafees briefly, entertained the sparse crowd with a thrill-a-minute show of unrestrained hitting.

Bangladesh tend to regularly indulge in such shows, but they generally prove to be self-consuming in Test cricket. Tamim and Nafees both fell to urges to manufacture outrageous strokes, and it was down to Naeem Islam and Shakib Al Hasan to shut down the thrill store for the evening.

Tamim's first boundary was fortuitous, when a lifter from Ravi Rampaul took the edge and flew over the slip cordon. A similar, and better targeted, snorter soon consumed Junaid Siddique. Then began the Tamim-and-Nafees display. It barely lasted eight overs, fetched Bangladesh 63 runs, 52 of which came in boundaries. The highlight was Tamim's assault on Tino Best, who was punched, pulled and driven for four fours in an over.

The suicidal moments arrived soon enough. After hitting seven fours in his 31, Nafees flailed at one too close to him, and was caught behind off Rampaul. Tamim carried on a while longer and hit Sunil Narine for two sixes in three deliveries before somehow managing to tennis-forehand a short and wide Sammy delivery to short mid-on.

The frenzied action was in stark contrast to the calm manner in which Chanderpaul and Ramdin took West Indies to an imposing score. They batted nearly three sessions, and their near-triple century stand came at a healthy rate of 3.57 runs an over.

Chanderpaul, troubled a few times in the morning by the quicks, but otherwise in control, kept leaving offerings outside off stump, but still managed to outscore Ramdin. Chanderpaul hit fewer boundaries on the day than Ramdin, and went about his job unobtrusively as usual. Singles were picked regularly, deliveries were worked from off through midwicket, and he did enough to let Bangladesh know who was in charge.

What stood about Ramdin's innings was his desire to bat long - he was at the crease for five-and-a-half hours. He did loft the spinners for a few boundaries after getting to his second Test hundred of the year but before that, he had gone through several periods of denial, refusing to go after innocuous stuff from the tiring spinners.

For a side that had conceded 361 on the first day, Bangladesh started promisingly. They restricted the batsmen, and even created a few opportunities, but fortune and consistency continued to desert them. The home side could have had an opening off the second ball of the day when the tireless debutant Sohag Gazi beat Ramdin in the flight. But to sum up Bangladesh's morning, not only did the ball turn past the stumps, it also beat the wicketkeeper.

The second over, bowled by Rubel, held more pointers to the day. Rubel sprayed the first ball down the pads to concede four leg-byes, offered enough width outside off on the fourth to be taken for four to third man and Ramdin's slash eluded gully off the fifth to go for another boundary.

Bangladesh managed to at least slow things down considerably. They did not have any wickets to show for their effort, but a first-session run-rate of 2.71 was evidence enough of how much two well-set batsmen had to work for their runs. However, Bangladesh's fight evaporated after lunch.

One of their fast bowlers, Shahadat Hossain, didn't bowl in the second session, the other, Rubel, bowled just two overs, and Tamim sent down only his fifth over in Tests. Shakib was reduced to bowling flat and wide outside off stump. Gazi ended up sending down 47 overs in his debut.

Chanderpaul motored along at his own pace all day and eventually brought up his double with a dab past point for two in the 143rd over. An over later, Sammy called his men back. The pitch had remained largely sedate, and he would need all the time to enable his bowlers to take 20 wickets. As it turned out, Bangladesh have already gifted him two.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ExtremeSpeed on November 15, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Once Bangladesh can sort out the off-field issues and produce decent pace bowlers than we'll surely climb. Also in this test match and many more before it, all our players are in their 20s the 'youngest' of all test nations so our future is clear and set cheers everyone! ;)

  • ExtremeSpeed on November 15, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    @Micky Tool - lool I think you need to eat your own words now first test after almost a year and they're giving West Indies a tough game not bad for a 'minnow'. That's why teams do not want to face us. Looks like Cubs are slowly but surely growing into the Tigers :)"

  • ExtremeSpeed on November 15, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @legaleagle - Seriously!, West Indies would rather tour many more times to Bangladesh even if was so one-sided than tour Pakistan at the moment. I think you spoke way too soon bro :) :P

  • Ahmad991 on November 15, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Bangla tiger rocks on day 3 with...good test skills fro sakib and naeem.....best of luck for bangladesh

  • davidatlas999 on November 15, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    @micky tool i thought cricket is a game and all games play because entertaining.m i right? If bngla fan ok with that so o also ok.cause i personally like batter who score fast.i have no problem for those who play slowly but then i just watch highlit.i dont how others watch slow batting but it the end every one have there opinion why who wanna watch slow batting bashing those who play positively?

  • r0ketman on November 15, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    @Legaleagle: I have to really wonder if you have personal hatred against the BD team, what have they really done to you? The game is 2 days into a 5 day match, and while WI has the upper hand currently, the BD is not in a losing position based on numbers, at least not yet. What value does your facetious comment add to this situation? At least wait till BD loses before passing your hateful comments. Maybe you did not hear this while growing up " If you don't have anything nice to say, better not say anything at all!" If WI fails to win this match, you will have to eat your big words, just like you did after BD thrashed Ireland, a series you predicted so wisely that BD will most certainly lose earlier this year!:-)

  • on November 15, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Bang's bats are playing as if they all have pregnant wives who are in labor and need to get home quickly. My, my, my. What was the rush? Did they ever hear about building an inning rather than playing one? With this type of approach to the game, it's easy to see why Bang hasn't improved significantly in more than a decade of playing Test cricket. They should be further along by now. They play like enthusiastic schoolboys. It's sad because they have some talented players. Hope WI mop the floor with them.

  • IPSY on November 15, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    The current West Indies team made 527 for 4 wickets in a test match! This is surprising. The pundits say that this current West indies team is like Tendulkar; when they want to beat up a team in test cricket, they play against Bangladesh.

  • on November 15, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Good batting from Tigerpaul and the rest of WI. Wouldn't it be nice to see Chanderpaul's 19-yr old son make his debut alongside him. This would boost Test Cricket to the MAX.

  • FOTO on November 15, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    What was Tamim thinking? He should play for the whole day and Shariar and construct 200 runs partnership like Ramdin and Chanderpaul. Junaied should be given no chances, he is the most under performed national player. Bangladesh has a good batting lineup after Shakib and Naeem. There is Mushfiq, Mahamadullah and Nasir and if I say so from the NCL, Shoag Gazi is a good batsmen as well. Lets just hope for a 200 run partnership in the third wicket.

  • ExtremeSpeed on November 15, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Once Bangladesh can sort out the off-field issues and produce decent pace bowlers than we'll surely climb. Also in this test match and many more before it, all our players are in their 20s the 'youngest' of all test nations so our future is clear and set cheers everyone! ;)

  • ExtremeSpeed on November 15, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    @Micky Tool - lool I think you need to eat your own words now first test after almost a year and they're giving West Indies a tough game not bad for a 'minnow'. That's why teams do not want to face us. Looks like Cubs are slowly but surely growing into the Tigers :)"

  • ExtremeSpeed on November 15, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @legaleagle - Seriously!, West Indies would rather tour many more times to Bangladesh even if was so one-sided than tour Pakistan at the moment. I think you spoke way too soon bro :) :P

  • Ahmad991 on November 15, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Bangla tiger rocks on day 3 with...good test skills fro sakib and naeem.....best of luck for bangladesh

  • davidatlas999 on November 15, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    @micky tool i thought cricket is a game and all games play because entertaining.m i right? If bngla fan ok with that so o also ok.cause i personally like batter who score fast.i have no problem for those who play slowly but then i just watch highlit.i dont how others watch slow batting but it the end every one have there opinion why who wanna watch slow batting bashing those who play positively?

  • r0ketman on November 15, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    @Legaleagle: I have to really wonder if you have personal hatred against the BD team, what have they really done to you? The game is 2 days into a 5 day match, and while WI has the upper hand currently, the BD is not in a losing position based on numbers, at least not yet. What value does your facetious comment add to this situation? At least wait till BD loses before passing your hateful comments. Maybe you did not hear this while growing up " If you don't have anything nice to say, better not say anything at all!" If WI fails to win this match, you will have to eat your big words, just like you did after BD thrashed Ireland, a series you predicted so wisely that BD will most certainly lose earlier this year!:-)

  • on November 15, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Bang's bats are playing as if they all have pregnant wives who are in labor and need to get home quickly. My, my, my. What was the rush? Did they ever hear about building an inning rather than playing one? With this type of approach to the game, it's easy to see why Bang hasn't improved significantly in more than a decade of playing Test cricket. They should be further along by now. They play like enthusiastic schoolboys. It's sad because they have some talented players. Hope WI mop the floor with them.

  • IPSY on November 15, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    The current West Indies team made 527 for 4 wickets in a test match! This is surprising. The pundits say that this current West indies team is like Tendulkar; when they want to beat up a team in test cricket, they play against Bangladesh.

  • on November 15, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Good batting from Tigerpaul and the rest of WI. Wouldn't it be nice to see Chanderpaul's 19-yr old son make his debut alongside him. This would boost Test Cricket to the MAX.

  • FOTO on November 15, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    What was Tamim thinking? He should play for the whole day and Shariar and construct 200 runs partnership like Ramdin and Chanderpaul. Junaied should be given no chances, he is the most under performed national player. Bangladesh has a good batting lineup after Shakib and Naeem. There is Mushfiq, Mahamadullah and Nasir and if I say so from the NCL, Shoag Gazi is a good batsmen as well. Lets just hope for a 200 run partnership in the third wicket.

  • Dhutugemunu on November 15, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    As we saw in England, Narine is not a mystery in test matches. In T20 it's highly probable that the batsmen do mistakes when they try to score fast. That allows Narine or other mystery bowlers like Ashwin or Ajantha Mendis to take wickets. But they are no more mysteries in Test Cricket.

  • Dhutugemunu on November 15, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    BD does not play any test cricket here. This is not because they didn't play any test cricket in 11+ months. They don't know how to play test cricket. Only 3 wins in 12 years against two weaker teams at that time. BD should play patiently to save this match. This match might finish within 4 days with an innings victory to WI if BD play like this. 2 more wickets will expose the tail and that's it for this innings. BD should fight on 3rd day to get 328 to save the follow on.

  • Stumpbreaker on November 15, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    tiger this.... tiger that.... go tiger.... show tiger...lol tiger

  • on November 14, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    I WAS SATISFIED WITH BD PERFORMANCE BUT ALSO DISAPPOINTED. At the start of 2nd day BD was a bit unlucky,but later WI got control. Talking about batting of BD, I realized that they are much talented than what they were. And u have to look at the players,all are between 20-26. No senior player. I know they started playing test since 12 years but those experienced players are no more in the team, Basher etc. Tamim is more famous for his hard hitting class and i expected this from him but he have to be more clever. The way 2 wickets fell, even in ODI no one wud hit those deliveries! Sohag recently got few domestic centuries. Expect to see him batting earlier. New talents knocking the door of bd int. GL & about Wi batting. Even senior player like Gayle also couldnt control his nerves so what better can you expect from Tamim ? Dont forget WI were 107/3 even after having such good top order. Honestly when chandrpaul came i was sure that he wil score min 100 in this pitch as hes too patient.

  • FOTO on November 14, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    If this pitch had turn, then Bangladesh would be dead from Narine's magic hand.

  • on November 14, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Bd is playing test after 11 or 12 months(not sure).they r playing it like t20.ICC shud give BD more space in test or all that is going on will go on forever.

  • Quddus-Mamu on November 14, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    BD selectors should call Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque and Taskin Ahmed in second test instead of Junaid , Nazimuddin and Rubel Hossain.New players are showing much better performance. Sohag Gazi is a good example.

  • on November 14, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    good luck for bangladesh in tommorow . we hope sakib and naeem will give us better rather than today

  • on November 14, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Waste of time playing TEST CRICKET FOR BD..they dont learn and will never learn..their AIM shud hav been to DRAW the TEST cuz u aint gonna WIN it but the way tamim and nafees batted totally IMMATURE and UNACCEPTABLE..it wud hav been ok if the score was 90/1 after 36 ovrs...but 110 after 15 overs with crazy shots going all around..its totally crazy...BUNCH OF ENTERTAINERS playing TEST Cricket..waste of time Really..BD shud only play ODI n T20!!

  • asadc2003 on November 14, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    the way west indians bowled bd should score at least 400 .....in this track there is no point to scare of narain...he is not a unplayable bowler.....of course its very difficult to hit him......bd should play with straight bat only that will be more than good enough to score 400+ run ..

  • on November 14, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    expecting a good 3rd day

  • on November 14, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Cricket is a game and still in a test match we are child . we do not have player like chaunderpaul but we have some players . i can't think why junaid is coming repeatedly in the squad although he has no quality to play in the national team. There still some good players staying in the outside who are 100 times better then Junaid.Actually this test depends on two best batsmen of our country : they are Nasir & Sakib . If they play good den it is possible for us to draw in this match .

  • on November 14, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    "Shiv to Tamim: "Are you playing T20?" Tamim: "Your bowlers are bowling and I am doing my job. I cant bat like you." Shiv: "Neither can I bat like you!" - In case you guys didn't spot it today" ;)

  • DuminduSL on November 14, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Looks like World's T20 Final! :D

  • rayinto on November 14, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Tiger roars with the bat once more. More importantly was how he helped the cubs in training with two magnificent partnerships. Bangladesh should take a page out of his book - their approach in batting was more suited for the shorter form of the game. If nothing else, perhaps they will learn from this experience.

  • Jawwad123 on November 14, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Naeem was the only Bangladeshi player playing a true test innings.

  • Jawwad123 on November 14, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    If BD would've played the first 15 overs of their innings in the recently concluded T20 WC 2012 they would have surely lifted the title!!! It just proves that their failure is in their mentallity. They have the ability but have the opposite mindset.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 14, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    I feel BD should at least make 450 here. If they don't, they DO NOT deserve to play test cricket any more. I am sorry if BD fans get angry at my words, but 12 years is too long. If BD can't even win at home, they are simply not good for international cricket any more. Their fans deserve better than this. So much passion and love in BD towards their team and it's time Shakib and co. return the favour to the people of their nation. Yes, the pitch is flat but BD have to apply the basics and bat slow and long. Too many reckless shots played at times and it's worrying. WI looking strong here.

  • on November 14, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Tamim you idiot! You are so talented and gifted but get carried away. We really needed you to stay on the crease a whole lot longer! Lets wait and see what the remainder of the batsmen can do.

  • AzAb12754 on November 14, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Bangladesh complain lack of test yes true then why don't they and Zimbabwe play eachother in a 3 match test series? that's plenty plus similar ranked. There was supposed to be a test series between the two in August but didn't happen why?

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

    I love Chanderpaul...ofcourse in the plutonic sense. I dont think I would care if he took 10 hours to reach his double ton. How many batsman do we know of his style and seniority left in the game today. For the latter, I can only think of Tendulkar, Kallis, Vettori, Ponting, Jayawardene, Afridi, Strauss maybe and thats about it. I will enjoy whenever he bats because I know hes in his "twighlight years", the ones where you hope these guys would keep playing because your scared with what you see in the new batch

  • Legaleagle on November 14, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Bangladesh team plays T20 in test match. One day style in T20, and they cannot T 20 because they are not good enough. Classic case of misplaced understanding!

    I commend West Indies for agreeing to play in Bangladesh because its a worthless cause.

  • on November 14, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    I can't believe what Shahriar and especially Tamim did throwing their wickets away like that. That knock of Tamim deserved an easy 100 his conversion rate is poor and needs to improve on his fitness. Its understandable that they haven't play hardly any longer version of the game but to think this was T20 Cricket with 3 full days to go is absurd. Also unhappy about the type of pitch that was prepared like Bangladesh had a chance on a flat track for tests which had nothing for spinners. Draw would be a miracle now!!!!!!!

  • ProdigyA on November 14, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Close to 200 for just 3, IMO, BD have won this test.

  • masud69 on November 14, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    agree with supreme Tiger, must try Nazmul, Abul Hasan & sunny in 2nd test. BD has nothing to lose. it can't be worse than this.

  • Shaikhzaid on November 14, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Match will be draw tomorrow Bangladesh will avoid follow on then test match will be draw

  • Unomaas on November 14, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Shiv...one of my favourite cricketers of all time :=) and I don't care what anyone says about him :=P.

  • on November 14, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Once a tiger, always a tiger.....well done Chanders

  • Coolgye on November 14, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    WI have set themselves on a good stage to win it. I would surely want a good fight from the Bangladeshi batsmen to make it a good contest and a joy to watch.

    @Ahmed Hussain - Congrats your top order has finally put on a 150+ score losing just 3 wickets.

  • on November 14, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Bangladesh have chance to win :)

  • wiinners on November 14, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    So long the intention and action to turn the fifties into hundred r reduced into reality BD will be ending up with loosing the matches. Tamim and Nafees is guilty of gifting over the wickets, which is frustrating, despite their promise to stay patient. Again what can they do! If they play test once in a year after so many 20-20s, that is always gonna happen. The ICC restrained us from playing enough tests and our critics are sitting there to talk nasty about us. Good Job!

  • ExtremeSpeed on November 14, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    FLAT BATTING TRACK!!! what was management of Bangladesh thinking? I hope Khulna provides a lot of turn.

  • cricketcarl on November 14, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    should bangladesh be playing test cricket? yes they should. but some vital ingrediants please, a centre of excellance for stars in the making, a ruthless domestic competition, hard fast wickets, slow turners, greentops. i want batsmen who after nearly having their head knocked by a bouncer, to stare the fast bowler in the eyes as if to say 'is that the best u got', i want discipline, good decision making, dot the i's and cross the t's. i want the empty feeling after the loss, i want the cockiness and arrogance that gets under the skin of the 'big boys', i want to see when somebody is knocked down, they jump up, brush off the dust and fight harder than before, cmon bangladesh, believe in yourselves and work hard, we want to see you win

  • on November 14, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    This pitch looks as flat as a pancake, it was entertainiing from the Bangla-batsmen, but their first objective will be to get past the follow-on target and if they do so, it should be a draw. I guess alot depends on how much the pitch deteriorates in the remaining days. Was disappointed by the Windies frontline bowlers, after seeing how easy it was to bat on, you'd think they'd work on the disciplines by strangling Bangladesh from any loose boundary-balls. Too much short-pitched bowling, on pitches like that, the shortball should be the surprise-ball, once-an-over, mixed with the odd yorker and the rest being length-balls aimed at the top of off-stump or as Geoff Boycott says: the corridor of uncertainty. But instead the short-stuff was mixed with half-volleys. Any chance we have of winning will depend on what the Windies spinners can get out of the pitch.

  • Warm_Coffee on November 14, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    I don't why Bangladesh prepared a flat pitch? especially for Test match. Its fine in limited overs but in Tests, it makes the game boring. Please prepare spinning tracks, we do far better than pace. Also drop Rubel and Shahadat because their test record are poor and not getting any better and bring in Nazmul and try Abul as a test. If Mahmudullah doesn't do well then bring in Sunny because I prefer to see another specialist spinner than an okay all-rounder. Sohag Gazi was a fantastic decision though glad we found a rare decent off spinner instead of another slow left armer plus can bat a bit and good fielder. Looks like we'll be following on...

  • The_Ashes on November 14, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Far too aggressive!, I know they haven't played a test match for almost a year but still overdone it a touch too far played like T20. Junaid went out to a fantastic delivery from Rampaul so I'm not going to blame him but Tamim and Shahriar who looked in great touch went out cheaply very unhappy. Had Tamim gotten a 100 a deserved 1 then then in my opinion, would've been one of his greatest 100s ever because his shots and timing was a joy to the naked eye. We have to draw this to show that we belong there but really the way we played even though we haven't played for a almost year, actually don't. All the best tomorrow!!!

  • davidatlas999 on November 14, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Common bngla show some eight like this we wanna see a good and strong bngladesh in our cricket please play good for some respict.from a pak fan.

  • Meety on November 14, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Don't know why Banga selectors play 2 pacers in Bangladesh. Kazi Islam should be selected for his left hand medium pace, or if fit Mortaza. The rest are not up to it. Good isea to open the bowling with Gazi. They should of had Razzaq in for Shahadat & Sunny in for Rubel!

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  • Meety on November 14, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Don't know why Banga selectors play 2 pacers in Bangladesh. Kazi Islam should be selected for his left hand medium pace, or if fit Mortaza. The rest are not up to it. Good isea to open the bowling with Gazi. They should of had Razzaq in for Shahadat & Sunny in for Rubel!

  • davidatlas999 on November 14, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Common bngla show some eight like this we wanna see a good and strong bngladesh in our cricket please play good for some respict.from a pak fan.

  • The_Ashes on November 14, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Far too aggressive!, I know they haven't played a test match for almost a year but still overdone it a touch too far played like T20. Junaid went out to a fantastic delivery from Rampaul so I'm not going to blame him but Tamim and Shahriar who looked in great touch went out cheaply very unhappy. Had Tamim gotten a 100 a deserved 1 then then in my opinion, would've been one of his greatest 100s ever because his shots and timing was a joy to the naked eye. We have to draw this to show that we belong there but really the way we played even though we haven't played for a almost year, actually don't. All the best tomorrow!!!

  • Warm_Coffee on November 14, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    I don't why Bangladesh prepared a flat pitch? especially for Test match. Its fine in limited overs but in Tests, it makes the game boring. Please prepare spinning tracks, we do far better than pace. Also drop Rubel and Shahadat because their test record are poor and not getting any better and bring in Nazmul and try Abul as a test. If Mahmudullah doesn't do well then bring in Sunny because I prefer to see another specialist spinner than an okay all-rounder. Sohag Gazi was a fantastic decision though glad we found a rare decent off spinner instead of another slow left armer plus can bat a bit and good fielder. Looks like we'll be following on...

  • on November 14, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    This pitch looks as flat as a pancake, it was entertainiing from the Bangla-batsmen, but their first objective will be to get past the follow-on target and if they do so, it should be a draw. I guess alot depends on how much the pitch deteriorates in the remaining days. Was disappointed by the Windies frontline bowlers, after seeing how easy it was to bat on, you'd think they'd work on the disciplines by strangling Bangladesh from any loose boundary-balls. Too much short-pitched bowling, on pitches like that, the shortball should be the surprise-ball, once-an-over, mixed with the odd yorker and the rest being length-balls aimed at the top of off-stump or as Geoff Boycott says: the corridor of uncertainty. But instead the short-stuff was mixed with half-volleys. Any chance we have of winning will depend on what the Windies spinners can get out of the pitch.

  • cricketcarl on November 14, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    should bangladesh be playing test cricket? yes they should. but some vital ingrediants please, a centre of excellance for stars in the making, a ruthless domestic competition, hard fast wickets, slow turners, greentops. i want batsmen who after nearly having their head knocked by a bouncer, to stare the fast bowler in the eyes as if to say 'is that the best u got', i want discipline, good decision making, dot the i's and cross the t's. i want the empty feeling after the loss, i want the cockiness and arrogance that gets under the skin of the 'big boys', i want to see when somebody is knocked down, they jump up, brush off the dust and fight harder than before, cmon bangladesh, believe in yourselves and work hard, we want to see you win

  • ExtremeSpeed on November 14, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    FLAT BATTING TRACK!!! what was management of Bangladesh thinking? I hope Khulna provides a lot of turn.

  • wiinners on November 14, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    So long the intention and action to turn the fifties into hundred r reduced into reality BD will be ending up with loosing the matches. Tamim and Nafees is guilty of gifting over the wickets, which is frustrating, despite their promise to stay patient. Again what can they do! If they play test once in a year after so many 20-20s, that is always gonna happen. The ICC restrained us from playing enough tests and our critics are sitting there to talk nasty about us. Good Job!

  • on November 14, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Bangladesh have chance to win :)

  • Coolgye on November 14, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    WI have set themselves on a good stage to win it. I would surely want a good fight from the Bangladeshi batsmen to make it a good contest and a joy to watch.

    @Ahmed Hussain - Congrats your top order has finally put on a 150+ score losing just 3 wickets.