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

Seeking DRS, and Tamim the entertainer

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

The signal

Shakib Al Hasan spent most of the morning under his floppy hat, pulled down, with little to do. He came into the picture at the end of the 110th over, when Shahadat Hossain appealed loudly after his short delivery hit Shivnarine Chanderpaul on the shoulder and was caught at slip. Shakib appeared to be asking for a referral to the third umpire by using the signal for a DRS ruling, but it wasn't as if he didn't know the system wasn't in use. The broadcasters usually haven't made it available in Bangladesh, a point Shakib had noted two years ago during the England series.

The chance

In the final 15 minutes of the first day, Chanderpaul chipped one towards mid-off on the first day which Shahadat couldn't reach. He offered a chance much earlier on the second day, in the 13th over of the morning, but Bangladesh's specialist slip fielder, Junaid Siddique, couldn't reach the edge that popped up off Sohag Gazi. It remained the only chance offered by Chanderpaul all day.

The slip

Tamim Iqbal bowled the fifth over of his 25-Test career on the second day, but will probably have to wait a while for his next one after an erratic performance. The first two deliveries were down the leg side and then he sent one virtually off the pitch. It was called a wide, as the ball looped to the wicketkeeper on the half-volley. It probably slipped out of his hand, but Tamim managed to correct himself and the rest of the over was largely incident-free.

The counter-attack

Tamim smashed Tino Best for four boundaries in the sixth over of the innings, patting one away through midwicket, then two drives, one straight and another through the covers, before finishing it off with an authoritative pull-shot. It appeared to inspire Shahriar Nafees, the man at the other end. Off a short ball from Ravi Rampaul, who had already bounced out Junaid Siddique, Nafees smashed one high over midwicket. The doubts over his ability to deal with the short stuff was momentarily shelved as he went on to smash three more boundaries, but fell to another short ball from the same bowler who beat him for pace.

The self-destruction

It was a wide, short ball that Tamim tried to pull towards the leg side, but flapped it straight to Sunil Narine at mid-on, after rattling to 72 in the final session of the day. He had survived a similar, tennis-like shot off the last ball of Sammy's previous over when his attempt to flat-bat one towards mid-on fell short of Best at mid-on. He regretted the shot later on, but Bangladesh are by now used to such suicidal strokes by their batsmen.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Too much negativity here. 164/3 is decent compared to what they used to do before. Stop complaining and show as much support as possible. We do not have the specialist batsmen and with what we have we should be happy and look to do better in the future rather than pointing fingers at everyone.

  • Sam on November 15, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    I wonder how many of the 3 BD wins were off minnows and/or teams missing most of regular players due to dispute. While I want cricket to grow, allowing Test status to teams that are too far from becoming competitive is hardly the solution. Also, short format success is insufficient to judge a team's Test potential. BD were hardly a decent team in the short format before getting Test status and they have not shown any sign of consistency since then. SL, for example, was probably a better team than even the current BD team BEFORE they got the Test status in the 80s.

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Somebody tell Shakib SHIV WILL ALWAYS WALK IF HE EDGES THE BALL.DRS won't help you.

  • Partish on November 14, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    I was watching the match last night (from US) and a stat popped up on the TV - Bangladesh 3 wins 7 draws and 63 losses... in 12 years of international cricket...i think those stats tell you that they have been self destructing themselves for the last dozen years... will they ever grow up?

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Tamim should make a hundred in the second innings.

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Tamim seriously needs to figure out why he cannot convert his 50s to 100s anymore. It looks to me he gets tired so easily probably needs to lose a bit of weight.

  • Khondaker on November 14, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    I don't know why J. Siddique is still in the BD team. He never showed any such performance. BD is playing with 10 players I believe. The selectors did well except the selection of J. Siddique. His attitude, skill, commitment everything is nonsporting.

  • Farhan on November 14, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Bangladesh main target for now should be to avoid follow on. Its hard for them but if they can score 400 they can save this test. 236 run more to score. They have 7wicket left and apart from Shahadat and Ruble others can bat so they should be able to do that

  • Dar on November 14, 2012, 14:24 GMT


    There's no need to rush, just play to stay in the crease as long as you can. No need to be worried about the runs. Try to play 140/150 overs. That should be your target. No need to show the flashy shots and going OUT.

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    selection of nazimudin and zahurul in place of junaed and shahriaron in batting,shafiul and nazmul in place of shahadat and rubel in boweling,would be better.

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