Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 3rd day November 15, 2012

Naeem, Shakib make it Bangladesh's day

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Bangladesh 455 for 6 (Naeem 108, Shakib 89, Tamim 72, Rampaul 3-101) trail West Indies 527 for 4 dec by 72 runs
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To think that five of the six Bangladesh batsmen to fall gave their wickets away, and the home side were still on course to go past their highest Test total of 488. It left you wondering what would have been had they not. It was still Bangladesh's day in the end. They scored 291 runs for the loss of just three wickets, one of them being Naeem Islam, who made an emotional maiden Test century, and one being Shakib Al Hasan, who threw away what would have been his third. Naeem and Shakib batted through the first session and put on 167, which is the highest for the fourth wicket by a Bangladesh pair.

Naeem batted the old-fashioned way - he gave the first hour of the day to the West Indies bowlers and by tea, he had constructed his hundred. Naeem's effort, and his partnerships with Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim carried Bangladesh comfortably past the follow-on mark of 328, and even raised hopes of taking a lead, which would certainly be a huge achievement for a side playing its first Test in a year. Mahmudullah and Nasir Hossain kept those hopes alive with a sensible unbroken 87-run partnership after West Indies had dismissed Naeem and Mushfiqur in quick succession after tea.

Naeem's knock stood out not only for its resolve but also for what Bangladesh have often missed - a solid foil to the genius of Tamim Iqbal and Shakib. On day two, Shahriar Nafees, instead of 'doing a Naeem', had tried to match Tamim stroke for outrageous stroke, and had perished soon. Today, as Shakib went about tackling the West Indies attack in his own way, Naeem ensured the pyrotechnics were limited to one end, as he defended and left with purpose.

Naeem faced 50 deliveries for eight runs till the first drinks break, and took 27 off 47 in the next hour, and scored 40 off 71 in the second session. At the other end, Shakib prospered through a mixture of fortune and attack before ultimately perishing to an overdose of the latter eleven runs shy of a hundred.

Shakib rode his fortune in the morning to keep the runs flowing. He was caught behind off a no-ball and came close to getting dismissed a few times, all against Ravi Rampaul, but survived, and then thrived. Rampaul got consistent bounce from short of a good length, and had Shakib in trouble. He beat Shakib outside off stump, had him edging just short of gully and a half-hearted top-edged pull fell at vacant square leg. In between, Rampaul pushed Shakib back with sharp bouncers. Shakib tried to hit out, and edged a follow-up wide delivery to the wicketkeeper in the 43rd over, but replays showed Rampaul had overstepped. That was to be the closest West Indies came all morning to breaking through.

Despite the close shaves, Shakib hardly held back. The accurate debutant Veerasammy Permaul was slog-swept for boundaries. The fast bowlers were driven through cover. Naeem changed character after the first hour. He swept the third ball after drinks from Permaul for four. Darren Sammy was squeezed behind point for consecutive fours. He responded by beating Naeem twice in his next over, but the batsman ended Bangladesh's session on a high by steering Sammy to the third-man rope. Eighty-eight runs without a wicket in the first session - Bangladesh could have hardly hoped for a better start today.

It was to get better indeed after lunch, for a while at least. Shakib calmly drove the first ball after the break, from Sunil Narine, through extra cover for four. Narine wasn't able to create any impact, and was hit out of the attack next over by Shakib with consecutive boundaries. Rampaul now returned to finally get his due. With the attack at his mercy and a century beckoning, Shakib walked out and mis-hit Rampaul to extra cover to walk off with an angry swish of his bat.

Rampaul now tested Naeem and Mushfiqur as he moved the old ball in at sharp pace, and Sammy created further problems by taking it away off the seam. It was the first time seamers were operating from either end today. Mushfiqur escaped with an edged boundary past the slip cordon, but recovered to clip Sammy off his pads through midwicket for four more.

The new ball, taken in the 83rd over, did not do as much as the old one had, and Mushfiqur capitalised with a few punchy fours. Naeem, after playing out a maiden to Tino Best on 98, flicked the fast bowler to the fine leg rope and fell into his captain's embrace. He eventually fell off his 255th delivery, a tired push to a wide Sammy delivery ending in the wicketkeeper's gloves. Less than five overs later, Mushfiqur, who had batted with the crisp solidity that defines his batting, charged at Permaul to give a return catch on 43.

Bangladesh were still 159 runs shy of West Indies' total, but Mahmudullah and Nasir made the home side's batting depth count. They targeted the spinners intermittently and battled against the fast bowlers, who tested them with short deliveries and yorkers. By stumps, Bangladesh were within sight of West Indies' 527, and by now, the visitors must be wondering whether their declaration had come too early on day two, as the pitch remained largely placid on day three.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | November 18, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    @Narbavi:- India a nation of a billion and still not the best team ever says everything even when very few countries of more than 200 play Cricket :P

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | November 17, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    @ExtremeSpeed ofcourse i try to involve in batter with other countrymen too like the ones u mentioned!! :)

  • POSTED BY Navide on | November 16, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Bangladesh done well in this match. If we can do it like dis teams like INDIA and PAK will be nothing for us

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | November 16, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    It doesn't matter if we drop Zunaed, we have the perfect replacement - ANAMUL HAQUE its just a matter of time and even if he does struggle in that test match so what? he'll just learn from it and develop. He can take Nasir Hossain for inspiration. These two have far more potential to be a better batsman than Tamim and Shakib at least scoring runs wise on a consistent bases.

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | November 16, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    @Narbavi - Nothing wrong with a bit of sledging amongst us fans but you need to understand that every fan nation including English and Australians besides Bangladeshi's were harshly having a go and joking about India's 8-0 loss and to Bangladesh fair is fair.

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | November 16, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    @Narbavi - No worries! you're not the only one even some of your Indian players are having a problem with Bangladesh team ;)

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    keep it up Bangladesh . I love u tigers .

  • POSTED BY Khairul101 on | November 16, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Weldon Nasir Hossain for his 96. We hope BD spine attach quickly close WI 2nd Innings .

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    im sorry for nasir hossain nt to get hundren , he deserved it .

  • POSTED BY Quddus-Mamu on | November 16, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Even Shohag Gazi can bat ,then why do we need Junaid Siddique in batting line up? Instead of Junaid, BD should play with 3 pacers. My team for 2nd test:1.Tamim Iqbal, 2. Shahriar Nafees, 3. Naeem Islam,4. Shakib Al Hasan, 5. Mushfiqur Rahim,6. Nasir Hossain,7. Mahmudullah,8. Sohag Gazi, 9. Shahadat Hossain, 10. Abul Hossain, 11. Taskin Ahmed/Nazmul Hossain.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | November 18, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    @Narbavi:- India a nation of a billion and still not the best team ever says everything even when very few countries of more than 200 play Cricket :P

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | November 17, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    @ExtremeSpeed ofcourse i try to involve in batter with other countrymen too like the ones u mentioned!! :)

  • POSTED BY Navide on | November 16, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Bangladesh done well in this match. If we can do it like dis teams like INDIA and PAK will be nothing for us

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | November 16, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    It doesn't matter if we drop Zunaed, we have the perfect replacement - ANAMUL HAQUE its just a matter of time and even if he does struggle in that test match so what? he'll just learn from it and develop. He can take Nasir Hossain for inspiration. These two have far more potential to be a better batsman than Tamim and Shakib at least scoring runs wise on a consistent bases.

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | November 16, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    @Narbavi - Nothing wrong with a bit of sledging amongst us fans but you need to understand that every fan nation including English and Australians besides Bangladeshi's were harshly having a go and joking about India's 8-0 loss and to Bangladesh fair is fair.

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | November 16, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    @Narbavi - No worries! you're not the only one even some of your Indian players are having a problem with Bangladesh team ;)

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    keep it up Bangladesh . I love u tigers .

  • POSTED BY Khairul101 on | November 16, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Weldon Nasir Hossain for his 96. We hope BD spine attach quickly close WI 2nd Innings .

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    im sorry for nasir hossain nt to get hundren , he deserved it .

  • POSTED BY Quddus-Mamu on | November 16, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Even Shohag Gazi can bat ,then why do we need Junaid Siddique in batting line up? Instead of Junaid, BD should play with 3 pacers. My team for 2nd test:1.Tamim Iqbal, 2. Shahriar Nafees, 3. Naeem Islam,4. Shakib Al Hasan, 5. Mushfiqur Rahim,6. Nasir Hossain,7. Mahmudullah,8. Sohag Gazi, 9. Shahadat Hossain, 10. Abul Hossain, 11. Taskin Ahmed/Nazmul Hossain.

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    YES.....THEY ARE TIGERS.......

  • POSTED BY Right_into_the_block_hole on | November 16, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Good job Bangladesh! It will end up in a draw though...

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | November 16, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    @ ExtremeSpeed : Well bro i always wanted to see BD improve and fight with the other top teams, but after seeing some of the comments from BD fans towards indian fans after our 8-0 whitewash and also the Asia cup game, i simply couldn't resist poking fun!! :) anyway well done BD :)

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    nice one ...well done boyz

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    bangladesh need to make 600 hundred or till both nasir and mahmudullah make century and declare

  • POSTED BY LewisDuckworth on | November 16, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Bangladesh will win this test, mark my words!

    Bangladesh to be bowled out around drinks time in the morning session for about 510. Windies then to have a collapse and be 7 or 8 down by stumps for a little over 200.

    Bangladesh to bowl West Indies out for about 230 after half an hour of play tomorrow leaving them about 250 to win off 70-80 overs and doing it 6 wickets down.

    That's what my crystal ball tells me anyway.

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    Come on tigers one more time :) Bcoz it's time to make a tiger noise :) Whole cricket nation are waiting to hear tigers noise ;)

  • POSTED BY on | November 16, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    congratulations to naeem what an acheivment

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    So far so good...But it is not over yet. Mahmudullah and nasir needs to stay as much as possible or bd needs to play at least till lunch on the 4th day. Otherwise WI will go for the win, Having almost 2 days to play with Chris Gayle on the side.It is exciting to see our boys performing well but we need to keep it up for the whole series ,not just one match or innings and make it look like a fluke. Our bowling line up is very poor so the batsmen needs to carry the team the whole tournament. lets not get carried away, learn from mistakes and thrive to perform well all the time and our wishes are always there...good luck

  • POSTED BY Meety on | November 15, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    @ExtremeSpeed on (November 15 2012, 19:44 PM GMT) - I agree - BUT, how many times of the years have Bangladesh looked like they were two or three batsmen short? At this stage - it looks like Bangladesh MAY be able to hold onto a Draw WITHOUT rain assistance. I think Banga fans would be happy for the time being that Bangladesh SHOULD take this match to the end. == == == Well done Naeem, he is IMO almost the best fieldsmen in Asia - certainly Bangladesh, so he should be a valuable member of the team if he can add some consistancy with the bat.

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | November 15, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    I never expected that BD will response in such a magnificent and collossal way to WI. Mr. Naeem you such a beauty. Guys I am telling you that BD is on to something. Keep the tempo up BD. Most likely match is heading for a draw. Inside my heart I dont want WI to loose. If there is a competitive game Win or Loss does not matter. One sided match are torturous like when other subcontinent team got two consecutive whitewashes, and the same white washed people were asking for BD exclusion from Test Status.

  • POSTED BY Quddus-Mamu on | November 15, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Great job tigers. Do your best you can.

  • POSTED BY shafiqul_alam2000 on | November 15, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Congratulations to Naeem for his first century.........if Nasir or Mahmudullah can make a century today BD have chance this test to win or at least draw

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Long time ago, I saw a game betweem india and bangladesh and in that game no ban batsman could do anything but the taleander naeem islam came at the end and took on indian ballers handsomely. I thought that this player has lotta potential in batting if ban train him in batting and give him chance to play he will become a world-class player in future. My point is if new promising players come ban should train them and give them chance sacrificing some old players so that the new promising players would develop soon and surpass some old birds and thats how a rising team improve fast. Ban wasted a brilliant player like alok kapali in past, recently another promising player shuvagoto hom just came and disappeared right away. Team selectors should look into future, not present.

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | November 15, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Bangladesh needs to bat very carefully on the 4th day; otherwise they may still lose the match. Mahmudullah and Nasir must not be complacent; they are not facing the Indian bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    2 BD guys performed fairy well and their supporter's confidence are through the roof=). All i know is that they will b all out before they even think about 550. then the "big boys" will be back at it again making the runs. in the end it might probably be a draw but WI gonna change the result of the other test match(s) to a winning one:)

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    its a great performence by bangladesh . we like to see this performence at all time . naeem islam made a great performence after a long drop from national team .i can tell one thing bngladeshi all players knows that if he want play for national team he have to perform if dont someone else take his place .dosent metter who he is .this thing will give bangladesh best in now and near future . but one all batsman thorowing thier wicket its realy sad to see . theay have to more carefull speacily sakib , tamim beacuse theay talent make duble century . both players need take oppotunity for themselvs and team

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | November 15, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    I think Bangladesh played 1 batsman too many, In 2nd Test, this should be their line-up - Tamim, Nafees, Naeem, Shakib, Rahim, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Sunny, Nazmul and Abul. I use Abul just to see how he does at this level even if it is a gamble but the plus point is that he has consistent pace. Tamim can attack if he wants to but should not over do it. Nafees needs to play like he did against Australia and Pakistan. Shakib should not rush and Rahim needs to contribute more with the bat easily loses concentration like he did after tea today.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | November 15, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    If Bangladesh does draw or win this test series then I see no reason why they can't play in future, 3 match test series against West Indies and New Zealand especially New Zealand. I saw the highlights and very impressed the way the Bangladesh have defended on this 3rd hot day. Tomorrow they should bat the whole first session then at lunch start to decide what to do because the pitch is starting to turn now considering what the spinners of West Indies did in the last session.

  • POSTED BY tisra on | November 15, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    We need to play more carefully against the bowling of West Indies on tomorrow morning . We should remember, they are not India or someone else.

  • POSTED BY Tokai69 on | November 15, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Great performance from team B'desh after a long haul in test cricket. We want the team should play positively and responsively on the 4th and 5th day. WI has a history of collapse in the second session. They should not target for a draw. Naeem finally found his niche in test cricket though he batted a bit old fashioned like Rajin saleh. Overall well done !

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | November 15, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Come on Bangladesh carry the same momentum tomorrow

  • POSTED BY sk12 on | November 15, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Good job bgldesh.. and wonder why Sehwag keeps doing these loose talks. Its sometimes best not to tell things, truth or not. @Narbavi - common dude, dont start again. esp when our team is struggling tooth and nail to score runs (leave Sehwag) in a dead track. And some guys are even taking u seriously and replying with stats :)

  • POSTED BY Lermy on | November 15, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    You people complaining about flat tracks killing test cricket are flogging a dead horse. I remember India touring NZ on lively wickets, 2001 or 2002. Fantastic tests, great contests, closely fought with results in every game, great for cricket. So how did India respond? They refused to tour NZ again unless pitches were prepared so that Sachin and co could score double centuries on day 5 pitches without even trying. Next series, that's what they got and... ...yawn, you can guess the rest! Lawn bowls is more exciting viewing. Bring back seaming bouncing wickets, and a real contest, I don't care if its over in 3 days. Still, with WI and BD playing, a result is still possible in this test!!

  • POSTED BY saif_bd007 on | November 15, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    1. First target: Take the game to day 5(if lose)-----ACHIEVED by day 3. 2. 2nd Tgt: Draw the game-------- Most LIKELY after day 3 3. 3rd and Final Tgt: WIN the Game------Still NOT IMPOSSIBLE at the end of Day 3.

  • POSTED BY Coolgye on | November 15, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Well Done Bangladesh to put on a fight making it a joy to watch. I think the WI fans will now get a shut up call as they were underestimating the Tigers. Where are the fans saying GAYLE will hit a triple century, Narine will tear them apart and bla bla bla?????? Now this is a shut-up call for you WI fans underestimating the Tigers.

  • POSTED BY saif_bd007 on | November 15, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh!!!!!!!!!! So, only BD bowlers are not wayward on the earth!!! I would love to see Sakib get the Ton. I still beleive ANAMUL should get chance in place of Shahrier Nafees at no.3. Considering Sakib a full bowler is also a mistake. Get in Razzak as quikely as possible. I'm egarly waiting for MASRAFEE. None of the pacers who are in pipe line doing good in 1st class. Thats the area need to be considered next. Lot of good potential and young Batsmen are in pipe line namely- ASIF, MOMINUL, RABBI, ANAMUL et al. But pacers are not known. However, for tomorrow, I want any one of Nasir or Mahmudullah to remain in the middle till the end of the innings. That would be huge achievement. Depending on their performance it is to be decided who should be dropped for the next match among Nafees, Nasir and Mahmullah. Since GAZI is also good at batting, there are too many jack of all trade'.

  • POSTED BY tisra on | November 15, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    @ Narbavi :: I just checked stats that say there are two more teams that have worse runs per wicket in last 2 years in tests, Zim(27.36) and NZ(26.21), compared to BD's (30.37) who are just behind SL(31.74), Ind(31.29) and (31.28). So, judging by recent form, its not that they aren't scoring runs, its only that they are conceding more.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    well done Bangladesh. I wish u will get a better day tomorrow

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    well done but keep it up..! and show more determination & patience :D

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Tigers are finally Roaring.....Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    well played by bd.... waiting 4 tomorrow .....

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | November 15, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Amazed to see such comment 4m Legaleagle. Btw, I won't praise BD team too much. Their greats like Shakib, Tamim threw their wkts away. BD had the potential to cross 600 in such flat surface. But irresponsible shots wasted their ability. ''No temperament, no gain'' is a theme for Test cricket. BD batsmen must follow it. I'll only b pleased if BD score 550+ in tomorrow. To ensure the WIN, Mahmud & Nasir must bat sensibly till noon, while WI just need the wicket of any 1 of these 2 at early balls of 4th day.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    BANGALESH KILLING TEST CRICKET BY PREPARING FLAT TRACKS LIKE THESE. AWFUL DON'T BE PROUD OF YOUR BATTING, A 11 CAN COME AND SCORE A 100000000 AWFUL

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Wait @Sanga2014, are you really Sangakkara? If so it's really nice to see encouragement from international legends/players to other player performances on cricinfo forums/articles. I wish you the best of luck against New Zealand. Oh yeah and banglasdesh batted really well too, and although five of them threw their wicket away , I sense a huge air of maturity in today's batting performance especially from Naem who batted patiently and well to reach three figures. I always felt that he was a player who began in a similar mould as Mahamudullah, a batting all-rounder who's a spinner, but I don't think he was handled as well as Mahmudullah. I've been a big fan of his from day one, but if his first class stats reflect his true cricketing nature, he is much more of a batsman than a bowler, in fact so is mahmudullah. I was very happy to see naem used higher in the order, because I always felt he had such talent with the bat, even compared with the other multitude of top order players.Well done

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh. I Hope BD will make some lead tomorrow. If BD put WI on Pressure, something positive may happen. In 4rth and 5th day spin bowl may get turn and BD can take the advantage as BD has a couple of spinner. We hope something different and positive from BD this time. Best wishes to tigers. Hope a good start in 4rth day.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    it is great day for bangladesh cricket.they are playing like a real tiger.i pray for bd team they will continue their team effort.sabas bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY Navid_Hossain on | November 15, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    outstanding performance... great to see that finally bd playing a test match like a test match..

  • POSTED BY Cricmasum on | November 15, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    well done tigers, haters gonna hate, u don't have to prove anything to those haters, just carry on your good work...

  • POSTED BY tonyton on | November 15, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Man its interesting to read comments here. Does anyone who post here really understand cricket. Had WI continued to bat until the end of the 2nd day, would have been a Total in excess of 700. Would that have been good cricket. At least BD has a chance to bat on a pitch that the scores alone shows that its has no place in International cricket. Maybe BD fans can see why the ICC dont want to give BD more test, it ridiculous to play on such a pitch thats even below first class standards, fire away, at the end I hope cricket wins!!!

  • POSTED BY ILoveMyBangladesh on | November 15, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Please, let Tamim and Shakib play the way they like/learnt to play. It's working for Bangladesh. They are and they have been the most consistant and successful performer Bangladesh ever produced. They are in a process of taking Bangladesh team to the next level and the process is working. Please don't ruin these two assests. That's how they play and that's how they are successful consistantly. Bangladesh have improved a lot in the last 2 years..all they need now is couple of very good fast bowlers. Please support Tamim and Shakib. They are giving us something that no one has given us before in Cricket. We should acknowledge that.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Hope BD packs WI up by 250-300 in the next innings........they can't let this opportunity slip away!

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Awesome Performance by both teams........$pecially by BEngallies...............<3

  • POSTED BY Dreamscrapper on | November 15, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Marvelous display of acute batting skills by BD Batsmen. Tamim, Shakib and Naeem proved that Bangladesh are on serious SHINING marks at present. This sensational batting from BD though playing test match after 11 months indicate their dedication and inner strength. Naeem showed more patience and maturity than Tamim and Shakib and all the best to him for his future career. Wish BD all the best to get past the 527 mark set by the Carribeans! COME ON TIGERS! BRAVO!

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | November 15, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    If only we hand't given our wickets so cheaply who knows what would have happened. Concerned about Shakib though, looks out of touch should've gotten a 100. I checked his stats and the amount of 80s and 90s scores he has in Test Cricket is amazing, he needs to convert them otherwise he would've gotten seven 100s in Tests instead of the current two. I hope he finds his rhythm.

  • POSTED BY ODOM1 on | November 15, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Declaring on 527 for 4 on day 2 is now proving to be a poor assessment of the pitch and your oponent. The batsmen in need to know we are looking to declare by such time or in ten overs so they can push on the score. They batted way too slow in the overs before declaration. a score of 650 would have put more pressure on Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    "Son- don't worry about reaching a hundred. Worry about how much you'll get after that"-- The senior Don to his son, Don Bradman, on the eve of his Test Debut (Aus vs Eng, Brisbane, 1928) ... NAEEM laid the foundation to take Bangladesh to 455/6 at the end of day 3 at Mirpur ... Pray NASIR and MAHMUDULLAH put a price on their wicket tomorrow. The TARGET on day 4 is SIX HUNDRED. After that, if TIGERS lose the match- can't be bothered ... Go TIGERS Go!

  • POSTED BY Mohammad_Aziz on | November 15, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh...Nayeem, Mahmudullah, Nasir definitely has the temperment, they need to improve their fitness so that whenever they gets opportunity to score big they can make it count, 108 is not the end of the journey in test. Because there will be days, more often than not, they will be out before being set. Bangladesh are still in the possibility of losing this match, which should not have been the case given that all the batsment got start. Shahriar Nafees should be dropped and should be out of the side until he gets back his temerment that he once had but somehow lost totally. He even cannot score in the first class matches in home condition. Chasing more than 500, being a 1 down batsman 31 is a score he should atleast not have been satisfied with, as he seems to be. He has to do a lot better than that just to save his place. I dont know What Nazimuddin and Elias Sunny has done to be dropped. They should have played Gazi in place of Shahadat/Rubel but not Sunny.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    the match is not saved yet, if the bangladeshis get all out by lunch, and give the caribbeans a chance to set up a target,, anything can happen..... best of luck though, the TIGERS!!

  • POSTED BY Extraz on | November 15, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Great work tigers keep going you really answered your critics by putting up a great show,a good answer to sehwag also who was saying after day one of eng vs ind test that ''We have to work hard to take 20 english wicket THEY ARE NOT BANGLADESH''.GO TIGERS GO

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    from this position bd can win this match if their bowler restrict WI around 200/250, wishing u all the best

  • POSTED BY Shortcuts on | November 15, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    West Indies have everything to lose especially after wining World T20 Championship and have goals you would like to achieve. None other than 8-0 thrashing in all the matches is acceptable. If Bangladesh can save this test match and get a draw, that would be great. In the second test match though, there's no need to use 1 extra batsman and instead you can have another specialist spinner. Also I would advise changing the 2 current fast bowlers for Nazmul and give Abul a chance so we can assess. Rubel according to stats is an ODI specialist plus let him be 100% fit considering he had a surgery earlier in the year. Also please make sure that there's more turn available for spinners throughout the 5 days in the next test match because the first 2 days were literally flat and didn't have much for bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    The declaration was premature, WI are not learning from their mistakes. They did it against the Ozes and India and lost, 527 runs with 3+ dys to go is not a lot of runs these dys. But considering that once again Shiv like with the case against Aus was there blocking everything, trying to play for personal records, batting in first gear throu out, making the cricket hard to watch, Sammy may have done the right things to call those two blockers/time wasters in. Now, if BD can score another 100 or so runs WI will be the most likely team that can lose this game. WI cannot expect to improve and start winning games if the continue to play such defensive cricket. They need to drop Shiv like they did in ODI and T20, then we will be in a better position to play more aggresive cricket. I am a W. Indian, but i Hope they get a good beating. Thats the only way they might learn how to play the game.

  • POSTED BY masud69 on | November 15, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    @ Narbavi , a true cricket lover must also know how to appreciate the good performance, any one can criticise but the honest and the strong one can only praise.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Solid performance from the Bangladesh batsman.Credit goes to all of them specially Naeem.Batted with purpose and composure.

  • POSTED BY nimsdec31 on | November 15, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Patience,patience & patience.Quality is there but lack of patience make BD a vulnerable cricketing nation.Pls boys show some patience,do something to cheer so that at least we can have a silent answer to those people who are saying blah,blah ............ about our cricket.

  • POSTED BY MijanurRahman on | November 15, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    a magnificent batting display by the tigers. hope the selectors stick to this bunch of players . only quality fast bowling isn't there.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Congrats, Tigers - we all want to see your 1st 500!

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | November 15, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Shakib though innings was vital but is not actually playing well in the test match bat or ball but it just shows his talent. I hope he finds form I know he's injured but its not good when he's not on top. Brilliant innings Naeem fantastic celebration lets draw this if we can.

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | November 15, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    @Narbavi - What's the problem bro? hard to swallow that Bangladesh are playing well even though they haven't played a Test match for a year? not bad at all. Yeah according to people like you another one of these flukes even though it goes against the actual definition cheers :D

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | November 15, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    haters will be haters but has no affect on an International teams status they just can't appreciate the efforts of weaker teams and can't swallow the fact that they're on the rise and have a deep interest for Cricket like Bangladesh. Our youth system says a lot anyway and win or lose Bangladesh team, we'll support you all the way. We know Cricket is a tough sport and takes dedication, practice and skill to succeed. It would be great if we can take this to a draw and show why we shouldn't be restricted to Tests for almost a year.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Well done Tigers... So far I am happy with naeem batting..but what shakib did? after lunch he played aggressively and gifted wicket..what the reason??? Tamim is Tamim ..Shakib should not follow that aggression on middle order.. he should realize he is the no 1 all rounder

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | November 15, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    So, where are the people that said West Indies will destroy 'minnows' Bangladesh, Narine will tear the bowling apart, Gayle triple century blah blah blah??? congratulations Naeem that's the sort of innings we want from you patience clearly have improved as an batsman. You don't need to worry about your bowling batting is your main goal plus an excellent fielder.

  • POSTED BY davidatlas999 on | November 15, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Good luck BD make it count now take some lead hope we will see some swing from BD bowlers.make it 1-0

  • POSTED BY abs.liton on | November 15, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Well done boys. You just need to keep it up. Patience is most needed in test cricket else it is not possible to build up a high score. Top batsmen of BD should be able to stay at crease at any cost. If they can do it, then the middle order batsmen will find a good platform to score a fighting target over WI. Best of luck. And congrats to Naeem Islam for his maiden test hundred.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Well that just proves that Asia Cup was not a fluke, clearly have improved and BPL which they had gave them real confidence which they lacked before resulting in humiliating defeats. When was the last time other than Bangladesh that their first 11 were all aged in their 20s? We may not have the bowlers to take 20 wickets with ease but at least we can give a game. But the fact of the matter is that if Bangladesh can manage a draw despite having not played First Class Cricket for over a year, just shows how Bangladesh are developing and taking their Cricket seriously. I think people fans and analysts were way too harsh on Bangladesh at World T20 even though they did perform down par but T20 is not the right way to judge an International side. Bangladesh may continue to lose but results will be a lot closer a lot of the time instead too one-sided. If we can sort out our off-field problems and alter some of our pitches even travel abroad in practice games then things will be easier for us.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    probably, this is the best day ever for BD team in their test history which proves that they are improving day by day & from the last couple of years they are roaring like a real TIGER ! ! ! ! Bravo ! ! ! Team Bangladesh ! ! ! Bravo ! ! ! The Real Tigers

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | November 15, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Cant blame palyers for a placid pitch, BCB would hate losing on thier home turf so its safe to produce runs rather than any other way..similar to what all other sub continent teams do. Runs will keep fans happy and results will be forgotten soon. Sad state for Test criicket all around the world.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | November 15, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    lol, that Awkward moment when BD suddenly scores runs in a test match!!

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | November 15, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Sammy's declaration and team selection must be criticized, Best ahead of fidel isnt acceptable in sub continent. Tino Best had some good time in England this summer and anytime he will become a useless bowler, thats proved now. Chanders/Ramdin are culprits to slow down the innings, they should have attacked at near 4 an over to reach atleast 580 within the overs they played, a draw on cards, but Windies must play with lion heart to put this game on the bag. cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Bangladesh have always had batsmen with ability, but they lacked patience and were always going hard at the ball too early, by trying to play attacking shots before they even play themselves in. They showed alot of application in today's play and despite the fact that the pitch is very friendly, the temperament to bat out the whole day was still required and they passed with flying colours. The Windies bowling attack was too inconsistant and didn't bowl with enough accuracy to put the Bangla-batters under any pressure. I like the look of Permaul though, he bowled with good control. Unless the pitch deteriorates drastically and a potential horror-show in the second-innings, by either batting-side, this has a DRAW written all over it.

  • POSTED BY MZHBD on | November 15, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    @ siponus2007 Time to wake up!

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Very nice to see Bangladesh find a batsmen whose patience outweighs his exuberance! Hopefully Tamim and Shakib can learn a little from this.

  • POSTED BY sawifan on | November 15, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    as a long suffering Bangladesh fan (albeit an Aussie fan through-and-through 1st), i must say that i was most impressed with today. Yes, the pitch is very benign, but the batsmen really applied themselves, something that in the past would not have happened in the past, especially after Tamim's pyrotechnics. Whilst in the past Bangladesh cricket has taken a step forward then a swift step back, now i truly believe that step forward is only followed by a half-step back at times. It's hard to learn the intricacies of TEST cricket when you play so infrequently, however it appears that this new generation is finally learning, and that's great for cricket. On a side note, i hate how cricinfo.com always posts its stats as except Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, especially when stats from the past go without such notes. Hammond's record of highest Test series average of 500+ was against a NZL team as weak, if not weaker than these teams, yet never any annotation. Anyway, congrats Naeem!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    going to the field tomorrowwwwwwwww :D

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    This pitch is a batsmen paradise. You have to play a stupid stroke to get out. Obviously game will end in a draw.

  • POSTED BY Rubel.ipe07 on | November 15, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    it is definitely an awesome batting display by Bangladeshi. I hope they will do well rest of the match and bring happiness for people of Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | November 15, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Maybe now West Indies will look to take a look at bowlers that take wickets like Johnson.It would give the batsmen another look as he is left- handed.He took wicket against India A and gave their batsmen a lot of trouble.Rampaul needs help.

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | November 15, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh! I have to say this is a great response. Hope they can build the pressure and we get to see a riveting finish to the game.

  • POSTED BY Sanga2014 on | November 15, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Well Done BD Congratulations from Sanga and SL

  • POSTED BY Ibra95 on | November 15, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    if they want to win (bd) they have to get wickets so they make the windies pressure. oh, and throwing away wkts is gonna be really bad!! WARNING!!

  • POSTED BY AKM_Saifullah on | November 15, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    After Aminul Islam Bulbul's historic 145 in the maiden test of Bangladesh against India, today we have seen a determined No 4 Batsman in Naeem Islam who showed the way a batsman should bat in test match and of course on a dead placid track. Hopefully Shahriar Nafees will take a lesson from Naeem's well composed 106. Bangladesh should target playing 45 to 50 more overs tomorrow to set us a good contest on day 5.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    We want this as a practice. Go tiger , roar tiger.

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | November 15, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    I am happy for my country but am amazed at the way some fans get carried away. One even says we will be number one by 2015. Let's get a hold of ourselves guys. Let's hope we crack into top 6 in two years and stay in top 5 consistently over a longer period of time. We need two good fast bowlers at least and a couple of solid middle order batsmen. They don't grow on trees. It takes time to develop.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    CAN U REMEMBER THE ASIA CUP PERFORMANCE OF BANGLADESH..?? THE PROMISE TO PERFORM AT LEAST A LITTLE SOMETHING BY EVERYONE WAS THE MAIN THEME OF ASIA CUP... THAT PROMISE THEY PUT IN TODAY'S BATTING AGAINST WEST INDIES IN THE FIRST TEST OF THE SERIES....

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Al hamdulillah, i am really happy with the performance. Now what we need is targeting session by session to make it positive for Bangladesh. Wish Sohag will celebrate this test with his bat too.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Good show by BD batsmen.. Except few wickets tgrown away its really nice to see them play for more than 120 overs... They can still take lead if nasir and mahmud play for another 20 overs together. Good improvement by the home team.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    It's clear that the WI, who could have batted some more to build an even bigger total - it was only around half-way on day 2 when Sammy made the declaration - underestimated Bangladesh big time. After all, in the recent past, the Tigers have been consistent in their improvement to become a team to contend with. I'm sure, were the WI playing against England or Australia, they would have tried to build a total somewhere around 650 before any declaration. Kudos to Bangladesh!

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Bangladesh could have done better rather than slowing the innings down..............anywayz good luck for next couple of dayz......dont break our hopes again ........

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    so finally bd is much improved in all the formats. ODI performace in asia cup,t20 performance was good enough but maybe the luck was with kiwis & the middle orders fault in against pak where they pulled the run rate of 11 in 10th over to sth like 7.0 later, & a pretty good test performace after playing it 11 months. Very well done by such a young team. Most ofl the players are already world class and many new talents are knocking the door to prove themselves. Surely they have a lot more to learn as time goes on.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    good to see such a total from bangladesh. keep it up. best wishes from pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Good Job Team Bangladesh. Keep up the good work. All the best

  • POSTED BY pluitel11 on | November 15, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    To say the truth, the tigers have played well. If they maintain this intensity and bat out 2-3 sessions tommorow without throwing wickets away, they might have a little bit of advantage over WI.

  • POSTED BY ShuvoDXtremo on | November 15, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Go Tigers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    West indies have been ubable to bowl out oppositions lower order batsmen for years now... West indies need to train a group of fast bowlers. Not medium pacers but genuine pace bowlers. this is starting to become ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    will Bangldesh reach their first 500 runs in tests ? keep your fingers crossed !

  • POSTED BY masud69 on | November 15, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    no room for complacency, BD must carry on! Good luck on day 4.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | November 15, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    ha ha and now all of a sudden lot of BD fans are here, celebrate guys celebrate!!

  • POSTED BY Raiyan24r on | November 15, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Naeem can be titled as a 'irritating' batsman for the bowlers......the way he sticks to the crease shows his patience,temperment and eagerness to stay in the crease unlike other BD batsman

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    This i svery good news for Bangladesh. I only wish that Tamim and Shakib would have batted longer to get their centuries. Still, well played Tigers!

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    I think all Bangladeshi supporter will be more happy, if BD team could be lead at least one run.I heve never seen BD batting so patient ever. So BD be patiently play until after lunch. this is the first time i hv seen BD so many batsmans contribute that's the good sign in BD future. Go ahead roar like a tiger

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Mahmudullah is not out on 42 Nasir Hossain is not out on 33

    Bangladesh are 72 runs behind. If one of the makes a century and one of them about 70-90 and Bangladesh get a lead around 35-70(with quickfire lead), the Windies` would definitely fall on Pressure. Then with fielding plans, bowling plans being Successful for Bangladesh, they have a golden chance to win.

  • POSTED BY DarindaUK on | November 15, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Well Done Tigers. Just keep up the good works. All of you are our Heroes. Just keep batting and please, please don't throw away your wickets cheaply.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    happy after seeing bangladeshi barsmen's batting.

  • POSTED BY siponus2007 on | November 15, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    bnagladdesh will become number 1 test team in the world by 2015 insallah , with featuring world top class batsman lyk tamim , sakib , mahmudullah

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    brilliant naeem,sakib. excellent bangladesh. gotta make sure that they carry on this momentum the whole series. no doubt in my mind that this is the best batting performance bd has ever performed. the question is can they win a test match against a strong opposition. hope they can. best of luck for Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Well done Tigers !!..keep it up for the remaining days ahead at least. :)

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    one really good bowler needed fast or spin but it looks like a very placid pitch.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Well done bangladesh.....it was really a superb day...hope to see up to tomorrows lunch....lets see how much they can collect...bt it will be difficult to find the dot at last...hoping for the best.. :D

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Supperb effort by the bangladeshis

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh !!! All you need to do is extend your first innings score as much as possible and don't collapse in second innings. This is how you can head towards a draw. This is the best test team squad for Bangladesh ...Best wishes from India.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Well, done BD cricket that how they finished 3rd day, that is the our expectation last night, thanks to Naeem Islam & Shakib, who really bad well, which is very important for Test Match, I would lick say guys see ,Naeem , how he stay in the cares & the result he got, it's a very disappointing for Shakib he could get his 100 & end of the day Mahmuduhhah & Nasir, has done great job. I am hopping now we have change to get some more Scorecards tomorrow and it will be big achievement for BD Cricket, best of luck BD. REGARD Asif

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  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Well, done BD cricket that how they finished 3rd day, that is the our expectation last night, thanks to Naeem Islam & Shakib, who really bad well, which is very important for Test Match, I would lick say guys see ,Naeem , how he stay in the cares & the result he got, it's a very disappointing for Shakib he could get his 100 & end of the day Mahmuduhhah & Nasir, has done great job. I am hopping now we have change to get some more Scorecards tomorrow and it will be big achievement for BD Cricket, best of luck BD. REGARD Asif

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh !!! All you need to do is extend your first innings score as much as possible and don't collapse in second innings. This is how you can head towards a draw. This is the best test team squad for Bangladesh ...Best wishes from India.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Supperb effort by the bangladeshis

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Well done bangladesh.....it was really a superb day...hope to see up to tomorrows lunch....lets see how much they can collect...bt it will be difficult to find the dot at last...hoping for the best.. :D

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    one really good bowler needed fast or spin but it looks like a very placid pitch.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Well done Tigers !!..keep it up for the remaining days ahead at least. :)

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    brilliant naeem,sakib. excellent bangladesh. gotta make sure that they carry on this momentum the whole series. no doubt in my mind that this is the best batting performance bd has ever performed. the question is can they win a test match against a strong opposition. hope they can. best of luck for Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY siponus2007 on | November 15, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    bnagladdesh will become number 1 test team in the world by 2015 insallah , with featuring world top class batsman lyk tamim , sakib , mahmudullah

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    happy after seeing bangladeshi barsmen's batting.

  • POSTED BY DarindaUK on | November 15, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Well Done Tigers. Just keep up the good works. All of you are our Heroes. Just keep batting and please, please don't throw away your wickets cheaply.