Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 4th day

Mirpur Test comes alive after late wickets

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

November 16, 2012

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West Indies 527 for 4 dec and 244 for 6 (Powell 110, Bravo 76, Rubel 2-35) lead Bangladesh 556 (Naeem 108, Nasir 96, Shakib 89, Rampaul 3-118) by 215 runs
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Nasir Hossain hits on the off side, Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 4th day, November 16, 2012
Nasir Hossain fell four short of his maiden Test century © AFP

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  • Kieran Powell became the ninth West Indies batsman overall and the first since Brian Lara (2001) to score a century in both innings. George Headley and Clyde Walcott are the only players to achieve the feat twice.
  • Bangladesh's total of 556 is their highest ever in Tests surpassing their previous best of 488 against Zimbabwe in Chittagong in 2005.
  • The number of fifty-plus scores in Bangladesh's innings (5) is a record for the hosts. They have managed four fifty-plus scores in an innings on two occasions.
  • The 189-run stand between Darren Bravo and Powell is the second-highest second-wicket stand for West Indies in Tests in the subcontinent. The highest is 196 between Bravo and Chris Gayle in Galle in 2010.
  • Among West Indies bowlers who have conceded 100 or more runs in an innings, Sunil Narine's economy rate (4.55) is the sixth-highest overall and the highest in a subcontinent Test. The 148 runs conceded is the highest by a bowler in an innings against Bangladesh.

As it often happens on the subcontinent, the first Test between Bangladesh and West Indies burst open with possibilities out of nowhere in the last hour on day four. From the safety of 209 for 1, West Indies lost 5 for 35 in the space of 13.1 overs. They still lead by 215 going into the final day, but with the ill Shivnarine Chanderpaul uncertain to bat tomorrow, there is hardly any batting left. Though it still looks unlikely, this may well be Bangladesh's best chance to achieve what would be their first Test win against top opposition.

They have already made a huge statement for a side playing its first Test in a year by posting their highest total, 556. It beat the 488 they had made against Zimbabwe in Chittagong in January 2005. They also took the first-innings lead for only the ninth time in 74 Tests as Nasir Hossain cut loose in the first session.

After the euphoria of the morning, it seemed the final session would be a letdown for the vocal Mirpur holiday crowd when Kieran Powell and Darren Bravo motored towards a double-hundred partnership. However, Bravo's dismissal was to start a cascade of wickets.

Having batted with stylish authority for his 76, Bravo slashed a Rubel Hossain delivery to the wicketkeeper. The pitch, which had done next to nothing till now, suddenly made its presence felt. In the next over, Marlon Samuels watched in disbelief as a Sohag Gazi offbreak reared from good length, took the inside edge and flew to forward short leg.

Despite Chanderpaul not coming out at his designated No. 5 position, Powell - who became only the second West Indies opener after Gordon Greenidge to make a hundred in each innings - and Denesh Ramdin seemed to have quietened things again. It was to be the interval amid the twin storms.

Shakib Al Hasan, who had been carted around, struck in successive overs with arm balls - Powell edged one behind, Ramdin was trapped in front off the other. With no sign of Chanderpaul, debutant Veerasammy Permaul walked in. He drove Shakib for consecutive fours but the other debutant in the game, Gazi, bowled him off the last ball of the day with one that did not turn as much as the batsman expected. Darren Sammy survived two close lbw shouts from Shakib to round off the evening's chaos, which hardly anyone could have foreseen given the way Powell and Bravo were going.

After Chris Gayle fell cheaply to Rubel, Powell and Bravo grew in confidence to toy with the attack. Both used their feet well to spin, and slithered down every now and then to hit boundaries as the pitch refused to degenerate into a day-four subcontinent turner.

Bravo drew more comparisons with his famous uncle as he dispatched Shahadat Hossain for fours through the covers. Powell drove and steered Rubel for three fours in the 50th over to become only the ninth West Indies batsman to make two hundreds in a Test. Powell should not have made more than 17, but Bangladesh squandered two opportunities when they put him down off successive deliveries in the 16th over off Shahadat.

Shahadat had played his part with the bat in the morning, when he hung around for 29 deliveries to help Nasir carry Bangladesh past 550. The hosts made an emphatic start to the day when Mahmudullah punched the first delivery from Sunil Narine to the deep cover rope. Mahmudullah became the fourth Bangladesh batsman to go past fifty this innings, but also became the third to fail to convert it into a hundred when Narine got one to kick in for a catch to forward short leg.

Narine's first wicket had taken 158 deliveries, but he had the second four balls later when he bowled Gazi. Narine's belated relief was also to be short-lived as Nasir took charge after Mahmudullah's departure.

Nasir started the day on 33 off 75 deliveries; he went on to take 63 off the next 61. What stood out in his knock was the calm manner in which he attacked the spinners, who were lofted and slog-swept for boundaries. But he was to join Tamim Iqbal and Shakib, both of who had fallen short of centuries earlier. Tino Best bowled a sucker ball, full, slow and wide outside off, and Nasir edged it to wide slip on 96.

Nasir's was the third wicket to fall today, and seven more were to follow to make it ten for the day. That was as many as had gone down in the first three days put together. The pitch might not have turned alarmingly, but this game certainly has.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (November 17, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

U've missed another smart stat Abhishek Purohit. BD 1st innings was the 3rd LONGEST innings according to number of overs (148.3) they played. Their longest innings was vs IND on Debut test (153.3) in 2000 & 2nd longest one (149.3) vs ZIM when they scored 488 in 2005.

Posted by Meety on (November 17, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

I say this at the completion of the WIndies 2nd innings, I don't care what the result is, just that Bangladesh have entered the final day with some genuine chance of winning. I would say that must be pleasing for banga fans. == == == For about 2 years, I have been predicting that Bangladesh will become a tough plave to tour, as I have felt the Bangladesh side have improved immensely over the last 3 years. Unfortunately they keep finding ways to go backwards. This is the type of side I have wanted the selectors to pick for a long while. A long batting line up, with good spinning options. I'd prefer they drop Rubel for another spinner. Anyways well done. == == == Tough going for WIndies - shame Shiv is not 100%!

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

245 run in 77.4 over,tigers will do it.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

well Bangladesh set 245 to win hopes Sammy knows he has 4 spinners :Gayle,Samuels,V.Permaul and Narine !

Posted by howahluvmehwestindies on (November 17, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

Bangladesh in with a good chance of a win...well done tigers!! Win or lose, thank you for giving this test match an ending that should be very exciting. West Indies...well, what can I say but fight fellas, fight till the end!

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

Interestingly poised Test match. If WI offer Bang about 275-300 for a victory, I really can't see the latter pulling it off. But we shall see. Go Windies, go. Bring home the bacon for us.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

c'mon WI we have a much better bowling attack !Sammy has failed to utilise his all rounders esp gayle and samuels to reduce the strain of the other bowlers! need to post another 100 and bowl bangladesh out !

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

nothing to say ,just hoping 4 a bangladesh win to shut up sum ppls mouth :/

Posted by sfarazi on (November 17, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

Now this is a real competition and perhaps one that Sehwag should be watching as well since he was bold enough to insult Bangladesh once again. Yes, Bangladesh isn't consistent and have given away their wickets cheaply but I think it's very unprofessional of Sehwag to make such comments about any team. My advice to Sehwag: Mate just concentrate on your own team's weaknesses. Bangladesh don't need 'constructive criticism' from you. Anyways, good luck to Bangladesh and may we have a fantastic 5th day!

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 2:37 GMT)

guys put your prediction down on here..I think this is gonna be draw. what do you think?

Posted by on (November 17, 2012, 2:31 GMT)

from my point of view, Bangladesh is in good position than WI. WI is leading now by 216 which is not still safe, WI need 60-70 more runs at least to be safe and it will give Bangladesh 250+ target but again if we check the run rate we will see every team scored close to 4 per over which means run is coming frequently( even WI scored around 4 run per over in last session losing 5 wks), WI need to consider not only the run but also over. WI need to play such a way which will give them give enough run which is not be easily achievable by Bangladesh by remaining overs. As we all know Bangladeshi players are stroke playing crickers and score quickly, WI also need to consider it. I know WI has good bowlers but still this test belongs to batsman.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 1:28 GMT)

Expecting an exciting finish.

Posted by noplay on (November 17, 2012, 1:00 GMT)

Look whenever West Indies performed okayish against teams that have left out their top players in the last 10 years, WI fans say that is the team the opposition fielded. So allow BD supporters the opportunity to remind you that they won against a WI team before

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 0:59 GMT)

he chance of a 2nd Innings collapse is pretty high. But I really want them to prove me wrong

Posted by   on (November 17, 2012, 0:56 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 17, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

It does not matter what others say about our favorite Team. It matters what we do to satisfy ourselves that we have done enough for our land. Not for anything, just because you guys are the best best crickets of our nation. Best of Luck Team Bangladesh.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (November 16, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

Sehwag should change his comment now. His new comment should be "Bangladesh wickets is not as easy as England.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (November 16, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

I'm expecting 35/40 more runs from WI. That will give them 250+ lead. I hope Bangladesh can chase that runs and win the match. If WI takes 300+ lead, then it would be a draw. Good luck tigers.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 23:01 GMT)

just do it Bangladesh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by rooony93 on (November 16, 2012, 23:00 GMT)

Bangladesh has a chance to show their teptation. now all depend on how bangladesh starts their first session.

Posted by adnann7 on (November 16, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

We can do it!!!! go my Bangladesh go!!

Posted by cyborg on (November 16, 2012, 22:48 GMT)

what a match this is, most persons thought this would be a washout but Bangladesh are playing like wolves out there , nice to see Powell in the runs , windies all the way , i enjoyed watching Tamim bat , before they sledge him they have to ask questions of other persons HE IS BANGLADESH BEST BATSMAN RIGHT NOW


Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (November 16, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

How exactly will chasing 280 will be tough for Bangladesh in say like 70 overs? Bangladesh have the ability to chase if you saw all their 4 matches at Asia Cup but because this is a test match where there will most likely be more than 50 overs for them to chase, looks to me that it will be a draw or Bangladesh will win with West Indies the slimmest of chance. Don't forget most of us even Bangladesh fans predicted a series win for West Indies. Also Bangladesh can play spin far well than pace so I don't think a player like Narine will be a problem for the most part of the final innings.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

I, proudly am one of the biggest supporter of Bangladesh Cricket team. I am so blind about BD team, that even on a lose, I can only see positivity...

But honestly, Bangladesh have a very tough day ahead tomorrow. If Windies get bowled out in first hour (definitely, we supporters have to pray hard so that Chanderpaul dont bat), Bangladesh might think of a result on their behalf.

But we also must have to consider that pitch will not be as friendly as it was in first 4 days (else there is no chance Windies innings to be wrapped up in the first hour)

Bangladesh batsman will also have to work very hard to score and defend if above all are constant

If not win, another lost test match is not an option to me. BD players must have to learn this maturity. After all the efforts, you can not just walk in and loose a test match. If things get worse, batsman must have to learn to defend and kill the time to make it a draw atleast

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

its a great chance for bangladesh to win this test but first we have to take rest wi wicket and then on bat we have to consistent and very carefull may we will 260 target but its achivable , we have to make sure that no one thrwoing thier wicket best of luck for tommorrow

Posted by Coolgye on (November 16, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

@Nilav Megher Torag - For crying out loud the team Bangladesh beat in the past was a Third XL. There were 7 debutants in that team AND the captain was the player who played cricket for WI after 15 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by saif_bd007 on (November 16, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

@landsite: I absolately agree with you. WI are in a good position already. That DROP catch put them in strong place. However, Naraine has already shown he would be the trump card for 5th day. So, BD top order should not wait for the end of innings. Rather, try to get max run within first 25-30 overs with newer ball. They need to target BEST and SAMMY to achieve max. If BD try to defend they will lose. BD has nothing to lose. So go for it and as soon as ppossible.

Posted by Faisal.BD on (November 16, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

thanks Swarandeep Chaudhary for your excellent comment.i totally agree with you. i also support India against any other team except the same way you support for your own country.....May be BD in not that great team but it hurts when some body talks bad/rough to your country....and its hurt more when a player of your neighbour's country talks bad/rough instead of helping you.....dont mind on my words....hope BD will win as well as India also......

Posted by rgrokkam1 on (November 16, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

Abhishek is right in the sense the BD victory came against a weak WI side in WI, 2009. So that victory is not against a top opposition. This is BD best chance to win and to show they are capable of winning test matches against good teams. Dissapointed with Gayle and Samuels performance in this test, hope they have a better performance in the second test match.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (November 16, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

For all those saying Bangladesh beat W.I LOL are you joking that was during the W.I players strike when Floyd Reifer was stand in captain ! hardly top opposition or anreal achievement.

Posted by Fogu on (November 16, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

@lankavigi - No one is claiming that these are top two sides playing. I don't understand why the hostility. WI coach wants them to break into top five and I am sure BD wants to improve and move up in the rankings. It is a good match. Why not just enjoy. Bashing Shiv? Really? He is one of WI great.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

The way that Bangladeshi bowlers bowled the last few overs today, if west indies give the target score around 250 runs to win and Bangladesh get 2 sessions to achieve that target, I prefer to open the innings with Tamim Iqbal and Shahriar Nafees. We need them to give a flying start early in the innings by the way the batted in the 1st innings. Nevertheless, the batsmen of Bangladesh team have shown their class and constant improvements in recent years. Hope they can win this test match. Best wishes for the Bangladesh national cricket team.

Posted by b4u8me2 on (November 16, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

Tino Best remembering how he fell on 95 to a slower ball in England when he was eager to notch up his maiden test century returned the favor today. He bowled a slower ball to Hossain on 96 and he dismissed the batsman. Who says WI bowlers doesnt use their heads? :-)

Posted by Samudro2106 on (November 16, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

Just want to say, those who are complaining about not mentioning the wins against WI should be reminded that that WI team was not a top opposition and we can't be that much proud of having wins against a second tier team.. Focusing one this test, the WI collapse was mainly due to the combination of good bowling, faulty batting and aggressive captaincy from Mushfiq rather than a '' Uncharacteristic Pitch''... Spinners' wickets came from arm balls (except Samuels), so nothing dangerous on the pitch and there is little bit turn but too slow which is negotiable ( Can't say this about WI tailender as I doubt they will be able to play even straighter balls )

Posted by tisra on (November 16, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

@Swarandeep Chaudhary :: You want 'basis of records', I give you that....what he said about the cost of taking opposition wickets, 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 WI(31.28). Also, talking about his personal record to talk big against BD, this guy has his second worst test avg (35.2) against BD (worst being 31.13 against Eng). It's true BD have a miserable past test records, but recent performance indicates a shift in progress and things are starting to look good, although we are deprived of playing enough matches. At this time his comment will surely hurt. On one side you defend Shehwag's comment and on other you insist not to bash each other, this isn't fair. Thnx for ur support btw :)

Posted by ILoveMyBangladesh on (November 16, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

@Mizanul Khan..Please let tamim play the way he plays. He is the best batsman of Bangladesh, and one of the most attractive batsman of the world. the way he got out in the first innings, did not put Bangladesh into trouble, rather the way he played is something to be proud of..Tamim, shakib, Gayle, Shewag, Mcullum, De Villiars, Peterson. People open the TV and go to the field to see this players...because they are extra ordinary and not to weighed in the same manure like other players. I know you might say,Tamim has not scored triple hundereds like them. Let me tell you something, give him 5 years and 6-7 test matches a year, he would have an avg over 50 and 20 odd century... Another thing, before 1996, Srilanka was a small team with good players like DeSilva, Jaysuria, vaas, murali..etc. And Jaysuria and kalu just changed the ODI game. So, Bangladesh too change the Test game.. Nafees, Junaed,musi,nasir,naeem can play test like a test, but let Tamim,shakib play the way the play.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

WAIT WAIT U said Gayle got out cheaply ? watch the replay again please, it was a superb delivery from rubel & deserved that . I think nasir got out in very cheap way.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

@aihan Salamat Ullah the key word is "top opposition". Surely you haven't forgotten that, West Indies team's top 15 players were missing. I wouldn't say that team was a top class team.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

hoping for a bd win...:).

Posted by OzWally on (November 16, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

I've had some harsh things to say about BD cricket in the past, but congrats here on an excellently played match so far. Here's to a great 5th day. Of course if you're bowled out for less than 100 tomorrow, I'll have to take back the plaudits.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (November 16, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

Few people r commenting abt sehvag's remarks however he was right when he said ENG is no BD

Posted by dulabhai on (November 16, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

I hope players like Tamim and Nafees put their country first while batting in the second session...unlike other times.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

Abhishek Purohit, Do you know Bangladesh made a whitewash against West Indies in their Home venue....So how could you say that this is may be the first win against a team of higher position above them???

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (November 16, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

If BD can't win/draw this test match, Junaid & Shahadat will regret for 2 dropped-catches by them. Powell would've gone for 17 but those dropped catches gave Caribbeans comfort. Otherwise BD would b almost at home at the end of the day. Anyway, best of luck for BD. They desperately need a Test Victory to prove they r worthy of Test status. Both teams should b reminded that CATCHES win Matches.

Posted by landsite on (November 16, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

As a WestIndian I would like us to win and at the moment I feel we are in a position to win.We need another 40 or 50 runs to be safe but feel even if we dont give BD 250 we can still win it.The wicket has shown signs of helping the spinners and although the BD batsmen had a go first time round the psychological pressure in the second innings will be intense.BD would have to play the best cricket they have ever played to win this and I feel that Narine and Permaul will be extremely difficult to take chances against as they did in the first innings,sorry BD we will wrap up things just after tea,but well done for the way you took on the Windies,I hope its a change for the future.

Posted by fr600 on (November 16, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

The author said "Though it still looks unlikely, this may well be Bangladesh's best chance to achieve what would be their first Test win against top opposition." Is he new to cricket?

Posted by Nasir_Uddin_Fahad on (November 16, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

I expect that Bangladesh team will at least draw this game;They will never lost this game.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

Bangladesh should "Drop" Junaed Siddiqi because his batting and fielding performance is very very poor. Especially, he dropped some vital catches which put Bangladesh in "Deep Trouble". I hope that BD selectors think about Junaed second time. Selectors should take initiative about Tamim Iqbal too. Is there any body out, who can tell Tamim that Tamim should play the test as a "Test Player". Tamim shouldn't forget that he is not playing T20 or ODI....his role should be as a Test Player for now. May Allah save Bangladesh!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

inshALLAH we can win it :D

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

The match is going to draw.. wicket was too flat and boring to begin with, very disappointing. However if it does some things later for bowlers its just bad news for Bangladesh who have to bat last on it.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (November 16, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

Whatever happens, you couldn't of asked more from these young Bangladeshi's. I certainly loved that short period where quick wickets came in a flush I mean these Bangladeshi's were so confident, hungry, thirsty and wanted a piece of the wickets. Shakib arm ball is a nightmare for the batsman.

Posted by BanCricFan on (November 16, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

@MiK Epon: I do completely agree with you... "bt still bangladesh bowlers have to work hard to get the caribbeans all out......coz they are not INDIA!" :)

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

Hey i think you got that wrong Mr.Abhishek Purohit. Bangladesh won against WI in WI at 2009 by whitewashing them.So, this is not the first ever win against a top Team.Insallah we will win this too..

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

Everyone talked about the changing performance of tigers.... but I want to tell about someone specific.... the man is............. NASIR HOSSAIN.......... this man will be a great batsman one day...... plz, take my words..... I'm telling you...... he is so young but still got the maturity....... after 8/10 years later, you will find two great NASIR in the history of cricket.... 1. Nasir Husaain (ENGLAND) & 2. Nasir Hossain (BANGLADESH)

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

Max 90 over's play remain for tomorrow. If Bangladesh can all out WI within below 300 then Bangladesh winning target will be 270 with the max 70 over's & their required run rate will be below 4.Very very interesting play. Waiting for history...Good Luck Bangladesh.

Posted by kc69 on (November 16, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

I'm an Indian fan but firstly an cricket fan and looking at this match i can say "well played Bangladesh",you have silenced a lot of critics who believe that bangladesh is not good enough for test format.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

come on tigers....come on......bag a win...

Posted by S-Matrix on (November 16, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

Opposition captains have a frightening history of denying Bangladesh wins - Ponting, Vettori, Inzamam (although he became the captain right after winning the match). At least that is one reason to be concerned about Sammy.

Posted by zdrgn on (November 16, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

i hope if bangladesh can restrict west indies within a lead of 260, then they can win this test. bangladeshi batting order is long so hope at least a draw if target becomes above 300.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

Need some correction on the report. BD beat WI in past so u cant say "this may well be Bangladesh's best chance to achieve what would be their first Test win against top opposition"

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

i dont lnow why every one is crying about sehwag's comment..

what he said was on the basis of records.. bangladesh never won a test against india. so live with it.. and please dont start with the one day matches or asia cup loss. coz here we r talkin about test matches..

i respect bangaldesh team i support them against every nation... except against india... we all have right to support our teams..but bashing each other's team is not a right thing to do..

i was really happy to see bangla reply to wi total.. i hope they will win this test.. but still they have way to go..before calling them a good test side...they shouldnt forget wi lost only 4 wickets in scoring 527 but it took whole bd team to overtake that score.. about quality of attack apart from rampaul and narine i dont think anyone can be threat wi is leading by 215 if they get past 250 then it will be very difficult for bd to chase that. but still want bd to win this game go tigers go. "i am indian supporter"

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

well done Bangladesh. We expect some positive tomorrow. best wisshes for tigers. have wonderful final day........

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

Loved the way our growing cubs or baby tigers were getting hungry by sledging the West Indies batsman after the loss of each quick wickets. West Indies just like India before underestimated Bangladesh and if like I said, if you do that then we all know whats going to happen. West Indies has everything to lose instead and no more excuse like the 2009 defeat where everytime you mention that B team, Z team whatever. Lets bowl them out and bat sensibly even if it is for a draw.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

Well done Tigers, well wishes for this test and rest of the matches of this series from Sydney

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

It,s very encouraging to see some of the youngsters are maturing very fast,good signs for BDC,lets hope they can go ahead n win this game inshallah,wishing both teams luck but hoping for a BANGLADESH,win sry WI.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

great day for BD.. from here all three results are possible...

i cant comment on, who has the upper hand as i dont know the state of the pitch ..

but BD has great chance to win this..

best of luck guys..


Posted by lankavigi on (November 16, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

Winning a t20 world cup, means nothing!! WI have got to comeback to the real world. They're losing to Bangladesh. They're bowling attack looks blunt. A batting line-up that depends on Chanderpaul. Pathetic!! How can you concede 500 plus runs against Bangladesh. No other top side has done that! WI have a lot to prove. Being in t20 a lone means nothing. They should improve their standards in the 50 over and tests. I don't see WI as a top cricketing side in world cricket.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

As much as I want Bangladesh to win the match, but honestly it's very difficult for Bangladesh. They have a history of collapse in the second innings after a bright first innings. Hope Bangladesh keep themselves together to bundle WI quick and play sensibly in the second innings.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (November 16, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

That's why Shakib is World number 1 ranked all-rounder even when he's not in form he still contributes somehow with with bat or ball. The important thing about his 2 precious arm delivery wickets is that it will give him more rating points and stay clear of everyone else in the player all-rounder rankings considering that the number 2 player is just 1 point behind Shakib now.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

How much bad could it be if we lose? just one more lost match will be added to the statistics. But if we win so much good can happen. So guys, first bowl clever and then fight clever. Go Tigers.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

this is the real potential of the bangladeshis.. i think they have reached a class stage already! HOWEVER, it's their mentality and their self-control that has yet not matured.. but there's no doubt that the tigers are getting hungrier!!..

Posted by The_Ashes on (November 16, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

That's why please do NOT prepare pitches sooo flat otherwise it will have nothing for bowlers on most occasions and brings in a dull contest. Just prepare it so that there's enough turn for bowlers to get batsman out because both sides bowling have struggled most of the time. Its a batting paradise by the way I saw the match.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (November 16, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

Come on Bangladesh, you can do it, take early wickets and Tamim can go for fast runs and can score quick 70-80+ and than others can take Bangladesh home. This success is only because all the national players played in National Cricket League just before the test series so they had enough match practice coming into match and they are doing very well, if Bangladesh wins tomorrow they will be defeating full West Indies side and don't forget they are t-20 champions although this format is different but core group of players is playing this format, because of their caliber and + test specialist are also with them, so best of luck guys, tomorrow evening we all want to see Bangladesh winning there first test at home vs Good Side.

Posted by DarindaUK on (November 16, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Well Done again to score the highest runs for BD. Just don't put the sheild down tomorrow and let the Windies win. Don't go wild loose all the wickets please. Tamim, Junaid and Shahriar, don't throw away your wickets. Go for the Century.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

Lets all pray to Al mighty ALLAH for a positive result in the 1st TEST.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Al hamdulillah, With the blessings of Al mighty ALLAH, BD players are doing well. Inshallah we would have a expected result from the game.

Posted by rivernile on (November 16, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

This is disciplined batting from Bangladesh. I do wish that we were able to convert more of the individual scores into centuries. However, looking at the score board, I cannot complain (this is more than I had expected).

Posted by Sonium on (November 16, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

It is a very good effort by Bangladesh. However, they have to take 4 more wickets. I think, it would be a great reply for Shewag who gave bad comment about Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

bt still bangladesh bowlers have to work hard to get the caribbeans all out......coz they are not india!

Posted by sawifan on (November 16, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

Whilst a win in unlikely, it really is great to see Bangladesh in such a positive position. As docile as the pitch is, i think Bangladesh batted with maturity not often seen by them. If they can bowl WIN out before lunch (without a Sammy cameo), Tamim may be set to chase it! Must have been disheartening for the WIN team too, watching Bangladesh pile on the runs. After their innings, i'm sure they were still still, 'easy pitch, but our bowlers are better'. Looking like an interesting end to a good test!! Good luck both teams!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

Game on! Come on tigers! Hold your nerves! Show the world, specially some so called great that you can slap on their faces!!!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

If Bangladesh don't do anything silly, i can't see West Indies win this match. The performance of Bangladesh in this match so far is a great slap on the face of those who barked too much before the match. Now, all Bangladesh need to do is to play to their potential. If the pitch behaves well, they should chase the target. But it talks in favor of the bowler, then Bd need to be patient and make sure that they don't lose.

Posted by Fogu on (November 16, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Good day of cricket. I think the game is evenly poised still. Even if BD knocks off WI cheaply, 5th day pitch will not be easy to bat on. As we know, BD has a tendency to implode at the most unfortunate times (similar to WI at times). I hope they bat with maturity and win unless WI bats longer and takes the game away. Hoping for a great 5th day. Win, lose or draw, BD has shown enough that they will contend more regularly and should not be taken lightly in the future. Go Tigers!

Posted by Midonoff on (November 16, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

Good fight back from BD, however, it will be interesting to see how they go about their business as chasing these runs will be difficult on the last day. I would say BD needs to start chasing thses runs just before lunch or after to stand a chance. Otherwise they will come under huge pressure and we all know what will be the outcome, a WI win.

Posted by MijanurRahman on (November 16, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

interesting turn of events. like it.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

V Sehwag commented that England wickets is not as easy as bangladesh and bangladesh proved that bangladesh wickets is not as easy as england. because England have already lost three wicket for 43, and I think open minded shehwag should be more carefull about commenting over bangladesh.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

Wow!!..what looked like a draw, up until the last session has all the makings of being a result now. I said yesterday that if there was a mini-collapse from either team in their second-innings, it might blow the match wide open. Didn't think it was going to happen though, Powell and Bravo looked so comfortable. Well as long as the pitch keeps deteriorating and the bounce becomes more unpredictable, i still give the Windies the edge. Only because Chanderpaul has still yet to bat and the Windies have got runs on the Board. If the Banglas can get Chanders and Sammy early and end up chasing around 250, they have a shot. Alot depends on which Tamim Iqbal turns up and how much discipline the West Indies bowlers can produce, but i still feel that scoreboard-presssure will cause the hosts to chase the total like a T20 and end up playing too many rash shots. Who says flat-pitches with both teams scoring over 500, can't be exciting on the final day!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

If we want to win the match we should bold out WI before they take a led of 250 run or more, cuz WI bolling lineup is not so ordinary like india

Posted by bwalks on (November 16, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

Bangladesh has played very well in this test. It is very evenly balanced and any result can happenmon the last day. Kudos to Bangladesh.

Posted by dbk86 on (November 16, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

WOW !! WHAT A MATCH!!! TIGERS ALL THE WAY! though felling a bit sad for nasir! :( And yeah it shows that the achievements of ASIA CUP wasn't a fluke! :D Inshallah we will win this game..! FINGERS CROSSED!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

bangladesh is gonna win this test match.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (November 16, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

If Bangladesh can force a result then good on them for that but it would be a real shame if WI ended losing in large part because their most dependable batsman was ill.

Posted by Khairul101 on (November 16, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

We hope Tiger will be done there final job tomorrow. Last half hour today given a chance creditable position for B'Desh. B'Desh go ahead by power show.

Posted by RadiantDipta on (November 16, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

Well this belter of a track suddenly came into life and give Bangladesh some good kicks. And i hope moderate moisture at morning and the ball hopefully nip around at first session. So if BD can put the balls at right place in early hours they will get WI all out in no time. I hope Bangladesh will maintain the form in 2nd innings and whatever the target WI put in the board (around 250/300), some fired up start from Tamim will hopefully put bangladesh at front foot and the rest will do the job in fashion. Well everything is still in 'MAY BE'. But i think Bangladesh won't get this kinda chance of winning the match in next games. I hope them to watch acting pumped up at tomorrow morning.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

Well done bangladesh, hope tomorrow we will get a chance to win the test match.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

nasir u hav done a great job..

Posted by ostad on (November 16, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

Good day for Bangladesh team.The game is within their control. The mixture of players with patience and aggression in BD team, will take them to victory.

Posted by masud69 on (November 16, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

when was the last time test cricket played by Bangladesh went to fifth day and both team has a chance to win-interesting indeed. we keep our fingers crossed.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

It will be disappointing if Bangladesh collapses in second innings as their usual habit. Nasir should bat ahead of Musfiquer and Mahmadulah. Anyways this is the best test squad I have ever seen for Bangladesh. Good luck to Bangladesh from India.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

It would be 50-50 change for both teams,,,,,,,,,,

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Congrats on your 1st 500, Tigers! But make sure you draw this match, even if you can't win it - please don't lose it! May Allah bless you all, Ameen!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Keep your nerve strong bangla boys

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

great test for bd.wanna see enamul junior instead of shahadat

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

Chris Gayle did not fall cheaply, it was an outstanding delivery from Rubel which deserved wicket. You could say Nasir's dismissal was a cheap one after playing such a matured innings. But ahh well, lets hope for the best! Wish I didnt have work tomorrow.

Posted by wiseshah on (November 16, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

Bangladesh played well. Congrats bangladesh

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

I don't understand the fuss of Windies declaring at 527. Who would or could have thought the Tigers could chase the total, which ended up being their highest in a Test innings? Let's be realistic- this is a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY for the Tigers. Restrict the lead to max 250 and match is on. Anything above 250, pendulum will be with the Windies. Hope Bangladesh does well- even if that means not winning. They've shown spirit so far as a team. They now just need to get over the next day of 80 overs or so. Any chance for a Brisbane 1961 result? Now that would be history in the making. Go Tigers Go!

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