Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Khulna, 1st day November 21, 2012

A costly drop, and Nasir's indiscretion

Plays of the Day for the opening day of the second Test between Bangladesh and West Indies in Khulna

The anticipated outcome I

The talk about bouncers went up a notch when Junaid Siddique was dropped to make way for Nazimuddin in the Bangladesh top-order. There was some sympathy for Siddique, but what happened next was expected. At the first sign of bounce, at the start of the third over, Nazimuddin took a backward step and popped an easy catch to short leg off Fidel Edwards.

The strange call

An hour in the first session, in the last ball of Sunil Narine's second over, Tamim Iqbal jumped out of his crease, attempting to send the ball towards Khulna city. He only found the long-on fielder on the first bounce. With Tino Best operating at the other end, and given Shahriar Nafees' fitful batting, it was strange that Tamim refused the single that would have given him the strike against the fast bowler.

The anticipated outcome II

A batsman doesn't necessarily look to go over the top in the second session of the first day, but Nasir Hossain, coming in to bat at 98 for 5, had plenty of options. The field was up and he struck eight fours and a six, but just as the session was drawing to a close, his vulnerability was exposed. Just as Nazimuddin's struggle against the short ball was too predictable, so was Nasir's witless charge that ended up in mid-on's hands.

The crucial drop

Kieran Powell's drop off Abul Hasan, on 42, didn't seem a big deal at the time. Bangladesh were 266 for 8 in the 69th over, and there was still time for West Indies to take the remaining two wickets and have a bat in the evening. The two batsmen, Mahmudullah and Abul, went on to add a further 99 runs, with Abul progressing to his debut century.

The shot of the day

Of Abul's three sixes, the last one was a scud missile of a straight drive. It looked like a mere punch off the left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, but the debutant sent it zooming towards the press box, the volunteer having no chance of reaching it. It crashed into wall behind the sightscreen as he moved into the 80s.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Dewan on November 22, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    Looks as though the days of Tamim and Shakib should be nunbered. The players in the squad lasts long only when they are given chances one after the other to no avail, the prime example being Ashraful. They will keep on playing in the same vain with occasional flashes of their potentials. But it's the newcomers who have to take the helm till some other newcomer makes them look pent up. That is the story of Bangladesh cricket.

  • Andrew on November 21, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    @CricketMaan on (November 21 2012, 13:18 PM GMT) - IMO, anybody who loves cricket, or believes in fair play (in its true sense of the word), would have to acknowledge that Bangladesh have some wonderfully gifted players coming through. Tamim & Shakib are the acknowledged best players in the team, but I really rate Rahim, Mahmudullah & Nasir highly, as well as Sohag & Sunny. I have no idea why Sunny wasn't selected - I would of selected him instead of Rubel. That being said - I never would of picked Hasan! LOL!

  • Dummy4 on November 21, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    @ CricketMaan: good opinion. dont worry sunny is there, he just missed out due to team combination. and we have many more young good batsmans playing in domestic league who will soon come and join the success of bangladesh cricket team :)

  • Shakhawat on November 21, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Something good or bad, happiness and sorrow, this is Test cricket. But all the excitement drawn on Mahmudulaah and Abul Hasan's batting power. They really played like Tiger

  • Vivek on November 21, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    I wonder if these two actually wanted to prove a point or two to Sehwag; whatever it is, that's a brilliant statement by Mahmudullah and the debutant. In fact, Mahmudullah is fastly becoming a master batsman like the great VVS to bat with the tailenders.

  • Delbert on November 21, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    gd innings and well done Abdul, however, still beleive top order should have batted more responsibly. Gd luck BD rest of match. This is a gd WI team so BD please play hard.

  • Dummy4 on November 21, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    congrats Hasan to be the only 2nd debutant centurion as a number 10 batsman in the history of test cricket................

  • Sriram on November 21, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Whoever spotted his talent and gave him a chance must be hailed equally. This is what will change Bangladesh progress in Tests. Cannot keep on going back to Ashrafuls, Mortazas!! or rely only on Tamim and Shakib. Good to see Gazi and Abul join Hossain as the new these 3 have to carry on thier early success. What happend to Sunny?

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