Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Khulna, 4th day

Shakib, Nasir fight but West Indies on top

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

November 24, 2012

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Bangladesh 387 and 226 for 6 (Shakib 97, Nasir 64*, Best 3-26) trail West Indies 648 for 9 dec (Samuels 260, Chanderpaul 150*, Bravo 127, Shakib 4-151) by 35 runs
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Tino Best gestures after getting Naeem Islam bowled, Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Khulna, 4th day, November 24, 2012
Tino Best, nursing an injured hamstring, was at it again © Associated Press
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Shakib Al Hasan had been Bangladesh's superman again. He'd bowled 52 overs in the West Indies first innings and become the second Bangladesh bowler to take 100 Test wickets. He had watched the first five Bangladesh batsmen disintegrate and proceeded to cut the 261-run deficit with thrilling, defiant strokes. But in the end, Shakib fell to the same lack of patience that plagues the Bangladesh Test line-up. He did not have the patience to sleep tonight three short of a Test hundred. First ball of the last over of the day, he charged Veerasammy Permaul, and holed out to mid-off. Shakib, along with Nasir Hossain, all but ensured West Indies would bat again, but his survival had promised so much more.

Shakib and Nasir got together after a three-wicket burst from Tino Best, nursing an injured hamstring, had reduced Bangladesh to 82 for 5. This was just before tea, and with a session left, it seemed Bangladesh would struggle to take the game to day five. As it turned out, Shakib and Nasir dominated after tea, with 141 runs coming in 35 overs.

It is a fine line between aggression and suicide, especially when you are looking to first avoid an innings defeat, but Shakib and Nasir got it just right. Shakib was in imperious touch through his favoured backward point region. Deliveries with next to no width were steered and cut for boundaries, at times against the angle. Sunil Narine, who has made no impact this series with figures of 3 for 343, was hit for three successive boundaries.

Nasir, only 20, again played a mature knock that belied his age and his batting position - his series returns have been 96, 21, 52 and 64 not out. He was the defensive foil to Shakib but did not let any width escape both sides of the wicket as he drove, swept and flicked confidently.

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  • West Indies' total of 648 is their highest in the subcontinent, surpassing their 644 in Delhi in 1959. Their last 600-plus score in the subcontinent was in Mumbai in 1975.
  • The total of 648 is the highest against Bangladesh. The previous best was India's 610 for 3 in Dhaka in 2007.
  • Shivnarine Chanderpaul registered his fifth score of 150 or more in Tests. He was unbeaten in four of those five innings.
  • Shakib Al Hasan, who became the second Bangladesh bowler to take 100 wickets, went past Mohammad Rafique to become the highest wicket-taker for his country.
  • Shakib's dismissal was the ninth instance of a Bangladesh batsman falling in the nineties. Shakib has been dismissed in the nineties on three occasions.
  • The 144-run stand between Shakib and Nasir Hossain is the third best sixth-wicket stand for Bangladesh. It is also the fourth-highest stand for Bangladesh against West Indies.

Bangladesh's early collapse, though, had left too big a hole to fill. The first five Bangladesh wickets lasted a collective 88 deliveries, which wasn't exactly surprising for a side that had spent nearly seven successive sessions on the field, and had lost 64 of its previous 74 Tests. What was surprising was the source of their woes. Best, who hadn't batted and had been doubtful to bowl, needed 16 deliveries to take out three batsmen, including Tamim Iqbal.

West Indies had closed their innings on 648 for 9, the highest total made against Bangladesh, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul remaining unbeaten on 150, having also made an unbeaten 203 in the Mirpur Test. Bangladesh had the task of batting at least four sessions to avoid losing the series 2-0 on a slightly deteriorating pitch. The surface, though, had nothing to contribute to the fall of the home batsmen. For once, it was not even their usual tendency to self-destruct. They were just not good enough against the pace of Best and Fidel Edwards.

Nazimuddin played his first delivery, the third of the innings, from within the pads and Edwards swung it in just enough to trap him in front of middle and leg. Tamim and Shahriar Nafees, once again, batted as if hitting aggressive boundaries was the only way to bat in Test cricket.

As it had in Mirpur, the exhibition delighted the Khulna crowd for a few overs before the inadequacies took over. Shahriar had no clue how to deal with the short ball. He tried to back away and upper-cut one aimed at his head, and was caught at gully, but Edwards had overstepped.

Best, who came on in the ninth over, was to make no such mistake. He was in no position to go flat out as he had in Mirpur. But his first delivery had enough bite to jag in from short of a good length and bowl Tamim. Naeem Islam shouldered arms to his third delivery, which swung in late and hit off stump. Shahriar's misery ended four overs later when he hopped and fended a bouncer to the slip cordon. At that stage, Best's figures were 2.4-0-6-3.

All that was needed now was a batsman throwing it away. Mushfiqur Rahim did just that as he charged at a Permaul delivery, missed and was bowled.

Shakib was left, yet again, to push the match to day five, after having taking four wickets in the morning. The Khulna pitch, after three days of slumber, had started producing deliveries that reared and spun sharply, though Narine and Permaul did not get as much out of it later.

Since Chris Gayle fell before lunch on day three, Bangladesh had toiled more than 180 overs for two wickets. Shakib produced two in an over, twice, close to lunch today. Chanderpaul, though, chugged untroubled to 150 and even his rate of scoring was constant over the three sessions he batted.

Though Shakib and Nasir fought for a while, one constant through Bangladesh's innings was the nervy, fidgety feeling that it could come apart any moment.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Prabhash1985 on (November 25, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

Please do not lose, our Bangladesh brothers. Miracles can happen. Trust it. Just stay stay stay, and you can defend. We will remember you if you defend, even more than you won the match. Because, defending is terribly hard. You need a huge amount of patience, mental strength, and of course a good partner, unless you try to defend all on your own. Good luck. Please do not lose to West Indies. We have high hopes. Anyway you have done incredibly well. Good luck. From Sri Lanka.

Posted by typos on (November 25, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

Has the mystery gone from Narine? Or is his lack of experience in longer formats now exposed? He will be plying his trade in the BBL and not playing in the regional tournament much. This is sad because he could learn more in such competitions or become a one dimensional player like Pollard. He should ideally be paired up with Rangy Nanan or Clyde Butts, 2 great regional offies who could help him if he is prepared to take the next step or just go after the money and become a limited player.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2012, 1:21 GMT)

Is it really true that this guy called Tamin Iqbal said he can't bat slow like Chanderpaul? it is laughable that someone like Tamin who has a low average and isn't even a very good batsman is arrogant to think he is better than someone like Chanderpaul who has been around for many years. I even remember when Chanderpaul made his debut against England and how promising he was even then. He scored a 50 on debut if i remember rightly. What's Tamin done? apart from bat like a fool and lose the vice captaincy position because of his arrogance?

Posted by   on (November 25, 2012, 0:20 GMT)

Bangladeshi spectators reporters and cricket lover should talk about fist class cricket structure and not to blame any players. I am sorry to say but Bangladesh Cricket Board has done nothing past 12 years to place our performance high in world cricket. Still we have time but is there any future plan for BCB...everyone those who love BD cricket should talk about that....

Posted by FOTO on (November 25, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

Nazimuddin made no run in the NCL that cud be brought up in the national side. I would rather like Ashraful to play instead of him. Nazimuddin is like a batsmen Bengali version of Sreesanth. But never was good.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (November 24, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

@Dhutugemunu - Dude I'm aware of that that's why I said "Shakib is the 19th player" please read and understand my comment carefully. How many matches did it take them to achieve that feat? It took Shakib just 116 matches to do it plus players like Warne. Lee etc are not specialist batsman and because of the amount of games they played, of course some of them would achieve it someday eventually.

Posted by SapnerJadukar on (November 24, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

Unbelievable immaturity from BD top order bats...wondering do they have any team briefing before the game. At least they could learn from the opponents. Rahim, how could he come out to heat that ball while he needs to stay their imitating chanedrapaul's role. Just forget it!!! They aren't learning while playing competitive match.

Posted by Sadequl on (November 24, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

Thanks a lot "Mr.Najimuddi" for making us right & proving BCB selectors wrong once again all the way with your solid "Golden Duck" gift today & also to the batsmen as well who thought this was the 5th day [last day of the test match] or perhaps they were thinking they were playing one day or t-20, inplace of the 4th day of a test match perhaps ;)

Posted by Htc-Android on (November 24, 2012, 20:08 GMT)

Bangladesh has been a major disappointment in test cricket. After playing 75 test and 250 ODIs they still cant draw test match at home. After every loss their fans will come and give excuses like their team has 12 years history, WI has 100 years of history. It doesn't matter how many years they play test cricket. they have enough experience to win a test match. Their fans also need to realise they are playing more circket than any other test playing nation did at their beginning.

Posted by WICricFan1 on (November 24, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

Good to see WI posting a high score, but on the other hand they still shouldn't step off the gas, like we saw in the last few hours of day 4........... you need to attack all the time especially when you're in a dominant position......... all and all a great performance from the Caribbean boys... way to go, keep up the good work and congrats to all the men who made centuries, especially Samuels. WI need to do this to higher ranked teams as well, which I'm sure they WILL do.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

Other than Shakib Bangladesh does not have a single player who would walk into another international team...that is why they lose

Posted by indirockz on (November 24, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

Just strip this guys off the test status. After 12yrs of test debut, these guys are only good enough to beat Zim and 3rd level WI when all their first and second choice players walked off. This is their 75th test and they have already lost 64 and this is going to be their 65th defeat

Posted by Ibra95 on (November 24, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

miss the oputinity to get a ton and a 4 wkt haul...well shakib keep in mind to not be impacient, look at samuels, he's really patient or chanders who has from 41 deliveries 10 runs and then he reached an unbeaten 150!! so that's something essencial in test cricket!! BE PATIENT!!!

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (November 24, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

21 players achieved both 1000 runs and 100 wickets landmarks in both Tests and ODIs so far. That includes SK Warne (Aus), B Lee (Aus), JH Kallis (SA), SM Pollock (SA), IT Botham (Eng), A Flintoff (Eng), RJ Shastri (India), N Kapil Dev (India), Harbhajan Singh (India), IK Pathan (India), Imran Khan (Pak), Wasim Akram (Pak), Abdul Razzaq (Pak), WPUJC Vaas (SL), CL Hooper (WI), Sir RJ Hadlee (NZ), CL Cairns (NZ), DL Vettori (NZ), HH Streak (Zim), Mohammad Rafique (Ban) and Shakib Al Hasan (Ban).

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (November 24, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

@ExtremeSpeed; You missed a lot of great players who achieved 1000 runs and 100 wickets in both Tests and ODIs. That list includes Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Chaminda Vass, Daniel Vettori, Shaun Pollock, Harbhajan Singh, Brett Lee, etc other than the greats you mentioned.

Posted by Fogu on (November 24, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

Tamim, Nazimuddin, Anamul Haque, Shakib, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Mushfique should be our batting line up. I understand Nazimuddin didn't make much of an impression but he is a good player. We should stick with this line up and play more test and first class games to allow players to develop. If Mashrafe can join Abul Hasan and Rubel, we will have a decent fast bowling attack along with Sohag Gazi as perfect compliment to SLA spin of Shakib, Mahmuddulah and Nasir. We do need to play more long games to develop the temperament. We have enough talent but not the temperament which should come with experience.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

Seriously?!!! a country with more than 100000 kids that staying out of school to practice in the cricket field all day long can not generate atleast 2 to 3 top order batsmans who does not need to hit but have the capability to judge the merits of the balls. I am totally surprized that commentator Shamim Ashraf Chowdhury recommending Tamim Iqbal to play his natural game. Are you serious????!!!! Test matches have it's own nature. If Tamim Iqbal cannot adopt it, look for other options then. How does Shariar Nafees get a chance to play in the test squad?? When did he even go close to a century last time?? How come the double centurions in our first class matches are not even considered over these test junks like Tamim, Nafees, Junaid, Nazimuddin????? Should I call it lobbing????

Posted by swat1999 on (November 24, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

Shakib played very wel, But i have a soft corner in my heart for him, very unlucky not getting hudred. He must be patent and learn how to play test match. He is capable to make biggy but no patient for test match standard

Posted by   on (November 24, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

shakibs dismissal just resembles that our cricketers need to improve quite alot and yes small achievements should not be enjoyed as it hurts later

Posted by   on (November 24, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

I guess, if you ask Shakib, to choose between Sachin & Sehwag... for anything, after his dismissal today, I can assert that he will choose Sehwag. His batting is in the Sehwagian mould!

Posted by   on (November 24, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

As i always say,n its proven fact too, that B/D r minows nd wl remain the same for a decade to come.Each player plays for himself n not for the team.Best example is latest------Sakib getting out with a silly shot.Actually he wanted to b in headlines by hitting a boundry to reach a century.And another proof of their immatutity is how they celebrate aft taking some wicket-----as if they hv won the match,.No shame team Bangladesh???

Posted by   on (November 24, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

Some small analysis,batting of BD palyers. when Best came to bowl first time after the injury, Tamim should check few deliveries before that on drive at least keeping in mind that best did good bowing for WI in first innings. taking singles,two's putting 1/2 bad deliveries out of ground could work for him easily. Nasir in first innings after making the 50, just threw his wicket by charging down the wicket when session was close to finish. Same thing did by Shakib in today's end of the session. He could just stay there facing last over and make his century tomorrow. Musfiq being a captain just threw his wicket with very poor shot in this situation and condition of the match. Same old stories. Tamim and Shakib can fail few times to bat patiently but once they would learn about building an innings in test cricket they will be successful consistently.

Posted by sawifan on (November 24, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

Despite a probably 2-0 series result, it is hard not to feel that team BAN are improving more than before. Especially looking at their batting averages. Much progress must still be made, but more signs than ever are present that they might be better. If they played NZL now, in tests, i have no doubt they would win, regardless of where. Also, congrats Shakib u champ!!

Posted by The_Ashes on (November 24, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

Actually in all fairness you can't totally blame these Bangladesh players playing like ODI or T20 because they hardly even play any First Class Cricket which is the real problem that seriously needs addressing. They forgotten how to play in this format properly. West Indies are expected to win this 2-0 tomorrow but if Bangladesh does not lose by another innings especially when you haven't played the long form of the game for almost a year then there's nothing to fill bad about its positive stuff.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

This is the second time in this series Shakib thrown away his chance to get both his century and take Bangladesh to a better position. Now I seriously wonder when these Bangladeshi players would learn to "learn from their mistakes"? Every time just the moment they find themselves in the way to good position, they just throw it away. Why every time?

Posted by   on (November 24, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Tamim bowled for playing too many strokes and it is not true that Tamim should play in this way. He has to play his natural game only to a bad ball not every ball. Look at samuels, how did he show his patience whether being a hard hitter batsman. Same way Nafis, Musfiq, Shakib got out.even some time BD batsman charge down the wicket to bowler which is clueless in a test match (nasir in first innings, Shakib, Misfiq 2nd).Whether Shakib and Tamim do not like to bat patiently it is the only learning that they have to do. Otherwise no improvement possible. Only solution is to play more first class matches. and please stop blaming and being satisfied to some small individual achievements.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (November 24, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Interesting stats guys Shakib is only the 19th player in Cricketing history to notch up more than 1000 runs in Tests and ODIs and more than a 100 wickets in Tests and ODIs combined and in terms of all-rounde records so far, only behind to R Hadlee, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan and of course Jacques Kallis but Shakib is the youngest to achieve that amazing feat in far less matches. Well Done! Shakib!

Posted by   on (November 24, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

i did not like when sakib out on 97 he can easy way made his century but he did not that was turning point of the match .

Posted by   on (November 24, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

Actually BD bats man did not learn anything... I have doubt they could. Right now They should play more first class improvement. Same way playing too many strokes in a flattest pitch. Other wise they would defeat in 3 days. BD should stop blaming again and concentrate on more first class matches.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

Its disappointing to watch again Shakib missed his 100 where he have to work littlebit to be cool around 100. But yet he is magnificent who came to bat in a critical situation within 1 hour after 2 days hard fielding and bowling about 50 plus good overs. Our top order failed again. I think Tamim, Nafees and Mushfiq need a break to play test cricket. They are not prepare for this level of cricket right now. How funny to watch, where Tamim tried to play reverse sweep in a test match where he was totally unsettelled in crease. Musfiq , our captain tried to play down da wicket and got out where we were in very critical situation like 4 wickets down. Nafees, seems don't know how to defence and how to play short pitch ball. Shakib, Nasir and Mahmudullah will not play well regularly, others must have to contribute with them as well should learn something to see their batting.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Tamim is not Bangladesh's superstar player anymore, and we seriously need to sort out our top order!!

Posted by Shortcuts on (November 24, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

2-0 loss is on the cards predictably but for a weaker team that hasn't play Test Cricket for almost a year and not lose both the test matches by an innings is something I personally can be satisfied considering the fact that Bangladesh are always known to lose on most occasions by an innings. Well done Saqibul Hasan for 100th test wicket could've easily been your second 5-fur and 100 in the same innings but really hope you find your best form come the ODI series congratulations on becoming the highest wicket taker for Bangladesh.

Posted by The_Ashes on (November 24, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

Shakib's conversion rate is terribly bad! he has two test hundreds but 6 scores between 87-99 and seriously needs to work on that and don't take risks unless it was a poor delivery. We just don't have the temperament to bat long at the crease. But I was very impressed with Nasir Hossain who has been a fantastic revelation for Bangladesh. Only 20 years old and we see signs of maturity!, both Tamim and Shakib need to learn. He's clearly possibly along with Anamul Haque going to become Bangladesh's best two batsman in just a few years time.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Congratulations on 100 test wickets but what Shakib did at the end was totally uncalled for. Tamim Iqbal why am I not surprised?

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (November 24, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

Well done guys. A good morning tomorrow and you can enjoy a 2-0 victory. Keep the focus, and finish the job. Bangladesh have fought pretty hard at times during this series, but the West Indies have just had too much firepower, even without our premier bowler Kemar Roach. Good to see Tino Best taking wickets again too. Pace will always reward you...

Posted by drnaveed on (November 24, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

shakib should had made sure ,that he reaches his hundred and than carry his innings further , more for his team, his Country, than for his personal was of no value that he reaches his hundred today or tomorrow, neither was ,whether he gets it with a single, 2 , 3 ,4 , or 6 runs .in the end he not only missed a hundred , but his team also had to suffer. in the first test, after bowling out WI side for the second time ,and than going after the target, the BD team, supporters and their commentators , started celebrating , as if they had won the game already, that put additional pressure on their team, and cost them the test match.

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