Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st ODI, Khulna November 30, 2012

Gazi's bunny, Gayle's false dawn

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the opening one-day international

Sequel of the day
Sohag Gazi's confidence has risen considerably from the moment he removed Chris Gayle in the Dhaka Test after Gayle had struck him for two sixes in his first over in international cricket. In his first ODI, Gazi was also faced with Gayle on strike to his first ball, but this time it passed without drama. However, with his second delivery Gazi beat Gayle in the flight as he charged too early and was caught at long-on, where the fieldsman had been ever present since that first over in Dhaka, as Gayle became Gazi's first wicket in ODIs as well as Tests.

Catch of the day
But Gazi had to thank Tamim Iqbal for the catch that dismissed Gayle. It had been hit well, but without quite the height needed, and as it approached Tamim at long-on he reached out above his head and had the ball in his grasp. The fall was always going to be important but he managed to stay well inside the rope. He has a safe pair of hands but injuries have made him a boundary rider for a long time. In 2007 he took a superb catch at wide long-on to dismiss Upul Chandana, catching the ball after it had gone behind him.

Forgettable over of the day
Naeem Islam's second ball of the match was a very short delivery that nearly bounced a second time before reaching the batsman, Darren Bravo. It was a dot ball but that didn't stop Bravo from going after Naeem, taking 17 off what was his only over.

Clever adjustment of the day
A captain's job can be subtle as well as obvious. When Gazi was brought into the attack for a second spell after West Indies had lost seven wickets he beat Devon Thomas first ball then, as he was walking back to his mark, Mushfiqur Rahim signalled to Abdur Razzak at long-on to move a little to his right. The next ball Razzak took two steps forward to take a simple catch; the captain's sleight of hand working a treat.

False dawn of the day
In the tenth over of West Indies' innings Gayle played a crashing forehand, with tremendous power, against Abul Hasan which finished at the cover boundary. But two overs later Gayle's lean run in Bangladesh continued as he fell for 35, although that was his highest score on tour so far.

Early decision of the day
Four players stood a chance of making their ODI debuts at some point during this series, but Mushfiqur and Shane Jurgensen decided to fast-track all of them in the opening game. Gazi was the no-brainer after the Test series but the jury is still out on Abul, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque. At least they have the debut out of the way, especially in the case of Anamul and Abul who have been considered prospects for a long time.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Yasmin on December 1, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    After watching the 2 tests & the 1st ODI several thoughts jumps out. FIRST, we got to find a suitable partner for Tamim. SECOND, Abul Hassan will not bat at #10 for too long. Heck, he might even become the Shane Watson of BD (opener+fast bowler). THIRD, despite his valuable contribution of 42 in the 1st ODI, Amanul Haque lacks the instinct or skills to be the opener (DJG Sammy beat him to the off stumps at least a dozen times). FOURTH, we got to address Mushfiq's lost ability with the bat. The Mushfiq we have come to know in last few years appears to have taken a vacation. FIFTH, the BD coach must address the lack of our players' footwork while attempting to square-drive. SIXTH, Sohag Gazi must immediately be given the same contract as the other elite BD players. This guy can not only bowl with precision and reliability, he is also very good with the bat. LASTLY, the current group of BD players can compete with ANY team ONLY if somebody can teach them how to leave the bad balls alone.

  • Niles on November 30, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    @AAM sammy is needed in the team but not having D.smith is what made me not stay up watch the match. They seems to be some row between smith and sammy as when sammy plays there is no room for dwayne.when they both play darren never gives the ball to smith. GREAT WIN BD

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    BD team have enough capability to white wash West Indies, go tigers go!

  • Arif on November 30, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Gayle and Gazi were team mates during the BPL

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Guys! don't understand the criticism of Anamul Haque he played well for his first match of course the nerves just like for anybody on their debuts will kick in. I saw his innings and was clearly another talent Bangladesh have found just give him the time to settle in. If you remember though that his ideal position is batting at 3 so that's one thing I will consider about for him. If Gazi is managed carefully then no doubt in my mind one day not now but one day he will become one of the best spinners in the world. I already knew he has the ability to bowl the doosra but he said himself that he will work on these special deliveries in the off-season. Just imagine on turning wickets just how destructive Gazi can be along with out SLA bowlers. Mind you we also have which is rare for us and in World Cricket in general some leggies.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    What a show By Bangladesh with 4 young debutants and with no Shakib against the mighty and star studded team W. Indies ! Amazing! And how well all the debutant played in the game, especially Shohag Gazi!! It's proved now that BD has lot of young raw talents! Now BD needs to nurture them properly to become the cricket super power within next ten years of time!!!

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Good lesson for Sammy and WI before you talk about winning this series 5-0, make sure you are 4-0. Pathetic performance from the WI in this match in all aspects of the game. Even though Bangla showed weakness against the short-pitched ball in the Test series, there was no need to bowl so many on this unresponsive pitch. It is on the captain and coach to instruct the bowlers on how to attack the opposition. As usual some of our so-called "stars" did not produce when they had the opportunity, specifically Pollard and Russell. Seems like Pollard and Russell are only good for 1 out of every 10 innings!! They have to show more consistency. Sammy is Sammy, hit or miss. Time for Sammy to take a break, he has played a lot of cricket this year. Why is Ramdin not in this team!!

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    I liked the adjustment of the day

  • Mahin on November 30, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    Once again the spinners of BD proved that spin the main bowling strength of Bangladesh. Tremendous performance! Well Done! All the best for the next matches!!

  • Vivek on November 30, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Let's see if Gayle becomes the first victim of Gazi in the T20s as well...

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