Bangladesh v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Mirpur December 5, 2012

The umpires' day off

Plays of the Day from the third ODI between Bangladesh and West Indies in Mirpur

The awareness
Umpire Enamul Haque looked a little out of place in the 15th over, momentarily forgetting the free-hit rule. The batsman, Anamul Haque, however, was fully aware. Off the previous delivery, Anamul had given extra-cover a catch but the third umpire overturned the dismissal as Sunil Narine had overstepped. But the umpire didn't signal the free-hit. Anamul, though, knew that he couldn't be out stumped and charged Narine only to miss the ball that went through slip and the wicketkeeper for four byes.

The non-awareness
Mashrafe Mortaza bowled one down the leg side. Marlon Samuels tried to tap it away but missed. The wicketkeeper missed it too. It got to the boundary. The result? Not five wides but a dead ball, courtesy umpire Ranmore Marinesz. Strange call, that.

The missed landmark
It wasn't a dropped catch that cost Kieron Pollard a match tally of four catches, but the Narine no-ball in the 15th over; it deprived him from becoming the first West Indies player in 17 years to claim such a tally. Pollard had earlier taken the simple catch that Naeem Islam offered, followed by the catches of Nasir Hossain and Mominul Haque to make it a personal record.

The landmark
Mahmudullah took over from Khaled Mashud as the highest scorer at No. 7 in ODIs for Bangladesh when he reached 22 runs in the 30th over. It took him to 1074 runs and he then extended his tally to 1104, which is currently 74.4% of his career runs. Not surprising, as Mahmudullah has played 52 of his 70 ODI innings at No. 7.

The stand-in
If you replace Shakib Al Hasan in the team, you must know how to bowl left-arm spin. Mominul Haque, might have only two first-class wickets but yes, he bowls his own brand of round-arm, left-arm spin, and was given a bowl in the 42nd over. On cue, he drew an edge from Samuels off his fourth delivery, but the chance was put down by Mashrafe at slip.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    The umpire was right in calling the ball dead,it was nothing wrong.samuels wasn't actually playing a shot, he kinda backed off from the shot and it his pad.if you're not playing any shot and it hits your pad then its not given as runs.the rule is, quite clear, probably you're unaware of it, not the umpire...

  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    I have no doubt that WI played well and BD fought hard.

    Here are the three things what could be different:

    1. BD misread the pitch. They had 280-290 in mind. Otherwise they could get around 250. This could be crucial.

    2. Spinners bowled too many short balls. In fact hardly any good length delivery from spinners went for boundaries. This too often released pressure.

    3. I don't know why on earth Rubel was bowling in final 10 overs. Spinners were doing so well with Razzaq got one in the final. Batsmen could hardly play good length deliveries.

  • Hasib on December 6, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Several mistakes noted by Bangladesh today: 1. Naeem at number 3? 2. Rubel to bowl after Samuels completed his century? 3. Mushfiq trying to slog sweep a leg spinner when the ball was moving away and bouncing? 4. A fast bowler at the slip? 5. Mortaza batting before Gazi? 6. Razzak thinks he is a batsman and not take single to give strike to Gazi who was going nicely? Should have scored 250 today and won the match.

  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    This is the time which we want the help of third umpire...but technologhy always been used for all (un)necessary stuff..

  • Abdullah on December 6, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    I tend to agree with asiacricket1234 when he says,"...BD is going to lose the series 3-2...."Bangladeshi Captains are so mechanical that they don't use their common sense when the situation demands it.Rahim's bringing on of Rubel at the wrong moment is one more proof of this.Incidentally,in 2010 January when Bangladeshi spinners had Sri Lanka in a bind and the last pair was batting with Murlidharan throwing his bat at everything hurled at him,Captain Ashraful Matin brought on Rubel and he was hit for 4s and 6s by Murlidharan.Rubel was given a second over even after the mauling he received in his previous over!!!Bangladesh lost the match to Murlidharan and the lack of common sense of Ashraf.In the intervening over between the 2 overs of Rubel,Sakib had given away only 2 runs in his over.

  • Bohurupi on December 5, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    The umpire did signal the the free hit before the ball was bowled! I clearly remember it seeing. Probably, you were at that time a little out of place!

  • Mamunur on December 5, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    I m completely agreed with asiacricket1234. I am surprised why Rahim used Rubel sparing Mash. I even went for bet that 42nd will be bowled by Mashrafee

  • sadequl on December 5, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Also to be mentioned in here 1 or 2 lbw appeal which was nailed down by umpires was bit harsh decision too on such a low scoring game & atleast if 1 of those could have been judged positively it would have a real impact on the net result to make the match more contemptible at the end. In-addition in TV relay there was a 5 balls in an over too, just wondering whose mis-calculation was it though. Anyway hope to see dew & umpiring factor will not have any bad effect on 4th & 5th match again & expect to see a fair play environment to make a good end of the series with a deserving winning result.

  • Farhan on December 5, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    This match showed that how one bad decision can ruin your chance in a cricket match. WI batmen were struggling against spin bowling and they needed 34 from 36 so BD still had a chance. I really don't understand that why Rahim had a bring a medium fast bowler in that situation where Mahmudullah, Naeam, Gazi all had over left to bowl and if you really want to have a medium pace bowler why Rubel why not Mashrafee. He is experienced and better bowler. Rahim's captaincy today was fantastic. He had only 227 run to fight with and he lead his team well until that over. I have a feeling that BD going to lose the series by 3-2 because they are the kind of team who cant get the momentum back once they lose it

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