Bangladesh v West Indies, 5th ODI, Dhaka December 9, 2012

Excitement causes confused conclusion


Elias Sunny remained the most sought-after Bangladesh player the day after their 3-2 series win.

Everyone wanted to know why he didn't complete the run that would have sealed Bangladesh's win off the fifth ball of the 44th over. Nasir Hossain had to reconfirm the win with another shot over the covers the next ball, sparing Sunny the ire of millions.

His teammates, though, gave him an earful later in the dressing room. "Mushfiqur, Riyad, Mashrafe, they all started shouting at me," Sunny said, relieved that he can still see the funny side of his carelessness. "It was sweet because we had won but I can't tell you what they said."

The confusion, according to Sunny, began when Nasir started to celebrate in earnest after hitting the fifth ball of the 44th over. The ball sailed into the deep field but didn't reach the boundary and Sunny appeared to be have been taken in by his teammates who had rushed to the middle to celebrate.

"The way Nasir hit that ball and started celebrating, I thought the ball went to the boundary," Sunny said. "He thought I had completed the run so he started to celebrate. I returned from very near the popping crease.

"I would have completed the run if I knew it wasn't a boundary. It was due to excitement. The ball was dead when the team had entered the field. If I had walked towards the striker's end, I the ball would have been live and that could have been risky."

West Indies captain Darren Sammy was also laughing when asked about the incident right after the match. "That was actually funny. I thought the two guys crossed and one didn't touch the popping crease.

"Apparently one guy didn't reach the crease at all. I would probably take a look at it in the replay and have a laugh about it again," Sunny said. "They did what they had to do and congratulations to them."

Sunny said he followed the next ball quite carefully. Nasir cut it away to the boundary. "I really focused on the ball crossing the rope."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Andrew on December 11, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    @Rezaul on (December 09 2012, 20:38 PM GMT) - a bit harsh. The reality is, the guys are not YET use to winning & have not YET got the winning habit. When they do, they'll really step up a notch. The fact is, their professionality has improved - otherwise they would not of been able to compete with a good WIndies side over Tests, ODIs & T20s.

  • BAN on December 10, 2012, 17:15 GMT wasn't given run out, because it wasn't run out. When WI took out the stump, batsman was standing inside the crease.

    @MashroorR... The nonstriker batsman returned from about half the crease, thinking it was a 4, so there was no run scored. The striker simply went back to his own crease and that can't be called run ...

  • Ravi on December 10, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    on another note at first i did think that it was petty for west indies to protest about sunny and nasir not having completed the winning run..but on closer reflection...the rules of the game are the rules...if the ball dosent reach the boundary then you need to complete the run by grounding your bat behind the crease which sunny did not...if the windies were really serious about things and really were being petty then they would have run out the batsman and appealed...then who kmows what would have happenned with no 11 at the it isn't petty at all..

  • Reaz on December 10, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    whatever, we'r really happy to win the series, best of luck & all the best for future games of cricket for Bangladesh Team. Thanks to Almighty Allah.

  • Mashrur on December 9, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    batsmen crossed twice (hence Nasir on strike again), but Sunny ran one short. That way shouldn't it be 1 run?

  • Rezaul on December 9, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Thats an extreme example of lack of professionalism in the team members. Thats why Bangladesh can not rise to their expectations despite having a group of super talented players. This is an elementary level mistake which is inexcusable. I can bet you, no other player in the world have this kind lethargic attitude while playing such a crucial game. I am sure coach and leaders will look into it.

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    i dont understand this at all... why does it matter..darren sammy ruined the win for the public...

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    we have to improve immatureness!!!

  • Chris on December 9, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    imagine what wouldnhave happened if he;d been run out with the scores still lrvrl. that would have broiught in the number 11 for another try at powell.

  • mohammad on December 9, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    stupidity of the highest order. This guy should not play cricket, hadudu may suit him better. Hard to believe the over celebration, before the match ended. Why God has given you 2 eyes? Next time use power glass to see the position of the ball.

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