Bangladesh v West Indies, Twenty20, Mirpur December 10, 2012

Rubel's nightmare, Gazi's odd debut out

Plays of the Day from the only Twenty20 between Bangladesh and West Indies in Mirpur

Shot of the day

Rubel Hossain gave away 29 runs in the final over, and that figure proved more than the margin of victory. The best of the four sixes hit by Marlon Samuels was the last one, a blockhole delivery that was sliced high, too high for the cameraman to spot the ball in the misty Dhaka sky, and it landed quite a way out of long-on's reach.

Shadow shot of the day

The only six that Tamim Iqbal hit off Chris Gayle was a shadow six down the ground, in the 17th over, after the bowler had missed his run-up. Gayle had re-bowled the shadow ball after going some way down the pitch, but Tamim didn't back down. Gayle didn't concede a six in his four overs, perhaps his best time in the middle since arriving in Bangladesh four weeks ago.

Opener of the day

Sohag Gazi's Twenty20 debut also began with him opening the bowling, as he did on Test debut. He also became the fourth offspinner to open the bowling on T20 debut. This time, too, Gayle played him cautiously but Dwayne Smith tonked him for a six, reminding him of his first international match.

Drop of the day

Samuels was dropped when he was on 10, by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim off Ziaur Rahman, in the eleventh over. Mushfiqur also dropped him in Ziaur's next over, and missed a difficult stumping off Gazi in the following over when Samuels was on 25.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • jose on December 12, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    I was very disappointed by Rubel's last over. He missed the very point of the last over in a limited overs game i.e. to prevent being hit all over the ground, thereby limiting the number of runs scored. Look at how Chris Gayle bowled his overs. The worse part of that over, Rubel did not learn from the mistakes of the first few balls. He continued bowling short and wide. What a shame that Rubel's foolishness caused Bangladesh to lose despite a valiant effort by their batsmen. Honestly, I would not pick Rubel for a limited overs match. If I had to, I definitely would not invite him to bowl the last over.

  • Alimah Raidah on December 12, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Though Tamim is far more consistent than Ashraful and other openers BD found so far, but we missed the innovative shots that Ashraful plays. I felt it in the last T20 match. Even Shakib makes a plenty of innovative shots. When you are beaten by the pace or by the uncomfortable length of the bowlers the Batsmen like Ashraful and Shakib skoops those behind the wicket and sometimes get out as well. Tamim's counter attack down the ground didn't give him as many boundaries as he wanted and conversely WIndians couldn't take his wicket as well. Tamim and Mahmudullah should practice those innovative shots to enrich their armoury for a unique situation like the match against WI.

  • Ekram on December 11, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Rubel's last over and not sending in Ziaur Rahman at no. 3 when BD could've used some big hitting I believe what gave the game away.

  • Jawwad on December 11, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    It was a bad day or probably a bad series for Rubel. I completely disagree with @Taherul Hassan who displayed his weak cricket knowledge through such a comment. Being hit for a massive over doesn't make someone a bad bowler. Rubel was more than enough for someone making a comeback although he does need a bit of hard work in the nets. And also Rubel and Nazmul are very different bowlers needed for different purposes.

  • Hasib on December 11, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Mushfiq and Rubel gave the match away. One would hope they learn from this. But mistakes are more than frequently repeated in the BD squad. For example, Rubel being asked to bowl the last over when we all know what Samuels did in the previous ODI.

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Rubel has never shown any fast bowling potential, i dont know what makes selectors decide to keep him in the squad, Nazmul, Talha are 100 times better than this Rubel. By just running fast and throwing a ball in the wicket, does not make you a bowler

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Rubel Hossain over reminded me of Malinga over. Samuels was just showing his class and the Bangladesh captain only has himself to blame for dropping him bizarrely 3 times.

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    Mohammad Isam you're forgetting one thing, Gazi is the first ever bowler on debut to bowl the first over in Tests, ODIs and T20s I think.

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