Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 5th ODI, Chittagong December 12, 2010

Shakib praises Bangladesh recovery

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain, has praised the way his team bounced back after losing the opening ODI of their five-match series against Zimbabwe. The home side won the final ODI in Chittagong by six wickets, led by Tamim Iqbal's aggressive 95, which included seven sixes, to take the series 3-1, with one game washed out.

"We came back really hard at them, played really good cricket," Shakib said.

The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium is among the venues for the World Cup, and Shakib was happy with the way the pitch played. "The track played really well though the outfield was slow. There was some spin later on but the batsmen handled it really well."

Along with Tamim, who recently returned from injury, Junaid Siddique was also among the runs, scoring a half-century. The improvement in the performance of the top order, Shakib said, was a satisfying development. "Our top order hasn't been scoring runs, today they did and I'm happy about that. Our fast bowlers have bowled well in the last couple of games and the fielding has been good. Though we have dropped some catches, our body language has been good."

Bangladesh have now won two consecutive ODI series - the first being the 4-0 whitewash of New Zealand - and are faring well in their preparation of the World Cup. This year began on a poor note for them, with 14 straight losses, before a maiden ODI over England triggered a change in fortune. They take on Canada and Pakistan, in Chittagong and Mirpur respectively - days prior to their first World Cup game, against India on February 19.

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  • tarek on December 17, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    To prove that India is Number One they have win test series away from home...specially in Australia (WACA).....England (Oval).....South Africa (Centurian)....West Indies (Jamaica)......Sri Lanka (Colombo)....when u will win all these series...then come and we will acknowledge...India is number one....(Just like when Bangladesh thrashed Kiwis....some people suggested we have to beat these teams).....BIG LOLLLLLLLLL

  • w on December 14, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    Hey guys..stop all the fight about who is going to win WC. One thing for sure is Bangladesh will beat India in the first game. Remember 2007?

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    Ok, the next scheduled ODI match is against Canada on 12th February. We have plenty of time for practice matches. I have a suggestion for BCB management. Please, make Bangladesh 'A' and 'B' teams. Make them play a 5 match series. Please, include Shahriar Nafeez, Asif Ahmed, Aftab Ahmed, Fazle Mahmud, Ashraful, Shahdat Hussain, Rubel and Muhammadullah in the 'B' team. See if anybody consistently scores well, and then decide on best 11 for the WC. Thank you.

  • Ranga on December 13, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    to be realistic and not to speak from the heart but the mind....whether anybody like it or not we all have to accept the fact India are best team on paper and judging the current way they play are rank1 favourites to win the WC...Sure enough there are other potentive teams like SL, SA & Eng. Any of these teams games against Ind start as India favourite...India lacks solid bowling but they've batting to chase a million. They're not unbeatable but certainly marching solid. Where as Bangladesh improved by umpteenth percent to say the least and pulled together consistant performance. But are they good enough to apply the pressure when it really matters. They are yet to prove..Bangladesh much improved team..thats it..not a big factor...not as yet atleast...If you ask me..India, hot favourites. SL lies 2nd. SA and Eng then afterwards...Aus..they got their own problems. NZ, WI, Ban have equal opportunities..Pakistan, good players, can't judge's a reality to critisicm...

  • Mohammad on December 13, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA .................................................................. No doubt !!! IND is a very good team now and on papers their are favourite too for the WC ................................................................................. To beat teams like that in WC -- all you need enthusiasum . team spirit & determination !!!!!!!!!often -- these thing makes a difference ------------- you guys have talents -- no doubt !!!! Good Luck

  • Mashrafi on December 13, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    All of my friends stop the war.Cricket is not a war,playing with passion is cricket.I know that india is a favourate team in the WC.But i do hope that Bangladesh will win against india and few other teams.So,good luck to BD.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    seriously guys, stop this unnecessary fight please. This fight will bring nothing but trash talking. We are doing well recently by beating the kiwis and zimbos. But it doesnt mean that we have to fly high. We should keep our feet on the ground and look forward for a better WC. we have to work more hard to show the world tigers can do it. WC is the best ground for that. And for the indian supporter, please dont underestimate us. we are improving gradually day by day. India is surely the best team now but on a given day even Afgans can beat you. It will take a good team spirit to beat any strength. so please support us by giving good speech not hatred. If there are thousands of Indian supporters in Bangladesh why cant you support us then.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    @ Icyman, do you remember 2007 world cup? Keep dreaming.... When you wake up, you will see who won. Not far away ....

  • Sahil on December 13, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    I am back again and let me clarify that my views are my views alone and not influenced by Cricinfo or any such organization. Agreed that my comments were a bit too harsh on you-Bangla fans, but I still feel that you are reading too much into current results. Getting past the Group stage is going to be tough for you lot depsite the fact that all your matches are being played at home.

  • Sharif on December 13, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Yes, WC 2007 is an "upset" match that Bangladesh beat India, I agree with that match is an "upset" match by Bangladesh. But, situation has changed. Bangladesh can beat any team of the world in any time. So, in WC 2011 when Bangladesh will beat and this time it will be not upset. Yes, this is true that Indian Cricket team is a better tem than past, they played well. But, In Bangladesh I am confused about it, and I also believe that if India beat Bangladesh WC 2011 in Dhaka it will be an "upset". I wish it will be a great match for India and Bangladesh.

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