|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
May 4, 2010
Bangladesh Cricket Academy 328 for 6 (Mithun 87, Asif 79, Hossain 52) beat South Africa Academy 131 (Sanjamul 5-28, Subashis 3-19) by 197 runs
BCB Academy may have escaped defeat by the skin of their teeth in the four-day encounters, but reversed the form book completely to thump South Africa Academy by 197 runs in the first one-day match in Bogra. The visitors asked the hosts to bat first and were left to rue the decision as Asif Ahmed and Mithun Ali added 125 runs for the third wicket to set the tone for a big score.
The pair came together after the openers did their bit, at 60 for 2 in 12 overs. Mithun was the aggressor, smashing 87 in 67 balls with seven fours and two sixes. Asif focused on staying till the end, and was eventually dismissed in the final over for a steady 79, as Bangladesh reached 328. Sabbir Rahman and Nasir Hossain went berserk at the other end, hitting three sixes each, in their knocks of 33 and 52 respectively.
South Africa Academy was rocked early by opening bowler Subashis Roy, who struck three body blows as the chase struggled to get off the ground. Sanjamul Islam then took over the baton, running through the middle order to finish with 5 for 28. The visitors' struggle ended in the 34th over when they were bowled out for 131.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Also, most brothers in a Test XI, and the fastest to 20 ODI centuries
The gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing wider, and the disenchantment is forcing a devaluation of Test cricket among weaker teams
Zulfiqar Babar missed five seasons between his first two first-class matches, and was 34 when he finally made his Test debut, but he is quickly making up for all the lost time with his artful left-arm spin
Out of 70 batsmen who've scored 15 or more Test hundreds only five are from Pakistan, but Younis Khan's appetite for hundreds matches that of some of the top contemporary batsmen
Surviving into the final session of the last day cannot disguise the fact that Australia's continued inability to play spin contributed to an all-round thrashing
The offspinner was Australia's highest wicket-taker in 2013, but his form has dipped sharply this year
When a team loses its best bowler, it is expected that the team's performance will suffer. As usual, Pakistan defied the expectations