Bangladesh Cricket Board Cup September 21, 2011

Mahmudullah steers Bangladesh A to title

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Bangladesh A 187 for 6 (Mahmudullah 78*) beat Bangladesh 185 (Kapali 68, Reza 3-54) by four wickets

Bangladesh A chased down a target of 186 with four wickets to spare against Bangladesh in the BCB Cup final in Dhaka. The win was set up by an unbeaten knock of 78 from Mahmudullah, who was recently named vice-captain of the national side.

Batting first, none of Bangladesh's batsmen, apart from Alok Kapali, managed to build an innings. Kapali, batting at No. 6, struck a positive 68 to take his side close to a respectable total. His knock was studded with ten boundaries, and came after his side had been reduced to 74 for 5 in 20.1 overs. Bangladesh A's bowlers shared the wickets around, but Farhad Reza was the pick - he claimed Tamim Iqbal early in the innings, before returning to clean up the tail in the 46th over.

The chase was off to a dismal start, with Abdur Razzak and Rubel Hossain knocking over Bangladesh A's top three for next to nothing . They were reduced to 6 for 3 in the seventh over, before Raqibul Hasan and Mahmudullah steadied the innings with a half-century partnership. Hasan was run out for 32 and Kapali knocked over a couple in quick succession with his legspin. However, Reza struck a quick 27 as Mahmudullah remained solid at the other end, to finish the match with an over in hand.

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  • Hasib on September 24, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    BD XI (will only make sense to those who actually know anything about cricket): Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, , Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (c), Alok Kapali, Sakib Al-Hasan, Shuvagoto Hom, Nasir Hussain, Abdur Razzak, Nazmul Hussain, Rubel Hussain

  • Dummy4 on September 24, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Ban Xi : Tamim, Shahriar Nafees, , Mahmudullah, Mushfiq (c), A Kapali, Sakib, Elias Sunny, Shohag Gazi, Rubel, Nazmul , Alauddin Babu

  • Andrew on September 24, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    @Ashique129 - also on Rajin, of all the Banga batsmen I've seen play, (Bashir was my favourite, great gentleman), Rajin has the best technique! I think he was given the captaincy too young, clouded his thoughts. The amazing thing is he is till young enough to in theory play another 10 years! Time is still on his side.

  • Andrew on September 24, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    @Ashique129 - I know Rajin dropped off after showing a lot of promise, my biggest gripe is that Ashraful has done less & gets picked for every second team/tour. Rajin has better stats (@Ahsan_Shere; Stats = performance), Ashraful hasn't performed at FC level therfore it is unlikely he will succeed at Test level. Also I read a few interviews with Rajin years ago & I liked him (LOL!). @Ashan_Shere - clearly we will disagree on this. For as long as cricket records have been kept, the general rule is that FC batting ave will be higher than Test average - few exceptions. If you go fishing, & you use a little hook, you will only catch a little fish, use a bigger hook & YOU MIGHT catch a bigger fish. If Hom averages 60 (on a small sample size, yet NOBODY else in Banga has an ave like it), maybe he is that much better than other batsmen, maybe he'll wither on the vine like most other Banga batsmen. I say give him a go NOW, he can't do any worse than some of the guys in the team now!!!!!(IMO)

  • Ashique on September 23, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    I got to go with AhsanShere's points. In addition to his points, for session after session in a test, tough questions are asked to a batsman's technique and temperament. Mostly, you get tired after a nice 30 and play a lose shot. If a batsman doesn't give a chance or commit a mistake, it is very hard to remove him in 9 out 10 conditions. Don't believe me? Ask bowlers about Dravid, Kallis and Chanderpaul :) Hom might be in a great nick now, but he is not tested at this level. He will first have to get a chance and do well in the exam. A_Proud_Bengali - thanks my man :) Meety - why have you mentioned Rajin? You have opened an old wound of mine. I would have cemented him at #3 in my team in tests and 50-overs for one straight year before thinking about dropping him. What a great resource wasted when we don't have another of his kind!

  • Redwan on September 23, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    This is my team for ODI :- Tamim, Nafees, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah, Kapali, Shakib, Nasir, MOHAMMAD ELIAS, Rubel, Shafiul, Razzak.

    This team for T-20 :- Tamim, Nafees, Ashraful, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah, Kapali, Shakib, Nasir, Rubel, Shafiul, Razzak

  • Redwan on September 23, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    @ Ashique129 :- Hello Sir, hope you are doing good. It is now almost confirmed that Kapali will be playing in the WI tour. Plus, he provides a bit of leg spin as well, which will add variety to our bowling attack. I would pick a batting-intensive line up.

  • Ahsan on September 23, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    When someone is in infancy of his cricketing career & ppl (already there) haven't watched him play they don't know his weaknesses thus more chances to prosper, 3 100s point is not satisfactory this way. You'll see his average will drop to 50 or so after 10 more games. You selected many coz of their averages & I consider player's F/C average after they play 40-50 matches & tests averages after 30-35 atleast, before that their technique, approach to the game & planning the innings(specially in ODIs), Example: Asad Shafiq averaging 41 in F/C which atleast 10 run short by his standards. He's a better bat than any of Pakistani except Younis & Misbah. Younis said of him that at 24 he wasn't that sound technically. So better judge players on their technique & not on their stats before they play enough cricket.

  • Andrew on September 23, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    @Ahsan_Shere - I am fully aware that a small sample size CAN & DOES effect where a player sits relative to his peers. I did a post that didn't make it onto the blog. It showed that Hom had hit 3 100s in 10 matches, twice as good as any other contemporary Banga FC player. He's worth a try, I never said he was the best Banga have, just the best stats - so the Bradman/Azhar analogy is wasted. More interestingly Rajin Saleh has far better stats than Ashraful, but hasn't had a shot at the National set up in a bout 3 yrs. He has a better FC ave & a better 100s per match ratio than Ashraful, his ODI & Test averages are all superior. Yet the selectors (& a lot of fans), want to keep selecting Ashraful!!!!!

  • Ashique on September 22, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    Just read in the newspaper that Kapali is being considered!! Great!! Let's hope he plays splendidly in the upcoming 4-day match. Having Ashraful and Kapali at 6-7 in tests may work incredibly well (recall: Tamim, Nafees, Mushfiq, Shakib, Mahmudullah, Ashraful, Kapali, Suhrawardi, Shahadat, Rubel, Shafiul). With some minor tweaking in the batting order and a couple of changes, the same skeleton may be used for 50 and 20-over formats (Nasir/Rasel for Shahadat, Razzak for Suhrawardi) depending on the conditions. I pray we give a good workout to WI and return the World Cup treatment :)

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