Bangladesh v Bangladesh A, T20 Challenge Series December 12, 2013

Hossain delivers Bangladesh A's second win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh A 171 for 4 (Nasir Hossain 62*) beat Bangladesh 167 for 9 (Anamul 39, Nasir Hossain 2-21) by six wickets

Nasir Hossain produced an all-round display to lead the A team to their second victory over Bangladesh in successive matches in Mirpur. After taking 2 for 21 to help restrict Bangladesh to 167, Hossain scored 62 off 31 deliveries to secure victory with nine balls and six wickets to spare.

Bangladesh had done well after losing the toss and Soumya Sarkar early. Anamul Haque gave them a quick start, making 39 off 18 balls. They were 62 for 2 in 5.2 overs when he fell. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah also played useful innings but no one went on to make a defining score. Bangladesh were 128 for 5 when Ziaur Rahman was dismissed in the 15th over, after which the lower order subsided and they were restricted to 167 for 9.

Bangladesh A's chase started poorly; the score was 29 for 2 in 3.4 overs when the second opener fell. They had solid partnerships thereafter, though. Mithun Ali made 37 and Mominul Haque 24, but the starring role was played by Nasir, who hit three sixes and seven fours and scored at two runs per ball. He stayed the course and achieved victory in 18.3 overs.

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  • nathaniel on December 16, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Forhad Reza does have the potential to be effective t-20 baler , doesnt matter how he bats i.e his batting average. .

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    Nayeem and Mahmadullah are not t20 players. This is my Best XI: Tamim, Shamsur, Mominul(spin), Shakib(spin), Mushfiq, Nasir(spin), Zia(pace)/Anamul(if the pitch favours spin), Gazi(Spin), Mash(Pace), Arafat(Spin), Alamin(Pace). Razzak,Rubel,Mahmadullah should be kept for reserve. There 3pacers, 3spinners. and few part timers. Perfect team. Batting looks weak with only 6 genuine batsman. But we'll handle it, batting was never our problem. And Gazi,zia,Mash knows how to hit aswell.

  • Nasim on December 13, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    I agree Farhad's stats are ordinary but I considered him instead of Zia for his recent performance in the DPL. We need one more all-rounder who can bowl 1/2 effective overs.

    Regarding Rubel's death bowling, I think he has worked on that with the coach and hopefully he'll do better. I preferred him over Al-Amin because I think we should preserve Al-Amin for the tests along with Robiul, and not fatigue them. Shafiul played 7 games in this DPL after he had an ankle injury about 2 months back.

    Guys, speaking of stats, what do you think of Sabbir Rahman? I fancied he could be included into the squad.

  • Chris on December 13, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    You need to look at the stats. The minimum strike rate for batting you want to be looking for is 120 and players like Naeem, Farhad, Mahmudullah etc are way below that therefore shouldn't be anywhere near in the T20 team for Bangladesh. Bowling you want the economy rate to be below 8 but again there are many bowlers of ours that exceed that amount and shouldn't be part of national T20 team.

  • asik on December 13, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Yes I agree with @ Nasim_Ahmed ,but al amin would be better stand by than elias,because we have enough spinners and he did well against nz in last t20 match.In death overs,we lack pace bowlers who will not give away too many runs,mash and rubel are not good death overs bowlers,so we can play him or pick shafiul as for his experience(but i don't know his current situation),we can play alamin and shafiul against sub continet teams,but for non subcontinent team we should play arafat,he is really a good spinner,razzak seems passed his best days!

  • Nasim on December 13, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    We are confident with current national selectors doing their job but that doesn't prevent us fans speculating, does it? :)

    My best T20 XI would be: Tamim, Shamsur, Mominul, Rahim, Shakib, Nasir, Farhad, Arafat, Gazi, Mashrafe, Rubel.

    Standby: Anamul, Imrul, Mahmudullah, Elias, Nazmul

    It seems Naeem isn't as good in T20s as he is in tests. Generally Naeem and Mahmudullah shouldn't play together because both are similar (and even when they do play, Rahim doesn't utilize their off-spin much). Zia too have got enough chances but failed to make an impression. Razzak's left arm spin isn't enough for we are missing the big hitter in him. Finally, we must encourage performing players from the domestics by opening up National team positions for them.

  • Android on December 12, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    well played by nasir . bcb need arrange more match like that

  • Shipu on December 12, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    This is really embarrassing even though Shakib and Tamim were missing. Main team already with a game to spare to lose the series is simply not on. I'm glad this series was made because it just goes on to show how much is wrong with our T20 set-up and just because certain players of ours does well in the main forms doesn't mean they will thrive in the shorter form.

  • Bang on December 12, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Congratulations the cubs. Show your might to the cricket world, let them count the next winner!

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