Bangladesh v Bangladesh A, T20 Challenge Series December 14, 2013

Bangladesh A complete 3-0 sweep

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh A 190 for 2 (Mithun 67*, Mominul 55) beat Bangladesh188 for 9 (Muktar 3-21) by eight wickets

Fifties from Mithun Ali and Mominul Haque ensured Bangladesh A were able to chase down 189 as they beat Bangladesh by eight wickets, and in turn swept the three-match series 3-0. Bangladesh entered the contest having already conceded the series on Thursday, but were looking to save face with a consolation win. After winning the toss they decided to have a bat, but that looked a dicey decision when opener Soumya Sarkar was removed in the first over without anything on the board.

Both openers departed with the score on 21 before Shamsur Rahman (37) and the captain, Mushfiqur Rahim (38), combined to put on 55 for the third wicket. Once the pair departed, however, Bangladesh A began to lose wickets regularly. Abdur Razzak clubbed an unbeaten 15-ball 36 at the end to help Bangladesh reach a challenging 188 for 9. Seamer Muktar Ali was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 21.

Bangladesh A's chase began positively, with Marshall Ayub and Mominul Haque contributing 74 for the opening stand. Mominul went on to hit 55 off just 23 balls, which included nine fours and two sixes, before he fell off the bowling of Al-Amin Hossain. Mithun Ali and Sabbir Rahman built on the good work of the openers as they saw off the remainder of the chase with 3.3 overs to spare. Mithun finished unbeaten on 67 off 30 balls, while Sabbir hit a 27-ball 37.

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  • Golam on December 17, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Mitun Ali / Muktar Ali / Sabbir Rahman should come in to the T20 team ! We need more bowler who can take out the pace from the ball & has the abilities with slow pace combination with reverse & cutters ( off / leg ) !! This tournament will take place in our home ground so we should take 100% advantage from it by making some slow & spinn friendly pitch with Big out field & then bowling unit must make some good research & analysis on every opinion team they gonna meet & should make the bowling attack according !! " The Plan " ... will be the word & if there is a good one then be sure that it will work & work for sure !!!

  • A on December 16, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    @Fogu - I agree with your playing 11 at 95% - just thinking of replacing Mash with Al-Amin. Tamim, Shamsur, Rahim, Mominul, Shakib, Mithun, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Sohag/Razzak, Al-Amin, Reza! These guys look more geared for T20 Matches, I would play either Mahmudullah / Naeem based on competition and condistion. Mahmudullah is very handy but not a stand alone match winner and not a 100% T20 player - he is a big asset to the ODI team as is Naeem. More practice, more constructive thing, more appropriate Risk taking is required from the BD team and most of all confidence - we have been chalenging in all of the previous 5 International T20 matches but we not enough - we need to Win like Nasir and his team has shown!

  • A. R. Azimul on December 15, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Looks like Momunul and Nasir is to be in the national team (they were there already) and Al-Amin will be better choice along with Tamim and Sakib, if they are available. For mid-order batting Mithun must be selected for consistency. You can not exclude Sohag Gazi. Razzak has at last started to show why he is required. I am overall surprised to see how effectively Nasir used both The Sunny as new ball attack. This truly represent case of Nasir as Future Bangladesh Captain along with his Consistent Batting. I am really happy with overall performance. This is December and no cricket is on field (whichever level are). Current Committee is thinking only about International. Cricket must be on the field on whichever condition we are in. Current Committee is taking cricket to the table instead of the field which will hamper performance in future. Don't forget we have suffered a lot in Soccer by playing it on the table in the past and Hockey is now mostly confined on the table is dooming down.

  • Dummy4 on December 15, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Better to replace the national team with the A team. performance and results do count....

  • Dummy4 on December 15, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    Shakib and Tamim are ruled out for injuries ?

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    We can try to bring some specialists to teach our fast bowlers away swing.If u can swing the ball around the 140 kps,u will have more type of deliveries to make it difficult for the batsmen.Rubel has that speed needs to learn different variations with ball,the batsmen need to face better bowlers that's why we need more A tours,as we are unable to organize sufficient matches for the main side.

  • Android on December 14, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    this series has damaged national teams confidence more. losing to A team and that with 3-0 is very poor. and confidence will be low. they should look to arrange series with some other country . not much time left so you have to stick with this lot or 1-2 changes. cant change whole team. BCB should try to organise a mini series with any other country which is not playing international games at the moment. even with likes of Afghanistan or ireland will help.

    BCB should act fast.

  • Ribhav on December 14, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    The A team beating the national team for a clean sweep. Should that make Bangladeshis happy or concerned, that too just before the T20 World Cup.

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    My team: Shamsur, tamim, anamul/mominul, shakib, mushi, nasir, mahmadullah/naeem, zia/ gazi (situational), mashrafee, razzak/arafat sunny, al amin/nazmul/shafiul. This series has shown that the other domestic players can perform and some players need to up their game. Nice to see the players trying from the Bangladesh A.

  • Chris on December 14, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Honestly even if the best 11 is picked we still extremely unlikely going to win the World T20. We lack the fire power in batting most other teams have and bowling is just embarrassing for this shortest form. Important thing is to pass the first phase and have a good tournament in the main round at least.

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