South Africa tour of Bangladesh, 2007/08 / Commentary

South Africa in Bangladesh ODI Series - 3rd ODI

Bangladesh v South Africa

South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 94 balls remaining)

If South Africa win this, they will topple Australia from the top of the ODI rankings. So it's just not a dead rubber game.

TossBangladesh have won the toss and elected to bat.

Pitch: It is quite similar to the second ODI track. Dry, rough and there are a few cracks. So, the spinners would come in the game big time.

0.1

Steyn to Tamim Iqbal, no run, On target: Full in length, around that off stump and moves away, he has a flash and a miss.

0.2

Steyn to Tamim Iqbal, no run, beaten again. Quite a deja-vu there. In the zone outside off, the front foot moves very little, just a itsy bitsy tiny weeny step and he has a big go at it.

0.3

Steyn to Tamim Iqbal, no run, this one swings in and the bat comes outside the line but he manages to get a inside-edge on to the pad

0.4

Steyn to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, full and outside off, another intended drive and he gets a outside edge through to third man

0.5

Steyn to Shahriar Nafees, 2 runs, full pitched and Nafees places it to right of mid-off

0.6

Steyn to Shahriar Nafees, no run, corrects the length, on a good length and whizzing past the off stump, left alone

End of over 1 (3 runs) Bangladesh 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
Shahriar Nafees    2* (2b)      DW Steyn    1-0-3-0
Tamim Iqbal    1* (4b)     

1.1

M Morkel to Tamim Iqbal, no run, short of length, on the middle stump, tucked to square leg

1.2

M Morkel to Tamim Iqbal, no run, rushing through the channel outside off stump, he shapes to poke before withdrawing his bat.

Two slips in place

1.3

M Morkel to Tamim Iqbal, no run, beaten. Another ambitious drive. The ball is moving around a touch. This one left Tamim who has a flash and a miss

1.4

M Morkel to Tamim Iqbal, no run, bangs it in short of length ,climbs chest-high and Tamim is troubled by the extra bounce but manages to fend it away, albeit a little ungainly, to the off side

1.5

M Morkel to Tamim Iqbal, no run, 142 kmph delivery on the middle and leg, defended towards square leg

1.6

M Morkel to Tamim Iqbal, no run

End of over 2 (maiden) Bangladesh 3/0 (RR: 1.50)
Tamim Iqbal    1* (10b)      M Morkel    1-1-0-0
Shahriar Nafees    2* (2b)      DW Steyn    1-0-3-0

2.1

Steyn to Shahriar Nafees, 1 wide, wide outside off stump and the umpire extends his arms. The batsman was going after that, though. It was so wide but he still went for that shot but couldn't reach it

2.1

Steyn to Shahriar Nafees, no run, closer to the off stump, left alone

2.2

Steyn to Shahriar Nafees, no run, length delivery outside off stump and Nafees shoulders arms

2.3

Steyn to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, curves in off a length, around middle and off, Nafees pushes at it and gets a outside edge to wide third man

2.4

Steyn to Tamim Iqbal, no run, fuller, well outside off and Tamim has another airy fairy drive and a miss. He has beaten repeatedly today.

2.5

Steyn to Tamim Iqbal, no run, finally lets one go past him

2.6

Steyn to Tamim Iqbal, no run, and again. Steyn tried to tempt him again but Tamim, it seems, has had enough of getting beaten and shoulders arms again.

End of over 3 (2 runs) Bangladesh 5/0 (RR: 1.66)
Tamim Iqbal    1* (13b)      DW Steyn    2-0-5-0
Shahriar Nafees    3* (5b)      M Morkel    1-1-0-0

3.1

M Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, no run, on a length, angling away and defended to the off side

3.2

M Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, 1 wide, banged in short but its down the leg side. Morkel is working up some pace here.

3.2

M Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, no run, 144.5 kmph delivery, lands on a good length and moves away, left alone by the batsman

3.3

M Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, 1 no ball, ah.. front foot no ball and a free hit coming up.

3.3

M Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, no run, wild swing and a miss. He backed to the leg side and tried to heave a short of length delivery over midwicket but couldn't make contact

3.4

M Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, no run, beaten outside off stump. It lands on a length and cuts away, Nafees tries to drill it on the up but ...

3.5

M Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, FOUR, Finally they connect with one. Full pitched and he moved well towards the line of the delivery and played a neat cover drive.

3.6

M Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, no run, further outside off and he goes hard at another cover drive, the bat handle rotates in his hands and the ball rolls back to the bowler

End of over 4 (6 runs) Bangladesh 11/0 (RR: 2.75)
Shahriar Nafees    7* (12b 1x4)      M Morkel    2-1-6-0
Tamim Iqbal    1* (13b)      DW Steyn    2-0-5-0

4.1

Steyn to Tamim Iqbal, no run, outside the off stump and another play and a miss. Hmm..

4.2

Steyn to Tamim Iqbal, no run

4.3

Steyn to Tamim Iqbal, no run, length delivery around the off stump and punched to mid-off

4.4

Steyn to Tamim Iqbal, no run, I have lost count of how many times Tamim has been beaten. Again here, the same flashy drive and the ball rushes past the outside edge. The feet doesn't go anywhere and he seems perennially late on the drive and in search of the delivery.

4.5

Steyn to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Trust me, he didn't get beaten this time. He shouldered arms.

4.6

Steyn to Tamim Iqbal, no run, short of length and he punches it to point

End of over 5 (maiden) Bangladesh 11/0 (RR: 2.20)
Tamim Iqbal    1* (19b)      DW Steyn    3-1-5-0
Shahriar Nafees    7* (12b 1x4)      M Morkel    2-1-6-0

5.1

M Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, no run, on a length, around the off stump line, tapped to the onside

5.2

M Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, no run, closer to the off stump and shaping away, Nafees covers his off stump and lets it go through to the 'keeper.

Two slips in

5.3

M Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, no run, Nafees does a Tamim. He flashes at a length delivery outside off and is beaten

5.4

M Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, 3 runs, too short and Nafees pulls it from outside off to deep midwicket region

5.5

M Morkel to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he continues to struggle. This delivery straightened after landing on the middle stump line and rapped him high on the pad

5.6

M Morkel to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Well... Tamim is beaten. Again. Short of length delivery angling away from him at pace and he tries to punch on the up.

Tamim has a change of gloves. No doubt, some instruction must have come out from the camp.

End of over 6 (3 runs) Bangladesh 14/0 (RR: 2.33)
Tamim Iqbal    1* (21b)      M Morkel    3-1-9-0
Shahriar Nafees    10* (16b 1x4)      DW Steyn    3-1-5-0

6.1

Steyn to Shahriar Nafees, no run, it landed outside leg stump, moved in to strike the pad

6.2

Steyn to Shahriar Nafees, no run, this one landed on the middle and straightened, defended to the off side

6.3

Steyn to Shahriar Nafees, FOUR, edged over slips. Length delivery outside off stump and Nafees has another go and gets an edge and the ball flies over the slips.

6.4

Steyn to Shahriar Nafees, no run

6.5

Steyn to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, short in length, slanting across Nafees who runs it down to third man.

6.6

Steyn to Tamim Iqbal, no run

End of over 7 (5 runs) Bangladesh 19/0 (RR: 2.71)
Tamim Iqbal    1* (22b)      DW Steyn    4-1-10-0
Shahriar Nafees    15* (21b 2x4)      M Morkel    3-1-9-0

7.1

M Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, on the pads, clipped to fine leg. Tamim will be on strike. This should get interesting. What would be his approach now?

7.2

M Morkel to Tamim Iqbal, no run, bounces into the pad and rolls over to the leg side

7.3

M Morkel to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, he rotates the strike. Wise decision. On the leg and middle, he wristed it to the leg side for a single

Two slips in

7.4

M Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, 2 runs, full and swinging in to the legs, flicked away to long leg region and Steyn makes a fabulous stop running around from fine leg

7.5

M Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run

7.6

M Morkel to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, lands on a length, around leg and middle, cuts in towards middle,Tamim is squared up a touch but adjusts to push it to cover point

End of over 8 (6 runs) Bangladesh 25/0 (RR: 3.12)
Tamim Iqbal    3* (25b)      M Morkel    4-1-15-0
Shahriar Nafees    19* (24b 2x4)      DW Steyn    4-1-10-0

8.1

Steyn to Tamim Iqbal, no run

8.2

Steyn to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, Tamim breaks free with a square drive. It was a length delivery and he connects with his on-the-up drive. He has been trying that for 8 overs now

8.3

Steyn to Tamim Iqbal, no run, back to regular programming; beaten outside off

8.4

Steyn to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, better, opens the bat-face and runs it down to third man

8.5

Steyn to Shahriar Nafees, FOUR, swiped to deep square leg! It was on the off stump line but he just slogged it across.

8.6

Steyn to Shahriar Nafees, no run, short in length, around the off stump, Nafees goes back and across and defends to the off side

End of over 9 (9 runs) Bangladesh 34/0 (RR: 3.77)
Shahriar Nafees    23* (26b 3x4)      DW Steyn    5-1-19-0
Tamim Iqbal    8* (29b 1x4)      M Morkel    4-1-15-0

Bowling change. Albie replaces brother Morne. One slip in place

9.1

JA Morkel to Tamim Iqbal, no run, gets a half stride forward and taps it to mid-off

9.2

JA Morkel to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, Tamim's in disbelief but he has to walk... Pitches on a good length a shade outside the offstump, Tamim pokes his bat out and there's a sound before the ball reaches the keeper. De Villiers the rest appeal and umpire Nadir Shah is convinced. Replays show the ball clipping the pad on the way through.

Tamim Iqbal c †de Villiers b JA Morkel 8 (39m 31b 1x4 0x6) SR: 25.80

9.3

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, 1 wide

9.3

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, 2 runs, overpitches on the pads and Nazimuddin flicks it away stylishly past square leg, Morne Morkel does well to slide at the boundary and cut it off

9.4

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, no run, fullish in length and cutting in, he gets a good stride forward and defends

9.5

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, no run, gets on the frontfoot again and defends to the offside

9.6

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, 1 run, streaky, he shapes to drive square but gets a thick outside edge which rolls past the slips

End of over 10 (4 runs) Bangladesh 38/1 (RR: 3.80)
Nazimuddin    3* (4b)      JA Morkel    1-0-4-1
Shahriar Nafees    23* (26b 3x4)      DW Steyn    5-1-19-0

Second Powerplay taken

10.1

Steyn to Nazimuddin, no run, bangs it in slightly short of a length and that hurries onto him as he tries to tuck it to the on side

10.2

Steyn to Nazimuddin, no run, beats him outside off with another skiddy delivery

10.3

Steyn to Nazimuddin, no run, shoulders arms outside the offstump, this one was wider

10.4

Steyn to Nazimuddin, no run, fuller in length off, he drives square but straight to point

10.5

Steyn to Nazimuddin, no run, holds the length back outside off, he gets back and defends

10.6

Steyn to Nazimuddin, no run, this one kicks on him outside the offstump, he uneasily manages to fend it off

End of over 11 (maiden) Bangladesh 38/1 (RR: 3.45)
Nazimuddin    3* (10b)      DW Steyn    6-2-19-0
Shahriar Nafees    23* (26b 3x4)      JA Morkel    1-0-4-1

11.1

JA Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, slower ball, the offcutter, he turns his wrists and tucks it to the on side

11.2

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and steers it wide of backward point

11.3

JA Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, no run, poor shot, gives a bit of room and tries to glide it down to third man, he misses

11.4

JA Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, no run, and nearly throws his wicket away again as he nearly chops it back onto his stumps, Nafees is frustrated with himself

11.5

JA Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, no run, gets forward and taps it to the offside

11.6

JA Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, the ball clips the pads and lobs to the on side, they take a quick single

End of over 12 (3 runs) Bangladesh 41/1 (RR: 3.41)
Shahriar Nafees    25* (31b 3x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-7-1
Nazimuddin    4* (11b)      DW Steyn    6-2-19-0

12.1

M Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, no run, coming in from round the stumps, cramping him up but he opens the bat-face and guides to backward point where its fielded well by Gibbs

12.2

M Morkel to Shahriar Nafees, OUT, Nafees is gone too. This one too came in from round the wicket and again Nafees was cramped up and tried to play it quite similarly to the previous delivery : opening the bat face and trying to steer but this one bounced more and took the edge

Shahriar Nafees c †de Villiers b M Morkel 25 (53m 33b 3x4 0x6) SR: 75.75

12.3

M Morkel to Mohammad Ashraful, 2 runs, streaky edge to third man. On a length, around the off stump, a tentative poke results in couple of runs

12.4

M Morkel to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, Hit on the helmet. It was a short-of-length delivery and Ashraful went for his pull shot and top edged it to the helmet grill

12.5

M Morkel to Nazimuddin, no run, oh ho! He tries to heave a full one over the bowler's head and misses it completely.

12.6

M Morkel to Nazimuddin, 1 bye, another swing and a miss. It was banged in short and he didn't connect with his pull and Boucher jumped but could only make a half-stop

End of over 13 (4 runs) Bangladesh 45/2 (RR: 3.46)
Nazimuddin    4* (13b)      M Morkel    5-1-18-1
Mohammad Ashraful    3* (2b)      JA Morkel    2-0-7-1

13.1

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, FOUR, picked over square leg. More risks. It was a slightly short in length, on the middle and leg and he short-arm jabbed it over the infield

fine leg is up and square leg drops back

13.2

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, no run, shapes in from just outside off and he defends on the front foot

13.3

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, 1 run, slightly slower in pace, outside off stump, tapped to left of third man

13.4

JA Morkel to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, low full toss, Ashraful swings it to long leg

13.5

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, FOUR, A elegant straight punchy drive. Full pitched, mind you, but he did put it away neatly.

13.6

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, no run, full again, pushed away to the off side

End of over 14 (10 runs) Bangladesh 55/2 (RR: 3.92)
Nazimuddin    13* (18b 2x4)      JA Morkel    3-0-17-1
Mohammad Ashraful    4* (3b)      M Morkel    5-1-18-1

14.1

M Morkel to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, full in length, in the zone outside off, left alone

Zee slams me for mentioning Boucher! :"Oh! Boucher might have jumped on his bed back home mate" Yep. Mea culpa. It's de Villiers

14.2

M Morkel to Mohammad Ashraful, no run

14.3

M Morkel to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, They are counterattacking. The crowd is going wild. Slightly short in length, outside off stump and Ash pulls it through wide mid-on region.

14.4

M Morkel to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 wide, down the leg side, Ash tries to play a pick-up stroke to fine leg but can't reach it

14.4

M Morkel to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, beaten on the flirt. In the channel, holding its line and Ashraful has a flirtatious poke.

14.5

M Morkel to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, leans forward this time, moves towards the line to defend a length delivery to point

14.6

M Morkel to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, edged to third man for a single. He stabbed a delivery outside off.

End of over 15 (6 runs) Bangladesh 61/2 (RR: 4.06)
Mohammad Ashraful    9* (9b 1x4)      M Morkel    6-1-24-1
Nazimuddin    13* (18b 2x4)      JA Morkel    3-0-17-1

3rd Powerplay on

15.1

JA Morkel to Mohammad Ashraful, OUT, Dust to Ash es . Death by aggression. Full in length, on the middle stump and he goes for a ugly heave and can only manage to send it to mid-on. Ashraful is livid with himself. But the deed has been done. Just 17 runs in this series. What a waste of a talent.

Mohammad Ashraful c Amla b JA Morkel 9 (14m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 90.00

15.2

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, no run, full in length, around the off stump, defended to the off side

15.3

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, no run, climbs up from short of length, dabbed to the off side

15.4

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, no run, slower one and steered to point

15.5

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, no run, fullish, driven well but Albie does well to stop it on the follow through

15.6

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, no run, another slower one and is pushed down the track

End of over 16 (wicket maiden) Bangladesh 61/3 (RR: 3.81)
Nazimuddin    13* (23b 2x4)      JA Morkel    4-1-17-2
Shakib Al Hasan    0* (0b)      M Morkel    6-1-24-1

16.1

M Morkel to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, shuffles across to the off side and nudges it to short fine leg

16.2

M Morkel to Nazimuddin, 1 wide, slips down the leg, the batsman can't reach it, the 'keeper does.

16.2

M Morkel to Nazimuddin, 1 run, on the legs, turned to fine leg for a single

16.3

M Morkel to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, comes in from round the stumps and the left-hander Shakib defends down the track

16.4

M Morkel to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, short in length, outside off stump, pushed to cover point

16.5

M Morkel to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, on the pads, worked to long leg for couple of runs

16.6

M Morkel to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, beaten outside off. Short in length, rushing through the channel and Shakib tries to cut but can't connect.

End of over 17 (5 runs) Bangladesh 66/3 (RR: 3.88)
Shakib Al Hasan    3* (5b)      M Morkel    7-1-29-1
Nazimuddin    14* (24b 2x4)      JA Morkel    4-1-17-2

17.1

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, FOUR, There is a fine leg and deep square leg but he plays a pick-up shot in the air and right between them.

17.2

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, no run, leans forward to drive to covers.

17.3

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, no run, cutting in towards the pad, he tries to turn it around the corner but it runs off the pad to the 'keeper

17.4

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, 2 runs, slower one outside off, he waited on that before chopping it to right of third man. Very well adjusted by Nazimuddin.

17.5

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, no run, offers width and is driven uppishly towards covers

17.6

JA Morkel to Nazimuddin, OUT, OMG! What happened there? They are in a suicide mode here. He walked right across the stumps and tried to slog a length delivery across the line but only skied it for Smith to get under it at midwicket. Horrible shot. What was he thinking? Was he thinking?

Nazimuddin c Smith b JA Morkel 20 (43m 30b 3x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of over 18 (6 runs) Bangladesh 72/4 (RR: 4.00)
     JA Morkel    5-1-23-3
Shakib Al Hasan    3* (5b)      M Morkel    7-1-29-1

18.1

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, leans forward to defend a delivery outside off stump

18.2

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, flighted delivery, driven to mid-off

18.3

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, almost cleaned him up. It turned in from outside off, he neither went forward or back, left a bat and pad gap and got a inside edge

18.4

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, comes down the track and drives back to the bowler

18.5

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, he leans forward to nudge a flighted delivery to short leg

18.6

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, 2 runs, plays a paddle sweep to fine leg

End of over 19 (2 runs) Bangladesh 74/4 (RR: 3.89)
Raqibul Hasan    2* (6b)      J Botha    1-0-2-0
Shakib Al Hasan    3* (5b)      JA Morkel    5-1-23-3

19.1

JA Morkel to Shakib Al Hasan, (no ball) 1 run, on the pads, tucked behind square for a single

A no ball has been called there weren' t enough inside the circle.

19.1

JA Morkel to Raqibul Hasan, no run, banged in short and swayed away

19.2

JA Morkel to Raqibul Hasan, 2 runs, fullish, on the leg and middle, flicked through midwicket

19.3

JA Morkel to Raqibul Hasan, no run, he keeps his bat raised in air as he waits for the bowler to release and this time got solidly in line to defend

19.4

JA Morkel to Raqibul Hasan, no run, he keeps his bat raised in air as he waits for the bowler to release and this time got solidly in line to defend

19.5

JA Morkel to Raqibul Hasan, no run, fuller, on the middle and leg, jabbed to the on side

19.6

JA Morkel to Raqibul Hasan, no run, leans forward to drive to mid-off

End of over 20 (4 runs) Bangladesh 78/4 (RR: 3.90)
Raqibul Hasan    4* (12b)      JA Morkel    6-1-27-3
Shakib Al Hasan    4* (6b)      J Botha    1-0-2-0

20.1

Botha to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, from round the stumps, outside off stump, punched to cover point

Abdullah: "Ashraful dropped Mortaza due to lack of performence. What about Ashraful himself?"

20.2

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, leans forward to drive to mid-off

20.3

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, FOUR, skips down the track, reaches the pitch and lofts it between the bowler and mid-on

20.4

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, full and outside off, dabbed to right of backward point

20.5

Botha to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, edged past the diving slip. Almost caught. It turned away from him and he followed it by opening the bat face and but Smith couldn't reach the ball that was going to his left

20.6

Botha to Shakib Al Hasan, no run

End of over 21 (10 runs) Bangladesh 88/4 (RR: 4.19)
Shakib Al Hasan    9* (9b 1x4)      J Botha    2-0-12-0
Raqibul Hasan    9* (15b 1x4)      JA Morkel    6-1-27-3

21.1

Harris to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, on the legs, tickled past square leg

Anupam: "If Bangladesh can drop Habibul Bashar out of the squad, then why can't they drop Ashraful as well? He is simply not able to lead Bangladesh. When the team needs him the most, he disappoints everyone."

21.2

Harris to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, sweeps from well outside off towards long leg

21.3

Harris to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, tries to turn it to the on side, gets a edge down the track

21.4

Harris to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, leans forward to defend

21.5

Harris to Shakib Al Hasan, 3 wides, spins down the leg side

21.5

Harris to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 leg bye, tries to sweep and is rapped on the pad and it runs to point region

21.6

Harris to Raqibul Hasan, no run, leans forward to defend

End of over 22 (7 runs) Bangladesh 95/4 (RR: 4.31)
Raqibul Hasan    10* (17b 1x4)      PL Harris    1-0-6-0
Shakib Al Hasan    11* (13b 1x4)      J Botha    2-0-12-0

22.1

Botha to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, swept from outside off, to midwicket region

Atiq, from Bangladesh: "I disagree with you that Ashraful is a talented player. Look at his record. He only managed to get an average of 22 out of his 109 matches career. He scores only his good days. I am reluctant to say that any of the Bangladeshi batsman are talented except Sakib. Sakib is my hero among Bangladeshi batsmen. Although I am a big fan of Bangladeshi team, I hate to see them being whitewashed every single series. I do not think they are improving. You may not agree but we have to accept the fact. It's disappointing but honestly I don't see any future for this team."

22.2

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, beaten outside off. It didn't spin in as much as he thought

22.3

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, turns in and defended to the leg side

22.4

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, no run

22.5

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, spins in from outside off, goes back to work it to cover point

22.6

Botha to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT, One more down. Shakib is cleaned up. Flighted from round the stumps, full, he tried to whip it to midwicket, missed and the ball bounded off the pad and on to the stumps.

Shakib Al Hasan b Botha 12 (39m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

End of over 23 (2 runs) Bangladesh 97/5 (RR: 4.21)
     J Botha    3-0-14-1
Raqibul Hasan    11* (21b 1x4)      PL Harris    1-0-6-0

Simon from Australia: "I think Sakib-ul-Hasan should be captain. He has shown maturity in his innings, capable left-arm spinner, and handy fielder. I think he would be a good captain. Personally though, I have no problems with Ashraful. He is a talented cricketer. "

23.1

Harris to Raqibul Hasan, no run, goes back to defend to the on side

23.2

Harris to Raqibul Hasan, no run

23.3

Harris to Raqibul Hasan, no run, leans forward to drive to covers

23.4

Harris to Raqibul Hasan, no run

23.5

Harris to Raqibul Hasan, no run, loud appeal for lbw. Close. . It evaded the defensive stroke and hit him on the midde and leg. Perhaps the umpire felt it would have spun down leg.

23.6

Harris to Raqibul Hasan, no run

End of over 24 (maiden) Bangladesh 97/5 (RR: 4.04)
Raqibul Hasan    11* (27b 1x4)      PL Harris    2-1-6-0
Dhiman Ghosh    0* (0b)      J Botha    3-0-14-1

24.1

Botha to Dhiman Ghosh, 1 run, leans forward to dab a delivery to left of backward point

24.2

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, goes back to turn a turning delivery to long leg

24.3

Botha to Dhiman Ghosh, no run, Dropped by Amla at short leg. Tough chance, though. He went back to turn to right of Amla who stretched his right hand out but couldn't hold on

24.4

Botha to Dhiman Ghosh, no run

24.5

Botha to Dhiman Ghosh, 1 run, goes back to punch it past point

24.6

Botha to Raqibul Hasan, no run, full and driven uppishly towards mid-off

End of over 25 (3 runs) Bangladesh 100/5 (RR: 4.00)
Raqibul Hasan    12* (29b 1x4)      J Botha    4-0-17-1
Dhiman Ghosh    2* (4b)      PL Harris    2-1-6-0

25.1

Harris to Dhiman Ghosh, no run, goes back to defend

Akhtar Hossain: "Not sure what to make of Ashraful. Since taking the captaincy his batting skills have run out. Or is he any good any way? The few times he did make some good runs - were those flukes? Nazimuddin played a similar shot and got out one over later? Don't we ever learn from our mistakes? How many more years are we going to say we have young players? Well our players play worst than our younger players"

25.2

Harris to Dhiman Ghosh, no run, gets forward this time and defend to the off side

25.3

Harris to Dhiman Ghosh, no run, and again. Harris is bowling from round the stumps

25.4

Harris to Dhiman Ghosh, no run, loud appeal for lbw but it struck him outside off. He tried to defend but was beaten by the armer

25.5

Harris to Dhiman Ghosh, 1 run, full and on the leg stump line, swept to fine leg

25.6

Harris to Raqibul Hasan, no run, leans forward to drive to covers

End of over 26 (1 run) Bangladesh 101/5 (RR: 3.88)
Raqibul Hasan    12* (30b 1x4)      PL Harris    3-1-7-0
Dhiman Ghosh    3* (9b)      J Botha    4-0-17-1

Mizan: "if we keep dropping players for performance than who will be in the team ? We are forgetting Ashraful is our match winner, he needs more thinking while he is in the middle. dropping will not do any good to us and to be honest we do not have player to substitute him."

26.1

Botha to Dhiman Ghosh, OUT, The third umpire has given Raqibul run out. Dhiman went back and pushed towards covers, Duminy swooped in and fired in a throw to the 'keeper who took the bails off. There was a doubt whether the bails had come off before the batsman had dragged the bat inside the crease but on careful and repeated viewing, the umpire presses the red button.

Raqibul Hasan run out 12 (36m 30b 1x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

26.2

Botha to Farhad Reza, no run, leans forward to defend a turning delivery

26.3

Botha to Farhad Reza, no run

26.4

Botha to Farhad Reza, no run

26.5

Botha to Farhad Reza, 1 wide, spins down the leg side

26.5

Botha to Farhad Reza, no run, goes back to defend a delivery that turns in

26.6

Botha to Farhad Reza, FOUR, charges down the track and lofts over mid-off

End of over 27 (5 runs) Bangladesh 106/6 (RR: 3.92)
Farhad Reza    4* (5b 1x4)      J Botha    5-0-22-1
Dhiman Ghosh    3* (10b)      PL Harris    3-1-7-0

27.1

Harris to Dhiman Ghosh, no run, flighted on a good length on off stump, defended on the off side

27.2

Harris to Dhiman Ghosh, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

27.3

Harris to Dhiman Ghosh, no run, tries to hit against the turn towards midwicket and misses

27.4

Harris to Dhiman Ghosh, OUT, bowled him! Harris slips in the arm ball on middle and off, Ghosh moves back and tries to cut, he gets beaten for pace and misses, Bangladesh are seven down, an abject performance so far

Dhiman Ghosh b Harris 3 (18m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 21.42

27.5

Harris to Abdur Razzak, 1 run, Razzak tries to drive from off stump towards mid-on but gets an inside edge behind square

27.6

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, tossed up into the right-hander from round the wicket, Reza moves forward and blocks

End of over 28 (1 run) Bangladesh 107/7 (RR: 3.82)
Farhad Reza    4* (6b 1x4)      PL Harris    4-1-8-1
Abdur Razzak    1* (1b)      J Botha    5-0-22-1

28.1

Botha to Abdur Razzak, no run, bowled quicker through the air from round the wicket, the ball bounces around off stump and turns away from the left hander to beat the bat

28.2

Botha to Abdur Razzak, no run, Razzak tries to cut of the back foot but misses

28.3

Botha to Abdur Razzak, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

28.4

Botha to Abdur Razzak, (no ball) 1 run, Botha bowls a back-foot no ball for cutting the return crease, Razak tries to hammer it down the ground but gets an inside edge to fine leg

28.4

Botha to Farhad Reza, no run, Botha bowls a yorker which Reza digs back to the bowler, an excellent delivery to bowl on a free hit

28.5

Botha to Farhad Reza, no run, beaten outside off, Trying to cut a delivery but it doesn't turn in enough

28.6

Botha to Farhad Reza, no run, gets forward to dead-bat a spinning delivery

End of over 29 (2 runs) Bangladesh 109/7 (RR: 3.75)
Farhad Reza    4* (9b 1x4)      J Botha    6-0-24-1
Abdur Razzak    2* (5b)      PL Harris    4-1-8-1

29.1

Harris to Abdur Razzak, no run, pushed back to the bowler

Syed Sadat Hasan:"BD needs to build cricket from First class matches. there is occassional brillance here and there. Ashraful has played more an instinctive cricket than he has a solid technique. Same thing is with Tamim Iqbal. Unless BD builds good first class matches competition and make cricketers habitual of three days and four days matches, the deficiency in BD wont be filled. Also, there is a need to build an academy on the lines of MRF foundation in India. Lastly some of the bright players need to play county cricket in England to build sharp competitive cricket in them. Right now they are just repeating their weak and difffident cricket, and lowering thier morale."

29.2

Harris to Abdur Razzak, 1 run, driven uppishly towards long-on

29.3

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, on the off stump line, nudged to the off side

29.4

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, on the middle and off, dabbed to the leg side

29.5

Harris to Farhad Reza, 1 run, drops it short and is cut to deep point

29.6

Harris to Abdur Razzak, 1 run, swept to the leg side

Davesh Manocha from South Africa takes on Ash: "Who's Mohammad Ashraful ? Why so fuss about him ? The guy averages 22 with 12 ducks in 100 odd matches. Tailenders or bowlers of many countries averages better than this chap. Yes he has won a couple of matches for Bangladesh but players like Brett Lee & Harbhajan Singh have also won a couple of matches with their batting & they average almost similar to Ashraful. To me such tailenders are more talented batsmen than Ashraful. Only the media hails him as a talent. I am sure opposition don't. The only player of international caliber in bangladesh was Mohammad Rafique. Very good left arm spinner."

End of over 30 (3 runs) Bangladesh 112/7 (RR: 3.73)
Abdur Razzak    4* (8b)      PL Harris    5-1-11-1
Farhad Reza    5* (12b 1x4)      J Botha    6-0-24-1

30.1

Botha to Abdur Razzak, no run, turns away from the batsman who guides it to point

30.2

Botha to Abdur Razzak, 1 run, de Villiers messes up a simple run out chance. Peterson charged in from backward point to collect the ball and fired in an accurate throw to de Villiers who doesn't collect the ball cleanly and breaks the stumps with his gloves. But the ball dropped to the ground. Poor effort.

30.3

Botha to Farhad Reza, no run, loopy delivery, pushed down the track

30.4

Botha to Farhad Reza, 1 run, goes back to clip it to long leg

30.5

Botha to Abdur Razzak, FOUR, plants his front foot out and heaves it to deep midwicket boundary

30.6

Botha to Abdur Razzak, OUT, Another swipe across the line and de Villiers takes a very sharp catch. Razzak top-edged a intended slog and de Villiers managed to hold on to a tough chance.

Abdur Razzak c †de Villiers b Botha 9 (15m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

End of over 31 (6 runs) Bangladesh 118/8 (RR: 3.80)
     J Botha    7-0-30-2
Farhad Reza    6* (14b 1x4)      PL Harris    5-1-11-1

Rashed from Saint John takes a dig at Ash: "Asfraful scored 535 runs in 25 Matches AVE = 24.32[ all 2007 & matches from 2008, including todays][ 3 lucky not out ] In those 12 innings he scored 60 : Ave = 5.Now he looks like a talent."

31.1

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, full and straight, defended on the front foot

Sirajul hits out the coaching staff. : "Experience counts. We should not have injected so much young blood. Still Habibul or Pilot should have been captaining and keeping for at least till 2008. Then Ash should have taken over. We should think about the coaching staff now. What they are doing. why they can not find the problems and improve players mental strength."

31.2

Harris to Farhad Reza, FOUR, he goes down town. He ran down the track and lofted it over mid-on

31.3

Harris to Farhad Reza, 1 run, slows up the pace, goes back and is early with his shot- a punchy uppish drive past the diving Harris

31.4

Harris to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, leans forward to tap a full delivery to the on side

31.5

Harris to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 leg bye, on the middle and leg, runs of the pad to short fine leg region

31.6

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, spins to the off stump, pushed to covers

End of over 32 (6 runs) Bangladesh 124/8 (RR: 3.87)
Farhad Reza    11* (18b 2x4)      PL Harris    6-1-16-1
Mashrafe Mortaza    0* (2b)      J Botha    7-0-30-2

32.1

Botha to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, turns to the pads and he doesn't offer a shot and the ball runs towards short fine leg. They cross over for a leg bye but the umpire says its a dead ball. You didn' play any shot

32.2

Botha to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, on the pads, turned around the corner for a single

32.3

Botha to Farhad Reza, no run, leans forward to defend a flighted delivery outside off

32.4

Botha to Farhad Reza, no run, on the off and middle, worked with the spin to midwicket

32.5

Botha to Farhad Reza, 1 run, pushes it outside off and he runs it down to deep backward point

32.6

Botha to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, on the middle stump line, turned to short leg

End of over 33 (2 runs) Bangladesh 126/8 (RR: 3.81)
Mashrafe Mortaza    1* (5b)      J Botha    8-0-32-2
Farhad Reza    12* (21b 2x4)      PL Harris    6-1-16-1

33.1

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, on the middle stump line, defended on the front foot

33.2

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, fuller and driven back to Harris

33.3

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, on the middle and off, defended to the off side

33.4

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, opens the bat-face, guides to cover point and sets for a single but Mortaza is not interested and he scampers back home

Rafiq: "Bangladesh needs to stop throwing new youngsters in the mix..it should take a bit more than a few U-19 matches to get into the squad. You also have to wonder why there is no improvement in correcting all the technical flaws in batting... what do the high-priced Aussie coaches do? As for Bangladeshi fans, they need to chill. "

33.5

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, on the leg and middle, worked to short midwicket

33.6

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, leans forward to dead bat a delivery on the middle and off

End of over 34 (maiden) Bangladesh 126/8 (RR: 3.70)
Farhad Reza    12* (27b 2x4)      PL Harris    7-2-16-1
Mashrafe Mortaza    1* (5b)      J Botha    8-0-32-2

34.1

Steyn to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, appeal for a catch behind. Full in length, just outside the off stump, tried to opend the bat-face and run it to third man. Was there a little nick? Hmm.. The bowler didn't appeal initially and only joined in after de Villiers appealed. It appears as if it went off the face of the bat.

OK one last comment on Ashraful. Hold your mails please. This is from Rony, from Sweden. "Ashraful is the very core problem of Bangladesh Cricket. He is the prime example of Bangladeshi batsman who totally does not understand how lucky they are to represent their country in world level. Being talented and throwing wicket match after match is a crime."

34.2

Steyn to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, outside the off stump and de Villiers gathers

34.3

Steyn to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run

34.4

Steyn to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, short in length, in the zone outside off, Mortaza lets it go past him

34.5

Steyn to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, short of length and steered to point

34.6

Steyn to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, outside off again and Mortaza tries to drive on the up but makes no contact

End of over 35 (maiden) Bangladesh 126/8 (RR: 3.60)
Mashrafe Mortaza    1* (11b)      DW Steyn    7-3-19-0
Farhad Reza    12* (27b 2x4)      PL Harris    7-2-16-1

35.1

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, on the middle and leg and is hit on the pad. Huge appeal but the umpire turns it down. He must have felt it might have missed the leg stump but Harris looks very disappointed

35.2

Harris to Farhad Reza, 2 wides

35.2

Harris to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, another appeal for a lbw. Again on that middle and leg and the umpire reckons it might have missed leg. Again close. Like the first appeal, it could have hit the leg, benefit of doubt goes to the batsman.

35.3

Harris to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, leans forward to turn it to the leg side

35.4

Harris to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run

35.5

Harris to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, leans forward to ddrive to long-off for a single

35.6

Harris to Farhad Reza, 1 run, on the leg stump, squeezed to square leg

End of over 36 (4 runs) Bangladesh 130/8 (RR: 3.61)
Farhad Reza    13* (29b 2x4)      PL Harris    8-2-20-1
Mashrafe Mortaza    2* (15b)      DW Steyn    7-3-19-0

36.1

Steyn to Farhad Reza, no run, beaten outside off stump. Probing line and length, just outside off and he pushes inside the line

36.2

Steyn to Farhad Reza, no run, cuts in from outside off, left alone but the ball kept coming in and went dangerously close to the off stump

36.3

Steyn to Farhad Reza, no run, on a length, on the stumps, pushed to covers

36.4

Steyn to Farhad Reza, no run, jumps from a length and he is beaten on the attempted dab to third man

36.5

Steyn to Farhad Reza, no run, slower one, full and outside off and he is beaten on the poke

36.6

Steyn to Farhad Reza, no run, beaten again.Some how he survives. A short of length delivery this time, he tried to run it down to third man

End of over 37 (maiden) Bangladesh 130/8 (RR: 3.51)
Farhad Reza    13* (35b 2x4)      DW Steyn    8-4-19-0
Mashrafe Mortaza    2* (15b)      PL Harris    8-2-20-1

37.1

M Morkel to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, fullish, outside off, driven, partly steered, partly edged to third man

37.2

M Morkel to Farhad Reza, 1 run, jabs a length delivery to third man. The throw from Albie almost takes out his skipper Smith standing at wide slip. Smiles all around. Not a good idea to hit your captain.

37.3

M Morkel to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run

37.4

M Morkel to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, fuller and steered to point. Mortaza has been patient so far.

37.5

M Morkel to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run

37.6

M Morkel to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, full in length, outside off, dabbed to third man

End of over 38 (3 runs) Bangladesh 133/8 (RR: 3.50)
Mashrafe Mortaza    4* (20b)      M Morkel    8-1-32-1
Farhad Reza    14* (36b 2x4)      DW Steyn    8-4-19-0

38.1

JA Morkel to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, full and straight, pushed towards mid-on for a quick single

38.2

JA Morkel to Farhad Reza, 1 run, attempts a yorker, falls short of the blockhole, driven to sweeper cover

38.3

JA Morkel to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run

38.4

JA Morkel to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, leans forward to dab a length delivery to backward point

38.5

JA Morkel to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run

38.6

JA Morkel to Mashrafe Mortaza, OUT, The ninth wicket is down. It was pretty short in length, outside the off stump and he top-edged a cut to the 'keeper

Mashrafe Mortaza c †de Villiers b JA Morkel 5 (30m 25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

End of over 39 (2 runs) Bangladesh 135/9 (RR: 3.46)
     JA Morkel    7-1-29-4
Farhad Reza    15* (37b 2x4)      M Morkel    8-1-32-1

39.1

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, lands outside off and turns sharply, left alone.There is some big turn on offer, if only Bangladesh had made enough runs. Let's see what they can do with this total

39.2

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, similar delivery, left alone

39.3

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, on the off stump line, driven back to the bowler

39.4

Harris to Farhad Reza, 1 run, leans forward to drive to long on

39.5

Harris to Mosharraf Hossain, no run, just outside off stump, left alone

39.6

Harris to Mosharraf Hossain, 1 run, fuller, driven to long-on for a single

End of over 40 (2 runs) Bangladesh 137/9 (RR: 3.42)
Mosharraf Hossain    1* (2b)      PL Harris    9-2-22-1
Farhad Reza    16* (41b 2x4)      JA Morkel    7-1-29-4

40.1

JA Morkel to Mosharraf Hossain, no run, fullish, on the off and middle, pushed to mid-off

40.2

JA Morkel to Mosharraf Hossain, no run, edged but doesn't carry to de Villiers. Angled across the batsman who has a lame poke. Almost carried. Perhaps a better 'keeper would have got to it.

40.3

JA Morkel to Mosharraf Hossain, no run, on a length, on the middle, tapped to the leg side

40.4

JA Morkel to Mosharraf Hossain, no run, and again

40.5

JA Morkel to Mosharraf Hossain, no run, length delivery on the off stump line, defended on the front foot

40.6

JA Morkel to Mosharraf Hossain, no run, on a length, around off, dead-batted to the off side

End of over 41 (maiden) Bangladesh 137/9 (RR: 3.34)
Mosharraf Hossain    1* (8b)      JA Morkel    8-2-29-4
Farhad Reza    16* (41b 2x4)      PL Harris    9-2-22-1

41.1

Harris to Farhad Reza, 2 runs, outside off stump, late cut past backward point

41.2

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, leans forward to defend

41.3

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, comes down the track, drags back the length and he pushes it to covers

41.4

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, slows up the pace, floats it on the off stump, defended on the front foot

41.5

Harris to Farhad Reza, 2 runs, skips down the track and lofts inside-out to deep cover region

41.6

Harris to Farhad Reza, no run, on the off stump line, defended solidly

End of over 42 (4 runs) Bangladesh 141/9 (RR: 3.35)
Farhad Reza    20* (47b 2x4)      PL Harris    10-2-26-1
Mosharraf Hossain    1* (8b)      JA Morkel    8-2-29-4

42.1

Botha to Mosharraf Hossain, 2 runs, flighted full, tickled to third man for couple of runs

42.2

Botha to Mosharraf Hossain, no run, huge appeal for a catch behind by de Villiers but its not given out. It was a loopy flighted delivery that spun past the outside edge

42.3

Botha to Mosharraf Hossain, no run, appeal for a lbw as he misses a sweep. Struck outside off

42.4

Botha to Mosharraf Hossain, no run, leans forward to defend

42.5

Botha to Mosharraf Hossain, OUT, Bangladesh innings has been terminated. This time the batsman walks after nicking to de Villiers. Flighted around the off stump and edged behind

Mosharraf Hossain c †de Villiers b Botha 3 (14m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 23.07

Another poor performance from Bangladesh. The top order combusted spontaneously on arrival at the crease. Poor shot selection and they have folded up for 143. The pitch is assisting turn, though. Can they pull off a minor miracle? SA need to win to go on top of the ODI rankings. Join us in a while to find out.

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