December 3, 2012

Bangladesh cricket

New belief aided Bangladesh's success

Bangladesh's win on Sunday against West indies in Khulna was their biggest in ODIs. It was made possible by a new belief that the team doesn't depend on their two best batsmen - Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal - anymore to win them games, writes Sakeb Subhan in the Daily Star.

At the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadum in Khulna yesterday, Tamim went in the fourth over of the match, caught at deep square leg off a pull off Andre Russell for five. Hearts stopped, heads dropped in the stands. But this series seems to be about breaking old perceptions, a trend started in earnest in March. Another wicket, that of Naeem Islam's, fell with the score on 21. From there Anamul Haque -- playing only his second match -- and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim put together Bangladesh's highest partnership for the third wicket.

The message was clear -- 'our best batsman may have gone and you may have had us 21 for two, but it's not time for backward steps yet'.

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