South Africa A v Bangladesh A, 1st unofficial ODI, East London April 19, 2011

Ashraful powers Bangladesh A to victory

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Bangladesh A 229 for 4 (Ashraful 118*, Siddique 60) beat South Africa A 226 for 8 (Philander 79*, Elgar 76, Ashraful 3-27) by six wickets
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Mohammad Ashraful shone with both ball and bat to lead his Bangladesh A side to a six-wicket victory against South Africa A at Buffalo Park in East London, in the first of five unofficial ODIs. Only 10 days ago South Africa had been battering Bangladesh in a four-day match, and in their home conditions were firm favourites to dominate the 50-over matches as well. However, the experienced Ashraful, who has alone played more one-day internationals than the entire South Africa A side combined, took 3 for 27 with his part-time spin to restrict South Africa to 226, and then scored an unbeaten century to help his side chase the target in 43.3 overs.

Ashraful put South Africa in to bat, and after his frontline bowlers couldn't get an early wicket, it fell to him to come on in the 10th over and dismiss his opposing captain Jacques Rudolph. Ashraful struck twice more in a seven-over spell, leaving South Africa reeling at 52 for 3. Things got worse for the hosts as Farhaan Behardien was bowled by left-arm spinner Elias Sunny, Vaughn van Jaarsveld was run out, and Heino Kuhn was caught trying to drive 19-year-old offspinner Nasir Hossain. At 73 for 6, South Africa looked like they would struggle to get 150.

There was a recovery though; Dean Elgar, fresh from his 169 not out in the rain-affected second four-day game between the two sides, put together a 121-run partnership with allrounder Vernon Philander. The two batted until the 49th over, when Elgar fell for 76. Philander then hit three consecutive sixes off Farhad Reza in the same over, and South Africa took another 11 runs off the 50th to finish with a fighting total of 226 for 8. Philander finished 79 not out.

The target started looking steep for Bangladesh when they found themselves 40 for 3 in the 12th over. Ashraful, coming in at No 5, was watchful early on, taking 28 balls before striking his first boundary. He had reached 21 off 44 before he suddenly exploded with Bangladesh at 84 for 3 in the 23rd over. Ashraful hit the next six balls he faced for boundaries, and Bangladesh seized control of the chase. Ashraful continued to attack in bursts, with Junaid Siddique rotating the strike at the other end.

The two put together 149 before Siddique fell for 60, but by then the game was Bangladesh's to lose. Ashraful reached his century soon after Siddique's dismissal, and then ended the game with two consecutive boundaries in the 44th over, finishing 118 not out off 99 balls. It was a significant performance from a man who was once considered the future of Bangladesh cricket, but has now found himself relegated to the A team.

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  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    to be honest, i really feel for Ash bcoz no one can ever make an impact in my mind like him the way he played on his day but it is still a secret why he miserably failed as a consistent performer though i think that bd needs a match winner player like him more. Tamim, sakib are good but Ash is braver than all. he always is in positive in the crease. i hope he will be in the main eleven very soon. now he can bowl off spin well.

  • Dummy4 on April 21, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    If Bangladesh cn win a match against Australia India n South Afric the only performer who did is called Mohammed Ashraful not to forget tht !!!! :P I know heis not consistent but he is awesome player on his day to be precise..and waise bhi bangladesh is losing without him so y cnt we hav him in the team with hope of sum upsets... !!! he cn uproot anyteams bowling attack more efficiently thn Tamim Iqbal... Ashraful just need to know his priority n his worth thts all n no one cn stop him frm being one of the best theBD ever had... and he is one of the best just the stats dun favor him !!!!

    Good Luck Ash hope to see u in the BD team soon n seein the best of u !!! :D

  • Dummy4 on April 21, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    He needs to mature himself more... he is undoubtedly very talented.... but has no selfconfidence.

  • Bang on April 21, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    @praxis, Ashraful has been playing for 10 years with 168 ODI matches in his bag. Notable are about 5 matches, and thats the success what a section of media makes rumble the drum. So sad.

  • Bang on April 21, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Just a worthless wastage by Bangladesh cricket to invest on Ashraful. In 10 years he had about 5 notable matches and had piles of failures. He is rightly titled as the Eid Moon (i.e. that appears on two muslim celebrations a year). I am appalled at the highlighting him by a section of media (and Siddons alleged it was done on payments by BCB). Bangladesh should look forward for consistant achievers, better infrastructure and high level training/coaching.

  • Dummy4 on April 21, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    He needs prove that he is consiatant. Scoring a centure in every 5 years, against a 2nd catagory is not enough yet. I wish him and us good luck.

  • Ehsan on April 21, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    @AnuragAcharya .........first of all, thanks very much for your support .........and we love you too. Actually, you know what, we didn't want Ash to be another Tendulker nor did we want him to be another Brian Lara but, we wanted him to be our Ash - someone of our own; someone we (only BD) can be proud of. Anyways, things have changed a lot and our Ash is not in the track anymore. However, we the fans (imposing, fanatic.......) still get some solace in the record he still holds as world's youngest debut Test Centurion! At the age of 17 plus our Ash scored a century in his debut Test against Sri Lanka. No one can achieve everything - there is still something left to be achieved.

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    he is the best batsman for bd yet,if he clicks then bd win easily,,he is the master,,guys i think u know that form is temporary but class is permanent,,if he plays good 1 match after six bad matchs then bd will win in that match,,so for the other match tamim,sakib also can be a match winner,,so we should take the payers who r able to be a match winner,,i think bd match winner players are ashraful,tamim,sakib,alok kapali,mashrafe and razzak as a bowler can be match winner against big teams

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    Go Ashraful Go........its your time so keep it up....

  • atique on April 20, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    @S aziz - Ashraful's few match winning innings are more valuable than other innings of your favourite batsmen. That's what we remember, like u remember cardiff. Raqibul, junaed or naeem (even tamim) have not won matches against Aus, S africa or Srilanka. Additionally he is useful bowler/fielder. He does not play out 50 overs like raqibul. Every time ash plays we expect 50+ score.

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