Bangladesh v BCB XI, Khulna November 27, 2012

BCB XI down Bangladesh in warm-up game


BCB XI 274 for 5 (Kayes 53, Ziaur 51*) beat Bangladesh 272 for 8 (Tamim 72) by five wickets

The BCB XI, riding on fireworks from Ziaur Rahman, dampened Bangladesh's preparations for the ODI series against West Indies, beating them in the warm-up game in Khulna by five wickets. A crowd of a few hundred cheered on local hero Ziaur, who thumped 51 off 54 balls to finish off the chase with five balls to spare.

The chase of 273 began with a 71-run opening stand between Imrul Kayes, who made 53, and Jahurul Islam. A couple of cameo partnerships followed as Mominul Haque and Asif Ahmed made 45 and 34 respectively. The finishing touch came via an unbeaten 86-run sixth-wicket stand between Ziaur and Farhad Reza, who chipped in with 38 off 29 balls. The result should provide warning enough for the Bangladesh players, who looked flat with the ball - particularly of concern was left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak's bowling; he was handled quite easily towards the end of the BCB XI innings.

The Bangladesh batsmen were also in the spotlight. In a controlled environment against a much weaker bowling attack than the one they faced in the Tests over the previous two weeks, the amount of runs they scored would have given them confident, but that wasn't the case for most parts of the innings.

Barring Tamim Iqbal, none of the other specialist batsmen crossed the 35-run mark. The second-highest scorer of the innings was allrounder Marshall Ayub, who made an unbeaten 37 off 32 balls from No. 7. He ensured the side progressed past the 250-run mark, hitting three fours and a six.

Naeem Islam, captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain were all dimissed in the thirties while Anamul Haque, tipped to make his ODI debut as Tamim's opening partner, struggled for 42 minutes to score 9 runs off 28 balls.

Tamim was the exception, hitting a 67-ball 72 but his dismissal in the 21st over completely slowed down the run-scoring. He struck 13 fours, which helped him make up for a slow start.

West Indies take on the BCB XI in a practice match on Wednesday.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • hayden on November 28, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    just goes to show bangledesh cany even beat itself without shakib yet alone another country!!!!

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    I wish Bangladesh had a leg spinning allrounder ...someone like Marshal Ayub. He has been around for quite some time, played the BPL, averages in the thirties with both bat and ball. He has batted under pressured situations number of times. With Marshall in the team, we could have 3 different spinners in the team.

  • Haleem on November 28, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    This is quite an embarrassing. The national team gets defeated by the BCB XI. Ziaur Rahman is quite an exceptional find in Bangladesh. His aggression in the middle order is exactly what B'desh needs. Although, I fear, and as shallow as this sounds, Ziaur Rahman's name might not help him with the selectors. Because his name resembles that of the opposition party's founder, the current board might squirm at the thought of headlines such as, "Ziaur Rahman saves Bangladesh!"

    Thoughts anyone?

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    BD chief selector should select Mominul for Anamul. Zia for Rubel. Enamul for Sunny & Kayes for Johirul. My Best XI like a 1.Tamim.2 Kayes. 3. Mominul 4. Nasir. 5 Mushfiq 6. Mahmudullah. 7. Zia.8.Mashrafi.9.Eanmul. 10. Razzak.11. Gazi. Mominul better than Anamul he should be No.3 no need rubel & abul hussain.

  • Hasib on November 27, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    One more evidence why Enamul Haque Jnr should be in the team. His record speaks for himself. No need for Naeem or Mahmudullah I'm the ODIs and T20s. Nasir and Gazi offer enough off spin. 1. Tamim 2. Kayes 3. Anamul 4. Nasir 5. Mushfiq 6. Ziaur 7. Gazi 8. Mortaza 9. Shafiul 10. Enamul 11. Razzak for the first 2 ODIs. When Shakib comes back, drop Ziaur.

  • Dummy4 on November 27, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Good performance by BCB 11 than BD National team. I hope BCB will play good too against WI Team. At last we are waiting for a fighting ODI & T20 series among BD & WI team. Best of Luck for both team. Love from Bangladesh.

  • Dummy4 on November 27, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Tamim and anamul should open,drop mash and include ziaur rahman

  • Shakhawat on November 27, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Ziaur Rahman is very capable limited over cricketer. He deserved to be play play national team for T20 and 50 over game without any doubte. He already proved his worth. He is highliy capable and match winner batsman.

  • Dummy4 on November 27, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Enamul Huq jnr should be picked ahead of Elias Sunny. The later hasn't done much wrong but Enamul's record , his current form is just superior. Both Anamul and Mominul should play the practice matches against the WI.

  • Dummy4 on November 27, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    This just shows how valuable our best player is in the team its clear we are most likely going to lose the first 2 ODIs unless Tamim plays for at least 30 overs of the innings.

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