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Plays of the Day from the fifth ODI between Bangladesh and West Indies in Mirpur
Mohammad Isam in Mirpur
December 8, 2012
Mushfiqur Rahim's emphatic stumping of Kieran Powell, when seen through the stump-cam, showed the impact of the wicketkeeper's force on all three stumps. It uprooted two stumps, leaving just the one with the camera intact. Perhaps it was the result of frustration of seeing Powell escape with a few near misses in the previous overs. In the 3rd ODI, Mushfiqur had also stumped the same batsman although on that occasion the bails were whipped off much gently.
After the first three overs yielded 17 runs and a wicket, West Indies fell into a hole of 34 balls without scoring. It cost them two big wickets, those of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels. The spell that began in the fourth over ended in the middle of the ninth over when Darren Bravo cut Sohag Gazi for a boundary.
Kieron Pollard said after the first ODI that the next time he got a repeat of the short delivery which had just dismissed him he would hit it to Dhaka. He hadn't done anything of that sort in the subsequent three games. He finally hit his first six on tour, a swing of the forearms that took the ball to the midwicket boundary. He hit seven more - and some indeed, as promised, were in the direction of downtown Dhaka - before he was bowled by Mominul Haque.
Kemar Roach took Tamim Iqbal's wicket for the sixth time in ODIs, the batsman he has dismissed the most. This was the second time Roach has removed the Bangladesh opener in two days, having also beaten him by pace on Friday. Roach is also one of two bowlers who have dismissed Tamim the most, the other being Ray Price.
Mahmudullah batted at No. 5 for only the second time in his ODI career. He made 45 and added 91 runs for the fourth wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim. It helped Bangladesh stage another recovery from a top-order collapse which had them reeling at 30 for 3 in the ninth over, three overs later than when Mahmudullah had arrived at the crease in the fourth ODI.
Bangladesh have dropped six catches in the last two games of the series, but neither did West Indies do themselves any favours when Veerasammy Permaul dropped Sohag Gazi at a critical stage, in the 40th over, when Bangladesh were crawling towards the 218-run target. It was a hard drive that just popped out of Permaul's grasps, giving the sell-out home crowd another reason to cheer.
Bangladesh were on the brink of a famous win, but then, they forgot to run the winning run. With the scores level, Nasir cut, but the ball failed to reach the boundary. Instead of completing the winning run, the unaware Elias Sunny ran off towards his team-mates, who were coming in from the dressing room. Nasir, meanwhile, uprooted the stumps at the striker's end. The West Indies players told the umpires that the run hadn't been completed. The celebrations had to be put on hold, and Nasir faced up again, only to smash it for four this time, ensuring no running was required.
Mashrafe Mortaza had, apparently, prompted the rest of the players to do a Gangnam as they ran back to the dressing room. It was a little untimely, though, as the West Indies players had lined up to shake hands as their opponents made merry. Still, Gayle saw the funny side of it. Later, Mushfiqur Rahim said that Mahmudullah is the best dancer in the team.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondentFeeds: Mohammad Isam
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