Bangladesh v West Indies, 5th ODI, Mirpur

Delight in downtown Dhaka despite Pollard assault

Plays of the Day from the fifth ODI between Bangladesh and West Indies in Mirpur

Mohammad Isam in Mirpur

December 8, 2012

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Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim lead Gangnam Style celebrations, Bangladesh v West Indies, 5th ODI, Mirpur, December 8, 2012
Mahmudullah is the best dancer in the team, according to Mushfiqur Rahim © AFP
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The stumping
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.

The release
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.

The execution
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.

The favourite
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.

The elevation
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.

The drop
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.

The anti-climax
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.

The dance
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 correspondent

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Posted by sfarazi on (December 10, 2012, 2:08 GMT)

What amuses me is that as soon as Bangladesh wins, all those people supposedly giving the team 'constructive criticism' seem to disappear off the face of this Earth! If you're capable of dishing out critcism then you should also be capable of dishing out praise. Thank you Tigers for shutting those people up by delivering a wonderful performance! Keep it up! :) xx

Posted by Vivek.Bhandari on (December 9, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

In the description of the "The anti-clmax" section, it has been mentioned that Nasir cut the ball; instead, he drove the ball over the Covers. He, indeed, duly cut the bext ball over Point.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

Great show put up anyway by Bangladeshi players. Lot of BD haters will think again ..... we are getting better in Test, but in ODI's and T20's we are a good opponent.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

Indian should play 5 ODI with us, if they dare.

Posted by realist1 on (December 9, 2012, 0:46 GMT)

How could Sunny forgot to run the winning run before he started to celebrate? Looking at it now looks so funny however, trust me, when it happened it was so nerve wrecking. I know BD players are inexperience and immature - But Please Don't do this again! Make sure you get the winning run then start celebrating....

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 22:59 GMT)

Finally a big win for the Tigers. We r so sick and tired of all the pundits counselling the ICC that Bangladesh should be demoted; play with the second tier countries only. What the so-called experts fail to understand is that one matures only after playing with the big boys. U have to face the best, to learn to play like the best. Its as simple as that. The comraderie between the teams was exemplary. the game was played in a very gentlemanly spirit and that was good to see. No sledging as the Aussies do specially when playing S. Africa. Don't forget that the WI are the current T20 World Champions. If we beat them, then we do deserve to be in the big leagues.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 20:08 GMT)

Azad kasHmir's Quaid e Azam Cricket Stadium Has been tagged in tHis article instead of SHer-E-Bangla National Stadium At Mirpur,DHaka. THe autHority concerned is tHerefore requested to correct tHe mistake.

And nevertHeless , Congratulations to tHe Tigers !!! <3

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (December 8, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

Mohammad Isam, u missed ''The conversation'' between Nasir & Pollard which should b picked for this article.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

tigers.......in jersey and in the field too...........

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Gangnam dance of the tigers and Gayle's blushing smiling face!!What about that?

Posted by roonie_bd on (December 8, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

Congratulations Bangladesh!!! (y)

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

Congrats Bangladesh! This is the beginning!!

Posted by AzAb12754 on (December 8, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

I'm surprised Mahmudullah is not ranked in the top 10 of the ODI all-round rankings. He clearly reminded me a bit of Shakib and clearly deserved man of the series.

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