Bangladesh v NZ, World T20 2012, Group D, Pallekele

Brendon McCullum ton razes Bangladesh

The Report by Mohammad Isam

September 21, 2012

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New Zealand 191 for 3 (B McCullum 123) beat Bangladesh 132 for 8 (Hossain 50, Southee 3-16, Mills 3-33) by 59 runs
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Brendon McCullum raises his bat after scoring a century, Bangladesh v New Zealand, World T20 2012, Group D, Pellekele, September 21, 2012
Brendon McCullum reached his second Twenty20 international century off 51 balls © Associated Press
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Brendan McCullum broke a few Twenty20 international records in New Zealand's 59-run win over Bangladesh in the Group D opener in Pallekele, but his spectacular 123 off just 58 balls more importantly gave his team the breathing space in the tournament's toughest group. McCullum broke the record for the highest score in Twenty20 internationals when he went past Richard Levi's 117 made earlier this year (which, coincidentally, came against New Zealand), and has also become the first batsman to score two hundreds in this format.

The innings was more than enough to ward off any threat from the Bangladesh batsman, who were facing their second-highest chase. Kyle Mills gave them no chance of a quick recovery by removing Tamim Iqbal off the third ball, the left-hand batsman rigid at the crease and caught easily by Martin Guptill. In his next over, Mills took the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan, who continued his poor day by chipping one to Kane Williamson at cover. The same combination removed captain Mushfiqur Rahim, the catch taken at deep midwicket. Tim Southee continued his good form by also picking up three wickets, but it would be Mills' performance that would be most encouraging for New Zealand, after he had crashed into McCullum in their last competitive Twenty20 just ten days ago.

McCullum, too, looked well over the effects of that collision. In an hour and 12 minutes, he produced not only a scintillating display of big-hitting but also showed how to change gears in a 20-over innings without wasting too many deliveries. His knock is the prototype that all modern-day coaches would want batsmen to strive for, though some of McCullum's shots can hardly be imitated without his energy, authority and imagination.

Bangladesh lacked the authority because they were not the ones in command while fielding. Mushfiqur would be disappointed with his fielders letting him down. The number of fumbles and misfields from the beginning showed how stiff they were and it also meant that a costly overthrow (by Mashrafe Mortaza in the seventh over) or a dropped catch of McCullum (by Mashrafe in the 19th) was only a matter of time.

Smart stats

  • Brendon McCullum is the only batsman to score two centuries in Twenty20 internationals. His 123 is the highest score in the format, while his strike rate of 212.06 is the second-best among the eight hundreds.
  • McCullum reached his century in 51 balls, which is the fourth-fastest in Twenty20 internationals, after Richard Levi (45 balls), Chris Gayle and McCullum himself, when he scored his first century (50 balls each).
  • McCullum scored 64.40% of his team's runs, which is the second-highest percentage among the eight hundreds, next only to Levi's 67.24% (117 out of 174).
  • Bangladesh have lost each of their last nine matches in the World Twenty20. Their only win in this tournament was in their first match, against West Indies in 2007.
  • Among teams that have played at least five matches in World Twenty20 tournaments, Bangladesh's win-loss record is the worst.
  • Teams batting first have won each of the four Twenty20 internationals played in Pallekele.

But Mushfiqur too was at fault by only sticking to Plan A, which was to rotate the left-arm spinners according to the phases of the Twenty20 innings. He didn't actually rotate his bowlers according to who was at the crease or the acceleration of the batsmen. When McCullum was new at the crease and had trouble getting after Abdur Razzak, Mushfiqur Rahim took off the senior left-arm spinner so that his two overs could be used later. It was becoming quite obvious who would bowl when and, as a result, the batsmen could easily read what the bowler was about to dish out - after Razzak had bowled two good overs at the top, it was quite obvious that Mushfiqur would ask him to bowl the final over.

Sometimes, though, a batting performance like McCullum's doesn't leave the captain with much choice. From the classic backfoot punch through the covers to finishing off the New Zealand innings with two pulled sixes, McCullum was the firestarter, anchor and finisher of the innings.

He freed his arms for the first time when he slapped Shafiul Islam dutifully through the covers. In the next over came his first six, a typical smash over the covers, and he followed it up with his second an over later. More than those two sixes though it was how he deflated Bangladesh's energy by going after their best bowler. With Shakib conceding 20 off his first two overs, including two big sixes, Bangladesh started to look less inspired as their best player was made to look pedestrian.

McCullum unfurled three boundaries in the next two overs off Elias Sunny and Ziaur Rahman as he spread his range to almost all corners of the large field in Pallekele. He reached his fifty off 29 balls but remained wary of what was at stake as he went quiet in Razzak's third over. That should've been Mushfiqur Rahim's cue to give him another over to keep the run-rate down, but the next five overs went for 62 runs, which included McCullum pounding a flat-bat strike for six off a Mashrafe bouncer. He also rode out Franklin's fall, and with captain Ross Taylor feeding him the strike at every opportunity, a century looked right around the corner.

The next burst was against Shafiul, who was hit for fifteen in the 17th over; the next three overs went for 15, 17 and 16 as Bangladesh fell apart. McCullum, in the meantime, reached his century with a routine pull to the midwicket boundary off the 51st delivery he faced, racing from 50 to the century in just 22 balls.

McCullum fell off the last ball of the innings to give Razzak his second wicket but he had damaged Bangladesh badly enough. Apart from having the highest individual innings score and being the highest run-getter in T20Is, McCullum also holds the record now for the most boundaries (150) and sixes (64) in this format.

With Bangladesh struggling at 37 for four in the seventh over, Nasir Hossain took the opportunity to score his second Twenty20 international fifty, but was dismissed just one ball after he had reached the milestone. He gave a good account of his skills, crashing six boundaries and a six, but he is still far away from the sort of batsman who can create panic or change the course of the game.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay 16-20 overs NB/Wides
New Zealand 40 15 9 34-1 68-1 0/6
Bangladesh 57 13 3 37-3 45-3 0/4

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Posted by Tokai69 on (September 24, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

My biggest disappointment is the way team Bangladesh batted, looks like they accepted loss very early and just passed the time to finish 20 ov. If they would have batted seriously until the last ball, the difference could have been less and a hope would remain!

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

I don't know why the haters (specially some Indians) of BD cricket forget these facts that just recently NZ captured the T20 series beating India in their home soil, whereas BD whitewashed NZ by 4-0, in one day series when they last met in BD. Recently BD beat Afghanistan very comprehensively in t20 match in Trinidad, whereas India was lucky to escape the defeat against the same team in this running tournament. So shame to u people! Why don't u mind your own business? This one match defeat in specially t20 game is not the end of the BD cricket, they will bounce back soon! Just wait & see! This huge amount of criticism & comments of u actually proving that BD means the business & they had come to stay in the cricket arena! We are not bothered & worried at all with these negative comments! So cheers Bangla Tigers! Concentrate on the next game.

Posted by Virat_123 on (September 24, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

BD let's see u in Pak match....

Posted by hasib9 on (September 24, 2012, 0:18 GMT)

Where is Aftab Ahmed? He is a natural T20 player. How come he was never picked? Still mad at him for going to ICL?

Posted by fuzz786 on (September 23, 2012, 22:41 GMT)

same old for bangladesh. Nothing will improve they should not be a test nation.

Posted by NiazK on (September 23, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

Here's my lineup: 1)Tamim Iqbal 2)Mohd.Ashraful 3)Nasir Hossain ( he seems to be inform so will boost the team if the openers fail ) 4)Shakib Al Hassan (it will be troublesome if there are early wickets, so shakib should come at 4 not 3) 5)Mushfiqur Rahim 6)Mahmadullah ( he can be good finisher ) 7)Zia Ur Rahman (during death overs to hit big sixes) 8)Mashrafe Mortaza ( he can finish off if riad/zia fails) 9)Farhad Reza ( well he hes a backup batsman ) 10)Abdur Razzak 11)Shafiul Islam

Why take Reza? The field seems to be seam friendly and bd surely needs an extra pacer and bd is also lacking an extra batsman so reza(allrounder) would be perfect for the job. Mash,Shak,Razzak (12overs) Shafiul,Reza,Mahmadullah(8overs). I hope bd can win with a 37 margin win with this team.

Posted by Legaleagle on (September 23, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

Well played New Zealand!! Another pathetic performance by Bangladesh- Exemplary consistency from them!

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

New Zealand beat India very recently. It was us Bangladeshi's mistake to underestimate them. But that does not mean Indians will have to be so happy about it. I am hoping to see Mc Cullum play even better against Pak, England and India, so that this Bangla Bashing is stopped. To Kiwi fans, u can celebrate Baz's performance, but u need not term Bangladesh as minnows so early.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (September 23, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

BD bowled well, batted well and fielding was superb. BD deserved to win. It was just luck of NZ. ha ha ha...BD are world beaters....they deserves every trophy before every tournament as per fans.

Posted by borhans on (September 23, 2012, 3:00 GMT)

Mccullum take the match away from Bangladesh the wicket didn't support any spin .so having four spinner was a strategic mistake on a fast track ..Maybe Indian forget their defeat against Nz recently

Posted by Analyst_c on (September 22, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

Another great performance by Shakib. His two sublime boundaries set up a great platform for the other BDeshi batsmen to win the match. His eleven runs at more than a run a ball should have showed the other BDeshi batsmen that there were no demons in the pitch. But the other subpar batsmen squandered Shakib's good work. What a shame.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

I am a nz fan and I dont think ban played too bad as I see so much harsh bashing against ban here. Our Mccullum is in top form and he just thrashed an established team India very recently but we all know ban is one of the 4 weak teams in the tournament. if Mccullum fires against top teams with his form, the opponent would have hard time to win. But honestly bengal ballers pretty much contained all our batsmen until McCullum came and took away the contest , so I dont think they played too bad, their batting was weak though.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 22, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

@g.narismha,yup jst like afridi ended balaji's carer,oh btw what d hel balaji doing there again?lol. U cannot get rid of ur double standards man1! Had ind won that game,the no. Of comments would have been 1000 praising "GREAT TEAM INDIA",SO ANY MATCH OR ANY SERIES IN WHICH OUR favorite team loses bcomes useles to us.isn't?

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (September 22, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

for bangla shkib should play on same no down he can handle ...well like finish game..if u lost him on top then you have nothing to do some more...bang vs Pak gona bi intresting match....due to Pak weak batting line

Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 22, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover: One thing for sure bro by saying the same old story of ENG and AUS tour again and again you people has proved one thing that apart from these two fateful tours we were doing pretty good in the last few years and apart from the debut series of Mendis we did really well both in overseas and home..infact we whitewashed Aussies twice...and we whitewashed poms twice in a row in ODI series at home..

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 22, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

WICKY ROY PAK LOVER -YAA my friend we are also eagerly waiting another match , in a world cup match in this country ROSS TYLOR just destyroyed u r great bowling, the than worlds fastest bowlers carrier ened in a tragic , most un fortunate way , i think KIWIS this time aroung are more stronger than the WORLD CUP11 team, which had just humiliated u r great bowling we are not making tall claims nor we had huge exp[ectatioins from our team so instead of dreaming our defeats as usual my advise , pl concentrat on u r team becouse i know u people are so much strarved of positives even a win in a practice match constittute a-huge as a achievement for celebrations & self boastings .

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

Talking about consistency?Ban is the perfect example for it,losing 99 odd Matches and winning a single Game. lol

Posted by trueanalyst on (September 22, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

@Smith Robertson ""Also don't get your hopes up because if these wickets continue to provide pace and bounce then its likely New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England will be in the semi-finals and the Asian teams all home :)"" You seem to be suffering from Amnesia mate.1983 world cup India won ,1992 world cup Pakistan won,1985 B&H world championship in Australia India won.2007 T20 World Cup South Africa India won.1999 World cup Pakistan finalists,2003 World cup India Finalists. India has won world cups in England,South Africa and a world series in Australia. In how many world cups held at home did England reach Semifinals.What about Australia in 1992 world cup and what about South Africa in 2007 world cup.

India and Pakistan will perform whatever be the conditions so dont worry about us mate.Please ensure your teams do not trip in super league

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

baqngladesh !!!is it a joke?? does this team still play cricket.What a joke this team has been since the last 15 years or so

Posted by BatManT20 on (September 22, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

It was an absolutely wonderful display...

Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 22, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover: When you people dont have any answer thats the best you can do..the same old stories of ENG and AUS and blah blah blah..I agree they thrashed us but we dont mourn about that any more..we believe in looking forward, it would be better if you people follow that too..or else god only knows how long PAK has to play home series far from home..and since you again tossed the story of ENG series then let me remind something..we only 4 test matches, 1 T20 and 3 ODI..but apart from that nothing else..unlike your team..think about it ( Plz publish)

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

Rahim chose to field first because recently when chasing we have won most of our matches... The only thing Afghanistan has better than Bangladesh is their pace attack (except mashraffe) In t20 whoever scores a century (their team wins,look at stats) One man show in t20, you will have no chance, which ever team you are!!

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 22, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

@Manager on (September 22 2012, 05:55 AM GMT)..Good that you have come up with things to explain how bad we Indian team are. But first fill some positive spirit in you and watch WC2007, WC2011 to understand that what Indian team is capable of. I feel you need to support Indian team and write some comments on it's improvement because even a lay man who doesn't understand cricket a bit can also criticize. Please don't fall under that category and be a real Indian fan in supporting Indian team with some useful and constructive comments.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 22, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

@g.narisma,our team dismisd poms 4 111 nt 4 160 pls scores,check out bigest defeats page on ths very page,u would come to know that pak features d most as a team wining with big margins,SO OUR BOWLNG Z BEST,OUR BATNG Z WEAK NT WORST SINCE U ONLY NEED 2 to 3 batsmen to click in a t20 match,wait 4 day when ur kohli n raina fail n then we would see whethr ur team's batng z ovr.ratd or rightly ratd,@ALL BD FANS,BD HAVN'T WON ANYTHNG AGAINST PAK 4 A DECAD NOW,HOPFULY PAK CNTINUES THS 4 ANOTHR NXT DECADE

Posted by The_Ashes on (September 22, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

It was so obvious Bangladesh will not win regardless of what happened because for those who know their wickets, the pitch at Pallekele was fast and bouncy and had no spin just look at how Brendan McCullum who by the way finds it difficult against spin destroyed the left are spin trio. It bounced like a tennis ball no movement whatsoever and destroyed them for 4s and 6s and think the Bangladesh team made a huge mistake in the team selection. Even for fast bowlers, it didn't t do much and I won't be surprised if New Zealand even beats Pakistan quite easily because there's simply no way Ajmal can turn the ball on these wickets.

Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 22, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

@g.narsimha: Dont waste your time explaining who dont want to listen..fact is with this same team we won test series in ENG,WI,NZ,PAK,drew Series in AUS,SA, won matches across the globe,CB series,T20 WC and off course the big one..WC..thing is whom you are explaining they have a misconception of having the world best bowling line up by having only one good bowler in team and there are some others who are only happy either to reach till finals or to chuck IND out..

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (September 22, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

bangladesh are rat tigers......poor shakib..bangla media and fans made him feel as he is better than sorry..even he cant handle in srilanka..forget about touring ausie or africa ..

Posted by gsingh7 on (September 22, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

haha pak trash -talking , when under pressure ur bowling leaks 9+ runs an over , just see wat india did to u in wc

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 22, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

@From_INDIA_with love,YES DEAR IT Z D SAME POMS WHO THRARD UR OVR.RATD BATNG TEAM 4.0 N ALSO WON T20s in india,its funy enuf to read that phrase,WHY DN'T U APLY THESE TO UR OWN INDIAN TEAM,

Posted by borhans on (September 22, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

for the first 6 over Bangaldesh was good enough but when a game become one man show like what mccullum did there is nothing a opponent team can do ..In cricket we have seen it many times one batsman can take a game away from the opponent team .so congrats to Nz a bangladeshi our hop is almost shattered but hei we still need to show good performance against Pak ,the problem is our team still consist of players who are mostly aged under 25 not really a matured adult team but they have gave us really good moments which we could feel proud of

Posted by azeesajid on (September 22, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

Afghanistan were better side than so called bangal tigers uptill now.

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 22, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

MANEGER - what ever be u r real name & u r favourate team i cant subscribe u r thinking which is guided by just one bad performance in which we couldnot defend 180, than the same bowling won us matches in this island just few days ago beating home team wich could not be achieved by a team boasting of having worlds best bowling the other day ,we won practice match dismissing home team for 120 so as india bashers always point out our adverseries only u r it appears not defferent from them had u seen any coment fron fans of a team which could not reach 3 digit against POMS the other day they are not saying such negitive thing on thier team infact they are all over here making coments similar to u , before preaching first go through the arrogant , demeaning coments from BD fans on our team some even claimed that we are lucky becouse we are not in the BD group ,we just respond we never insult others the way they say all nasty things on our team, our players , we wil surly win , no doubt

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

There is alot of diffrence bw Pak bowling lineup and bengali bowling lineup :/ we have just defeatd kiwis on their homeland (test n odi) , just one and a half year back 2011 jan :) and every1 knows he is a sloger

Posted by Cricketsince1985 on (September 22, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

Most of the people say t20 is an unpredictable game, Whoever performs well on the day will win. However the results are as we all expected for super 8's. We all know that Zimbabwe, Ireland, Bangladesh & Afghanistan are the expected team who will be disqualified for super 8's. The real competition is between the other teams.

Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 22, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover: You mean to say just like POMS whitewashed PAK in ODI and T20 in conditions that suited their FAMED bowling line up and again in the recent warm up you can laugh and laugh loud..and remember..'PEOPLE LIVING IN GLASS HOUSE SHOULD NOT THROW STONES AT OTHERS'..and yes a small reminder again.."dont drop Taylor this time"..LOL

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 22, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

@From_INDIA_with love,i would b surprisd if indian champs beat d english,lolz.

Posted by mazii on (September 22, 2012, 5:55 GMT)

desihungama...Pak's bowling isn't India's bowling or Bangali bowling line up.

Posted by Manager on (September 22, 2012, 5:55 GMT)

This is for my fellow Indians who indulge in mocking Bangladesh. Lets be honest with ourselves, do we really think we have bowling to compete consistently? No. We might win a match or two with this attack. Then again even associate nations can do that. Even Afghanistan bowling looks way more potent then ours. Coming to our so called strength, batting. Lets see. I have not seen Ghambhir perform for so long. Sehwag is even worse. Raina too is not the consistent performer he used to be. And Dhoni's strike rate is lower than Chanderpauls in T20. That leaves Kolhi. If he performs we are able to make somewhat competitive score otherwise we fail in this department too. So our own house is not in order. Then why make fun of others. Its a sport. Lets enjoy it and rejoice our teams victories not other teams losses.

On lighter note. BCCI should poach the pacer duo of Zadrans from Afghanistan.

Posted by gothetaniwha on (September 22, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

Same as before BD talk them self up before the game and then reality bites another thrashing , heres hoping PAK give them a thrashing as well .

Posted by ashani_sl on (September 22, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

Nice going NZ! Showed these bangladesh boys where they really belong. bangladesh have always been a disgrace to world cricket. Their record is truly pathetic, whether test, ODI, or T20. Hope they can just go back to bangladesh early and the world can forget about them again.

Posted by ifrakurshid on (September 22, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

YES THE TON IN T-20 IS ALWAYS GOOD TO ACHIVED AND WATCHED WEL DONE MCCULUM ALSO GIVEN A STRONG WARNING TO CURRENT PAKISTAN TEAM BEING IN THE COMMON GROUP 'c ' ton no 2 by him in T-20 contest is a historical achivement for him and for his country.

Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 22, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

A humble request to all IND fans dont criticize BAN (though its difficult to refrain after BAN yesterday performance and provocative comments from their fans)..remember we are the World Champs and we should behave like Champs..and as far as BAN is concern by calling yourself Tigers you will not become one..though I will not be surprise if they beat PAK, such is this format..but be consistent and dont live in history..dont be satisfied by winning a game or two..

Posted by veerakannadiga on (September 22, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

luv u McCullum. What an innings.Whew.I don't blame BD for losing the match. When somebody gets going like that, the opposition (whoever..Aus,SA or Eng) would be left clueless.Just hope & wish, if somehow RCB could manage to get him from KKR. Imagine a combo of Gayle & McCullum @ the top. wow.

Posted by ibbani on (September 22, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

for those who say that BD is too good and talented, they are the tailles tigers which have no teeth in the tiger's mouth. THey are simply the worst team in the world. Not sure what harm has India done, without India in the competition, there is no advertisiement contracts, there is more money while India is played in any competition. No one can point out India as a team. Glimpse of other teams... Aus - no teeth, WI, IND, England - currently hopeful, SA- Chokers, Pak- champion on its day, NZL, SL- Darkorse - no expectation on high ranked teams. The championship is wide open, but it would be IND,SL,WI,ENG in Semis.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

srilanka is doubtlessly:quality nation 4 cricket.absolutely eco friendly conditions;wat will any player desire more than this? bd mc cullum played superb cricket and if he continues and so does rest than new zealand is big contendor!!! awesome cricket to watch.really on srilanka

Posted by Marcio on (September 22, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

This game shows why T20 is such an unpredictable game, and why just about any team that makes the last 8 can win thbis comp. All it takes is for one big hitter to go off, and the game is as good as gone. And all teams have at least one or two of them. No disrepect to BANG, even the best teams would have struggled to come back from nearly 200 down. But given this, tight bowling and fielding will play an important role in the outcomes of games - in containing the big hitters.

Posted by squarepeg on (September 22, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

B'desh ran in to a McCullum day, when he might have obliterated any bowling attack except possibly Pakistan and England. What was sad was the way B'desh batsmen played. Most of them lack the physical strength that allows mishits to go over the fence, and the mental resolve to play sensibly and not smash away blindly. Shakib is a better bowler than a batsman in T20I standards, it is clear from his stats also. He is still young and can surely improve if the constant adulation of BD fans allow him to realise that he is not really so consistently good to be world-class outside B'D.

Posted by Sallu_bhai on (September 22, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

Nothingness:Its foolishness that SL prepared Fast pitches for the improvment of SLan cricket.They believe that if the pitches are spin friendly or batting friendly India is going to Stream roll all other teams in the tournament and most of the matches will be one sided games.Like the 50 Over World cup game where there was only two intersting India games(one against Eng thanks to strauss and second against SAF thanks to India themselves for allowing SAF back in the game).All the balance games were pretty much one sided games.SL dont want the repeat the same.So they created fast pitches to see some intresting games.But Plz note that SLan strength was always spin bowling(even now).And if it was Spin pitches only India and Pakistan on certain day was better than them.But now they had made a mistake by allowing all the teams far ahead of them.Here i dont see SL above the super 8.Some intersting game will be there between Eng,India,SAF,WI,Pak(on certain days.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

Great to see McCullum in that form and to see the first 100 of the series (not that I see many in future). The New Zealand team for this series, on paper are a great outfit. They just need to click. They can go all the way if they do. Wishing all the best to the Kiwis.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 2:45 GMT)

Actually as a Bangladesh cricket fan, its very disappointing. We actually know that our team sucks, 8 out of 11 players usually forget they have brain. A team can't rely only on person. As for the match against Pakistan, I will support BD but don't think BD has a good chance.

Posted by Desihungama on (September 22, 2012, 2:35 GMT)

McCullum is in great form as usual. Pak could very well lose to NZ. Either way, it will be interesting to watch Bangladesh and Pak fight out.

Posted by jimbond on (September 22, 2012, 1:45 GMT)

One should not be too harsh on Bangladesh. On the days (though these may be few) on which players like Mcullum, Gilchrist, Afridi, Gayle, Sehwag etc play well, the game becomes one sided. But one feels there is too much pressure on certain players in the BD side. However, the captain should know who are the best players. To say that Shakib is merely 'a batting allrounder' is not true, he has been the team's best bowler for some time, but everyone has a bad day. And putting your main strikers (Tamim, Shakib, Ashraful) one after the other in the batting order is always a risky proposition. It looks good when it works, else, it looks ordinary. And yes, BD has a chance against Pakistan- though slim.

Posted by cricketlover111 on (September 22, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

BM, by far the highest run scorer in T20 international cricket, 2nd best average behind Kallis, most 4's, most 6's, consistently the best T20 batsman in the world. Unsure why some people think this is a one-off?

Posted by criclanka on (September 22, 2012, 0:53 GMT)

To all the bangladesh cricketers and fans. please dont discourage by some of this outragious remarks..we know you people can perform better than this..

Posted by kandykolla on (September 22, 2012, 0:40 GMT)

So, Pallekele is a good hunting ground for Kiwis !! In return as a Kandian we want an All blacks match here (with Haka) !!

Posted by ZsZs on (September 22, 2012, 0:37 GMT)

My comments may go censured, but the fact remains, Bangladesh plays in test mode when the going get's tough - except when they play tests. Hope this one makes it amongst the comments list - huh Isam?

Posted by Charos on (September 22, 2012, 0:00 GMT)

InsideHedge, you can see what yorkslanka meant by yourself. Just scroll down and do a count mate.

Posted by Nothingness on (September 21, 2012, 23:59 GMT)

@ Smith Robertson: I think it is the SL cricket team themselves who requested more pace & bounce in home wickets for the improvement of SL cricket some time back. Anyways, yes I think that this is going to be a great T20 world cup, since it will not be determined by sloggers but talent, but the pitches do provide something for everyone, even for the spinners; so don't count out the asian teams just yet.

Also the majority of "unnecessary harsh comments" are coming from Indian fans that just seem to hate all other countries; especially neighboring ones. It is sometimes difficult for SL/PAK/Ban fans to digest all the dissing towards their country and not return the flavor. Being a Sri Lankan I certainly don't hold back. But, I do admire the people who can take it all in and still keep their calm.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 23:43 GMT)

Any team can have a bad day in T20. So, one defeat should not misguide us into passing judgements. BD are a good team, and they will bounce back. In recent years BD have done well against higher-ranked teams, and they remain a dangerous team.

Posted by Vikum72 on (September 21, 2012, 23:41 GMT)

Other test sides must be overjoyed about this performance by NZ as BM's one fantastic innings is out of the way now! @Smith Robertson: Mate SL too seems to be struggling since of late on subcontinental type wickets. They keep on loosing to India on them! May be they'll do better on these relatively bouncy tracks

Posted by Sudu_putha on (September 21, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

Bangaladesh has been in international cricket for so long, but still rank with those countries like Netherland and Zimbabwe...

How many more years you guys need to improve.. Look at SL, Small country , already won a WC, how many WC finals we made... Sorry Bengali.. u havent done much...

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 21, 2012, 22:49 GMT)

Absolute HAMMERING of Bangladesh. I feel sorry for their team. ZERO improvement in all 3 formats over several years now. They are a little OKAY while playing at home but other than that, it's the same story. I am not a fan but still I am one of their well wishers. I wanted BD to actually win against NZ. But too bad, McCullum had other plans. What an innings !!!! A true KNIGHT !!! KKR and NZ are LUCKY to have him. I can't see BD winning against Pakistan. Pakistan would have learnt how to exploit the conditions in Pallekale and have the bowlers to bowl well in such a pitch.

Posted by kc69 on (September 21, 2012, 22:20 GMT)

I agree with many here that we cannot judge any team with 1 match.Lets see how does Bangladesh perform under pressure against Pakistan.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 22:10 GMT)

@Smith Robertson- let's mark your words and meet after semifinalists decided! I say at least 2 Asian teams will be in semis

Posted by Dark.Matter on (September 21, 2012, 22:07 GMT)

Brenden Mecullum is in form, 91 against india and now 100. GOD help pakistan . icing on the cake kamran akmal is still in team and it will hurt Pakistanis if he drop catches against NZ .

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 21:20 GMT)

Also Indian fans don't forget that this Brendan did score a 91 against India the other week and a 116* against us Australians in T20s so be careful guys Brendan is the best T20 batsman in the world. Also don't get your hopes up because if these wickets continue to provide pace and bounce then its likely New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England will be in the semi-finals and the Asian teams all home :)

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

Its amazing with the amount of unnecessary harsh comments on here because although its true New Zealand were far better today as compared to Bangladesh mainly because of Number 1 T20 batsman Brendan the wicket had nothing for spinners and was a 100% batting track. But can someone tell me why would Sri Lanka prepare wickets for the likes of England and South Africa because if these wickets don't change then none of the main asian teams will even make it to the semi-finals.

Posted by InsideHedge on (September 21, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

@yorkslanka: That's a question you should be asking about your own Lankan fans. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

Posted by BackfootNossyfan on (September 21, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

Loved watching Brendon McCullum's innings. Great to watch such a dominant innings with all the stick he usually gets from fans and the media if he fails. This innings shows why he is No.1 in the world and I'm proud to be a New Zealand supporter as always.

Posted by hasib9 on (September 21, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

Questions of the day: Why did Bangladesh give up after Shakib and Tamim got out? Why does Mushfiq consider himself a batsman and Mahmudullah a cricketer? How do you not choose to bat first in t20? Time to give the captaincy back to Shakib.

Posted by VSinha29 on (September 21, 2012, 20:23 GMT)

I got screwed in Fanatsy league cricket :) . Had picked up BD players and look what they did. One can never trust these bangladeshi players!

Posted by bdfighter1 on (September 21, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

loosing a game doesn't mean all. Hope for the nxt. Btw,Congrats Nz team.

Posted by InnocentGuy on (September 21, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

Sad, BD are a better team than what they were a few years ago. But still not a good enough team.

Posted by rzvzrz on (September 21, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

when i was a child...say during world cup 1996...i had no team to support... so i start supporting india...pakistan...sri lanka...west indies...south africa...any i have a team...and we are as crazy as all the cricket loving countries in business is here friend...come see us...

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

the feeling when ur prediction comes true :P :P bengalis banged thnks to icc schedule u will stay in sri lanka ( one of the most beutiful country in the world) till tues !

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

good start nz , but i have a feeling ur batting unit as a whole wasnt strong. Because bengal ballers pretty much contained all nZ batsmen except McCullum. Next games you'll get stronger balling opponent, cant depend on McCullum. Hope mcCullum opens against pakestan, that would give him more time to work for nz. Ban their batting is bad, no consistency, balling seems okay.

Posted by reyme on (September 21, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

Its the poor gameplan by coaching staff and wrong decisions by the team management that ruined it for BD Team today. It can happen to any team on a bad day. BD will be back, and dont get too excited about a BD loss! Please also come back after a BD Win! Dont tell me BD never did anything outside of BD. Last time BD played SL, IND (ASIA cup), ENG, IRE (WC and 3-0 in IRE), South Africa, ZIM (In ZIM), AFG (in Carribean), WI (In BD), BD came out as winners! With right coaching staff in place, BD will definitely put up a good show in near future.

Posted by InsideHedge on (September 21, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Interesting to learn that Bangla have lost each of their last NINE T20 WC games. They're better in ODIs than in T20s which rather surprises me, especially when you look at the scorecard from the one and only T20 WC game they've ever won: their inaugural game against WI in Johannesburg. That was a terrific victory chasing down 160+ despite being 20-odd for 2.

This proves they can win away from home but their main problem is that as soon as they win a good game, they start talking big, their heads swell and the feet leave the ground. Some serious introspection is required for a record of 9 straight WC losses is shockingly poor.

Posted by cricincanada on (September 21, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

great game bd tiger - meyau

Posted by Erebus26 on (September 21, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Congrats to NZ and McCullum, but Bangladesh were disgraceful. All the talk was about their vaunted left-arm spinners causing problems but NZ smashed them out of the ground. Their batting was ill-disciplined and a kids team would field better than that. They lack the technique, the discipline and temperament to play at this level. How many years has it been now and they still manage to put up trashy performances like this! I know T20 cricket can be unpredictable but it's the same for Bangladesh at ODI and Test level. I think somebody should analyse whether Bangladesh and Zimbabwe should be test playing nations as their recent performances have been pitiful. Mind you at least Zimbabwe have got an excuse after being without test cricket and a good first class structure for a fair few years!

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

Bangladesh is just a over hyped team that unfortunately beats a test side only once in 5 years.

Posted by Abids11 on (September 21, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

one thing 4 sure , performance in cricket cannot be judged by 1 match.truly,it was a bad match 4 bd. bt also it was a g8 inning by mccullam.and dat can b happen in any day against any side.if it were against Aussie or ind , they(fans) would call it a gr8 inning by mccullam,besides to blame their respective teams. bd bowlers prove themselves world class many times.and it also counted by the media and the opposition in this match doesn't mean they r called neighbor country of bd, what r u talking about.OIL YOUR OWN MACHINE.OR YOUR MACHINE WILL BE DAMAGED.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 17:39 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

BCB should take responsibility for this lose. They can't arranged any match with top or strong teams, only arranged with associates or weaker teams. Now we got result for this. How long BD will suffer with top teams in T20 and test ??? Very poor performance by BD and gr8 one by McCullum. We could not produce any player like McCullam till now. Its another weakness for BCB.

Posted by mazii on (September 21, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

g.narishma...I think some people can't hold themselves back from giving some incendiary comments. We saw yesterday what your India team of capable of doing. And in every match, the above-referred wants to drag Pakistan in. It seems like someone having Pako-o-phobia, and they can't hole themselves back. Just concentrate on your team and don't bother or worry about others.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

He is one of my favourite cricketers....:)

Posted by yorkslanka on (September 21, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

why do Indian "fans" delight in other teams losses rather than their own teams performances? Is there any need to have a go at other countries that lose?Amazingly these same "fans" disappear when India do badly...cric pls publish

Posted by ADI_GUNGALIYA_FANTASY on (September 21, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

India should be Drafted with Smaller teams in a group. As they only know how to give respect to other team & make match interesting and watchable.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

Read this ...those who think Afghanistan is better than BD! you might have watch England Vs Afghanistan Who lost by 116 runs and Bowled out only 80 runs!! They played decent against India coz India is per bellow team, India is the only team Who lost most of the time to the so called minnows like Kenya, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe!! It can be mention just 2-3 weeks bk BD also Beat Afghanistan team at Caribbean . So, afgan are good team But Still long way to go. Still one match left for BD, Gud luck to them

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 21, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

More than Bangladeshi team's fault, it is fault of die-hard Bangladeshi fans and its media which speak and boast about BD team which is unreal most of times. There are even sensible fans though.No need to bash Bangladesh team. Fans and media need to be realistic and also not getting too upset on looses. Winning and loosing are part of game but knowing how real you are about situation about how good you are is what is important for a team to progress. It applies to every team.

Posted by sameer111111 on (September 21, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

Just as expected. For all the jumping and shouting by the fans, Bangladesh has been a very poor team for quite some time now. They played well in Asia Cup. So by law of average, should play their next good tournament sometime in the next 2 years.

Posted by coolindianfan on (September 21, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

@ Cricket_Master_Mind bangladesh good at their own ground tell me one tournament or one series they won . bangladesh can upset good sides but that dosent mean they are a good side

Posted by cricketkhan on (September 21, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Bengal tiger had its tail between its legs today!!!!!

Posted by GLORY2INDIA on (September 21, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

look at the amount of excuses BD fans are coming up with! its time for BD and AF to book their return tickets now.

Posted by athreya83 on (September 21, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

Never posted before.. but after all the hype and talk of the BD team cricket fans.. Thank God they have put in their rightful place.. Not a big fan of bashing.. Would love to watch competitive cricket.. but God it felt so good today :)

Posted by Udendra on (September 21, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

so now there are two T20 centuries scored at Pallekale?

Posted by cric_roch on (September 21, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

All the pitches are supporting fast bowlers. No chance for asian teams.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

one of my Favorite Team "New Zealand " !! yeah !! You did it... Wishes from Sri Lanka

Posted by AF2199 on (September 21, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

@Michael Wallace ..... Keep dreaming mate ... I know our batting is problematic but your attack is not England or Aussie pace attack and honestly even if NZ bat twice against this pakistani attacck they can not make 150.

Posted by Extraz on (September 21, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

@g.narsimha...mate after the warm up match against india i saw the forum and there were mostly comments praising both the teams some comments may be arrogant but we really can't do anything about that but most of the people from BOTH countries were really nice and they were praising both the teams i myself was praising india that at one time they were looking to score close to 200 and best of luck to you guys for the upcoming matches.As far as BD match is concerned the bubble have burst all the hype about BD as the dark horses of t20 world cup has gone down badly.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

NZ proved their strngth today.... good luck NZ .....master piece by B Mccullum....... We were no match today..... it really seemed like a mismatch....... nothing more to say........

Posted by imtiaz82 on (September 21, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

Nothing to be overaly excited about by the NewZealand fans, NZ won one T20 after loosing the test series badly against India. NZ also lost 4-0 to Bangladesh in ODI just couple of years back.. Today was one lucky day for McCullum and any other team would have faced the same consquences. And as for BD playing well at home, isn't it the same for Newzealand aswell? How many test or ODI series did NZ win in Pakistan, India, Srilanka?

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

Cricket_Master_Mind I am a Bangladeshi. But agree with you. They have to play more games outside their home. Bangladesh is actually a very good 0Di team. But they really have to do well in t20 and tests. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe should play more t20 and test matches.ICC and boards of both the team should arrange more games for them. If they don't get more chance, how can they win? l

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (September 21, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

Losing is a part of the game.So Bangladesh must not be disappointed.They are a good team.NZ played well.Congrats to Mccullum for his record ton.This guy is amazing!

Posted by Afridynamite on (September 21, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

Bangladesh fans should stop giving excuses. That was one big whipping. Afghanistan is putting up a much better show. Bang match will be a good batting practice for Pakistan!

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

Poor judgement , poor captaincy , poor fielding have cost us this match . In this field average score was 170 ---- how come you choose to field on a pitch not friendly to the spinners ! More over Razzak was on top in his first two overs and McCullam was struggling in the beginning and our Captain took Razzak off and gave McCullam free ride . You have to rotate bowler according to the quality of a Batsman . I believe McCullam will not fire against Pak. because Pak. knows the weak point of him . In T20 top form batsman bat on topwards , so Zia should have bat at 5 , he could have taken our score past 50 . Really poor Captaincy , poor coaching !!!!

Posted by i_amVIVA on (September 21, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

Everyone had a good day and a bad in cricket. Rahim's mistake was to field first. This was a batting pitch and he paid for his incorrect decision, let NZ pile up runs, got tremendious presure in the chase, and all fell apart with the BD youngsters. Oh, well, this is a game; get over it and look for the next game with Pak.

Posted by RAQ on (September 21, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

@g.narsimha I totally agree, they are good side when playing Home, and they should not be a test cricket nation

Posted by BowledYa on (September 21, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

The next game is even tougher for BD. When was the last time they beat Pakistan anywhere? Can't remember. Only hope is Pakistan have a bad day and their batting fizzles as has quite often recently. If Pak scores anywhere near 150 game's over.

Posted by RAQ on (September 21, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

Bangladesh totally dumped I wonder if they play against Aghanistan who will win Afghan have better wicket keeper better pace bowlers decent batting lineup only lacking experience after 10 years I am sure they will on much greater position than Bangladesh

Posted by muthuthewaves on (September 21, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

shakib would have scored 200 runs and taken 11 wickets with 5 maidens in 4 overs. today he had a bad day and new Zealand hot away with it. sure next world will be won by shakib wait and see

Posted by senthilshanmu on (September 21, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Even when there is pitch which suits spin they BD can't defect PAK.. Their world cup dream is over for now....

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

Sure NZ smashed a record, good on ya Bazza! But the bowling was average, when we have strike bowlers at 8 per over with 1.10 wickets a game and they get thier best against bangaldesh whilst bowling 6-8 BAD deliveries in a 20/20 it makes you wonder...NZ did well but SHOULD have bowled out the competition... Well played boys but far from clinical if you want to win this tournament. Best of luck against Pakitsan and (perhaps) who you will face in the super 8, but thanks to BAZZA our net run rate is high !!! shot bro

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

If.. if ... if.... if..... but....but.....but.....but..... SL/Bangladesh will win the tournament.

Posted by IndianROCKstars_2011_ODIchamps on (September 21, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

BD team has no option now but to beat Pakistan.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

This is the same Bangladesh side that lost to a second string Trinidad & Tobago side a few weeks ago!!!! What did ppl expect?

Posted by Jawwad123 on (September 21, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

We have already taken off the tag- big game choker- from Tamim in the Asia Cup. But now he seems more like a WC Flopper!!! And don't worry BD fans I can assure you that youngsters in this country have got lots of potential- and the future bangladesh team will be no.1- only if our parents consider Cricket as a Profession and let us become future stars :) !!

Posted by tdslbuwa on (September 21, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan supporter I think BD bowling line up is one dimensional.yes this attack can be good on turning pitches but not in relatively quick pitches in Pallekele.So Colombo is the most suitable ground for them.Also their batting is really not good enough apart from Shakib and Tamim.I dont know how a player like Mahmadulla is playing in BD team that too as the vc with a strike rate of 85.Nasir is a much better player and he should bat heigher .They should sort out this problems if they want to even think about getting in to SUPER 8s !!!!!!

Posted by dbk86 on (September 21, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

This pitch doesnt suit BD!! NO SPIN, NO TURN!!! just a bad luck for us playing in this ground! hopefully our team will give their best and playa fighting game against pak!


Posted by gsingh7 on (September 21, 2012, 13:53 GMT)


Posted by Cricket_Master_Mind on (September 21, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

Hype of Bangla is over. They are very good side but at HOME GROUND. Just like india were in past. they improved but Bangla had to work out to perform overseas Take NewZeland to Bangladesh and arrange a T20 you will see the same side will give a hard time or Lose to New Zeland. Out of all the Minnows I think Afghanistan stand out from the rest.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

BD should not play tests , odi , t20 . they are worst

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 21, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

REALLYfeel bad , most part of the bd innings even they couldnt maitain run a all , i am just thinking of those arrogant coments from bd fans after they beat us in ASIA up , even the other day some one posted on IND -AFG thread saying IND is lucky that it is not in the BD group , every bady has the right to think highly of thier team but should not demean others diven by falcifiedsgreaness reality u r not even ireland standard the team which lost 9 consicutive matches,its fans must look on thier team instead of making derogative coments on team india , every team has its chances but expecting too much is not desirable next in line pak,fans r arrogance after a win in practice match,the other day eng shown them what athetic batting line up they are having ,ets wait& see the upcoming matches,

Posted by ProdigyA on (September 21, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

Did anybody expect otherwise? Tigers and what not. Pathetic to say the least.

Posted by derpherp on (September 21, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

Good on you Baz great innings mate. Know only is you could bat this well more often.....

Posted by RK204 on (September 21, 2012, 13:43 GMT)


Posted by Kiwi-Jake on (September 21, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Good to see Bangladesh fans and media eat some humble pie after a week of Bangladesh media and fans unintelligently writing NZ off. Awesome McCullum innings and Southee looked pretty sharp for a guy who's been hospitalized recently. Good news for NZ is that they have pretty much secured a t20 super 8 spot.

Posted by Lakpj on (September 21, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

This was on the cards, out of the 3 venues Pallekalle is the worst ground that Bangladesh can wish to play. it has pace and bounce so the bowl will come on to the bat.Which other teams enjoy and Bangla batsman normally struggle. And the spinners have very little turn. So that negates the strengths of Bangladesh. All those who were hoping for a Bangladesh upset haven't considered the conditions. SL pitches no longer has the slow low nature that those use to have in the past at least in limited overs games.

Posted by BG4cricket on (September 21, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

Very poor effort from the Bangas who really need more cricket against top tier nations if they are going to consistently be able to challenge. Although he didn't have a happy day today, Al Hasan is really their only world class player despite what any of their fans may say. They have very little hope of progressing as NZ are inconsistent with the bat and the Pakistan bowling is a lot better than what Macca faced today.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

It is just one game - so many people drawing pathetic conclusions about Bangladeh on the basis of one game (or one B Mac innings for that matter). Well done to my Kiwi team even if our bowling was substandard and good luck Tigers against Pakistan. I can only hope our team can help you by beating them cos NRR wont come into play

Posted by saifur.raffael on (September 21, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

@ all the indians & other criticising bd's a t20 match the result could have been very different if bd would have batted first or could have taken the wicket of McCullun within his 80 ...It's nothin like that type of defeat where u can compare Bangladesh with other teams so called overated minows like (zim ,ire, afg)...Bangladesh also had an similar experince in 2011 world cup against westindies ((58)) but made one of the greatest comeback against England in d same world they can actually make another come back against Pakistan which they r doing often in last couple of years ..sakib bowled his worst bowling figure ever in t20s & Tamim went for a duck .so either of them clicks in the next match will make it a hard time for the pak .... And the main thing is that the team that does comeback r the REAL HEROES ...& think that bd has more realistic chances to either win or a get a close match....

Posted by salman_0902 on (September 21, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

Congratulations from Pakistan to NZ for their great performance. Good luck in future.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 21, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

*Congratulations New Zealand. Great Innings from Brendon McCullum. To start describing the match i first re-quote McCullum words here to explain Bangladesh bowling : "Very pleased to make a contribution, we've got a very good score. The partnership with James Franklin set us up. On some days it comes off and on some it doesn't not ... They have very good bowlers, played very well against us in Dhaka, our boys have worked hard to play left-arm spin in anticipation for this, and it was nice to put such a total on the board". Nice realistic comments by McCullum there. I like it. For Bangladesh Nasir played well.Hard luck Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

Fitting reply to all those who denounced newzealand as minnows.This team like pakisthan has the great gift of doing really well in major tournaments irrespective of their bilateral series performances.Hope one of NZ/SA/WI win this cup this time.These teams are full of athletic fielders and allrounders

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (September 21, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Asia Cup was just a fluke surely.Terrible performance this s.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

hurling stones at NZ team bus? will never happen here. NZ we love you guys partly some of them played in SLPL. Here's our present for you pallekale ground. I guess NZ guys have quite a lot of fond memories there.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 21, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

Configurations New Zealand. Great Innings from Brendon McCullum. To start describing the match i first re-quote McCullum words here to explain Bangladesh bowling : "Very pleased to make a contribution, we've got a very good score. The partnership with James Franklin set us up. On some days it comes off and on some it doesn't not ... They have very good bowlers, played very well against us in Dhaka, our boys have worked hard to play left-arm spin in anticipation for this, and it was nice to put such a total on the board". Nice realistic comments by McCullum there. I like it. For Bangladesh Nasir played well.Hard luck Bangladesh.

Posted by Gappistan on (September 21, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

Finally the Tigers played like true Bangladesh Team, Shakib and Tamim IPL benches are waiting for you to warm them up

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

Bangladesh show their true colors ... Bye Bye BD ... Play some more BPL

Posted by SurlyCynic on (September 21, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

Don't see why Zim and Bangladesh are full members and Afghans and Irish are associates. Should be the other way around. Bangladesh are so overrated by their fans, and the less said about 'best allrounder' Shakib (0-40) the better.

Posted by zn264 on (September 21, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

I wish other Asian supporters would lay off this Bangladesh side...just remember you will have to play New Zealand soon : )

Posted by Ramansilva on (September 21, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

BD fans believe that they are on par or even better than the big boys. They just showed that they are not even better than the pathetic Zimbabwe team. Asia cup was just a fluke. Time to come back to reality.

Posted by kathir05 on (September 21, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

satish619chandar lol . keep dreaming . as usual bangla tigers roaring (sorry crying) after the match rahim and shakib will cry.. poor team . ireland better than this team

Posted by Natesan333 on (September 21, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

This is 2011 WC all over again. The BD team is hyped up (mostly by their ill informed fans) and under some real pressure they just crack. Hopefully no one will throw any rocks at NZ team bus this time around!!!

Posted by KXIP_is_underestimated on (September 21, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

The pundits who predicted this was the toughest group should be ambarrased by the great performance of

Posted by AzizMehmood98 on (September 21, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Bangladesh need to hit as much as thry can to have a reasonable run rate ... which could prove useful

Posted by shaantanu on (September 21, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

nothing personal here but bdeshs days in this world T20 is numbered.i dont expect them to beat pakistan but then T20 is all about the unexpected.

Posted by GLORY2INDIA on (September 21, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

so called BD tigers not even purring like pussycats!! long way to go BD followers and fans b4 you challenge the big boys. ASIA CUP was just a fluke for you all and eventually you lost as well!!

Posted by CricHackerz on (September 21, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

Great to see that BD is trying to ensure that they don't loose by more than 100 runs by not taking anymore chances. Great going BD....

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

Shhhhhhh... tigers roaring..... meowwwww meowwwwww....

Posted by CricHackerz on (September 21, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

Great score from Minnows, the Champions (BD) would have hard time chasing it. I believe BD would loose by at least 30 runs. But they may prove me wrong..... lol

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

@satish619chandar Are You Serious? LOL

Posted by Vikum72 on (September 21, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

BD seems to be doing a 'Zimbabwe'! Come-on guys, don't give it up. Fight till the end.

Posted by Haleos on (September 21, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

@ raj0606 - u got ur wish my friend.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

BD is being shown where do they belong, their honeymoon is over!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Haleos on (September 21, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

Tamim Iqbal is the bagladeshi version of Afridi. Full of promise but highly impatient and under performing.

Posted by AkDoN on (September 21, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

horrendous spell, 4-0-40-0 from Bangladesh's key player

Posted by borhans on (September 21, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

Nz beat India recently in T20 ,so they can certainly beat Bangladesh & even they can hope for the trophy .

Posted by KXIP_is_underestimated on (September 21, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Bangladesh should play in icc division 2 before they compete in first class competitions to improve their game

Posted by rejoicing_cricket on (September 21, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Brendon Mccullum showed Bangladesh and their heroes Shakib and Tamim their place

Posted by senthil25 on (September 21, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

Sorry for the result will be.......all minnows were really Upset by themself............good luck for next WC........

Posted by kc69 on (September 21, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

McCullem has hit more Sixes than entire Bangladesh team in bangladeshi bowlers get good treatment.

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (September 21, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

Ireland and Afganistan way better than bangladesh surely.

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (September 21, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

@shrikanth : May be the tigers fell asleep after a heavy meal afternoon

Posted by ajeeshferdin10 on (September 21, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

Bangla tigers were teared apart to death by mauling neighbours cant control the laugh due to the build up you guys gave before the

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

How was this supposed to be a contest again? Did Bangladesh even stand a chance? Brendon sure put them in their place :)

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (September 21, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Tigers are roaring as usual 'mewooo', BD fans will come up with 'proof' of better performance than India and will celebrate!lol

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

hahaha....what a pathetic team!! this match should be renamed McCullum Vs bangladesh!!!

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

today was McCullum's day great knock by him

Posted by zn264 on (September 21, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

That's what I'm talking about! Haha all this talk of the Bangladesh Tiger...more like pussy cat. Outstanding performance from Baz, and James did well in support for that great partnership. Now for Southee to get it in the right spot, bit of swing to be had out there. Good start to this compeition...look out Pakistain.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

what did i tell you Pallekale has been taylor made for NZ. Loved every moment of your innings Brendon (what's your nickname?) Great knock!

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

stupid bangla bowlers .... they act like they are world champions even nepali cricketers are better then these banglas

Posted by loke_cricfan on (September 21, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

Bangladesh always bla bla, its oly in papers, not in the field. Ready to pack Bangla... Great innings played by Brendon

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

So Bangalideshi WC will end on Sunday

Posted by slippingsillypoint on (September 21, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

Constantly people write us off in tournaments.. I love it

Posted by AkDoN on (September 21, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

horrendous spell, 4-0-40-0 from Bangladesh's key player he he LOL....BD out of WC for sure

Posted by AkDoN on (September 21, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

correction for Shrikanth Now BD will lose by at least 50 runs & get out of T20 WC 2012 ha ha ha

Posted by AkDoN on (September 21, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

BD ...what Rahim has done by opting to bowl first ...bowling is not BD strngth OR chasing is not their strength....Oh...poor BD will pay for this now. Surely they r going to lose this by huge margin now

Posted by KFRITZ on (September 21, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

i am enjoying brendons batting. hope he scores a 100 ..

Posted by Shrikant25 on (September 21, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

Where are the bangaladeshi tiger. Sorry i mean psuedotiger ha ha.

Posted by kc69 on (September 21, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

Losing team will me under much pressure against Pakistan.NZ definitely looks like a good team to be in super 8.

Posted by Shrikant25 on (September 21, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

Bangaladesh will lose by 20 runs.

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 21, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

Good toss to win for BD. These days are better chasers than the defenders. Likes of Tamim and Shakib can give them a great start and some good finishers too.

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