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Bangladesh v Canada, World Cup warm-up match, Chittagong

Clinical Bangladesh thrash Canada

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 12, 2011

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Bangladesh 113 for 1 (Tamim 69) beat Canada 112 (Shakib 3-5, Shafiul 2-5) by nine wickets

Shafiul Islam is thrilled after dismissing Brendon McCullum, Bangladesh v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Mirpur, October 11, 2010
Shafiul Islam showed signs that he is ready to be Bangladesh's spearhead © AFP

Bangladesh barely broke a sweat as they walked all over Canada at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. Even though left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, who was the leading wicket-taker in their last ODI series, did not get a wicket, Bangladesh managed to bowl Canada out for 112.

Shafiul Islam and captain Shakib Al Hasan both returned remarkable figures, bowling only four and 3.3 overs respectively. Shafiul struck two early blows, getting rid off Hiral Patel for a duck in the first over, and then dismissing Canada's senior-most player John Davison. In the absence of Mashrafe Mortaza, Shafiul has to shoulder the responsibility of spearheading the Bangladesh attack, and he would be happy to have picked up a couple of wickets.

With Shafiul rested after his opening spell, Rubel Hossain toiled for eight overs and finished with figures of 2 for 42. Shakib held himself back, using as many as six other bowlers, as he tried to give everyone a chance to prove their worth. When he finally came into the attack, he wrapped up the Canada innings quickly. A couple of strikes in the 27th over compounded the problems Canada already had after they lost early wickets, and they slid to 81 for 8. Shakib then took the last wicket to finish with figures of 3 for 5.

Offspinner Mahmudullah also had a good outing, picking up two wickets, including that of Canada's captain Ashish Bagai for 30. Left-arm spinner Suhrawadi Shuvo was the only bowler in the squad who wasn't given a go at Canada's batsmen.

Tamim Iqbal had said before the tournament he intended to be the top scorer in every match he played during the World Cup and from the evidence of Saturday's match he has already started his efforts to attain that goal. Tamim smashed three sixes and seven fours in his 69 off 50 balls, and Bangladesh raced to the target in 19.2 overs. The hosts' only grouse would have been that Tamim's belligerence did not allow anyone else to have a knock.

The ruthless performance will serve further notice of the threat Bangladesh pose during the World Cup.


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Posted by Dummy4 on (February 15, 2011, 6:38 GMT)

Be Careful everyone,Bangal tigers r on their best form ever.........................

Posted by ramu on (February 14, 2011, 22:37 GMT)

West INdies will win World cup. Sarwan Gayle Chandra and Bravo..dem will make big runs.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 14, 2011, 13:59 GMT)

This is the best chance for tigers to get the world cup Trust me it is very possible

Posted by Dar on (February 14, 2011, 10:19 GMT)

I just hope Tigers put a good fight against every team and make us feel proud. It's not about winning every game, but to play consistently and competiveness as well. I work with supporters of varieties of WC Teams, (NZ, Aus, WI, India, SL, England) and they all do feel Tigers will give a good game to all the big teams. Tiger fans, please, let us not talk big, but let the bat & ball speaks for itself.

Posted by Rakib on (February 14, 2011, 4:35 GMT)

Every win is precious, but should have batted first. bowlers were good accept Rubel, he gave away 42 runs in his 8 overs, I am no cricketing pundit but he should be more economical. Rubel and Safiul, I like them both as pace bowlers, they have swing, can generate a lot of pace, can bowl yorkers and mostly both of them work very hard. Anyway good luck for the game against Pakistan, just give us good game that will be enough.

And does anyone know that if any TV channel in Bangladesh is gonna give the live coverage of the game against Pakistan?

Posted by mohammed on (February 14, 2011, 0:31 GMT)

I hope BD will play seminfinal or final because of Tamim and Shakib.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 14, 2011, 0:29 GMT)

Go Tigers, Desh bashi will be with you.....

Posted by Sam on (February 14, 2011, 0:15 GMT)

Great performance, as a New Zealand supporter, I agree, it won't be many years until Bangladesh is is in the top 5-6 Teams regularly. Such a big talent pool to pick from and as the successes come, so will the infrastructure to nuture the upcoming cricketers.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 14, 2011, 0:10 GMT)

Know we all can enjoy watching BD playing cricket, no more worries to be thrashed. I hope I am not exaggerating this but i say we can go all the to the semi's..And from there you never now...Inshallah Just play the way you are playing Boyz...

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 14, 2011, 0:03 GMT)

Good job guys! Wish we won by 10 wickets. Nevertheless, a great win. Best of luck for all the upcoming matches.

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