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

Tamim pleased with seamers' performance

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 13, 2011

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Tamim Iqbal punches the ball down the ground, Ireland v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Belfast, July 16, 2010
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Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladesh vice-captain, has said that his side was satisfied with their nine-wicket win against Canada in their first World Cup warm-up game. "Winning is a habit and our main target was to win the game first," Tamim told the Daily Star. "We did well in the 2007 World Cup because we went into the tournament after winning some games. So, it's nice that we began with a win."

Bangladesh inserted Canada and skittled them out for 112, with five of the seven bowlers used, getting among the wickets. While Bangladesh's strongest suit - their spinners - turned in a strong show, their seamers also impressed, with Shafiul Islam and Rubel Hossain sharing four wickets. "Our planning was to give everybody a chance in the practice match. It was nice to see that the pacers executed the plans, especially Shafiul impressed everybody. The way he dismissed John Davison [with a slower delivery] was really fantastic. But still it can be much better."

Ashish Bagai, the Canada captain, rued his side's poor batting. "I think it was not the good bowling by the Bangladesh pace bowlers, but our poor shot selection that caused the early damage," he said. "And definitely Bangladesh's main strength is their spin bowlers. The score was not good enough. The wicket was little bit low, but still we could have managed 220-225 runs."

Tamim led the small chase in style, smashing ten boundaries in his 69 from 50 deliveries before falling seven runs away from victory. He is crucial at the top of the order for Bangladesh, so crucial that he said they plan to take the batting Powerplay early if he gets going. But he was disappointed by his dismissal. "I always go for big shots which was not good," he said. "It was rubbish, the way I was dismissed. Actually there was some pain in my hips."

The decision to bowl did not give Bangladesh a chance to try out their bowlers under lights, and Tamim's charge ensured the other batsmen missed out on some practice, but he maintained that the main focus was on winning. "Spin bowling is our main strength, and the dew factor could be an issue if we bowl in the second session. We are happy that everything has happened according to our plan, but still we can improve a lot of things before the big challenge on February 19 [the tournament's opening game, against India]."

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Comments: 18 
Posted by   on (February 14, 2011, 15:12 GMT)

I think Canadian captain needs to wake up and accept reality....

Posted by rahat_14 on (February 14, 2011, 13:39 GMT)

I was at the stadium while shafiul and the other bowlers were damaging Canadian batting side and tamim destroyed all the protection of Canadain field. I won't say that Canada didn't play well, rather they played much better than we expected. so, my Indian friends, be prepared coz TIGERS are hungry..............

Posted by   on (February 14, 2011, 7:57 GMT)

Afghanistan bowled out Canada for 105 ,so they scored 7 runs more against Bangladesh than Afganistan

Posted by kalyankk1985 on (February 14, 2011, 6:54 GMT)

all bd fans.. calm down .. bd can win a couple of games .. it doesn't matter who the opposition is .. any team can have an off day and bd can win against them .. thats wht cricket is all about .. but bd doesnt have the fire power to go all the way to the title .. it relies on a couple of young talents - tamim shakib etc .. mahmudullah is a decent batsman and good -hitter.. the spinners of bd can be handful in these conditions .. but there needs to be the killer instinct still in the pace bowling dept .. the spinners can do a hold up job for some time but not forever .. one good innings of a destructive batsman can make it all hayway for them .. there is still some variety required in the bd bowling dept .. and they need a couple more experienced batsman who can carry the team for bd .. mohammad ashraful was supposed to be doing that by now but he didnt convert his talent to contribution for bd his whole life .. anyways bd try to do the best .. time for u to step up to live up to expect

Posted by   on (February 14, 2011, 4:55 GMT)

congratuletion....bangladesh.....

Posted by   on (February 14, 2011, 2:31 GMT)

Im ready to watch you dismantle Zaheer..

Posted by Bengali-Tiger007 on (February 13, 2011, 14:29 GMT)

I agree with Tamim, winning is the main focus. But surely batting first would have given all 11 men a chance to have a bat. Anyway, I'm very impressed with the thrashing win. By the way Vivek, makesure you read the actual match bulletin before you make a comment, coz thats what everyone else does.

Posted by mejbaah on (February 13, 2011, 12:01 GMT)

The decision of taking powerplay early if tamim stays is nt impressive. Its necessary for him to play with condition to make a verry solid base for sakib, mahmudullah and obviously naim islam.Best of luck bangladesh.

Posted by tanvir_tanz on (February 13, 2011, 9:07 GMT)

Batting and bowling - both were great..And Tamim and Shakib really did well....Plz keep it up during Regular matches of World Cup and Keep Roaring...

Posted by   on (February 13, 2011, 8:17 GMT)

Mr. Vivek has must have lost his 'vivek'. Otherwise very few mad people would say this kind of rubisssssh. Please never forget bangladesh's performance in last year. we white washed NZ and Zimbabuwe. We wanted to do the same with India, unfortunately we didn't get the chance.. So, wait for the next match to come.. see you and ..... oh.. if you are coming to the stadium.. never forget to take your towel.. becooz u will need it to clean your tears..

Posted by   on (February 13, 2011, 8:00 GMT)

When u have no clue what kind of bowling u r facing u do play stupid shots.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2011, 7:45 GMT)

bd should bat first coz they ve no bowling problem. they should give ash n nafees a chance to test. there will b a gud fight against pak.....

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (February 13, 2011, 7:43 GMT)

Beating CAN in a practice match is easy, BAN real test is on 19th against IND where they have only one way to go i.e loose

Posted by   on (February 13, 2011, 7:35 GMT)

@ Vivek - wow I am sure. You were watching the game correct?

Posted by   on (February 13, 2011, 7:23 GMT)

Dear Canada

If "it is not the good Bangladeshi pace bowling" got you this, shudder to think what the good Bangladeshi pace bowling could do. We welcome all tourists. Got some great shopping malls in Dhaka. Please check the tourist guide.

Posted by Amla-fan on (February 13, 2011, 7:16 GMT)

Well done Tamim, The wisden cricketer of th eyear 2010. Carry on through out the tournoment. Show the IPL how worth you are for the world cricket. Shame for IPL for not able to recruit Tamim.

Posted by fanacric on (February 13, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

Tamim roars ...........the Tigers are roaring .............keep roaring Tigers ............keep it up!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2011, 5:54 GMT)

"I think it was not the good bowling by the Bangladesh pace bowlers, but our poor shot selection that caused the early damage,". It is true.Best of luck canada

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