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Bangladesh v Ireland, Group B, World Cup 2011, Mirpur

Shakib's generosity, and Coldplay's Irish connection?

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the Group B game between Bangladesh and Ireland in Mirpur

Sidharth Monga at the Shere Bangla Stadium

February 25, 2011

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Shakib Al Hasan walks back after offering a return catch, Bangladesh v Ireland, World Cup 2011, Mirpur, February 25, 2010
Shakib Al Hasan played a good host, and lost his wicket © Getty Images
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The flag
The cricket World Cups - both the 50-over and Twenty20 kinds - have this ridiculous fetish for creating nationalistic fervour wherein first the national flags are paraded with Conquest of Paradise playing full blast, and then the national anthems are belted out. Sometimes, as it happened with South Africa, the anthems are rendered poorly, and cut midway. It was good to see then that Ireland sent out not their national flag, but the Cricket Ireland one.

The stumping
Was it planned? After Bangladesh got off to a flying start, John Mooney brought some sanity by taking the pace off the ball. The turning point came when he bowled down the leg side, close enough to Imrul Kayes to invite a flick, but wide enough to miss his bat. And Niall O'Brien was sensational behind the stumps. It needed just a brief moment of overbalancing from Kayes, and the bails were off.

The run-out, and the reaction
In the ninth over of the Bangladesh innings, Junaid Siddique tried to steal a single to mid-off, and Ed Joyce ran in sharply and hit the stumps with an underarm flick. His immediate reaction was to shake his head; it seemed the batsman was in. Nevertheless the third umpire was called up. The first replay seemed to suggest Joyce's instinct was correct. The fielders went back to their marks. The TV umpire, though, slowed it down real nice, and the later replays found the bat just short. At that moment, the crowd was cheering, the fielders were at the boundary. Suddenly they ran in, suddenly the crowd was stunned.

The gifts
It was like Christmas had arrived already. Boyd Rankin, looking the least effective of the Irish bowlers, bowled short and wide often. This one time, though, Shakib Al Hasan thought of a return gift, and cut it straight to point. William Porterfield, the other captain on the field, showed more generosity, dropping a sitter by Irish standards. Then again, when it comes to generosity, the hosts should have the final say in the subcontinent. In the next over, Shakib went hard at a short ball again, offering Andre Botha a return catch.

The song
The PA man at the Shere Bangla Stadium must think that Coldplay are an Irish band, for every time Ireland took a wicket, all you could hear was the same Coldplay song repeated over and over again. When Tamim Iqbal fell to a forgettable shot after a threatening 44, Viva La Vida became the poignant moment of the day. "… And that was when I ruled the world."

The confusion
Well now that the UDRS is upon us to save the world from bad decisions, how about some common sense? In the 47th over of Bangladesh's innings, umpire Rod Tucker ruled Abdur Razzak out lbw, but the batsman successfully challenged the decision. The confusion starts here, though. The ball had gone for what would have been four leg-byes fine of a square third man, who would have had little chance of fielding it had the on-field umpire not given the batsman out. However, those leg-byes didn't count, but the ball did. And the rule clearly states so too. However, it is a departure from the tennis model, which the UDRS advocates often bring up. In similar situations in tennis, the point is replayed. Those four runs could still go on to become crucial if this is a tight chase.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Dummy4 on (February 27, 2011, 0:30 GMT)

@samedwards: Thanks for your asking. I agree with your view not to loose players to England. Young players of Ireland should give chance to play. But they are the products of County circuit my friend which is the domestic cricket of England, not ireland!! Ireland should have the infrastructure of it's own rather than using County. What if england stops hiring players from ireland, then ireland's cricket would be no where. To get a test status isn't the matter how good you are, it also the matters how is your infrastructure in your country, the passion and popularity !! So when Bangladesh, Srilanka and Zimbabwe awarded test status, ICC saw the countrywide popularity and infrastructure !! Look at the Bangladesh under 19 team which is one of the best in the world beating top teams regularly, not like national team once in a moon!! I am concerning about proper irish player who are produced in Ireland, not from County.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 26, 2011, 23:33 GMT)

U r really grate.i proud of u my son.go ahead.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 26, 2011, 8:47 GMT)

Is it so ?? Why so jealous about Bangladesh.........

"Posted by kalyankk1985 on (February 25 2011, 17:41 PM GMT)

Eng did better against netherlands than bd did with Ireland.. Ireland was almost winning but at 2 crucial stages they threw it away .. Bd hasn't won this match .. Ireland just gifted it.. Tamim Iqbal is only player individual in this team.. Others cannot make bd win in their. Dreams..""

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 26, 2011, 8:24 GMT)

Is it so ?? Why so jealous about Bangladesh.........

"Posted by kalyankk1985 on (February 25 2011, 17:41 PM GMT)

Eng did better against netherlands than bd did with Ireland.. Ireland was almost winning but at 2 crucial stages they threw it away .. Bd hasn't won this match .. Ireland just gifted it.. Tamim Iqbal is only player individual in this team.. Others cannot make bd win in their. Dreams..""

Posted by Ania on (February 26, 2011, 7:57 GMT)

Well done tigers, thats the way to go. Even though Shakib's team lost with india but they did fight like tigers, let sehwag give his opinions about our team but that would not come between our confidence.Too much pride is never an indication of something good in future. we are a new team now and a team that is here to stay. We'll prove everyone wrong. Go tigers! show the world what you are all about.

Posted by Sam on (February 26, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

@saikat & rahman,what about young irish players like stirling,dockrell,porterfield,etc?They are products of the county circuit,not recruits.I support test status for them because there is a real danger that best Irish players will be lost to england,We dont want any more morgans ,do we??

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 26, 2011, 5:01 GMT)

I agree with Saikat !! In about 5 years, they will become like Kenya, because they hire players from other nations to play for Ireland !! Where Bangladesh is producing players like Mashrafe, Tamim, Shakib and Razzak !!

@Kalyank: Until 1996 Indians also mocked SriLanka like they are doing to Bangladesh. Now at the Srilanka, at least they won the world cup in 90s, not in 80's by an upset like India did it in 1983 !! You will learn and see how Bangladesh will go further and will be fighting against you side by side within 5 years.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 26, 2011, 1:21 GMT)

Some are suggesting stripping off Bangladesh from test status and giving it to Ireland. Do you know what will happen? Ireland will turn out to be a team like Kenya in about 5 years and Bangladesh will go to the level of Srilanka. Then you'll know that your decision was wrong. Ireland lacks the spirit for cricket and use players hired from various nations to play. This will not do in the long run.

Posted by Kevin on (February 25, 2011, 21:17 GMT)

@sea point... actually they are a british band not irish

Posted by mritunjai on (February 25, 2011, 17:57 GMT)

I believe U@ is an Irish band...

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