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Bangladesh v Netherlands, World Cup 2011, Group B, Chittagong

Shafiul's misfortune and Razzak's imploring appeal

Plays of the day from Bangladesh's must-win Group B clash with Netherlands

Sidharth Monga in Chittagong

March 14, 2011

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Mushfiqur Rahim runs out Tom Cooper, Bangladesh v Netherlands, Group B, World Cup 2011, Chittagong, March 14, 2011
Mushfiqur Rahim: Vocal behind the stumps, nifty in front © Associated Press
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The run-out
Bowlers' deflection onto the stumps at the non-striker's end seemed to be the favourite mode of run-out today. In the 15th over of the Netherlands innings, when Eric Szwarczynski pushed Abdur Razzak back down the ground, the bowler got a finger on it, only to find that Tom Cooper, the non-striker was already home. In the 23rd over, though, when Cooper returned Szwarczynski the favour, the latter could not make it back.

The amend
Mushfiqur Rahim dropped Cooper's sitter off Rubel Hossain, and considering the free-flowing start Cooper made to his innings, it seemed it might cost Bangladesh as much as the Eoin Morgan reprieve did the other day. Today, though, Mushfiqur got a second chance when Cooper was short by a mile, but Shakib threw a wild return from point. He was down on his knees and around the good-length area on the pitch when he collected the throw, but from there he flicked it on to catch Cooper short.

The appeal
In the 46th over, Razzak got so immersed in appealing for an lbw that Ryan ten Doeschate stole a leg-bye by the time the appeal finished. When Razzak finished the appeal, he looked up to find the ball at his feet. To make a point, he even implored Shakib into going for a review, only to find the ball kissing the outside of the leg stump.

The misfortune
Shafiul Islam kept moving the ball consistently in his first spell, mixed in the yorkers, and the bouncers of both varieties. Still he couldn't get a wicket: he often missed the edge; when he hit the pad, it would be too high. The first spell made for impressive reading, 6-3-7-0, but the wickets column remained blank. When he came back at the death, Shafiul would have thought he had finally got his wicket when ten Doeschate hit him straight to deep square leg. Razzak, however, dropped it. Some things are not meant to be.

The indecision
When ten Doeschate was dropped in the above-mentioned instance, he was batting with the No. 11, and that being the first ball of the over, he wanted to retain the strike. So he called Adeel Raja back when he was about to touch down at the other end. The strike was successfully retained. ten Doeschate drove the next ball towards extra cover, and instinctively set off to run, expecting the ball to get through the inner ring. Then he saw the ball stopped at the edge of the circle, and realised all he could manage was a single, and decided to call Raja back. Then he realised it was too late. Then he thought maybe it wasn't. Finally they decided to go back to their original ends, but it was too late even despite the slow throw.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Azizul_Bangladesh on (March 15, 2011, 10:23 GMT)

I am little bit afraid of coz when BD beat any big country like india, SA...they like to take revenge on Bangladesh. We beat india in last world cup and india has taken revenge in this world cup, We have whitewashed WI and in this world cup they have taken revenge, we beat SA in last world cup....i am afraid off....

Posted by QTS_ on (March 15, 2011, 7:33 GMT)

Any chance of shared points against SA?

Posted by ibbani on (March 15, 2011, 6:16 GMT)

All who are harping against Indians, here you go. India will beat WI considerably, England will beat WI, SA will beat BD. SA,IND,ENG,WI will be the 4 from Group B. NZL, AUS,Pak,SRL from gorup A. SA/SRl, Ind/Pak, Eng/Aus, WI/NZL

Posted by dummy4fb on (March 15, 2011, 5:33 GMT)

Bangladesh defeating South Africa is very probable and in my opinion they should do it. Anyone who doubts this, I got 2 arguments which I guess none can disagree with... 1. Bangladesh beat SAf in a previous worldcup in a NEUTRAL ground. This time they gets them on their own turf...own backyard. It is supposed to be a lot more easier this time. 2. SAf is going to play as favorites when they start the match with BD because of the ranking. But whenever a team plays as the favorite, they are by default in pressure right from the beginning. There you go, we all know historically what the Proteus do when they feel they are in pressure. After-all, over and over again they proved beyond any doubt that they are INFACT the CHOKERS!!

Posted by dulabhai on (March 15, 2011, 3:23 GMT)

@cric009...you should acknowledge the difference between BD and Ireland by now. Countries like Ireland and Netherland still has a long way to go buddy..to get to where BD is today. Yes, Ireland or even Kenya or Zimbabwe were superior to BD onetime.. in 1997. But it's 2011 now. Not 1997.

Posted by Farzan_Sohel on (March 15, 2011, 2:25 GMT)

@maddy20: Perhaps you have forgotten 2007 WC where BD thrashed SA in a neutral venue.

Posted by dummy4fb on (March 15, 2011, 2:10 GMT)

@maddy...SA is very tough team to beat but not unbeatable England has already showed it..and nobody is harping agaist india..with their bowling attatck it will be very difficult against stronger teams like australia or newzeland..so hope they do better in the knock outs

Posted by cric009 on (March 15, 2011, 1:31 GMT)

@ Bang_La - how abt BD ? do u think, it wil even reach QF? By any chance, even if somehow reaches there, u know wat wil happen then.. ? It wil take ages for BD to become a competetive team..Ireland is mch superior anyway.

Posted by dummy4fb on (March 15, 2011, 1:23 GMT)

Congrats to the Tigers for their much desired victory as well as boosting confidence. The only regreat I have is Safiul's luck regarding wicket.Looking forward to SA match. Hoping BD will be able to give their full potential.It would be crucial for us to get runs by our frontline batsman (i.e Tamim, junaed, Imrul,Sakib) plus a bit of luck. We definately need that against the giant. Last time we managed to clinch the victory against SA, therefore they wil be honing their blades (Dale stayne) and getting serious about the upcoming match to save their honour this time. Who knows whats coming next. But one thing is for sure, I would love to see WI win against England despite their ruthless performence against BD. Afterall they can be our touchstone. Lets sit tight finger crossed.

Posted by maddy20 on (March 15, 2011, 0:18 GMT)

I see some Bangladeshis thinking that they will beat SA. This is folly! Steyn and Morkel will rip them apart. Their batting line up is no where near that of the Indians! If England beat West Indies Bangladeshis can start packing their bags as the SA game will be just a formality for SA to get to the top of the table. Fans like Bang_La already know it and they are therefore harping against India!

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