ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 / Features
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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