South Africa A v Bangladesh A, 1st unofficial ODI, East London April 19, 2011

Ashraful powers Bangladesh A to victory

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Bangladesh A 229 for 4 (Ashraful 118*, Siddique 60) beat South Africa A 226 for 8 (Philander 79*, Elgar 76, Ashraful 3-27) by six wickets
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Mohammad Ashraful shone with both ball and bat to lead his Bangladesh A side to a six-wicket victory against South Africa A at Buffalo Park in East London, in the first of five unofficial ODIs. Only 10 days ago South Africa had been battering Bangladesh in a four-day match, and in their home conditions were firm favourites to dominate the 50-over matches as well. However, the experienced Ashraful, who has alone played more one-day internationals than the entire South Africa A side combined, took 3 for 27 with his part-time spin to restrict South Africa to 226, and then scored an unbeaten century to help his side chase the target in 43.3 overs.

Ashraful put South Africa in to bat, and after his frontline bowlers couldn't get an early wicket, it fell to him to come on in the 10th over and dismiss his opposing captain Jacques Rudolph. Ashraful struck twice more in a seven-over spell, leaving South Africa reeling at 52 for 3. Things got worse for the hosts as Farhaan Behardien was bowled by left-arm spinner Elias Sunny, Vaughn van Jaarsveld was run out, and Heino Kuhn was caught trying to drive 19-year-old offspinner Nasir Hossain. At 73 for 6, South Africa looked like they would struggle to get 150.

There was a recovery though; Dean Elgar, fresh from his 169 not out in the rain-affected second four-day game between the two sides, put together a 121-run partnership with allrounder Vernon Philander. The two batted until the 49th over, when Elgar fell for 76. Philander then hit three consecutive sixes off Farhad Reza in the same over, and South Africa took another 11 runs off the 50th to finish with a fighting total of 226 for 8. Philander finished 79 not out.

The target started looking steep for Bangladesh when they found themselves 40 for 3 in the 12th over. Ashraful, coming in at No 5, was watchful early on, taking 28 balls before striking his first boundary. He had reached 21 off 44 before he suddenly exploded with Bangladesh at 84 for 3 in the 23rd over. Ashraful hit the next six balls he faced for boundaries, and Bangladesh seized control of the chase. Ashraful continued to attack in bursts, with Junaid Siddique rotating the strike at the other end.

The two put together 149 before Siddique fell for 60, but by then the game was Bangladesh's to lose. Ashraful reached his century soon after Siddique's dismissal, and then ended the game with two consecutive boundaries in the 44th over, finishing 118 not out off 99 balls. It was a significant performance from a man who was once considered the future of Bangladesh cricket, but has now found himself relegated to the A team.

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  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    to be honest, i really feel for Ash bcoz no one can ever make an impact in my mind like him the way he played on his day but it is still a secret why he miserably failed as a consistent performer though i think that bd needs a match winner player like him more. Tamim, sakib are good but Ash is braver than all. he always is in positive in the crease. i hope he will be in the main eleven very soon. now he can bowl off spin well.

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    If Bangladesh cn win a match against Australia India n South Afric the only performer who did is called Mohammed Ashraful not to forget tht !!!! :P I know heis not consistent but he is awesome player on his day to be precise..and waise bhi bangladesh is losing without him so y cnt we hav him in the team with hope of sum upsets... !!! he cn uproot anyteams bowling attack more efficiently thn Tamim Iqbal... Ashraful just need to know his priority n his worth thts all n no one cn stop him frm being one of the best theBD ever had... and he is one of the best just the stats dun favor him !!!!

    Good Luck Ash hope to see u in the BD team soon n seein the best of u !!! :D

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    He needs to mature himself more... he is undoubtedly very talented.... but has no selfconfidence.

  • POSTED BY Bang_La on | April 21, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    @praxis, Ashraful has been playing for 10 years with 168 ODI matches in his bag. Notable are about 5 matches, and thats the success what a section of media makes rumble the drum. So sad.

  • POSTED BY Bang_La on | April 21, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Just a worthless wastage by Bangladesh cricket to invest on Ashraful. In 10 years he had about 5 notable matches and had piles of failures. He is rightly titled as the Eid Moon (i.e. that appears on two muslim celebrations a year). I am appalled at the highlighting him by a section of media (and Siddons alleged it was done on payments by BCB). Bangladesh should look forward for consistant achievers, better infrastructure and high level training/coaching.

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    He needs prove that he is consiatant. Scoring a centure in every 5 years, against a 2nd catagory is not enough yet. I wish him and us good luck.

  • POSTED BY fanacric on | April 21, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    @AnuragAcharya .........first of all, thanks very much for your support .........and we love you too. Actually, you know what, we didn't want Ash to be another Tendulker nor did we want him to be another Brian Lara but, we wanted him to be our Ash - someone of our own; someone we (only BD) can be proud of. Anyways, things have changed a lot and our Ash is not in the track anymore. However, we the fans (imposing, fanatic.......) still get some solace in the record he still holds as world's youngest debut Test Centurion! At the age of 17 plus our Ash scored a century in his debut Test against Sri Lanka. No one can achieve everything - there is still something left to be achieved.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    he is the best batsman for bd yet,if he clicks then bd win easily,,he is the master,,guys i think u know that form is temporary but class is permanent,,if he plays good 1 match after six bad matchs then bd will win in that match,,so for the other match tamim,sakib also can be a match winner,,so we should take the payers who r able to be a match winner,,i think bd match winner players are ashraful,tamim,sakib,alok kapali,mashrafe and razzak as a bowler can be match winner against big teams

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    Go Ashraful Go........its your time so keep it up....

  • POSTED BY atique27 on | April 20, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    @S aziz - Ashraful's few match winning innings are more valuable than other innings of your favourite batsmen. That's what we remember, like u remember cardiff. Raqibul, junaed or naeem (even tamim) have not won matches against Aus, S africa or Srilanka. Additionally he is useful bowler/fielder. He does not play out 50 overs like raqibul. Every time ash plays we expect 50+ score.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    to be honest, i really feel for Ash bcoz no one can ever make an impact in my mind like him the way he played on his day but it is still a secret why he miserably failed as a consistent performer though i think that bd needs a match winner player like him more. Tamim, sakib are good but Ash is braver than all. he always is in positive in the crease. i hope he will be in the main eleven very soon. now he can bowl off spin well.

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    If Bangladesh cn win a match against Australia India n South Afric the only performer who did is called Mohammed Ashraful not to forget tht !!!! :P I know heis not consistent but he is awesome player on his day to be precise..and waise bhi bangladesh is losing without him so y cnt we hav him in the team with hope of sum upsets... !!! he cn uproot anyteams bowling attack more efficiently thn Tamim Iqbal... Ashraful just need to know his priority n his worth thts all n no one cn stop him frm being one of the best theBD ever had... and he is one of the best just the stats dun favor him !!!!

    Good Luck Ash hope to see u in the BD team soon n seein the best of u !!! :D

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    He needs to mature himself more... he is undoubtedly very talented.... but has no selfconfidence.

  • POSTED BY Bang_La on | April 21, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    @praxis, Ashraful has been playing for 10 years with 168 ODI matches in his bag. Notable are about 5 matches, and thats the success what a section of media makes rumble the drum. So sad.

  • POSTED BY Bang_La on | April 21, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Just a worthless wastage by Bangladesh cricket to invest on Ashraful. In 10 years he had about 5 notable matches and had piles of failures. He is rightly titled as the Eid Moon (i.e. that appears on two muslim celebrations a year). I am appalled at the highlighting him by a section of media (and Siddons alleged it was done on payments by BCB). Bangladesh should look forward for consistant achievers, better infrastructure and high level training/coaching.

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    He needs prove that he is consiatant. Scoring a centure in every 5 years, against a 2nd catagory is not enough yet. I wish him and us good luck.

  • POSTED BY fanacric on | April 21, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    @AnuragAcharya .........first of all, thanks very much for your support .........and we love you too. Actually, you know what, we didn't want Ash to be another Tendulker nor did we want him to be another Brian Lara but, we wanted him to be our Ash - someone of our own; someone we (only BD) can be proud of. Anyways, things have changed a lot and our Ash is not in the track anymore. However, we the fans (imposing, fanatic.......) still get some solace in the record he still holds as world's youngest debut Test Centurion! At the age of 17 plus our Ash scored a century in his debut Test against Sri Lanka. No one can achieve everything - there is still something left to be achieved.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    he is the best batsman for bd yet,if he clicks then bd win easily,,he is the master,,guys i think u know that form is temporary but class is permanent,,if he plays good 1 match after six bad matchs then bd will win in that match,,so for the other match tamim,sakib also can be a match winner,,so we should take the payers who r able to be a match winner,,i think bd match winner players are ashraful,tamim,sakib,alok kapali,mashrafe and razzak as a bowler can be match winner against big teams

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    Go Ashraful Go........its your time so keep it up....

  • POSTED BY atique27 on | April 20, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    @S aziz - Ashraful's few match winning innings are more valuable than other innings of your favourite batsmen. That's what we remember, like u remember cardiff. Raqibul, junaed or naeem (even tamim) have not won matches against Aus, S africa or Srilanka. Additionally he is useful bowler/fielder. He does not play out 50 overs like raqibul. Every time ash plays we expect 50+ score.

  • POSTED BY dulabhai on | April 20, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    To all the Ashraful fans: BD A team or a local Dhaka team is the best place for Ashraful. Please don't talk about bringing him back to national team. How many times do we have to see him getting out in the same style after scoring 0 or 1 run? He scores a century every five years. Even my grandmother can do better than that.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Wow! at last my most favourate player has shown what he could do.Selectors give him a chance to play his natural game at no 5 not below that because he is the best you still have.T amim and Sakib have to learn a lot to be in the same class.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    we need this man in our national squad for sure. what he need is less exception from us. he should to play his natural game thats it.

  • POSTED BY Praxis on | April 20, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    I've had enough of this batsman like most other followers of this game. 'Talent', 'potential'...these are important, but he's got to be consistent. How many years he's been playing now?

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    I would like to add that this is his third innings in this tour after scoring 14 and 4 in two previous occasion. You may go ahead and add his WC2011 score or Asian games scores(Where we became champion) and so on. The guys who are happy to see performance only once 1 in 20/30 matches please contact me I world give you CD's of Cardiff match. You should watch that innings/match again and again rather than following Bangladesh cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    I am really surprised that people are allready talking that we must give Ashraful license for 20 matches or all remaining matches in his life for this innings against South Africa A. Why don't you look at all the innings he plays when he is and is not in the national team. When the selectors make a team they should consider the probability of who would serve the team. I am happy to see Ashraful get few runs but he got runs in previous few occasions in his life as well and then cannot even rotate strike in many occasion. So we should see more games to see whether he has become a better batsman or still a lottery element.

  • POSTED BY Aaer on | April 20, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    This guy right here is a talented dude and hell of a batsman too! But i aint know wats the reason behind his string of bad performances in national squad! But hes gonna return m sure!

  • POSTED BY sssazad on | April 20, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Ashraful is our master batsman but few bad time he have passed, we want ashraful should be carry on his latest performance and return our national team, his experience always is x factor for bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    Happy to see him back......

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    The boy become a man but still he is in the center of many cricket lovers reason he is a real Champion. This is for those who doesn't like him. Why, why we have been pressuring him for 5 years. Average under 23 so what? Whenever he came to bat he always thinks if i get out my team will loose , i will get out from team and that is the only reason he can't play his natural game. That's why he is not so consistent with his bat. But look at his early days in cricket. One of the most dangerous hitter in cricket. But now he can hardly can make a strike rate around 100. If anyone like to see him in old fashion just give him the license for playing continuously 20 game. He will really play well if we ensure him. Just remember one think all the ICC team afraid him when they saw him in the squad and when he strike the 1st boundary.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    @minhajul islam. it is necessery to know a person before telling something against him. do you know , where ashraful made his most of the centuries. in this sub continent. << last few days I was waiting for the news of Ashraful for this tour. and so happy to hear his nice batting. and it is realy true that Tamim and Sakib are the asset, but Ashraful is the best in Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Ashraful is the no. 1 batsman of Bangladesh Cricket Team. Siddons destroyed his batting style by the naming of batting timing. Now the crap has gone and our genius got his form.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    ASHRAFUL WILL ROCK AGAIN

  • POSTED BY fanacric on | April 20, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    I really feel sad for our one and only Ash .........no body is supporting him anymore .........even when he needed that greatly! However, I am eagerly waiting for his come back .........in the shape of same blistering Ash. May Allah bless you Ash.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    OK he played one good match, he must perform well throughout the series....we must not forget that he is the most experienced guy in the A team squad so he is expected to perform like this.... @meety- maybe for the zim tour in july @kevin pp- shakib and tamim are still in their early career, they might not be the most perfect, gv dem a couple of yrs time, whereas ash has plyd the game for a decade now, to me he is like Vinod Kambli...the first match against aussies, the tigers batted like that to get back their confidence that they can bat the whole 50 ovrs(remem most of they are still in their early 20s with a huge expectations on their shoulders) after the 78 collapse against sa.....

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Finally after god knows how long asfraful is scoring runs like back in 2005 when he devasted the English & Australian bowlers.

  • POSTED BY calvin_n on | April 20, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    Being an Indian fan, I like Ashraful...If not for anything, his experience alone should count for him to be in the Bangla team.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    still he has the class , but not the attitude... he is not mentally strong but that is unusual for a experience cricketer like him. if i think practically, according to his form, he should not be a part of national team in quick time, but if i think emotionally , i cannot imagine national team without him as he had played some amazing innings in his career and helped Team BD to win a match.one think i can say, we will be lucky if we get natural ashraful back on team, but its really too hard to keep faith on him, coz we need some real consistent player as team bangladesh need to give hard time to the upper team more oftenly.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    this is just one out those 165 inning he wil ever play fro BD lets wait fo rth enext matches he will be out in 1 run for next 10 games lolz

  • POSTED BY AnuragAcharya on | April 20, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    I remember Ashraful being talked to as the new Sachin when he came into international cricket, and I couldn't help but agree. Similar conditions, a nation desperate to stand out, no real support from others, much like India in 90's. Similar build, similar elbow positioning while playing shots. Even bat follow-throughs. Can't help but wonder if much pressure and fame got to him. Really REALLY happy to see him play good. He'll NEVER be Sachin of course, no one can ever be, but even if he can be 1/10th a Sachin, he'll be a truely great batsman and contribute something for the greater good of Bangla Cricket, our dearest neighbors (though India and China are closest from my nation Nepal, Bangladesh is the most-loved neighbor, along with Sri Lanka).

  • POSTED BY kevinpp on | April 20, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    Nobody in Bangladesh team is perfect not even Tamim or Sakib. A guy like Ashraful should play every game possible. If you look at international cricket after Tendulkar and Mahela I'll say Ashraful is the next best Classical Batsman. He should play at No.3. Look at first match vs Australia. Did you really think Ashraful would have played with no intent? He is the only guy always looking for Win.

  • POSTED BY Saikat_Chakraborty on | April 20, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    don't want to see him again in national team.

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | April 20, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    It will be a long time till Asraful scores some runs again. He is not consistent. Even Siddique scored 60 in this match. Any of the current national team players would be able to perform against S. Africa A team.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    yeah,,,its right,,,now Tamim our batting hero.But Ash is Ever greatest BATSMAN in Bangladesh,,,,,,,,,,

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    Ashraful is a player of fast and bouncy wicket. he is not so good in subcontinent slow wicket.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    we need ashraful to be batting like this............

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    We hope Ashraful will understand his importance in BD team and play simply straight bat without throwing his wicket following some funny shots....

  • POSTED BY Nipun on | April 20, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    Damn.He must not be recalled to the national team this year because he has played off his one good innings for the year for the A team!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 20, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    Looks like Ashraful will be straight back into the main team!

  • POSTED BY vattettan on | April 19, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    I would say this guy should play every single time Bangladesh plays the top 5 teams (Ind, Aus, SA, SL, Pak) until they are able to develop a decent team which knows how to play bravely for a win. He may fail 9 out of 10 (or 20 or 30) times. But the other ONE time he can single handedly (batting, not bowling) win the match. He has shown it a few times. I am sure there is no other player in current BD team who can really win a match against the top teams. Not even once in 100 matches. If they win it is generally due to the top team playing so badly probably because of complacency. But only Ashraful can win the match even when the opposition plays their best.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    "It was a significant performance from a man who was once considered the future of Bangladesh cricket, but has now found himself relegated to the A team." - Yes, but sadly, watch the man over the next few games and he will prove why he was relegated. He played what sounds like a masterful innings in this game but it will ultimately prove to be the one time in a dozen where it worked for him. He will throw his wicket away in the next few games as per usual.

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  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    "It was a significant performance from a man who was once considered the future of Bangladesh cricket, but has now found himself relegated to the A team." - Yes, but sadly, watch the man over the next few games and he will prove why he was relegated. He played what sounds like a masterful innings in this game but it will ultimately prove to be the one time in a dozen where it worked for him. He will throw his wicket away in the next few games as per usual.

  • POSTED BY vattettan on | April 19, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    I would say this guy should play every single time Bangladesh plays the top 5 teams (Ind, Aus, SA, SL, Pak) until they are able to develop a decent team which knows how to play bravely for a win. He may fail 9 out of 10 (or 20 or 30) times. But the other ONE time he can single handedly (batting, not bowling) win the match. He has shown it a few times. I am sure there is no other player in current BD team who can really win a match against the top teams. Not even once in 100 matches. If they win it is generally due to the top team playing so badly probably because of complacency. But only Ashraful can win the match even when the opposition plays their best.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 20, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    Looks like Ashraful will be straight back into the main team!

  • POSTED BY Nipun on | April 20, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    Damn.He must not be recalled to the national team this year because he has played off his one good innings for the year for the A team!

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    We hope Ashraful will understand his importance in BD team and play simply straight bat without throwing his wicket following some funny shots....

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    we need ashraful to be batting like this............

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    Ashraful is a player of fast and bouncy wicket. he is not so good in subcontinent slow wicket.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    yeah,,,its right,,,now Tamim our batting hero.But Ash is Ever greatest BATSMAN in Bangladesh,,,,,,,,,,

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | April 20, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    It will be a long time till Asraful scores some runs again. He is not consistent. Even Siddique scored 60 in this match. Any of the current national team players would be able to perform against S. Africa A team.

  • POSTED BY Saikat_Chakraborty on | April 20, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    don't want to see him again in national team.