First-person reports from the stands

Bangladesh v India, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

March 29, 2014

Frustration unlimited

Nishat Rahman

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma shared a 100-run second-wicket stand, Bangladesh v India, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur, March 28, 2014
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli took the game away from Bangladesh © Getty Images
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Series/Tournaments: World T20

Choice of game
After watching the first game of this World Twenty20, between Bangladesh and Afghanistan, I bought tickets for this game because I had faith that Bangladesh would make it to the Super 10s.

Key performer
Anamul Haque was the key performer for Bangladesh. He hit two fours in the first over, which went for 13 runs. He then added 46 runs with captain Mushfiqur Rahim. Mahmudullah also played well, scoring 32 off 23 balls.

For India, Rohit Sharma hit 56 off 44 balls and his century-stand with Virat Kohli gave them the win.

Thing I'd have changed about the match
I would have sent Ziaur Rahman to bat at No. 4 since he is known to be a hard hitter. Bangladesh may have ended up with a few more runs if he had been sent to bat earlier. But he was out for a first-ball duck at No. 8.

I would have also wanted to do something about Bangladesh's disappointing fielding. Many catches were dropped and boundaries were not saved. They also threw their wickets away.

Shot of the day
Anamul's six over extra cover off Mohammed Shami in the 11th over was a treat to watch.

Crowd meter
The stands are always packed in limited-overs matches in Mirpur. More than 25,000 spectators were cheering for the home team. Every Bangladesh boundary was greeted with thousands of roars. The last six of the Bangladesh innings landed nearer our stand.

ODI v Twenty20
I prefer ODIs since teams have a chance to fight back from a losing position, which is tough to do in T20s.

The match was frustrating and disappointing for Bangladesh fans. But I'm sure the team will overcome the problems and come back in next match.

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Nishat Rahman is a pharmacy student. She has loved the game since she was 7. She dreams to watch Bangladesh play at Eden Gardens, Lord's, Perth and Pallekelle. She wishes she could be a sports journalist.

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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 31, 2014, 8:34 GMT)

I always thought our fanaticism will be appriciated by the indian fans at least. As they consider cricket as a religion. But wait, i know the reason!! The little sucsess we have so far is aganist the indians!! BD knoecked India out of 2007 WC and went on to beat SA in the next round. And who can forget the 2012 Asia cup? I know it still hurts!! How did you manage to lose to Bangladesh so many times?? such a pity!!

Posted by Sunny on (March 30, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

As an Indian, I loved to see my team win easily. But as a cricket lover, Bangladesh has disappointed me a lot. After a decent stint in Big Bash 2014, I had expected to play a more responsible role in the World T20 2014. Sadly, this was not to be. I hope Bangladesh has a strong grass root system otherwise Nepal and Afghanistan will consistently give this team a good fight in 5 years.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 30, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

I feel Bangladesh team have potential enough to win any match. But all are try to play for the crowds to be a hero not for team. They try hit fancy shots & lose their valuable wicket disappointing 16 core Bangladeshi fans.We Bangladeshi don't expect our team to win all the games but to put up a good game. Hope they realize their fault & overcome soon.

Posted by Sam on (March 30, 2014, 6:26 GMT)

As Bangladeshi supporters we always support our team. That is exactly what supporters are expected to do. We don't expect our team to win all the coming games in this tournament but to put up a good fight. I am sure if they play according to their potential they will do so. Lets hope for the best.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 29, 2014, 18:48 GMT)

Bangladesh has progressed a lot considering their batting and spin bowling options, they have couple of very good keeper batsmen and a fine all rounder, but what they miss are: 1. A leg spinner since lot of left arm slow and off turners do not make up a variety bowling attack. 2. At least 2 fast bowlers who can bowl like Gugten (Netherlands) or Shapoor (Afghanistan) minimum.

Posted by Nayeem on (March 29, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

@ Indian fans.. human nature is universal in nature. There is nothing unique about Bangladeshi fans.. everybody hopes for the best. It took a century for Boston Red Sox fans to get what they want, but do you think they stopped supporting their team in the interim? When India was loosing every match in New Zealand, Indian fans were also analyzing more mistakes made by Indian players instead of praising the kiwis.

Posted by ESPN on (March 29, 2014, 15:36 GMT)

I'm an indian, I feel Bangladesh team is very much talented to be on top, all that's missing is the temperament, every one wants to be hero by hitting fancy shots.. All cricketing legends are not big hitters.. Play for the team and not for the crowds.. Crowds will than automatically follow.. Dream to be a legend..

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 29, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

I'm a Bangladeshi and I'm telling you Bangladesh is not a good team when it comes to playing t20 or test cricket. I don't feel shy confessing it. Not every team can be good the same in all formats. I'm just hoping someday this disappointing team becomes a good one and be able to compete comfortably against teams like Hong Kong or Nepal, no offense as they might become great teams too, and well against the top ones. I promised myself not to watch Bangladesh playing t20, not anymore.

Posted by Ribhav on (March 29, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

Seriously after losing all games at home even losing to Hong Kong, you still feel they would bounce back in the next game, I had told earlier itself that Bangladeshi fans were complaining about their team to qualify for the playoffs, but that is the only chance they have to win some games for their crazy fans who treat them like stars even though they have achieved nothing upto now. They managed to lose to Hong Kong too in the playoffs. All your problems and worries will go if you accept your team is still a minnow team after 14 years.

In a match dominated by India from ball 1, the main performers of the day are mentioned in two lines. Absolute crazy fanatcism! Even though they keep losing match after match, players still think of themselves as superstars because of this attitude.

Posted by Himanshu on (March 29, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

This is exactly how I pictured a Bangladeshi supporter would write a fan report about the match. Bangladeshi fandom and nothing else.

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