Bangladesh v Afghanistan, World T20, Group A, Mirpur March 16, 2014

Shahzad's dramatic opening acts

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from Bangladesh's opening World T20 match against Afghanistan

The start

Mohammad Shahzad often goes after the bowling as early as the first ball, but this gamble didn't come off today. Mashrafe Mortaza bowled a wide delivery, which Shahzad must have thought could be smashed anywhere. He toed the ball, it climbed a fair distant up in the air and travelled only as far as mid-off where Mahmudullah caught it.

The one-sided exchange

Shahzad has a reputation of being a talkative wicketkeeper, particularly skilled at needling batsmen. When Tamim Iqbal was taking guard and with a cameraman loitering around the wicket, he said something to Tamim. The batsman looked as if he didn't first understand what was being said. Tamim seemingly asked someone to translate what was said, and called for the umpire Nigel Llong, who shooed away the cameraman and calmed Shahzad down.

The second chance

Sabbir Rahman's first act in the field was to drop Naib at long-on. It was a simple chance off Shakib Al Hasan, but Sabbir could not hold on, just like a lot of Bangladeshi fielders in the last two months. Soon, however, Sabbir turned it around, running 10m to his right to take a good catch.

The first blow

With the six being romanticised, trivialised and everything else in the World T20, the first one of the tournament was a miscued shot. Gulbadin Naib, a strong hitter, didn't make a good connection, but the ball went over the long-on fence. It was also the only six of the Afghanistan innings.

The return shot

Tamim hadn't played for Bangladesh for more than a month due to a neck strain, so when his name was read out, there was an understandable cheer from the Mirpur crowd. His first shot of intention in his return innings was to give Shapoor Zadran, Afghanistan's best fast bowler, a charge. He found the gap easily, and the ball thudded on to the electronic advertising boards.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    I know how it feels to be a fan of a developing team... especially when you are coming to a world event for the first time. As a Bangladeshi supporter, we had our share of joy, excitement and loads of disappointment in the past (and in teh not-so-past).

    Best of luck to the afghan team. they deserve all the spotlight they are getting. Hopefully they will improve over time.

    BUT, on field etiquette needs to be improved and also pre-match press conference needs to be more polite.

    Best of luck to Afghans. BD will win this tournament for sure.

  • Smart on March 17, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    @ Sarder Rana - 100% agree with you on the fact that a few AFG players need to improve their on field etiguette. I felt bad for the AFG captain who seems to be a true gentleman on and off the field. He looked embarrassed by Dawlat and Shahzad's on-field behavior. AGRESSION DOES NOT MEAN UNREASONABLE MANNER. AFG also needs to remember that generally ASIAN PLAYERS are known to be more down-to-earth on-field. Can't but mention a few recent names like SACHIN, DRAVID, LAXMAN, SRINATH, SAEED ANWAR, AKRAM, INZAMAM, DE SILVA, MURALI, JAYASURIYA, etc. A lot of people would never follow cricket without the presence of such respectable players. ICC needs to implement a ZERO TOLERANCE policy against unreasonable behavior on-field. The game of Cricket needs to be limited to a fight between bat and ball. MOST FANS ARE TIRED OF A LOT OF RUBBISH-MANNERED MODERN DAY CRICKETERS.

  • A on March 16, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    @ Sayed Arif Hashimi: What do you mean just look at how Afganis beat BD in Asia Cup? I am not taking anything away from the Afgans because they fought well, but that was not Afgan winning, but rather BD losing! We dropped catches, didn't play confidently and just lost focus to 'pressure'. Afgans dropped as many as 5 catches, with several mis-fielding plays - that was in no way a solid victory. Neither was this by BD, this should have been a 10 wicket victory, but the spinners really did bowl well!

  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Los or win is a part of game 2th thing is afghanistan is very new team in cricket word

    and i m sure AFG can give tough time to any team look how they beat Bangladish

    in asia cup in their home dont forget it it is game anything can happen long life Afghanistan ...

  • Cricinfouser on March 16, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    its lieing to everyone and yourself. if afg want to stuck with same players.

    NO future for these players

    too much luck of talent, almost playing in street level amature cricket.

  • Anubhav on March 16, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Whosh...for some time it felt that afghans have become better than bangla but today's match proved different...congrats banglas

  • Ekram on March 16, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Congratulations Bangla Tigers! You played like one today with the right balance of cool head and aggression. You've done justice to your talent and the endless passionate support of millions of fans around the world. We would like to see this kind of spinning pitch for all the BD games in this tournament. Please don't take any opponent lightly, do your home work and always remember you're playing for Bangladesh. Go Bangla Tigers }}}\*

  • ESPN on March 16, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    congrats Bangladesh from a Indian bengali friend. I always feel Bangladesh is stronger than associates and on its day it can upset any country. carry on Bangladesh

  • mohammad on March 16, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    We got 11 Afridis in Afghan team.

  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Afghans have to work on improving etiquette. The way they welcomed Tamim and how their one of their pace bowler approached to Shakib prove their act of unprofessional manner. I hope they will do well in future but how you act on the field is also a part of cricket, they should realize.

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