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Plays of the day for the qualifying match between Bangladesh and Nepal in Chittagong
Mohammad Isam in Chittagong
March 18, 2014
The split-second decision
Sagar Pun and Subash Khakurel had added just 19 runs as Nepal's opening pair but they made a bigger impact with Anamul Haque's run out. The batsman too contributed to his own dismissal. Pun first timed his dive at point well to intercept Anamul's square-cut and was quick on his feet and mind to get up and throw the ball to wicketkeeper Khakurel. The split-second decision to throw at the right end is not an unusual occurrence but always worth a mention. Anamul walked off an angry man, perhaps at himself, but he did have a long conversation with Sabbir Rahman who had initially called a loud 'no' and never quite got going for the non-existent single.
The smear through cover
Khadka got going in the last five overs, hammering boundaries mostly in front of the wicket. Two of his off-side boundaries matched any top-class international batsman, especially with the placement and power. The first one off Farhad Reza scudded to the extra cover boundary, and it was his statement of intent that got his opposite number Mushfiqur Rahim a bit worried. The second one came off Abdur Razzak in the next over, and perhaps this was the better blow as it came against an accomplished spinner.
The missed stumping
Mushfiqur had a lot of time in hand when Vesawkar jumped out of the crease to Shakib Al Hasan in the 14th over. But the ball kept very low, beating Vesawkar and Mushfiqur, who had a tough time gathering the ball. It was still a missed opportunity for the keeper.
The ungainly slog
Tamim Iqbal was missing out on all the fun as Anamul played some handsome shots from the other end. He struck a six, which just about cleared long-on but in his next big try two overs later, the shot looked more ungainly. He went after Basant Regmi in the eighth over, and almost fell over trying to hit the ball out of the ground but ended up giving short third-man a simple catch. It was similar to his dismissal in a Test match against Sri Lanka in January.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets hereFeeds: Mohammad Isam
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