Bangladesh v Nepal, World T20, Group A, Chittagong March 18, 2014

Tamim's ungainly slog, Pun's sharp pickup and throw

Plays of the day for the qualifying match between Bangladesh and Nepal in Chittagong

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 here

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  • Android on March 20, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    very tough to make 3 figures in t20 I_amVIVA

  • Vivek on March 19, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    Shakib's refusal to take a single to hit a match winning six on the next ball should have been one of the plays of the match; sad you missed it here

  • Dummy4 on March 18, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    well played Nepal, really impressed with their Batsmen's temperament. Best wishes from a Bangladeshi fan

  • Nasim on March 18, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    Yes, Player as of Tamim's caliber ought to have many more centuries by his name in all three formats already. Tamim has got to do more justice to his talents and the team... Go Tigers!!!

  • Dummy4 on March 18, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Anamul is a consistent performer; yet Tamim is the super-star. Mominul must be wondering why he gets dropped despite scoring runs almost every time. Nasir doesn't do much; throws his wicket away most of the time and still he gets to play. Some people have all the luck; other deserving ones don't seem to have much. Such is life, I guess. I have to live with whatever card you are dealt with.

  • Dummy4 on March 18, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Please,I beg next time don't say does nepal also play cricket??? we love you paras& co.It's our first meeting with a TEST playing nation and we show our cricket despite worse infrastructure,lack of experience,weak domestic level cricket and government funding negligence on cricket :(

  • M.G. on March 18, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Good win for BD. But I wonder when will Tamim show restraint, dig in, play his won way, and make a three figures after being settled in. It's too much of all the same, making a good start, then getting out prematurely. Hope he learns being smart over greedy to smash those tricky sixes at the crunch time. Go Tigers.....

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