Bangladesh v Nepal, World T20, Group A, Chittagong

'Never seen such dew in my life' - Al-Amin

Mohammad Isam in Chittagong

March 18, 2014

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Al-Amin Hossain twin strikes pegged Nepal back, Bangladesh v Nepal, World T20, Group A, Chittagong, March 18, 2014
'I bowled cross-seam for a while and then I used the seam when it was better' - Al-Amin © AFP

Bangladesh seamer Al-Amin Hossain hasn't played too many evening matches in his young career, so the dew on the outfield of the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium surprised him. Ultimately, it was a matter of controlling the ball when delivering it. Bangladesh did that right against Nepal, restricting them to an under-par 126 and setting up their eight-wicket win.

It was a challenge from the start for Al-Amin, who had to contend with a wet seam early in his first over. Despite a difficult first over, in which he bowled three wides and conceded a boundary, he ended up with an impressive 2 for 17 from four overs.

"The dew made it hard to control from the first over," Al-Amin said. "I was thinking afterwards that I had to make amends in the next three overs. The wicket had grass, and I had to make it count.

"It is my first (T20) World Cup, and just my third T20 match at this level. I thought my bowling in the first match wasn't too bad but I had to improve on it. I was trying to make a comeback in this game and it went pretty well."

He removed Sagar Pun off a catch to cover and two balls later, he had Gyanendra Malla with an excellent delivery that cut back in to the right-hander from a length, trapping him leg-before. Al-Amin has been training to bowl cross-seam deliveries to counter any trouble when bowling with a straight seam.

"I bowled a few wides but I must say, I have never faced such dew in my life. I saw the seam was wet when I looked at it before bowling the second ball. I bowled cross-seam for a while and then I used the seam when it was better," he said.

If the spinners had picked up wickets like they did against Afghanistan, Bangladesh would have finished off the game quicker. Al-Amin added that Nepal's eventual score wasn't good enough.

"They batted defensively, and I think they wanted to bat 20 overs. They didn't take too many chances. I think 126 is a normal score, not a large one. There was no chance to relax.

"This is a do-or-die match. We tried to play good cricket. We took a few early wickets but if Shakib bhai [Al Hasan] and Raj bhai [Abdur Razzak] could have got us a few more in the middle overs, we could have wrapped them up for a smaller total," he said.

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Posted by asiacricket1234 on (March 19, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

Albert_Cambell here you are again. whats up mate? Not happy that you are not getting any chance to bully Bangladesh? Must be suck being you that you have wait for other failures to be happy. I have seen your rubbish comments about us in all of our post I wonder why would someone hate Bangladesh will spend so much time on them. You said Al Amin Bowling was rubbish. Well now you are either lying or you watched the whole match. Why bother watching our match if you dislike us that much and if you hadn't see the match how do you know. Al Amin didnt ball well? Anyway regardless what you saw this kid did a great job and no other team would have had to be careful against these sort of bowling too. You couldn't see it and you wont either but that has something to do with your pathetic narrow mentality. Not our bowlers fault. Keep whining

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 10:24 GMT)

@Reggaecricket. I'm not sure you've watched cricket for too long. Because you obviously don't know Zimbabwe's history in the game..

Posted by Ibrahim_Bhuyea on (March 19, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

Dew was a problem of Bengali spinners.But the pacers took advantages.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 7:52 GMT)

for 2 nd match, i think it started even in 1st innings so both teams have to consider dew factor. dew changes the batting conditions totally and bolwers may feel hard to bowl. should schedule matches in a way to minimize this factor in future.

Posted by Reggaecricket on (March 19, 2014, 4:57 GMT)

If any other team wins over associates, it is a foregone conclusion, but when B'desh does, we talk about it. What does that really mean? That Bangladesh is still behind te big boys of course. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe were admitted way too soon.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 2:22 GMT)

In reply to the previous comment I would say that there was too much dew on the surface and it was really hard to bowl in these conditions, considering that Al-Am in did exceptionally well, and The Nepal batsmen just made 150 in the previous match and even in this match a few of their batsmen did quite well, so if they could attack other bowlers than why couldn't they attack Al-Amin?

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 2:22 GMT)

In reply to the previous comment I would say that there was too much dew on the surface and it was really hard to bowl in these conditions, considering that Al-Am in did exceptionally well, and The Nepal batsmen just made 150 in the previous match and even in this match a few of their batsmen did quite well, so if they could attack other bowlers than why couldn't they attack Al-Amin?

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 2:12 GMT)

match against india and WI will be played with considerable amount of bd should take 3 quality pacers in those matches.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 0:20 GMT)

Albert_cambell, you have no idea about al amin hossain. Al amin hossain is one of our best bowler. he did bowl very well in asia cup. please see his video.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 21:47 GMT)

With this amount to dew, the playing condition changes totally. We should use some anti-dew sprays to keep the dew out. One good thing in T-20 though the conditions don't change that much during batting first/second.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 21:17 GMT)

i have seen this kid in test.He is full of talent only somebody needs to nourish him.he can be best bangla bowler in future.i ranked him much better finding than rubel and robiul islam

Posted by TigerRoars on (March 18, 2014, 21:09 GMT)

@ Albert_cambell, did you actually watch the match? Al-Amin's first spell was bad, but his second spell was pretty good. He bowled the right length and line and was extracting awkward bounce. He would have yielded more runs against a top team, but he would NOT have been thrashed all over the park!

Posted by arsalanaleem3000 on (March 18, 2014, 21:06 GMT)

Al- Amin is a world class bowler for sure ... he is like Chaminda Vaas

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 20:54 GMT)

Well done bangladesh congrats hope u will win next match with Hong Kong

Posted by Inspector_Clouseau on (March 18, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

It's good if the dew appears in the first innings itself. At least it will make things even for both the teams.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 20:23 GMT)

first of all , congratulation to Bangladesh team!!! 2 in a row ... wow !!! hope, now BD keep it in head and thrash other opponents in super 10 : we mostly believe BD can win against India and WI ... Let's see what happens :)

Posted by Fogu on (March 18, 2014, 20:23 GMT)

Sure Albert. BD won two games convincingly and this is what you have to say. I am not sure why you even post in BD site. Don't you have your team to follow?

Posted by bongodeshi on (March 18, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

@Albert_cambell He is not bad...he just needed to be as good as the opponent required. He bowled well abainst india, sri lanka and pakistan too.

Posted by rony1008 on (March 18, 2014, 19:53 GMT)

@Albert_cambell agreed, 100%. The sooner Bangladesh understands that, the better. But I am afraid they will not, and he will get the thrashing in next round.

Posted by Abhijeth_Manohar on (March 18, 2014, 19:46 GMT)

Keep up the good work Al-Amin, but remember you will be judged on how you bowl to the top tier teams. So use your knowledge of home conditions, keep it tight and the rest will take care of itself

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 18, 2014, 19:36 GMT)

@Albert: Probably right but the key thing is that he's better than YOU and that's what matters :)

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 18, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

@Albert_cambell: well, mate, this is T20, and anything can happen to any team on their day. And, your top teams will be coming next week facing BD in their home court; I don't know who you're rooting for, but it only takes an over or two to change the complex of a t20 game, and if your team have disrespect like you do to lesser teams, then watch out my friend: anything can happen with this BD team, when they are in full strength, - Ind, SL & Pak knows that from AsiaCup12 plus others, NZ knows that very well time and again, WI knows that, Eng knows that from last wc11, etc, etc. And don't forget, this is their home court with millions of die hard support cheering for a good game and success, don't forget that buddy:) Go Tigers, Goooooo

Posted by CrICkeeet on (March 18, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

@Albert_campbell.. he's a very new guy in a very early stage to make any comment. Even Stwart broad gone for 6 sixes against yuvraj in his early stage... u'v 2 wait a little bit more 2 make any comment about his line nd length... (specially he bowled in a difficult condition today)

Posted by tigers_eye on (March 18, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

lol, @ Albert. It seems very easy for you to be able to control the wet ball. Why aren't you playing with your team? Injured?

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (March 18, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

Albert_cambell@ Im totally agreed with you that's why Bangladesh A took 5 top order SA batsmen today's warm up match !

Posted by thilana on (March 18, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

Why BAN crickets are scream this much? rather than screaming, just try to Bat and bowl well:D

Posted by Albert_cambell on (March 18, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

Lets to be honest Al- Amin dint bowl that good. Its the inexperience of Nepal batsman made him look good. He was mostly bowling wide deliveries to them. They just dint know how to put them away. Any tail-ender batsman form the top teams would have thrashed him all over the park.

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