Bangladesh v India, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

Gazi's peek-a-boo, Shamsur's short comeback

ESPNcricinfo presents plays of the day from the match between Bangladesh and India

Mohammad Isam

March 28, 2014

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Anamul Haque and Sohag Gazi nearly collided while attempting a catch, Bangladesh v India, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur, March 28, 2014
Sohag Gazi surprises Anamul Haque by turning up unannounced © Getty Images
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The unwelcome catcher

Sohag Gazi covered a fair distance from midwicket in an attempt to get under a mishit from Rohit Sharma, but he had no business to be there when Anamul Haque was running in from deep midwicket. Still Gazi kept going, reached the ball but dropped it as Anamul Haque slid in with an expression of shock in his face. It would have been a simple chance for Anamul. The bowler, Ziaur Rahman, and captain Mushfiqur Rahim looked on, as Bangladesh's fielding slumped to a new low with this miss.

The ball

R Ashwin liberally uses the carrom ball in T20s. However, his first wicket of the match came off a classic offspinner's delivery. The second ball of his second over was tossed up high and full at Tamim Iqbal. Even as the batsman came forward to defend, it started to drift and dip. It then spun and bounced as well, took the outside edge and went low to slip. Erapalli Prasanna would have been proud.

The miss

In the over before he fell, Tamim had survived a straightforward run-out chance. Anamul pushed one to mid-on and Tamim rushed for a non-existent single. There wasn't one to be had, as Dhawan was around. Tamim had come too far out, though, and Dhawan, who had stopped the ball close to the pitch, could have as well jogged up to the stumps and removed the bails. He chose to flick t diving forward, however, and missed.

The quick return to the dugout

Shamsur Rahman was the only member of the Bangladesh squad to have not played in the World T20 so far. Given their batting performance, he was always going to be called up and just as soon as he was, he got out for a first-ball duck. He swept it right into Rohit Sharma's lap at deep square-leg, the fielder not having to move even an inch. Shamsur was back to the dugout, where he had been throughout the tournament.

The first six

Mahmudullah finally hit a six this year, in his ninth innings. It was off the 13th delivery he faced when Amit Mishra offered him some room to swing his bat. It was a flat hit over midwicket, a shot he had used so liberally in 2010 and 2012, years when he had been in good form.

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Posted by BanglaBandhu on (March 29, 2014, 2:48 GMT)

There is too much emphasis on Tamin Iqbal in the batting of BD. When he was injured during the New Zealand series BD still won. Since his return he has failed to make any good starts. However there is a problem of who will replace him. Imrul kayes is good for ODI and test (if he learns to control his passion), but Shamsur rahman has performed badly in T20 format ( his shot selection in the first overs he faces is not very good). Anamul now seems to have confirmed his position in the top batting order.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 2:43 GMT)

Dhawan seems to be giving excellent companionship to the man in distress over his lousy form: Yuvaraj. Dhawan not only empathized with Yuvi with not only very poor batting, also with equally deplorable fielding. Can't say "birds of the same kind", since they are not really bird brained. But certainly can say, friends sailing in the same leaky boat!

Posted by Abaa on (March 29, 2014, 2:43 GMT)

CONTINUED ... And as for any fan that comes out with absurd declarations about how India or Pakistan took a 50 years to become a force to reckon with, I have got news for you. A lot less cricket was played in the 1950s to 1990s as when compared to the 2000s. So the no. of years argument is illogical in this comparison! The no. of games played shows the difference in performance more accurately. Take tests for example, Bangladesh played 83 tests in 13 years from 2001 to 2014 winning 4 (2 against that West Indies B team and 2 against post crisis Zimbabwe) and losing 68 and managing only 11 draws. India played 86 tests in 30 years from 1932 to 1964 winning only 8 but losing only 34. They had 44 draws. Pakistan played 82 tests in 25 years from 1952 to 1977 and won 14 losing only 22. They drew 46. So you can be sure that if India or Pakistan had played 83 tests in their first 13 years like Bangladesh, their progress would have been much faster as well!

Posted by Abaa on (March 29, 2014, 2:34 GMT)

Has anyone else noticed how much Sakib has been scoring since his refusal to take a single in a match that was already won against a rookie associate and then sealing a match with a six which was apparently all about "making a statement"? When you are playing for an ordinary team that is dishing out below average results you must not dare to disrespect your opponent like that! First an embarrassing loss to Hong Kong which is another associate. And then battered by West Indies who were actually playing terribly in that game. And now India just sleep walked through to a win without even trying. CONTINUED.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 20:29 GMT)

If Sakib fails the team just crumbles and dies a sad death. Tamim is not an issue. He never scores runs and yet selectors fail to understand that they are losing a valuable place by keeping him in the team. Nasir is another perennial failure. They should have stayed with Mominul. Nasir will never reach the heights he once got to again. His international career is over.

Posted by BigINDFan on (March 28, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

The Gazi catch fumble looks funny and more like high school cricket where coaches keep yelling call the catch guys! BD team is going through a rough nervous patch right now. They need to relax and play the next two games freely. This way they will eventually win and feel comfortable.

Ashwin is improving and he needs to spin the ball more. Maybe Mishra is having an effect on him. Jadeja on the other hand will never learn that darts alone will not pick wickets all the time. Vary the pace and line and length and spin the ball more. He tried in this match but needs to go a long way.

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 28, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

Playing Shamsur Rehman in place of Momin ul Haque, I don't understand what BD selectors want to do..

Posted by British_North_America on (March 28, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

Mahmudullah finally scored in his 100th chance.

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