Bangladesh v Australia, World T20, Mirpur, Group 2

Warner's faulty switch

ESPNcricinfo picks the plays of the day from the World T20 match between Bangladesh and Australia

Alan Gardner in Mirpur

April 1, 2014

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Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan punch gloves during their stand, Bangladesh v Australia, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur, April 1, 2014
Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan put on Bangladesh's third-highest T20 partnership © Getty Images
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The milestones
Bangladesh have been in World T20 action for more than two weeks but, in their final match, Shakib Al Hasan became the first member of the squad to pass fifty. Ironically, it came on the day that Shakib had again tried to temper expectations, suggesting that Bangladesh should avoid playing in front of their home crowd for a while. The stadium was far from full at the start but those that came saw Shakib put on 112 with Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh's third-highest T20 partnership. Fresh hopes and dreams immediately began to blossom.

The faulty switch
David Warner is one of the few batsmen who can produce a passable imitation of Kevin Pietersen's switch hit, though you might not know it on this evidence. In the fifth over, as Sohag Gazi bowled, Warner changed to a right-handed grip and swished an ungainly pull at a half-tracker, top-edging four over short third man/fine leg. Warner did it again two balls later, but this time Gazi went across his now right-handed opponent, resulting in a dab and a miss outside off. Next delivery, Warner went back to orthodox methods and slapped a cut to the boundary.

The not out
Bangladesh were getting desperate for a breakthrough as Warner and Aaron Finch cruised towards a century stand, the debutant Taskin Ahmed repeatedly appealing for lbws and caught behinds. When Taskin was replaced by Gazi and Finch tried to dab him off the back foot, it was Mushfiqur who went up convinced of an edge. Dharmasena continued to shake his head but replays suggested Bangladesh should have had their man.

The high waistline
Dew has caused problems for bowlers being able to release the ball at optimum trajectory during this tournament but Nathan Coulter-Nile couldn't really use that excuse when he hurled a beamer at Shakib, who showed quick enough reflexes to fend it away for a single. The delivery, in the 10th over, also slipped past Marias Erasmus and wasn't called a no-ball, despite being over waist height - Coulter-Nile's immediate apology, acknowledged by Shakib, was a bit of a giveaway.

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Posted by Not_Another_Keybored_Expert on (April 2, 2014, 2:30 GMT)

@westmorlandia you obviously have only seen warner's switch hit in this game, he's switch hitting six's in the past more than match up with that South African fellows.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

Bangladesh cricket fails to progress. Simply not good enough to play at this level.

Posted by Westmorlandia on (April 1, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha - Warner's switch hit might be a good shot, but compared to KP's I think "passable imitation" is fair comment. KP's is really, REALLY good.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (April 1, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

Warner's switch hit is more than "passable". He often nails them for six. Looks like he had an off day. It was probably because of the ball not coming onto the bat.

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