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Plays of the day from the match between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh
May 3, 2013
Shafiul Islam conceded the first no-ball for hitting the stumps on his follow-through. And it wasn't just a flick of the finger touching the bails, as has been the problem with England's Steven Finn Zimbabwe's Kyle Jarvis in the preceding Test series. Shafiul just kicked the nearest stump out of the groove.
Tamim Iqbal had very little to complain about after he was caught down the legside off Shingi Masakadza. He had previously shown the umpire that he had touched the ball after an inside edge went past the wicketkeeper, but this time there was no need for a signal. The wicket, incidentally, was a result of the hosts bowling down the legside to the Bangladesh openers in the first hour of the game. They bowled seven wides in 15 overs.
There could be a debate about which Bangladesh batsman had a soft dismissal but Mushfiqur Rahim's under-edge takes the cake. The Bangladesh captain chased after a wide delivery from Masakadza, feet stuck on the crease, and found a way to edge the ball to his opposite number. He walked off saying something to Mominul Haque, but it shouldn't have been a moan about the decision.
Shakib Al Hasan has been known to express himself quite loudly out in the middle, especially in moments of frustration. But today, after his run-out, he didn't turn around to give a piece of his mind to Mominul Haque, the offender. Mominul made a poor call after both batsmen were close to each other in the middle of the pitch, but Shakib slipped when he was refused the single. Shakib was hardly in the picture as the direct hit was scored, but Mominul was spared any backlash.
Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor didn't take too long to show he is the team's batting mainstay. Off the first ball he faced, Taylor punched the ball through cover for a boundary. It came against Shafiul Islam, who picked up two wickets early in the Zimbabwe innings. The shot also highlighted the marked difference between Taylor and the rest of the batsmen in his side.
Shafiul Islam uprooting the middle-stump is a likely sight as the pace bowler has clocked around 140kph at times. But when left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak whips off Brendan Taylor's off-stump, it says much about the bowler's skill. If there were a contest, Shafiul would have won, as he sent Sikandar Raza's stump flying much farther than Taylor's.
The dance move
Mohammad Ashraful may have given away a good start after making 29, but enjoyed his time in the field. After a section of the crowd began singing and dancing to a local tune, Ashraful started imitating the dance. He has been known to bring out the dance moves on to the cricket field. Every time the crowd made a new move, he turned around to observe and try it himself.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets hereFeeds: Mohammad Isam
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