Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Bulawayo

Shafiul disturbs stumps to create history

Plays of the day from the match between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh

Mohammad Isam

May 3, 2013

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Mohammad Ashraful guides one fine, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Bulawayo, May 3, 2013
Mohammad Ashraful: not afraid to attempt a few dance moves on the cricket field © AFP
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The history
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.

The strangle
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.

The giveaway
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.

The restraint
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.

The shot
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.

The extractor
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 here

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Posted by maskurul on (May 4, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

Again he has shown his consistency after his long time injury.he is really unlucky bowler because of his long time injury.he always tried to do well for the team.he kept important role besides per victory.he always try to bowl at right channel which compel batsman to gift their wicket.Injury has suffered him so much.I have a good intimacy with him.because he hail from Bogra.i know about his ability in bowling.he is well known to us for his thrifty bowling.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2013, 23:18 GMT)

Congratulations and warm thanks to the Tigers for winning the 1st ODI.Though ,Zimbabwe is considered in the lower order team but to win in in away match is always challenging. Quality of individual skill has been improved a lot. Ashraful has gained self confidence and controls his shots. I think for any form of cricket matches Ashraful - Tamim opening combination would be very ideal. Our quick bowlers should look more strong and healthy. All the best.Team selection must be free from any prejudice and favoritism.

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (May 3, 2013, 21:32 GMT)

Mominul looked comfortable with Mushi and of course, very comfortable with Nasir Hossain. Maybe Shakib at 3, Mushi at 4, Mominul at 5 and Nasir at 6. That way both Nasir and Mominul can anchor the innings should the need arise

Posted by   on (May 3, 2013, 21:28 GMT)

The kind of shots Nasir played .. and considering his consistency .. surprised that he doesn't get a longer run a few places up the order. Zia-ur and Robiul are two strong young lads capable of some sharp pace and good swing. Hope they don't lose their way like Shahadat.

Posted by Fogu on (May 3, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

@TheRisingTeam; I disagree. I think Mominul should be given an extended run at #3 or 4. I think he has the temperament to anchor an inning. As long as he rotates the strike and allows everyone else the freedom to accelerate the innings, he will be successful. I think we could go with Mushfique at 3 followed by Mominul, Shakib, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Zia. That gives us a good batting line up with Tamim and Ashraful opening in ODIs. If ashraful doesn't perform, we bring in Anamul or Shamsur. In a couple of years, I can see Mominul and Nasir being #3 and 4 for BD followed by Mushy and Shakib. Go Tigers!

Posted by cockpit on (May 3, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

Thats great!! I wish they will win next 2 match. Love u tiger

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (May 3, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

Shafiul Islam bowling touching 140kph? I know he has improved a lot since the world cup but him bowling those speeds is surprising and hard to believe. I'm still a bit disappointed that he is still not trying to improve his physique just look how Zia was effective with the big strong shoulders he uses. Next match keep the same 11 unless there are injuries but I would drop Mominul a few places down because he looked nervous.

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