he seals it with a six! The captain leads the way, he leans forward to a full delivery and carts him over long-on, the ball was in the air for a long time but well clear of any white shirt, it was headed one way and Shakib seals the 2-0 win in the most emphatic manner
The entire cast and crew from Bangladesh rush out to greet their captain. It still confounds me as to why he was never considered for an IPL contract. Is the rest of the world watching? They better.
The players walk out, draped in the Bangladesh flag and Shakib has one over him too. He didn't just warm the seat for Mashrafe Mortaza, he set it on fire. His innings came off just 97 balls, that too against Darren Sammy who was breathing fire. We shouldn't forget the contribution from Raqibul who started the rebuilding phase. Occupying the crease was the prime motive of the pair and that helped get them in position to seal the win.
So Bangladesh have done what was expected of them. They wouldn't have settled for anything less. Whether the wins were convincing enough is a discussion for another day and perhaps another forum. For the moment, let them toast the success. It's not their fault that the opposition was not world class.
Stay with us for the presentation.
Reifer: "We had a good opportunity to win the game. We were 60-65 runs short. Our guys tried really hard.The Bangladesh spinners capitalised better."
Shakib: "This is the best day for Bangladesh cricket. The guys have been supporting me very well so I don't feel any pressure. Raqibul played a gem of an innings. I thought attack was the best form of defense. The hospitality in the West Indies has been very good."
Shakib is also the Man of the Match. He gets a Blackberry.
Shakib is also the Man of the Series. That's two Blackberrys! Shakib returns to the podium for the umpteenth time, now to collect the series trophy. They might as well name the series after him.
Thanks for your company and the mails. On behalf of Sajan Nair, this is Kanishkaa signing off. It's goodbye for now.
Dropped He swivels and pulls but doesn't time it that well, Best does well at short mid-off to leap and get a hand to it, too late now
now he exploits the big gap between mid-off and cover, half volley outside off and put away with ease, he's timing it very well
Now a packed field in the deep on the off side
he grants him width outside off, he jumps at the crease, reaches out and thumps it past backward point, third man's too fine to cut it off
angles it on middle and leg, he defends it back to the bowler
defends it safely on the front foot
Mahmudullah Riyad walks in
almost an action replay of raqibul's dismissal, Rahim spoons a full delivery back to the bowler and Sammy takes it in the second attempt, he takes five, kisses the ball and acknowledges the cheers from the very sparse crowd
he pushes it towards mid-off and rushes the single, the fielder decides not to take aim at the stumps because the bowler wasn't backing up
full on the pads and he knocks it to midwicket with the full face of the bat
he tries to crash that past the covers but the ball drops short of short cover
wastes his energy by dropping the ball short down the leg side, rahim is happy to duck and let it go
fires it on the pads and the ball rolls away to the on side
hits a good length and drifts onto the pads, he clips him to the on side
hits the deck hard and Rahim safely ducks under the bouncer
he drives a low full toss outside off straight to the covers
Lots of love letters pouring in for Shakib
fullish in length outside off, he drives to mid-off
chips down the track but checks his shot and punches it back to the bowler
spoons it towards cover but the ball drops short of the fielder
comes over the wicket this time, Shakib calmly pushes it to the off side
|National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada|
|Toss||Bangladesh, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
Shakib Al Hasan
|Player Of The Series|
Shakib Al Hasan
|Series result||Bangladesh won the 2-match series 2-0|
|Match number||Test no. 1926|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00|
|Match days||17,18,19,20 July 2009 - day (5-day match)|
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