Bangladesh-England match. (Photo: Collected)
It is said, ‘Looking at the morning sun, one can understand how the day goes.’ Literally the word came out in the Bangladesh innings of the match between Bangladesh and England.
The way in which English ‘part-time’ off-spinner Moin Ali’s first ball fell well off the stumps and turned inside the stumps in the first over did not send a good message at all. After losing two openers in one over of Moin Ali, Bangladesh team could not turn around in the whole match.
Commenting on the pitch, former South African pacer Dale Steyn said before the match that the spinners would bet on this wicket in Abu Dhabi. That effect is visible in the match between England and Bangladesh in the Super Twelve episode. Bangladesh team could not collect big by batting before the match. At the end of the allotted 20 overs, captain Mahmudullah Riyad’s team scored 124 runs.
As in the previous match, Bangladesh started playing with 3 spinners in the XI. Left-arm pacer Shariful Islam has replaced Mohammad Saifuddin, who was dropped from the squad due to injury.
The Tigers were called to bat before winning the toss. However, as always, the opening pair failed today. ‘Critic’ Liton Das hinted at a good start but could not settle for a wicket. In the third over of the innings, Moin Ali was dismissed for 9 off 8 balls. Naeem Sheikh in the next room. 5 runs from 8 balls came from his bat. Shakib Al Hasan was out in the last over of the power-play to blow Chris Oakes. Alid Rashid took a dazzling catch.
When Shakib was dismissed for 4 off 7 balls, Bangladesh lost 3 wickets in 6 overs of power play and collected only 26 runs. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyadh tried to pull the team from there. If Mushfiqur did not get a life for 9 runs, their 36-run partnership for the fourth wicket would have ended earlier.
Another part-timer Livingston was attacked by English captain Morgan to take advantage of the slow wicket. Livingston succeeded in turning his hand in his first over. He threw Mushfiqur, who was settled on the wicket, in the leg before. Mushfiqur had to stop for 29 runs after playing 30 balls. He gave up his wicket in the ‘controversial’ reverse sweep.
Khoja Afif Hossain, who lost himself recently, also failed in this match. However, his 5-run innings could have been bigger if Mahmudullah had not called for a run-out. Later, Mahmudullah lost his temper and the captain needed to come to the end of the innings with responsibility. Mahmudullah returned with 19 runs off 24 balls. The collection of the team that lost 6 wickets for 63 runs was then challenging to touch one hundred quota.
Nasum Ahmed played a very effective innings in the end. Nasum made a storm with the bat. He hit 1 four with 2 sixes in the 19th over of Alid Rashid’s innings. 5 runs in the last over. At the end of 20 overs, Bangladesh team lost 9 wickets and scored 124 runs. Sohan was out for 11 runs. Unbeaten Nasum scored 19 runs off 9 balls.
Dot ball was the big culprit behind Bangladesh team not being able to score big. Tiger batsmen have given 46 dots in 120 ball innings.
OD / JI
Source: ODHIKAR by www.odhikar.news.
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