Ban vs WI, 2nd ODI, Dhaka - Cricket Live Score & Streaming Free
Bangladesh threatened an encore of their 58 all outfrom the World Cup, but fighting fifties from Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain, and a cameo from Abdur Razzak took them to a fighting total. In a display of reckless stroke-making on a track that hardly offered any seam movement, Bangladesh wasted little time in registering their second-worst ODI start, 1 for 3, before Mushfiqur prevented a complete rout through sensible cricket.
On his 27th birthday, Ravi Rampaul happily accepted two gifts at the top, and Kemar Roach was the boy who usually benefits by just being beside the birthday boy. The two, though, followed the four early wickets with testing spells to Alok Kapali and Mushfiqur, who fought through a 40-run stand. The first four wickets came without having to strive for them, but it took 14.3 overs and many accurate bouncers to dislodge the next man. Perhaps it was because the batsmen grew less muddled in their approach.
Bangladesh's has been a long struggle for middle ground against good bowling attacks. Chasing big totals, they often tend to be too defensive once Tamim Iqbal gets out, as was the case two days ago. Their response to it was to bat first and go bang-bang. Nothing in between.
Imrul Kayes, usually guilty of getting stuck in chases, cut and edged the third delivery he faced, the fourth of the innings. Tamim sliced the second ball he faced to third man. Mohammad Ashraful found an innovative way to apply for the assistant coach's position when he decided to give perfect catching practice to second slip off the fifth ball he faced. He did that almost stylishly, leaning back, opening the face late, guiding the ball straight to second slip. No batsman tried to get his eye in, none moved his feet closer to the line of the ball, but all tried to attack. You could hear the hush in the crowd.