Friday, 12 February 2010

Bangladesh better than West Indies

Well as the series between New Zealand and Bangladesh is found to progress, Bangladesh looks like putting a step forward towards a better performance which is actually not the case. For the first time in the series, Bangladesh posted a total in excess of 200 when they score 241 runs in the 3rd and final one dayer against New Zealand. This was also the 2nd time that they played their complete quota of 50 overs that they were scheduled to play. Previously, Bangladesh came back from nowhere in the 2nd one dayer and went on to play 50 overs at Dunedin.

Bangladesh were at one stage 46 runs for the loss of 6 wickets and went on to put up 183 runs on the board which would have raised a lot of eye brows when no one would have expected them to bat till the 300th legal delivery was bowled and more than 175 runs scored. Of course, there were extras also that contributed to Bangladesh's success. The Kiwi captain- Daniel Vettori bought in 7 of his bowlers to set things right which would no doubt be just to give his bowlers some bowling practice with the match result right in front of him.

Surprisingly, there was a Bangladeshi batsman in Imrul Kayes who notched up a century which is a celebration as far as cricket in Bangladesh is considered. For, if the entire history of Bangladesh cricket is considered, they have just a handful of players who have centuries against their names in international cricket. On the other hand, there was also a Bangladeshi bowler in Shakib Al Hasan who could pick up 4 New Zealand batsman returning with figures of 4/33 from the ten overs that were allotted to him. However the remaining Bangladeshi bowlers could not scalp more than one New Zealand batsman which is a different issue.

Though New Zealand eventually eventually won the match and with it the series as well, Bangladesh need not have had to consider themselves to be dejected whatsoever. New Zealand lost 7 wickets en-route to their successful chase of 242 which should have been 4 wickets at the most if at all critics is anywhere to go by. If the performance of the Bangladesh team is considered, they have fared better than the West Indies team who are in tour of Australia and have failed to get past the 200 run mark or even play their complete quota of 50 overs with three games being passed by.

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