Monday, 1 March 2010

A perfect match for Bangladesh

At present, England is the only team in world cricket not has had a loss against any non test playing nation. Although they have lost to Zimbabwe earlier, those were the times when Zimbabwe used to play test cricket. However, if the first one day international between England and Bangladesh, if not for the end results, England had nothing more to take home. All that England could manage was to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The entire English innings could not produce a single shot outside the ground while Bangladesh could manage the same on 3 occasions. Anyways, it is not the number of sixes that determine the caliber of a team.

At the end of the game, the man of the match was awarded to the Bangladeshi batsmen in Tamim Iqbal for his splendid 125 that included 3 huge sixes and 13 ordinary hits to the fence. It was Tamim Iqbal who was the lone six hitter in the entire match and was the ultimate choice for the man of the match award. England had to rely upon the performance of the entire team for a win against Bangladesh, which should have seen them do it with just a single player taking the game away from the hosts. Not to mention that Bangladesh have attained a better status as hosts in the recent times.

At the same time, in the bowling department, the England captain Paul Collingwood had to go in for 7 bowlers, with only one bowler in Graeme Swann bowling his full quota of 10 overs. Even Ryan Sidebottom who is a frontline bowler in the English side was given the ball to bowl just 8 overs. It is just not understandable whether Collingwood did that in an attempt to give his bowlers like Pietersen some bowling practice or did Collingwood fear a major upset that would see England as well in the list of other teams to have lost to the minnows atleast once is not evident.

And if the bowling department of the Bangladesh side is considered, it was a one man show with Naeem Islam bagging 3 out of the 4 wickets that fell. There were 3 Bangladeshi bowlers who bowled their full quota of 10 overs in Shakib Al Hasan, Abdur Razzak and Naeem Islam as against the lone bowler from the English side. A better performance from the Bangladeshi side would have meant in a team approach towards the game rather than a single guy turning up for his team. But, it was only a two men show that led Bangladesh with Tamim Iqbal leading the batting and Naeem Islam leading the bowling. Whatever, Bangladesh's strategy is found working towards England.

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