Saturday, 22 October 2011

Day one has it for Bangladesh

Usually, whenever there is a test match involving Bangladesh, one can guess that Bangladesh would be hoping for the rains to drop down so that they can end the match with a draw convincing fools that they would have won the game had there been no interruption by rain or bad weather. But, that might not be the case in case Bangladesh are facing Zimbabwe with their chances being high against that trouble torn team. And, speaking present, the latest entry into Bangladesh's wish list would be the West Indies against whom, at least at home Bangladesh can hope to win.

Yesterday in the first day of the first test match against West Indies at Chittagong, until rain interrupted in between, Bangladesh was doing well by not losing wickets at regular intervals and scoring at just less than 3.0 runs an over, which would not have been the case had West Indies been batting. It would not be wrong to say that the pitch also assisted the Bangladeshi batsmen which on the other hand makes the Bangladeshi captain's decision to bat first a mistake. But, it is always good in test matches to opt to bat first no matter what the pitch has got to say.

With repeated bounce, it is more of a certainty that the pitch will start giving troubles to the batsmen who bat in the days to come irrespective of whether a roller has been used or not. Bangladesh were able to cross the 250 run mark on the first day itself without losing too many wickets. If the other side of the cricketing world is considered, Sri Lanka in their first test against Pakistan were bowled out for 197 on day 1 itself. But, Sri Lanka were not playing at home and neither were Pakistan. Moreover, Sri Lanka are considered to be better outfit than Bangladesh.

At the same time, Pakistan are a far better outfit than West Indies. Coming to the first day's play, there were two batsmen from Bangladesh who notched up half centuries when Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal scored 68* and 52 respectively. Despite varying the fielding, Darren Sammy couldn't stop 136 runs in running between wickets not to forget the 23 boundaries scored to keep the ball boys on their toes. Whatever the Bangladeshis do, every effort gets applauded unlike their opponents who take home nothing despite winning and on the other hand get criticized in case they lose. Check out for the latest on Stock Market.

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