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wiseshah
December 26, 2007, 02:41 AM
I think in 2nd ODI, we need to change the team for better result. In world cup, we repeated out of form shahriar nafees, bashar and result was expected.

here is my team for 2nd ODI

1. Tamim
2. junaed
3. Mushfiq (he is totally out of form, but we dont have much choice, wish pilot was here)
4. ashraful
5. sakib al hasan
6. aftab ahmed
7. rajin saleh/javed Omar (no need for mehrab jr)
8. mashrafe mortaza
9. Farhad Reza (or may be abdur razzaq)
10. Sajedul islam
11. shahadat hossain

wiseshah
December 26, 2007, 02:44 AM
I think in 2nd ODI, we need to change the team for better result. In world cup, we repeated out of form shahriar nafees, bashar and result was expected.

here is my team for 2nd ODI

1. Tamim
2. junaed
3. Mushfiq (though he is totally out of form, but we dont have much choice, wish pilot was here and bat at number 8)
4. ashraful
5. sakib al hasan
6. aftab ahmed (his best position)
7. rajin saleh/javed Omar (to stabilize middle order) no need for mehrab jr
8. mashrafe mortaza
9. Farhad Reza (or may be abdur razzaq)
10. Sajedul islam
11. shahadat hossain

bowling change was not good today.sakib or farhad should have brought earlier. why mehrab jr didnt bowl, he is an experimented bowler.

Nocturnal
December 26, 2007, 02:46 AM
I will keep the same team for 2nd ODI.

wiseshah
December 26, 2007, 02:50 AM
hi editor , i dont know how to delete this thread. there is already another thread based on same topic. so please delete this thread. thanks

Eshen
December 26, 2007, 02:53 AM
Keep changing players from match to match is not good for a team. Also, every player should be given enough number of chances to prove his worth. However, I am very tempted to try out the Sajid-Rajib opening bowling pair, and for that I want to see Mehrab benched (not that I am writing him off, but he is the only specialist batsman in the team at the moment who can be benched). So my team would be (the same team I wanted for the first ODI) -

Tamim
Zunaed
Aftab
Ashraful
Shakib
Mushfiq
Farhad
Razzak (he has done enough to get a promotion ahead of Mash)
Mashrafe
Shahadat
Sajid

jahidus200
December 26, 2007, 03:06 AM
I think in 2nd ODI, we need to change the team for better result. In world cup, we repeated out of form shahriar nafees, bashar and result was expected.

here is my team for 2nd ODI

1. Tamim
2. junaed
3. Mushfiq (though he is totally out of form, but we dont have much choice, wish pilot was here and bat at number 8)
4. ashraful
5. sakib al hasan
6. aftab ahmed (his best position)
7. rajin saleh/javed Omar (to stabilize middle order) no need for mehrab jr
8. mashrafe mortaza
9. Farhad Reza (or may be abdur razzaq)
10. Sajedul islam
11. shahadat hossain

bowling change was not good today.sakib or farhad should have brought earlier. why mehrab jr didnt bowl, he is an experimented bowler.

haaaa farhad reza or may be abdur razzak , so who gonna take newzealand wicket, you haaaaaaaa . 52 match 80 wicket 3.99 per runs per over who have this kind of performance . dont even say that for abdur razzak best spin bowler for our national team

Spitfire_x86
December 26, 2007, 03:18 AM
Keep the same team.

nobody
December 26, 2007, 04:54 AM
no need to panic. keep the same team. bring aftab at 6 and promote Mushy to 3

Nafi
December 26, 2007, 04:57 AM
no mehrab, need an extra pacer like sajid or nazmul to add variation

Nafi
December 26, 2007, 05:26 AM
I just want to see mehrab swapped for sajid

And I just hope the second pitch offers some turn for our spinners

Tamim
Zunaed
Aftab
Ashraful
Shakib
Mushfiq
Farhad
Razzak
Mashrafe
Shahadat
Sajid

BD-Shardul
December 26, 2007, 05:53 AM
Tamim Iqbal
Junaed Siddique
Aftab Ahmed
Mohammad Ashraful
Rajin Saleh
Mushfiqur Rahim
Farhad Reza
Abdur Razzaq
Mashrafe Mortaza
Shahadat Hossain
Sajidul Islam

hoodlum
December 26, 2007, 06:17 AM
same team...just need sajidul in place of mehrab

Nafi
December 26, 2007, 06:32 AM
same team...just need sajidul in place of mehrab

I think thats what most people want.

Sovik
December 26, 2007, 06:45 AM
i will go with the same team. may be some changes in the batting order

mhn
December 26, 2007, 07:44 AM
i will go with the same team..let's have some patience guys...the main prob of bd players,bd fans,bd selectors is not having enough patience...

zainab
December 26, 2007, 07:45 AM
I just want to see mehrab swapped for sajid

And I just hope the second pitch offers some turn for our spinners

Tamim
Zunaed
Aftab
Ashraful
Shakib
Mushfiq
Farhad
Razzak
Mashrafe
Shahadat
Sajid

I think that they should give JO a chance somewhere here. Cant do worse than what the team has done in the first ODI. Zunaid should be dropped.

Rifat
December 26, 2007, 08:06 AM
Keep the same team.

as long as Javed Omar is 200 feet away from the team you are pleased! in fact very pleased! i thought he had a good year!

bdchamp20
December 26, 2007, 08:36 AM
OK so now everyone wants Mushfiq at no. 3, so do u see what I meant when I said Aftab cant play at no. 3 in ODIs and Mushfiq shouldnt come in at no. 7? I thought it was a good effort by Tamim and Ashraful but both of them gave away their wickets very easily. And they really shouldve had more support from the middle order. So I think we need a very strong middle order:

Junaed
Tamim
Mushfiq(wk)
Ashraful(C)
Shakib
Aftab
Farhad
Mashrafe
Razzak
Shahadat
Nazmul

We dont need Mehrab Jr.in the team, we should have Nazmul as the third pacer not Sajidul. Shakib is losing his batting form rapidly and I dont think he'll have an average of 30+ for long but he should be in the team just for his bowling. Ashraful shouldnt bowl. This is my bowling plan: Mashrafe:10 overs, Shahadat:10 overs, Razzak:10 overs, Nazmul:8 overs, Shakib and Farhad six overs each. From the first ODI, I changed the line-up and brought in Nazmul for Mehrab Jr.

Imtiazk
December 26, 2007, 08:43 AM
Here is my team for 2nd ODI

1. Tamim
2. Zunaed
3. Mushfiq [ simply to save Aftab from himself !! ]
4. Ashraful
5. Sakib al Hasan
6. Aftab Ahmed
7. Farhad Reza
8. Abdur Razzaq
9. Mashrafe Mortaza [ batting order intentional ]
10. Sajedul Islam
11. Shahadat Hossain

We cannot win with 3 front line bowlers. In any case if you can't score with 7 batsmen then 8 won't help. Mehrab is a joke. He seems to have found alternative work during the tour.

taklima_naj
December 26, 2007, 09:11 AM
It doesnt matter what eleven we choose if we dont paly good sensible cricket.

lamisa
December 26, 2007, 10:02 AM
i agree id most ppl here.no merab,giv da green signal 2 sajid.nd oh yea,do v hav ne part time wickie in our team?lik pak has yaseer hameed nd india dravid nd kartik.

Zobair
December 26, 2007, 10:05 AM
Keep the same team. Like Siddons said...this is the best middle order currently available and blame goes to well-set batsmen who should have taken more responsibility once they got set.

Protic
December 26, 2007, 10:18 AM
Same.. or replace Mehrab JR with Sajidul

raz12ka4
December 26, 2007, 11:09 AM
A balanced team in my opinion will be:
Tamim
Zunaeed
Rajin
Ashraful
Sakib
Aftab
Mushfuqur
Farhad
Razzak
Mashrafe
Shahadat


We definetly need to keep another stroke maker, so keep hoo haa AFTAB for the big bash...

AsifTheManRahman
December 26, 2007, 11:42 AM
Same team, but swap Aftab with Mushfiq in the batting order. If Aftab's going to play like he did yesterday or he has been for some time now, then there's really no point in sending him in at three. If we need a power play boost, we have Tamim, Zunaed and Ashraful to give us that. We don't need Aftab to put pressure on the middle order. Let him bat at six, and let him go crazy all he wants down there.

Zobair
December 26, 2007, 12:24 PM
That is a good idea. However, Aftab is probably at 3 because of his ability to play those breath-taking aerial shots which can be handy in power-play situations.

Same team, but swap Aftab with Mushfiq in the batting order. If Aftab's going to play like he did yesterday or he has been for some time now, then there's really no point in sending him in at three. If we need a power play boost, we have Tamim, Zunaed and Ashraful to give us that. We don't need Aftab to put pressure on the middle order. Let him bat at six, and let him go crazy all he wants down there.

sandpiper
December 26, 2007, 12:27 PM
Inclusion of Sajid could prove handy at these conditions.

Tigers_eye
December 26, 2007, 12:28 PM
That is a good idea. However, Aftab is probably at 3 because of his ability to play those breath-taking aerial shots which can be handy in power-play situations.
That breath-taking aerial shots is destroying the potential he has. 1 out of 10 matches puts us back in to the inconsistency category.

sadi
December 26, 2007, 12:34 PM
Mehrab is simply useless at number 6. He doesn't bowl enough to get a chance in the team as an allrounder and simply doesn't have the tools to be an effective number 6. Either he should play up the order or shouldn't play at all. So I would bring him or Mushfiq up the order at number 3 and have Aftab at number 6 to give us some late punch. Sajidul can get a chance in place of Mehrab also. The rest is fine.

roaring tigerz
December 26, 2007, 12:57 PM
I would want to swap Farhad with Sajidul. Mehrab is a genuine middle order bat unlike Farhad, and we do need a grafter like him in our team. Farhad is impressed so far on this tour, but he does not measure up as a third seamer or as a top six batsman. Our batting lineup definitely is top heavy. I agree that Mushfiq at #3 and Aftab at #6 will provide more depth to our batting. So here's my team:

Zunaed
Tamim
Mushfiq
Ashraful
Sakib
Aftab
Mehrab
Mashrafee
Razzak
Sajidul
Shahadat

Zobair
December 26, 2007, 06:30 PM
And I don't disagree. :)

That breath-taking aerial shots is destroying the potential he has. 1 out of 10 matches puts us back in to the inconsistency category.

al-Sagar
December 27, 2007, 01:08 AM
junaed
tamim
mushfik/rajin/javed
ashraul
sakib
aftab
reza
mashrafe
razzak
sajid/nazmul
rajib

Sohel
December 27, 2007, 01:21 AM
I'd go with more or less the same team XI but would replace Mehrab Jr. with Sajid. The particularly nonsensical nature of his dismissal was inexcusable, and we could use another seamer.

That said, Ashraful's ability to stay focused and bring greater glory unto himself and his nation remains the key for us. He and to a slightly lesser extent Tamim, were UNBEATABLE during the first match and should have gone on to get their 100s with ease. Instead they threw their wickets away after repairing the innings beautifully and posing a serious threat to the opposition. Heartbreaking stuff.

AsifTheManRahman
December 27, 2007, 01:24 AM
That's what many people have been thinking for a while now, but hasn't happened has it? Too bad his aerial shots land within or slightly outside the inner circle. :)

By sending Aftab in at #3, we are wasting a spot lower down the order where an accelerator is badly needed. We are also being unfair to Mushfiq, because the #7 slot does not suit his batting style. To be absolutely fair to him, we should let him play higher up in the order and see how he fares. All the criticism will be justified only if he fails albeit having been given an ideal position to bat at.

That is a good idea. However, Aftab is probably at 3 because of his ability to play those breath-taking aerial shots which can be handy in power-play situations.

Imtiazk
December 27, 2007, 01:32 AM
I'd go with more or less the same team XI but would replace Mehrab Jr. with Sajid. The particularly nonsensical nature of his dismissal was inexcusable, and we could use another seamer.

That said, Ashraful's ability to stay focused and bring greater glory unto himself and his nation remains the key for us. He and to a slightly lesser extent Tamim, were UNBEATABLE during the first match and should have gone on to get their 100s with ease. Instead they threw their wickets away after repairing the innings beautifully and posing a serious threat to the opposition. Heartbreaking stuff.

Absolutely spot on. In fact, our teams agree. I cannot see us bowling them out with 3 front line bowlers. I am also of the opinion to move Aftab to No.6 to get the "Shaitan" of his back. He can still execute his customary [ patented ] heave-ho's at the death or even start the slog overs earlier. Presumably, Mushfiq at No.3 will ensure whether we score runs earlier or not, we would at least play out 50 overs.
As many of our fellow posters must understand, the strike rate becomes quite irrelevant if we do not use up our allocated overs.

Sohel
December 27, 2007, 01:41 AM
Absolutely spot on. In fact, our teams agree. I cannot see us bowling them out with 3 front line bowlers. I am also of the opinion to move Aftab to No.6 to get the "Shaitan" of his back. He can still execute his customary [ patented ] heave-ho's at the death or even start the slog overs earlier. Presumably, Mushfiq at No.3 will ensure whether we score runs earlier or not, we would at least play out 50 overs.
As many of our fellow posters must understand, the strike rate becomes quite irrelevant if we do not use up our allocated overs.

Spot on.

That said, Mushy at #3 against genuine pacers (averaging 140kmph plus under breezy conditions) is not a good idea IMHO. His high backlift against genuine pace coupled with the inability to see the quicker ones early will spell failure for himself and the team at this point.

I think Ash should come in at #3 followed by Aftab at #4. I'd like to see Mushy at #5 and have him work his way up from there. I'll have Shakib at #6, Farhad at #7 and Razzak at #8 ahead of Mash in light of what has been happening of late. Mash at #9, Sajid who can bat BTW at #10, and Rajib at #11 will complete my batting order ... :)

Imtiazk
December 27, 2007, 01:48 AM
Spot on.

That said, Mushy at #3 against genuine pacers (averaging 140kmph plus under breezy conditions) is not a good idea IMHO. His high backlift and inability to see the quicker ones early will spell failure for himself and the team at this point.

I think Ash should come in at #3 followed by Aftab at #4. I'd like to see Mushy at #5 and have him work his way up from there. I'll have Shakib at #6, Farhad at #7 and Razzak at #8 ahead of Mash at this point. Mash at #9, Sajid who can bat BTW at #10, and Rajibat #11 will complete my batting order ... :)

Ability wise Ash or Aftab could play at any position. That is not the question. The problem , once in josh mode these two become uncontrollable. Ash did score 70 but we forget he starts out like this in other matches too and holes out with one of those shots. Ironically, if he scored at run a ball , say, I would think he would last longer as the extreme risky [ particularly the pull from outside the off-stump ] shots could be taken out. His Ashraful's over short fine leg actually are relatively safer.

I also agree with Razzak at No.8. Either Mash bats like a batsman and plays at No.8 or if he wants to bat like he is now then No.9 should be highest he should get. He better do something about his bowling too.

Sohel
December 27, 2007, 02:14 AM
Ability wise Ash or Aftab could play at any position. That is not the question. The problem , once in josh mode these two become uncontrollable. Ash did score 70 but we forget he starts out like this in other matches too and holes out with one of those shots. Ironically, if he scored at run a ball , say, I would think he would last longer as the extreme risky [ particularly the pull from outside the off-stump ] shots could be taken out. His Ashraful's over short fine leg actually are relatively safer.

I also agree with Razzak at No.8. Either Mash bats like a batsman and plays at No.8 or if he wants to bat like he is now then No.9 should be highest he should get. He better do something about his bowling too.

I see what you mean, but Ash was actually in control with his lofted shots before throwing his wicket away like that. He came in to up the strike rate on a batting pitch and did just that with gusto right off the bat, and SAFELY from what I saw. His innings reminded me of his blitzing test 60 something against India during their last tour of Bangladesh. Sadly, this one ended in a similar fashion with arguably more dire consequences for his team.

He is the closest to a world-class top order batsman we have in the side, and with his ability to see the quick ones early and technical soundness, he should come in at #3 IMHO now that the JOSH-factor has become a lot more harnessed since his captaincy. Also because Aftab tends to bat more responsibly once Ash is with him.

Having said all that, I expect our openers to do their job well and give us a solid start. Zunaed is a special player who WILL do that soon enough, and Tamim, now playing with a straighter-than-ever-before bat, has managed to correct many of his defensive deficiencies. I have no doubts that we'll see some good stuff from these two TOGETHER and see the all too familiar days of virtual opening become an exception rather than the norm of our batting.

Pundit
December 27, 2007, 02:22 AM
Each and every game will make us unearth our own traumatic reflections of Bangladesh's performance.

AsifTheManRahman
December 27, 2007, 02:38 AM
Tamim, now playing with a straighter-than-ever-before bat

I noticed this too. His technique seems to have improved slightly now that he doesn't go for those weird wristy prods (don't know of a better way to put them).

Imtiazk
December 27, 2007, 02:41 AM
He is the closest to a world-class top order batsman we have in the side, and with his ability to see the quick ones early and technical soundness, he should come in at #3 IMHO now that the JOSH-factor has become a lot more harnessed since his captaincy. Also because Aftab tends to bat more responsibly once Ash is with him.!!

Ashraful's capabilities are mind-boggling. If I had the use of a weight of runs behind me I would rate him almost near the top. Sadly, I would be shot down in any discussion since I would be asked "where's the beef ?" The time has come when he has to produce real runs - for his side - as well as for himself for posterity. Someone like him, languishing in the low twenties is just not right. I could say virtually the same thing for Aftab too.

I did get to see the opening partnership before the link broke up. I was very impressed the way both of them handled a pre-planned NZ "pitch 'em short" barrage. I also do not blame Junaid for getting out the way he did. Some risks have to be taken in the powerplays. His was not a crazy shot - the ball hit the upper part of the bat. Maybe in a test he would not play that particular shot.

The team has identified sometime back that given our overall lack of depth , the powerplays have to be utilised. It is not a bad argument. We could play more carefully but I am not sure we have the resources to sustain a gradual increment of the run rate other teams can - yet. The collapse on Wednesday proved - either we hit out or we shut down, there is no middle gear. It is not anybody's fault, in particular. We just haven't got the depth.

Having said all that, what galls me is that by our past record, being 135/2 at higher than 5 an over; this was more than a dream start. 300 beckoned. And a scared NZ were for the taking. We blew it ! Again it was down to lack of ability.

But, I still believe, NZ is for the taking. If we can take two early wickets and the ground is large, Razzak, the under-rated, could tie them up. 10 inexpensive overs from him and Sakib despite his obvious limitations is actually quite a cunning operator, could go a long way. But we need Sajid and Mashrafe bowling at his best for that.

Do you remember even two years back ? 170 was the expected score - no matter what happened. Now 201 is considered a disaster. That is improvement !!

Sohel
December 27, 2007, 02:48 AM
Having said all that, what galls me is that by our past record, being 135/2 at higher than 5 an over; this was more than a dream start. 300 beckoned. And a scared NZ were for the taking. We blew it ! Again it was down to lack of ability.

But, I still believe, NZ is for the taking. If we can take two early wickets and the ground is large, Razzak, the under-rated, could tie them up. 10 inexpensive overs from him and Sakib despite his obvious limitations is actually quite a cunning operator, could go a long way. But we need Sajid and Mashrafe bowling at his best for that.

Do you remember even two years back ? 170 was the expected score - no matter what happened. Now 201 is considered a disaster. That is improvement !!

So true, I was thinking about the same things. I believe under the more pro-active gaze of Coach Siddons, we'll reach the next phase of our cricketing journey quicker than expected. Especially once he gets to know our 30-50 top players at various age groups and gets involved in the selection process.

NZL is very much for the taking, as are all teams on our day ... :)

Imtiazk
December 27, 2007, 02:52 AM
The not-so-secret plan is: Let How score a century. We win

AsifTheManRahman
December 27, 2007, 03:03 AM
I thought Jacob Oram was their Javed Omar? Or is it just the initials?

Sohel
December 27, 2007, 03:05 AM
The not-so-secret plan is: Let How score a century. We win

Good one ... :)

Sohel
December 27, 2007, 03:06 AM
I thought Jacob Oram was their Javed Omar? Or is it just the initials?

Their JO: Our JO :: Akash: Patal ... :)

tonoy
December 27, 2007, 03:10 AM
seriously though we need to sort out our bowling problem. we need sajid as the third bowler. he seems to be getting some swing so far. It beats watching mehrab screw up in an international match.

Trigger_Tiger
December 27, 2007, 03:11 AM
Enter Sajidul
Exit Mehrab

That is the only change I prefer. The rest just had a bad day in the office I think.

tonoy
December 27, 2007, 03:15 AM
also i think we need to change the position of the batting order a bit

Zunaid
Tamim
Sakib
Ashraful
Aftab
Farhad
Razzak
Mashrafe
Sajidul
Shahadat

Mahir
December 27, 2007, 03:22 AM
No change from the 1st ODI.

PoorFan
December 27, 2007, 03:30 AM
Question : How good Aftab plays against spinners, if we want him to play at no. 6?

Sohel
December 27, 2007, 06:05 AM
According to TC, this is the team: -

Bangladesh: Mohammad Ashraful (Captain), Zunaed Siddique, Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Tushar Imran, Farhad Reza, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wicketkeeper), Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain. 12th man – Javed Omer Belim.

No Mehrab, no Sajid, but Tushar getting his run.

reyme
December 27, 2007, 06:21 AM
As expected. I am very curious to see how Siddons sets up the batting line up.

abu2abu
December 27, 2007, 06:28 AM
It looks like they've picked their team. Reza gets the nod because he's a decent batsman and an inexpensive bowler, but I would like to see nazmul play at some point. I have a feeling he would do well in NZ conditions...

Spitfire_x86
December 27, 2007, 06:50 AM
I don't know why many of us so badly wants to push Aftab down the order. He is the best ODI #3 we ever had. His ability to handle pacers and utilize powerplays is second to none in the team (except Ashraful). Fixing the middle/lower middle order must be done without breaking the potential international class top order we have in the making.

zainab
December 27, 2007, 07:09 AM
I noticed this too. His technique seems to have improved slightly now that he doesn't go for those weird wristy prods (don't know of a better way to put them).

I am so happy to see Tamim improving. With his superb fielding skills, he will emerge as a good cricketer for BD.

lamisa
December 27, 2007, 07:58 AM
nazmul playd 4 our team against zim in 04 or 05,ryt?

abu2abu
December 27, 2007, 08:11 AM
nazmul playd 4 our team against zim in 04 or 05,ryt?

Not sure. Apparently he last played for BD in an ODI in 2006:

http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/nzvbdesh/content/player/56056.html

taklima_naj
December 27, 2007, 08:20 AM
Team has been announced for the 2nd ODI and Tushar is playing instead of Mehrab, lets see what he can do.

Imtiazk
December 27, 2007, 08:31 AM
According to TC, this is the team: -

Bangladesh: Mohammad Ashraful (Captain), Zunaed Siddique, Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Tushar Imran, Farhad Reza, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wicketkeeper), Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain. 12th man – Javed Omer Belim.

No Mehrab, no Sajid, but Tushar getting his run.

Frankly, I would have preferred Sajid instead. But this is second best. It begs the obvious question, why didn't they take Tushar in the first ODI ?

To be fair to the guy, he must be given a decent run. Apart from in England, he is always dropped after the first failure. That way, Ash and Aftab would have been dropped 50 times by now.

So the 4th and 5th bowler's slot will be filled by Farhad, Sakib and Ash. Looks like Siddons feels the lack of depth in our batting is a bigger problem.

Of course, the other side of the coin means our bowling strategy is built around containment rather than taking wickets.

Let's see.

Imtiazk
December 27, 2007, 08:37 AM
According to TC, this is the team: -

Bangladesh: Mohammad Ashraful (Captain), Zunaed Siddique, Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Tushar Imran, Farhad Reza, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wicketkeeper), Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain. 12th man – Javed Omer Belim.

Reading between the lines... the batting order, all things being equal, is also there. Aftab still goes in at No.3. I think the team management is convinced that we have to maximise runs from powerplays. That is why Aftab and Ash play the way they do. Notice Ash calms down after the 15th over. Aftab never lasts till then so we do not know. If he did last until the end of the 15th over, he would probably be 211 not out !!

Sohel
December 27, 2007, 10:40 AM
Reading between the lines... the batting order, all things being equal, is also there. Aftab still goes in at No.3. I think the team management is convinced that we have to maximise runs from powerplays. That is why Aftab and Ash play the way they do. Notice Ash calms down after the 15th over. Aftab never lasts till then so we do not know. If he did last until the end of the 15th over, he would probably be 211 not out !!

Spot on about the powerplays. But don't be surprised to see Tushar at #3 either if a wicket falls within the first 6 overs. The injury notwithstanding, I think they fielded Mehrab because of his better defensive technique and ability to rotate the strike better ... so much for THAT little thought considering how he threw his away.

I'd prefer to have Ash come-in at #3 and Aftab at #4 as posted before, and I don't mind Ash's lofted shots as long as they're safe and controlled as they were doing the first match. I just want him to control himself play more drives along the ground after his 50, and move on the get his 2nd ODI ton. His greatest enemy continues to be himself, especially without NZL bowlers capable of bowling good goolies, the ONLY weakness Ash can be lured into IMHO. I have Chawla and Kumble in mind when I say this ... :)

Tigers_eye
December 27, 2007, 11:32 AM
I don't know why many of us so badly wants to push Aftab down the order. He is the best ODI #3 we ever had. His ability to handle pacers and utilize powerplays is second to none in the team (except Ashraful). Fixing the middle/lower middle order must be done without breaking the potential international class top order we have in the making.
Correct!! Either aftab at 3 or no aftab at all. he can't play spin and gets impatient. You all know the rest.

One World
December 27, 2007, 11:41 AM
Team has been announced for the 2nd ODI and Tushar is playing instead of Mehrab, lets see what he can do.

Nothing miraculous I believe.