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ms01
March 19, 2013, 05:58 AM
It has been really nice to see a different look bangladesh that fought really hard to be competitive in this Test Series. many positives, in the past even on flat tracks we could not reach 5th day, I see a lot of potential. I think players like Anamul, Mominul and Nasir will be our core Test players in the coming years, well played boys.

Zunaid
March 19, 2013, 06:01 AM
I will sign this one. Good performance generally. I am not displeased.

Habib
March 19, 2013, 06:04 AM
Yeah. Until the second innings collapse in the second test, we fought evenly. Hats off to the boys. Signed.

BANFAN
March 19, 2013, 06:11 AM
Well Played .. Except regular failures at critical times...yet a marked improvement.

Tintin
March 19, 2013, 06:52 AM
Considering the opposition, probably the best series so far

Naimul_Hd
March 19, 2013, 07:01 AM
To be honest, i did not expect 1st test performance but wasn't too pleased with 2nd test performance though. Considering our recent performance, we should have batted much better specially when top order batsmen were set but they threw away their wicket.

Our bowling was not up to the mark too thanks to Selectors for picking wrong bowling combo for 2nd test. Despite the track, we should have stick to our strengths that's spin bowling. How could they go with just one genuine off spinner in a test match and that too in Subcontinent ? Either Razzaq or Mosharof Rubel should have been included in the playing XI. Things may have been different all together, who knows !

Moreover, this SL team is the weakest that we played since our test status. Apart from Dilshan, Sanga and Herath, no one is better than ours. Looking at our bowling, it seemed we had no plan for Dilshan and Sanga. We allowed them to score freely which eventually costs us the 2nd Test.

However, positive side is we had a mental block against SL. Seems like we are gradually overcoming that mental block thing.

I hope, both selectors and team management would address those issues and pick the best possible combination.

Overall, 6.5/10 for the series.

Tiger444
March 19, 2013, 07:03 AM
Good thread here. Obviously we're all disappointed here but overall we've shown a lot of improvement. Keep in mind that our most consistent batsman and bowler, Shakib did not play. Without him we showed great fight.

On the batting side, we've finally showed that we can draw matches out which is a big improvement. Even if it's on a batting paradise. Back in the day, we could never even dream of scoring 500-600 runs in 1 innings. So that itself is a big improvement. In the 2nd Test match, on a pitch where there was more for the bowlers, it was a big test and we needed to do better. I always knew Herath would be a handful and was proved right. On better sporting wickets, we need to show more resilience. That's our next Test.

As for the bowling side, even with our limitations in the pace bowling department, they still bowled well. I cant' blame them all that much in the 1st Test since there was nothing to offer but in the 2nd Test, they fought and got wickets. Next step for the pacers is to bowl with better control. Gazi once again showed that he's a great find and we need to keep nurturing him.

Looking forward to our next Test assignment against the Zimbabweans.

cricheart
March 19, 2013, 07:13 AM
Saved from a shameful whitewash.. its a great a relief!

WarWolf
March 19, 2013, 07:16 AM
Good test series. Clearly shows the improvement of the team specially when we played without Shakib.

Rubu
March 19, 2013, 07:46 AM
They kept 8 of the 10 days of test competitive. Not bad at all. And lost in all these is the fact that this is the first (or second?) time we drew a test against top 8 without the help of weather.

Mahmood
March 19, 2013, 07:48 AM
We played one unusual innings, other than that, this is the same old poor performance. Considering we played a toothless bowling attack due to our retarded selectors, and still played the same level as before, plus that one fluke innings, they deserve a clap.

Well done B team.

ms01
March 19, 2013, 08:04 AM
We played one unusual innings, other than that, this is the same old poor performance. Considering we played a toothless bowling attack due to our retarded selectors, and still played the same level as before, plus that one fluke innings, they deserve a clap.

Well done B team.

I won't call the bowling attack toothless, at one stage SL were 69/4 in first innings and went to make 264/5 that was it for us! Sanga and Chandimal ruined the party. The Fast bowlers did really well compared to opposition bowlers ( BD 6 SL 4) First Innings pacers wicket, (BD 2 SL 2) pacers wicket even in second innings. The fact that Sanga killed us tell's the story of the test Series.

Tigers_eye
March 19, 2013, 08:15 AM
As I said, I was only looking for players who can get his average up in away games. Mushi, Ash (bonus), Nasir, Jaharul, Mominul, Sohag all improved their averages. Tamim was very close as well. This is not an easy task. Well done boys.

The draw is the icing on the cake.

Tigers_eye
March 19, 2013, 08:19 AM
..other than that, this is the same old poor performance...
When was the last time we played two innings over 200 against a top team in an away game with so many untested, unproven young blood?

Roni_uk
March 19, 2013, 08:42 AM
Really? We just lost the second one!!!

Proud of the first one but for the second - its 'back to basics' I'm afraid

mufi_02
March 19, 2013, 08:48 AM
Really? We just lost the second one!!!

Proud of the first one but for the second - its 'back to basics' I'm afraid

Not really. Not many times in the past we have given any opposition a target of 160. SL in their home condition is an extremely tough team to beat. NZ came and lost all their tests and Pak,SA,ENG struggle here. So overall I am happy with the team's performance

Fazal
March 19, 2013, 08:57 AM
Really? We just lost the second one!!!

Proud of the first one but for the second - its 'back to basics' I'm afraid

Kind of agree with you.

I was proud of the experienced players how they played during the 1st TEST but very disapointed with the expereinced players in 2nd TEST while the young guns (including Jahirul, wo is not young but inexperienced) tried their best fighting to their teeth.

So I have a mized reaction, but overall I am happy as new players are making things more interesting and competative for the team.

AsifTheManRahman
March 19, 2013, 09:01 AM
Well, they tried their best.

meazz1
March 19, 2013, 09:56 AM
First test performance is overshadowed by the 2nd.
All the positives are wiped away after playing the 2nd test.
Therefore, 1 drawn and one lost by end of 4th day does not give much of consolation.

WindieFan
March 19, 2013, 10:43 AM
Not really. Not many times in the past we have given any opposition a target of 160. SL in their home condition is an extremely tough team to beat. NZ came and lost all their tests and Pak,SA,ENG struggle here. So overall I am happy with the team's performance

Not true, after we beat NZ 2-0 they went to India and lost 2-0 aswell and then went to SL and drew 1-1, this SL side are the weakest they've been for a long time imo and it was a good chance for the Tigers to at least draw the series, but if you keep letting Sanga get ton after ton then obviously your chances are gonna be limited.

jeesh
March 19, 2013, 11:00 AM
We have lost the last 7 of our 8 matches in Sri Lanka by an innings. Bangladesh again proves its a team on the rise. Hope we can do sth in the ODI's.

Nadim
March 19, 2013, 11:20 AM
Test batting stats for last 2 yrs and 9 months after the England tour (from june 2010-19th march 2013). There is a reason why ppl (including myself) are not happy with Tamim, and specially Riyad. One avg 31.81 with no :100: and the latter only avg 19.30. Heck even Ash's avg is 49.28:notworthy:

http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg624/nadstar98/Untitled-1_zpsdd53b5b6.png



But overall more players are scoring runs and relatively have very gd average :D. Those who aren't performing should be drop, yes that includes Tamim too. Pathetic that he hasn't scored a single :100: in any format of the game for last 3 yrs and avg only 30's.

simon
March 19, 2013, 11:21 AM
Yes, I am proud of our performance in this Test series.
The 2nd Test could have been different if the outfield wasn't so poor, we suffered the most as we batted first.
With a flop bowling attack & without Sakib what we did was quite remarkable.
Also we need to remember that we never won the toss, so both times Srilanka had the possibility to make good use of the condition.
And then off course there are the decisions going against us.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/sri-lanka-v-bangladesh-2013/content/current/story/625813.html

Zeeshan
March 19, 2013, 11:26 AM
Well, they tried their best.

I am Tino Best and I find it offensive.

Nadim
March 19, 2013, 11:29 AM
I am Tino Best and I find it offensive.

Tino Best ke? Takku bowler from WI? am i right sir?

BD Tigers
March 19, 2013, 12:14 PM
i see the trend upward in tests...making me happy but not too happy...

Jadukor
March 19, 2013, 12:23 PM
Overall quite happy with the performance. We fought hard in both Tests and that is the most important thing. I would say our selection tactics hurt us. Considering the Herath threat even before the series we should have kept left handers like Nafees in the squad. In the 2nd test we also lacked a containing bowler to keep the runs down. Sri Lanka was never under pressure because of the abundance of loose balls. While batsman like Kuraratne would give you wickets even while run scoring is easy.. getting quality batsman like Sangakara or DIlshan or Jayawardene is a much harder proposition. We need to be able to bowl 4-5 maidens on the trot to create pressure which we were unable to do with three inconsistent pacers. In the end Herath the spinner was the chief destroyer on this pitch while we overlooked our strength and copied Sri Lanka's 3 pacer strategy. If we had gone with 2 specialist spinners it would have allowed us better control over the run rate and also given us an edge on the 5th day.

al Furqaan
March 19, 2013, 03:05 PM
I will sign this one. Good performance generally. I am not displeased.

Ditto. Losing by 7 wickets in Lanka's backyard is not a bad result as rarely as we play Test cricket. A well earned draw and several batting records is a bonus as well. Need to beat ZIM 2-0 and by handy margins to keep the momentum.

Rabz
March 19, 2013, 04:02 PM
Not proud, but not displeased.
Happy that we could avoid the ever persistent 2-0 scoreline. The natural progression demands that.
Little sad that we lost the 2nd one in a same manner as we usually do, a sudden collapse in the 2nd innings leaving us 100 runs short.
Sad that we couldn't take it to the fifth day.

But overall series, it was better than nothing and we did achieve something in the first test.
Still hungry though.

Zeeshan
March 19, 2013, 04:44 PM
Disappointed (http://www.banglacricket.com/alochona/showthread.php?t=43151)

Roey Haque
March 19, 2013, 06:23 PM
Proud? No. Especially as the batting order crumbled in the 2nd test. But it's fine. Test cricket doesn't have many more years left anyway.

Sohel
March 19, 2013, 11:21 PM
I'm very proud of Mushfiq, Nasir and Shourobh for their assertive batting in tough situations. Especially proud of Mushfiq for becoming the first Bangladeshi to have scored a test double hundred in a match saving effort. Very happy about Sir Mohammad Ashraful Matin's match saving 190, but not surprised by his inability to convert or subsequently predictable failures. As a former fan of this hard working gadha with immense potential, I've learned to expect nothing from him either way but always want him and others in national colors to succeed even when the odds are absurd. That way, his success makes me happy while his paroxysms of panoramic retardation don't hurt as much.

That's it! Sorry guys, I'm not going to lower the proverbial bar and celebrate debilitating mediocrity in the process just because we used be significantly worse not so long ago. That kind of coddling never has or will generate excellence at the highest level of the game after 13 effing years. We DID NOT do as well we should have under the exact circumstances and whining about the fact that things could be worse as they had been in the past is irrelevant.

We MUST play more tests, A Team and Academy FC to improve. The non competitive farce known as the NCL or the less non competitive joke BCL ain't doing the job when it comes to team performance in the longest and toughest format of the sport.

Our team still has the same old problems that prevent it from performing as a cohesive unit, the bowling and fielding have seemed to regressed a decade, BUT the number of solid performers has increased as have the number of consistent performances. That's why we're doing better and by "doing better" I mean sucking less.

The inability to find the gaps and therefore rotate the strike with ease is still a major problem. Most of our batsmen still brainfart and throw their wickets away at the worst possible moment. We still see our bowlers' exercising their collective right to bowl at least one or two "hit-me" deliveries per over while hoping to get wickets due to unforced batting error like a bunch of sissies. To make matters even worse, easy catches are still being dropped in defensive, ODI type field settings and sheer laziness is gifting the opposition extra runs we cannot afford. Can't be proud of that.

Tel-Ba(n)sh-Ba(n)sh-Ba(n)sh-Ba(n)sh!

Sohel
March 20, 2013, 01:48 AM
By the way, I feel that there's a direct correlation between tragically low self-esteem and lowering the bar to praise mediocrity. They're not our kids or nephews FGS, but test cricketers representing our country. Just as flashy red SUVs and imaginatively conjured egos speak volumes about one's issues, so does overlooking the truth in their proper, GLOBAL context.

Zunaid
March 20, 2013, 03:05 AM
Sohel - having suffered for a long long time, I have decided to lower my expectations significantly.

Sohel
March 20, 2013, 11:23 AM
@Zunaid: I feel you bro. I too have adjusted some expectations but haven't lowered the proverbial bar.

BengaliPagol
March 21, 2013, 01:20 AM
Should've done better is my response. Should've fought harder in the 2nd test.

Ian Pont
March 21, 2013, 01:59 AM
Loving SOHEL's analysis.

Also, not surprised at all the "shoulda, woulda, coulda" comments from others.

Bottom line? Reality bites.....

BanCricFan
March 21, 2013, 06:44 AM
Nothing to be proud, really.

Yes, boys showed tremendous courage and application in the 1st Test -under pressure. But, in the 2nd we made school boys errors. Certain players failed to read the crucial phases of the game and gifted their wickets like Bolods. The 2nd Test was there for the taking. 100 more runs on the board and we could have won it. After Sanga and Dilshan departed there were very little experience left in the SL side. They would have been under tremendous pressure and we know it usually brings regular wickets.

Yes, we play very few Test and FC cricket but still that 2nd Test could have been won. So, not proud nor disappointed but mightily frustrated knowing what these lads are truly capable of! These are the best group of competent and talented cricketers we have ever had. Paitence is a virtue. We have waited over 12 years to see a fight like the 1st innings. The progress rate might be a tad low but we are slowly but surely getting there.