View Full Version : 5 Feb 2003 - BAN vs KwaZulu-Natal - WC2003 Warm-up One Day

February 5, 2003, 01:02 AM
We are going for a win in this match ... The last match, a good chase was halted by some poor batting but this one will see us through. :)

link for second match (http://www-usa.cricket.org/link_to_database/ARCHIVE/WORLD_CUPS/WC2003/SCORECARDS/LEADUPS/frames/BDESH_KZN_WC-LEADUP_05FEB2003.html)

Edited on, May 9, 2005, 12:38 PM GMT, by radicalsami.

February 5, 2003, 07:38 AM
There are only 2 changes for Bangladesh in the 2nd warm up match against KwaZulu Natal.

The changes are - Tushar Imran came in place of Ashraful and Tapash Baisya has come in place of Sujon.

February 5, 2003, 07:59 AM
This time Monju took AM Amla's wicket. May be A Amla is going through a really bad patch.

February 5, 2003, 08:21 AM
Monju's econ rate was 5.26 after 5 overs.

Mashrafee bowled 4 overs.

Then Pilot brought Tapash Baisya at the end Mashrafee was bowling.

And now Monju is bowling from the other end (Monju's 6th over). And he already gave away 1 four in his 6th over.

February 5, 2003, 08:25 AM
And Mashrafee gave away only 8 runs in his 4 overs.

while Monju gave away 31 runs in his 6 overs.

Tapash also bowled his first over well - gave only 2 runs (including a no ball).

May be (in defense of Pilot) Mashrafe is instructed to bowl only 4 overs in each spell due to his physical fitness.

February 5, 2003, 08:38 AM
Mashrafe has come to bowl the 15 over (his 5th over) after giving Monju a 2 over spell (that is, after Monju finished his 7th over - 32 runs).

February 5, 2003, 08:57 AM
Alok Kapali was smashed for 2 fours back to back (plus 3 singles) in his first over.

Just gets to show how inconsistent he is.

Or rather, that there is a clear difference between batsmanship of a county side of a test playing nation (KwaZulu Natal) and the national team of a non-test playing nation (Namibia).

It could also be dependent on the pitch. May be the Durban pitch is not helping for spinners at all.

February 5, 2003, 09:13 AM
HM Amla hit Tapash for a six to bring up the 100 runs for KZN in the 22nd over.

February 5, 2003, 09:24 AM
Hope Bangladesh can get some batting practice tonight in this warm up match.

KZN's run rate is now 4.74 - with the loss of just 1 wicket.

Rafique was coming into bowl the 24th over.

There is no chance - whatsoever for Bangladesh to win this match now.

I don't understand, How come this KZN team is so strong that we are not able to bowl properly?

And how come Kenya could defeat Border in the 2nd warm up game?

According to the table provided here by somebody on this board, Border was at number 1 spot and KZN was at number 3 position in the last Standard Bank limited overs competition.

February 5, 2003, 09:49 AM
Simple - Kenya is better than us and will paste our a**es !!

February 5, 2003, 09:49 AM
Looks like us, Holland and Canada are the only teams that will be going to the world cup with no win in the warm up matches. - Unless, Holland or Canada beats their opposing team in their 2nd warm up match.

Kwa Zulu Natal are 142 for the loss of 1 wicket after 30 overs. Their run rate is 4.73.

Overs left to bowl by Bangladeshi bowlers are:

Heeeey, Alok Kapali has come into bowl again and gave away 8 runs to H Amla this time (back to back fours) and a wide. (The last time he gave away back to back fours to Saunders.

Okaay - just now Kapali took the wicket of Saunders

30.4 Alok Kapali to Saunders, OUT: oooh trys to block played on

Bowling O M R W
Manjural Islam 7 0 32 1 (5w)
Mashrafe Mortaza 5 1 15 0 (1nb, 1w)
Tapash Baisya 7 0 35 0 (1nb)
Alok Kapali 2.4 0 25 1 (1w)
Ehsanul Haque 5 0 27 0
Mohammad Rafique 4 0 11 0

I am copying this (the above bowling figures) in case all the bowlers are smacked all over the place in the last 20 overs.

February 5, 2003, 09:59 AM
32.5 Alok Kapali to HM Amla, OUT: Kapli strikes again Amla try`s to
block spin beating him

BUT the question is, can the other bowlers restrict KZN?:

KwaZulu-Natal 161/3 (32.5 ov)

Full Scorecard
KwaZulu-Natal won the toss and elected to bat first

KwaZulu-Natal RR: 4.90

Batsmen: R B 4s 6s S/R

DM Benkenstein (RHB) 3 8 0 0 37.50 Non-striker

Bowlers: O M R W Econ
Alok Kapali (LB) 3.5 0 32 2 8.35 (0nb, 1w) Old Fort Road End
Mohammad Rafique (SLA) 5 0 13 0 2.60 (0nb, 0w) Umgeni End

February 5, 2003, 10:11 AM
Namibia 190/9, 50 ov
Northerns 148/8, 43 ov

43 runs with 2 wickets and 7 overs .... unless the northern tailenders who some fireworks - Namibia goes in with all win

Update - two overs later.

Northerns - 167/8, 45 ov

24 runs from 30 balls, still 2 wickets ....

[Edited on 5-2-2003 by tehsin]

February 5, 2003, 10:15 AM
He took the 2 wickets but gave away 45 runs from only 6 overs.
Rafique looks the only class bowler. So is Masri (so far) and Manju as always.

Looks like we have a HUGE problem with our 5th bowler. Whoever you pick (unless we go in with four pacer and rafique and weaken - not really - our batting) from Sujon, Ashraful, Seezan, Kapali, you are bound to get whacked.

February 5, 2003, 10:19 AM
KwaZulu-Natal 181/3 (40.0 ov)

Full Scorecard
KwaZulu-Natal won the toss and elected to bat first

KwaZulu-Natal RR: 4.53

Batsmen: R B 4s 6s S/R
DM Benkenstein (RHB) 15 32 1 0 46.88 Striker
FB Lazarus (RHB) 5 19 0 0 26.32 Non-striker

Bowlers: O M R W Econ
Alok Kapali (LB) 7.0 0 48 2 6.86 (0nb, 2w) Old Fort Road End
Mohammad Rafique (SLA) 9 1 17 0 1.89 (0nb, 0w) Umgeni End

Recent Overs: 1 . 1 4 . 1 | . . . . . . | 1 1 . 1 . . | . . . 1 1 . |

Current Partnership: 20 runs, 7.1 overs, RR: 2.79

Last Wicket: 161/3 (32.5 ov); Partnership: 9 runs, 2.1 overs, RR: 4.15
HM Amla b Alok Kapali 76 (123m 89b 7x4 1x6) SR: 85.39

February 5, 2003, 10:21 AM
Between the three pacers, we have 11 overs. This is the 41st over and Pilot sends in Kapali AGAIN to bowl.

Good thing, Kapali getting to bowl.
Bad - we all know if he bowls, he can't score runs.

Good - Masri getting some rest
Bad - AGAIN, front line bowlers will bowl less then qouta.

Good - make something up
Bad - Pilot is back to his old rotation. It's like the old noghtmares are back ... however, he might just be trying out his option in these PRACTICE matches.

February 5, 2003, 10:25 AM
West Indians 274/3 (42.3 ov)

3 fifties (Hinds 93, Sarwan 75*, Hooper 56*) so far, Chanderpaul, Powell, and Jacobs are yet to bat.
Have to see if their bowlers produce.

When they make it, they can thank us for helping in their big revival, *wink*

February 5, 2003, 10:27 AM
sanwar is the only player not getting match practise in sa - what do the experts say on that?

i thought mybe they sshould have saved a couple of rafiq overs but pilot loves to bowl the main spinners 10 in a row. good containment from him nonetheless.

ehsan probably bowled too many overs, that's why the front line pacers won't bowl their quota. am sure kapali will bowl all 10

February 5, 2003, 10:27 AM
Rafiq just completed his spell of 10 overs. Only gave away 23 runs. Excellent bowling. Didn't get a wicket though.

February 5, 2003, 10:29 AM
he did really well - only in the last over did he give up 6 runs. you can look at the tale of the two ends when you look at the overs graph - rafique containing from one end, runs being given away at the other.

am afraid that here comes the slog runs...

February 5, 2003, 10:29 AM
They have made big changes. After beating Canada by 217 runs, they have fielded a second string side with 6/7 players missing from that match.

They now need 10 runs from 11 balls with 1 wicket in hand.

February 5, 2003, 10:33 AM

Slogs are in.... they'll score a minimum of 6 per over ... that's a total of atleats - 245. With 7 wickets in hand, add another 30 or so.

February 5, 2003, 10:34 AM
If the trend continues, KZN will cream us around for the last five overs. We are looking at a score of about 260 to chase I would say.

February 5, 2003, 10:36 AM
Benkenstein hit Kapali for a six and a four

44.3 Alok Kapali to Benkenstein, FOUR, through covers
44.2 Alok Kapali to Benkenstein, SIX, oooh great shot well hit over long

February 5, 2003, 10:36 AM
well at least he got a third wicket. ashraful does this as well - gets hammered in the slog overs but manages to get a couple of wickets. don't know if that is good or bad

February 5, 2003, 10:37 AM
Not before creaming Kapali for 10 runs in two balls.

44.4 Alok Kapali to Benkenstein, OUT:

KwaZulu-Natal 213/4, Partnership of 52
DM Benkenstein c Ehsanul Haque b Alok Kapali 35 (49b 2x4 1x6)
FB Lazarus 17* (30b) Alok Kapali 9.4-0-67-3 (2w)

44.3 Alok Kapali to Benkenstein, FOUR, through covers
44.2 Alok Kapali to Benkenstein, SIX, oooh great shot well hit over long
44.1 Alok Kapali to Benkenstein, no run, well bowled Benk`s blocks

February 5, 2003, 10:40 AM
70 runs in 10 overs is too expensive in a one day match. Even though he took 3 wickets. Especially if you consider that Rafiq only gave 23 for his 10!

February 5, 2003, 10:42 AM
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I thougth Pilot had more sense then this. However, Benky is a very good batsmen, good to see him out of the game.
260 is a good possibility. BD should use this chance to bat the 50 overs and not try to chase this total and get all out for 150. We need all the practice we can get.

Namibia won by 8 runs. Good for them.
W Indies 323/4 from 46.5 overs...

February 5, 2003, 10:42 AM
ok, we have watched many bangladesh bowling efforts go down the drain. what do you experts say should be the strategy in the last 5-10 overs - what bowlers to use, what fielding - what's pilot's best strategy accoding to our board experts?

it seems that our spin may pay some dividends regardless of SA wickets. by having 3 pacers, rafiq and kapali and then adding either ash or sanwar instead of ehsan, do you think that is the best team? both ash and sanwar are spinners.

February 5, 2003, 10:46 AM
Has Pilot put every men on the boundary line ? You'll notice that they are gleefully going for the ones.

The bowling looks okay except Kapali needs to focus. A little more bite won't hurt.

Ash and Sanwar should come in for Seezan/Tusher/SUMON/Hannan.

February 5, 2003, 10:48 AM
Tapashye fall hoi ... Tapash Lazarus er Lez a Roshi dise.

February 5, 2003, 10:48 AM
I really think we should only use our seamers for the last ten overs. Keep a combination of overs between between Masri, Monju and Taposh. The spinners are easy pickings for these batsmen. Even if they bowl a few dot balls, they go for sixes as well. Just look at Kapali's 10th over, he gave away 14 runs! Thats too many. You will get hit around in the end overs, but 14 is too many. Might as well have the pacers give away their usual 8 or so. If Monju had bowled that over, he would not have given away more than 7 or 8 I am sure. But for some reason, Kapali gets to bowl 10, and Monju only 7 overs.

February 5, 2003, 10:49 AM
i don't know why sanwar didn't play in place of hannan/tushar/sumon in that order.

what happened to that bowler who got a bunch of our wickets in the first game - don't see him in the lineup - indian name

February 5, 2003, 10:50 AM
Thats because pilot is a stupid a**hole:mad::mad::mad:

February 5, 2003, 10:50 AM
End of over 47 (4 runs) KwaZulu-Natal 227/5 (RR: 4.83)
Tapash Baisya 8-0-39-1 (1nb) - Old Fort Road End
RB MacQueen 1* (1b) ELR Stewart 7* (5b)

46.6 Tapash Baisya to MacQueen, one run, to 3rd man
46.5 Tapash Baisya to Lazarus, OUT: perfect ball on line hitting him on

KwaZulu-Natal 226/5, Partnership of 13
FB Lazarus lbw b Tapash Baisya 21 (38b 0x4 0x6)
ELR Stewart 7* (5b) Tapash Baisya 7.5-0-38-1 (1nb)

46.4 Tapash Baisya to Lazarus, no run, this almost into him pulls his
body 7 bat away
46.3 Tapash Baisya to Stewart, one run, gives himself room steps foeward
drives straight to long on
46.2 Tapash Baisya to Lazarus, one run
46.1 Tapash Baisya to Stewart, one run, easy turn to 3rd man

February 5, 2003, 10:51 AM
also, talha hasn't warmed up in sa. maybe he could have come in for manju to give him some practise.

February 5, 2003, 10:55 AM
Should we play him in the last over or bring Manju back ? Neither have shown much promise in taking wickets. I would have played Manju for 49th and have Tapash finish.

How is Talha doing ? He missed a lot. Is he even with the team ?

Bodi is not playing this match (woohooo) - however the whole Bangladesh team is playing so you never know. :)

[Edited on 5-2-2003 by tehsin]

February 5, 2003, 10:56 AM
This decision to play Hannan, Seezan and Tushar and not Sanwar is mind boggling. Especially after his 72 in Namibia, which was our highest individual score. I mean, I can understand that they are trying to decide between Hannan and Seezan by resting Ash who is certain to play. But how can they take Tushar, who didn't score 72 in 5 innings combined in Namibia, ahead of Sanwar?

February 5, 2003, 10:59 AM
Because - it has been decided that Tusher is a specialist one-day player. I swear, if some of you would pay some attention to BCB, you could have figured them out by now. Khek.

By the way, Sanwar is a specialist test/first class player. (don't ask)

February 5, 2003, 11:00 AM
49.1 Mashrafe Mortaza to MacQueen, OUT: oooh well bolwed through block
whole cleaning off center & off stump

KwaZulu-Natal 245/6, Partnership of 19
RB MacQueen b Mashrafe Mortaza 6 (7b 0x4 0x6)
ELR Stewart 19* (12b 1x4) Mashrafe Mortaza 8.1-1-36-1 (1w 1nb)

Probably saved it for the last.

[Edited on 5-2-2003 by tehsin]

February 5, 2003, 11:05 AM
Everyone (but Rafique) got wickets. That's a good thing. Also, they beat ,my prediction (260-275) so that's a triumph. will be a hard job to score 252. Don't think we can make it even with Bodi not playing today.


What say you - the wise BD fans ?

[Edited on 5-2-2003 by tehsin]

February 5, 2003, 11:05 AM
Right now, I would say it is beyond Bangladesh. Especially if the top order stays true to form and collapses dramatically. If we can keep some wickets in hand, maybe we can get up there. Rokon, Sumon and Kapali need to play long innigs, and one from Hannan, Seezan and Tushar needs to score some runs.

February 5, 2003, 11:06 AM
This wise BD fan predicts 153 all out.

February 5, 2003, 11:11 AM
We have a 153 all out ... anyone wiser ?

(I simply refuse to learn and am ready for another heartbreak - I'll go for 200+)

February 5, 2003, 11:11 AM
BD gave up follwing runs for each 10 overs:

1-10: 36 v. good
11-20- 60 change the first 2 bowlers!!
21-30- 46 ok
31-40- 39 v good
41-50: 70 have a better strategy!!

February 5, 2003, 11:13 AM
why not, what do i have to lose??

here is chance for bangladesh to redeem themselves. they can last 50 overs and chase 5 an over if they really wanted to. in fact, as a test team they must prove themselves right here, right now. it's all or nothing.

February 5, 2003, 11:22 AM
the respect you have gained on the board in the last months.

See if you predict 152, like Handle, and BD scores 252, everyone is too happy to notice. But if you predict 252 and BD scores 152, people get angry and need to point fingers. Who do they choose to point their fingers at? The blighter that jinxed us by predicting 252. In this case, thats right, its you Rafiq bhai.

Ask Tehsin bhai, he has received considerable abuse for his jinxing abilities in the past.

[Edited on 5-2-2003 by Sham]

February 5, 2003, 11:25 AM
178 all out in 43.3 overs

February 5, 2003, 11:28 AM
Maybe I do ... Should I give it a shot ? It's just a practice match, muhahahahah.

By the way, chat's open.

February 5, 2003, 11:45 AM
Players are coming out.
252 to win. Huge target considering our batting vulnerability.

February 5, 2003, 12:01 PM
when we will have a good opening partnership???

February 5, 2003, 12:02 PM
When we drop him!

February 5, 2003, 12:21 PM
Hannan fails again! Not a single score over 20 in Namibia or SA. Poor build up, especially if he is our first choice partner for Rokon as opener.

February 5, 2003, 12:22 PM
Hello boys and girls,

I see that Hannan Sarkar has hurried back to the benches as usual...I am completely baffled about why all three of Hannan, Ehsanul, and Tushar are playing today.

Anyway, I say we need a solid partnership right here between Sumon and Al Sahariar...its either this or the usual collapse. Not very hopeful though...Sumon just hit two two FOURs in the 7th over, one of which was cut "high".

6.2 Tweedie to Habibul Bashar, FOUR, oooh cut high past point

February 5, 2003, 12:26 PM
sumon and rokon are on fire

February 5, 2003, 12:28 PM
between Sumon and Rokon - let's see who gets out first and let's see who can make the most fours (not bad though - shows that they have confidence - we need that) on the way.

February 5, 2003, 12:34 PM
Why do I get the feeling that shoboi chup chap Allah/Bhagban/Ishyar ke dakche ? *wink*

77 for 1, 11ov

February 5, 2003, 12:38 PM
Now we'll find out what we are made off.

February 5, 2003, 12:41 PM
The criicnfo links are out of whack .. they don't have the right stats for the players when you click on them.

I did notice that they said this was the first wicket for govind for the Dolphins (KZN Dolphins that is). So, this was the rookie's first wicket ? SAD.

February 5, 2003, 12:43 PM
Sumon wins the "personal war"...manages to head back first. Excellent---now he can relax...get a drink...in peace instead of sweating out in the middle.

February 5, 2003, 12:47 PM
Yes, this was his first wicket for KZN. Actually, this is his first spell in any list A match .... :)

(2001/02 - 2002/03; last updated 05/02/2003)
M I NO Runs HS Ave SR 100 50 Ct St
Batting & Fielding 7 12 0 236 63 19.66 34.85 0 1 11 1

O M R W Ave BBI 5 10 SR Econ
Bowling - - - - - - - - - -

(2000/01 - 2001/02)
M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
Batting & Fielding 4 4 1 46 21 15.33 0 0 1 0

O M R W Ave BBI 4w 5w SR Econ
Bowling - - - - - - - - - -

(this explains the run rate)

February 5, 2003, 12:48 PM
Man, I always thought Rokon was the best strokemaker of our side...but wow, he has really blossomed on these SA pitches. My respect for him is growing by leaps and bounds.

On another note: it could be the 2nd-rate bowlers. But isn't Natal the third ranked team in SA?

[Edited on 5-2-2003 by Arnab]

February 5, 2003, 12:49 PM
Just look at his scores in the last series in SA ... He loves it here. Maybe BCB should try to hook him up with one of the state sides.

February 5, 2003, 12:51 PM
14.3 MacQueen to Al Sahariar, no run, oooh edged up in front keeper
under it in the glove no not out safe

February 5, 2003, 12:52 PM
No matter how well they play, our batsmen just cant resist the urge to give the fans the occasional heart attack.

February 5, 2003, 01:00 PM
I am bound to get several in the next 4 weeks ... Unlike Cricinfo scorecards, I qwillbe watching them LIVE ..... OUCH

February 5, 2003, 01:08 PM
Rokon got to his 50! Well done. He needs to go on though.

February 5, 2003, 01:10 PM
Rokon is just one man ... we need more .... Say, it's been a while since Tapash scored a 40 or so... :)

(Can't name any other names as I fear retribution from certain wings among the fans)

February 5, 2003, 01:30 PM
Is this a good dream? I hope they don't mess up in the end. Rokon should just stop the speed. We only need for him to stay at the wicket from here on. Let's see what happens. Sumon has really not shouldered the responsibilty for some time now. May be he should realize that he can de dropped.

February 5, 2003, 01:32 PM
something's wrong with cricinfo
was 138/2
and now its stuck at 128/2

February 5, 2003, 01:37 PM
I think we have been very very nice to Sumon for a long time. He needs to start producing. Now, we don't hessitate to compare him with any of the replacables (Tusher, Hannan etc). I am sure he is aware of that, now he needs to make his bat do the talking and shut us up.

February 5, 2003, 01:44 PM
If Sumon is going to score a max of 20 we might as well take the risk of bringing in Shujon who can at least roll over his sleeves for a few overs. I still think Sumon is our best batsman, but he has to produce runs very very soon. Just as I was writing this post Rokon is out.

February 5, 2003, 01:45 PM
Current Partnership (Al Sahariar / Ehsanul) 65 Runs

Last Partnership (Al Sahariar / Habibul) 64 Runs

These are the kinds of partnerships we need to win matches.

Make that 74 runs for current partnership.


February 5, 2003, 01:47 PM
Bangladeshis innings (target: 192 runs from 35 overs) R M B 4 6
Ehsanul Haque b Veenstra 5 10 10 1 0
Hannan Sarkar b Tweedie 9 31 20 1 0
Habibul Bashar c Veenstra b Tweedie 0 11 6 0 0
Al Sahariar c & b Lazarus 45 58 33 4 2
Mohammad Ashraful c Brown b Lazarus 16 20 19 1 1
Alok Kapali st Brown b Bodi 27 74 39 1 0
Khaled Mahmud c Kent b Bodi 22 26 22 1 1
Mohammad Rafique c Dladla b Bodi 2 8 7 0 0
*+Khaled Mashud c HM Amla b Dladla 1 4 3 0 0
Mashrafe Mortaza run out (Watson) 8 13 9 1 0
Manjural Islam not out 0 8 5 0 0
Extras (w 15, nb 3) 18
Total (all out, 28.2 overs) 153

February 5, 2003, 01:48 PM
177 against Namibia
45 against KZN
68 against KZN

That's 292 runs in three innings and counting.
and counting ..............

February 5, 2003, 01:52 PM
The BBC website already has an article about today's match.

Titled "Tigers attack lacks teeth".

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport3/cwc2003/hi/newsid_2730000/newsid_2730200/2730271.stmTigers attack lacks teeth

World Cup warm-up, Durban: KwaZulu-Natal 251-6 (50 overs) v Bangladesh

The limitations of Bangladesh's bowling attack were exposed as youngster Hashim Amla led the home side to a sizeable total.

Amla, the captain of the South African team which reached last year's Under-19 World Cup final, stroked 76 off 89 balls.

He went in at number three in the fifth over and struck a six and seven fours before he was bowled by Alok Kapali.

Leg-spinner Kapali was the most successful bowler, picking up three for 70.

But slow left-armer Mohammad Rafique was the pick of the attack, sending down his 10 overs for only 23 runs.

The other three wickets were shared between the seamers Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Manjural Islam and Tapash Baisya.

February 5, 2003, 01:57 PM
I am glad Ehsanul has done well and probably has earned himself a berth for the first WC match. He also gives us a bowling option. More importanly, we do not have to look towards a Rokon or a Sumon all the time. I hope he sticks around to at least the 45th over or so. We can clearly lose from here on, unless we at least have two more partnerships of reasonable size (30-40 each).

February 5, 2003, 02:11 PM
If we include Tushar or Ehsanul, that will mean that Ashraful or Sanwar or Sujon will not play.

Ehsanul seems to be playing a more comfortable innings today compared to Tushar:

27.5 Benkenstein to Tushar Imran, one run, almost playing on to stumps

33.2 Lazarus to Tushar Imran, no run, oooh hit straight to Benk at cover...oooh dropped

I don't know who is likely to be more consistent going forward though...my priors would have led me to think Tushar...not sure after today.

February 5, 2003, 02:13 PM
That's all we need from here on ....
I do thank the KZN management for fielding their second string bowling line up. This is probably how good CANADA will be. Gives our players a good shot at chasing a challenging total and also gives them an option to find out if THEY can win it or they simply repeat the 'tir e eshe tori dubano' routine.

February 5, 2003, 02:14 PM
Tushar OUT...serious possibility of the all-too-familiar quick collapse unless we get a solid partnership out of Ehsanul and Kapali right here....

February 5, 2003, 02:14 PM
He will be missed in the first match. I see sanwar coming back. Who should ash replace ? Sumon ? My vote goes for Sumon.

34.1 Anderson to Tushar Imran, OUT: stepping forward to drive Stewart
acting quick knocking off the bails

Bangladeshis 185/4, Partnership of 29
Tushar Imran st Stewart b Anderson 18 (25b 2x4 0x6)
Ehsanul Haque 50* (64b 4x4) J Anderson 3.1-0-16-1 (1w)

February 5, 2003, 02:20 PM
I think Sumon should stay in the batting line-up. Even though he did throw his wicket today, he is one of the few batsmen with experience who we know can perform if he wants. I think it would be unwise to play without him...although someone might want to give him a JHARI before the next match.

February 5, 2003, 02:22 PM
I had written this part earlier today to be posted at night. I have now added Ehsanul to my team. This gives 8 bowling options.

I think against test teams we should definitely have 5 frontline bowlers in the form of Masri, Manju, Tapash, Talha and Rafiq. Then comes the (sort of) all rounders in Kapali and Ashraful. So we have 7 bowling options. Plus of course Rokon, Sumon, Hannan/Ehsanul and Pilot. Surely, this is a little weak in batting, with a relatively long tail. The way our batsmen bat most of the time the entire team looks like the tail. I really think that now, our bowling is better than our batting. One batsman more, or less, may not make much of a difference, but one regular bowler versus one part-timer could make a huge difference. Nothing will please me more than seeing that our batsmen prove me totally wrong. (They have done so a little bit today). Excluding the 5 specialist bowlers this side really has 6 batsmen. However, against non-test teams we can drop one of the 4 pace bowlers and include another batsman - probably Sanwar. The other 3 players - Shujon, Ehsanul/Hannan, and Tushar may be included, depending on injury or lack of form of others. If there is a place for Shujon I will back him as experience will matter also.

February 5, 2003, 02:23 PM
Replace Sumon? No! Before replacing Sumon, lets do away with Hannan that waste of space! Ash in place of Hannan and Sanwar in place of Tushar I say. Otherwise, this team is fine.

February 5, 2003, 02:30 PM
Bangladeshis require another 44 runs with 6 wickets and 11.0 overs remaining

February 5, 2003, 02:34 PM
End of over 40 (10 runs) Bangladeshis 218/4 (RR: 5.45 RRR: 34/10 = 3.40)
A Mhlongo 5-0-41-0 (6w) - Umgeni End
Alok Kapali 9* (12b) Ehsanul Haque 73* (87b 8x4)

39.6 Mhlongo to Ehsanul Haque, no run, straight to cover
39.5 Mhlongo to Ehsanul Haque, no run
39.4 Mhlongo to Ehsanul Haque, FOUR, to through sq leg
39.3 Mhlongo to Alok Kapali, one run, to 3rd man
39.2 Mhlongo to Ehsanul Haque, one run, to sq leg
39.1 Mhlongo to Ehsanul Haque, FOUR, cut fine to deep fine leg boundary

Bangladeshis require another 34 runs with 6 wickets and 60 balls remaining

February 5, 2003, 02:38 PM
Didn't I say we were going to score 200+ .....
Of Course, Rafiq bhai said 252 for 8 ... silly him.

February 5, 2003, 02:42 PM
This match must have done a world of good to Ehsanul. It would be nice for him to reach 100. However, victory would be nicer.

February 5, 2003, 02:44 PM
Bangladeshis require another 21 runs with 6 wickets and 47 balls remaining

There is no stoppin us now...! :D

February 5, 2003, 02:45 PM
BD needs 21 runs off 44 balls.
He needs 17 runs for century .. let's see how it goes.

Now, 14 runs of 38 balls
Seezan needs 13. :)

[Edited on 5-2-2003 by tehsin]

February 5, 2003, 02:48 PM
Surely we can't lose from here!

38 balls left and 6 wickets in hand.

February 5, 2003, 02:52 PM
This has been the first BD game since test status where the top order didnt collapse.

February 5, 2003, 02:56 PM
This a very solid performance. I hope it gives them the confidence they need before embarking on the proper tournament.

February 5, 2003, 02:56 PM

However, this was so coming ....

45.5 Gobind to Ehsanul Haque, OUT: edged to keeper

Bangladeshis 250/5, Partnership of 65
Ehsanul Haque c Stewart b Gobind 92 (105b 11x4 0x6)
Alok Kapali 22* (29b 1x4) V Gobind 5.5-0-36-2 (1w)

[Edited on 5-2-2003 by tehsin]

February 5, 2003, 03:05 PM
Big win I'd say .... 5 wicket win with 23 balls to go.... Think of the possibilities
All this because our top order finally showed some responsibility.

February 5, 2003, 06:07 PM
We shouted so loud that they could hear from South Africa.

Plus, the JHARIs from Australia were like WILKINSON SWORD............

Keep watching the Bangladesh Boys. They can suddenly DAZZLE.

February 5, 2003, 09:37 PM
Plus, the JHARIs from Australia were like WILKINSON SWORD............

hahahahahaha.....wilkinson sword blade...i forgot the punchline in that early 90s BTV ad...but the sheer memory of it is pretty sweet and funny.