Originally Posted by Zunaid
We managed to browbeat Zeeshan enough to get a ODI tour round-up from him. Enjoy:
From Mirpur to Chittagong: An Escape Trilogy
It takes certain leap of imagination to conjure an image of bowling out a foreign Test ranked team for only 61 runs. But it's a myth that would be hard to debunk for the Bangladeshis have managed just that following two defeats by large margin. With Harry Houdini's death anniversary approaching on 31st October, I borrow themes from the master's act and invite all skeptics and believers alike humbly presenting the series this time in a form of triptych.
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Just read the article and I laughed in a couple of places "Bangladesh hit a brick wall. Literally." They LITERALLY hit a brick wall? Very silly.
The article is somewhat missing the point in many ways. the first of which is that the 'escape' as it is called happened when there was nothing left in the series to play for. It had already been lost 2-0. So the win is similar to making a sturdy, locking gate after the horse has run off.
The main thing though was that the Chittagong pitch turned almost square and in two ODIs now, due entirely to that fact, Zimbabwe made 44 and West Indies now 61. This proves that there are no pitches like this anywhere else in the world when it gets wet.
The West Indies are of course without both Gayle and Chanderpaul, their two world class players and the two most likely to be able to bat on such a pitch.
I am all for writing 'triumphalist' articles stating 'amazing' results against all odds, but this wasn't really one of them. West Indies were overwhelmed by a massive spin friendly pitch made worse by weather conditions that were out of everyone's control. Had we batted first instead of West indies a different result might have been the outcome.
Let's repeat the win in the Test Series and let's have a triumphant report in the press.