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Old December 27, 2012, 01:39 PM
boka boka is offline
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ZIA came into bat when score was 150/5
So, for any batter with commonsense and proper skill set would understand time is not suitable for attack, rather first had to settle-down and assess situation
and WHAT ZIA did let's check what stats says:

Ziaur Rahman 11* (30b 1x4)
Team score - 171/5
He was very watchful

He continued his effort until
Ziaur Rahman 17* (45b 1x4)
Team score was 193/7 and another wicket falls Team score became 193/8

Look at his scoring rate he was not the aggressor yet
but as he was running out of partners he reassess situation and understand he had to score most of the runs and he start hitting hard to only those balls which he could able to hit... look at the stats

His partners (Rubel 28 Murad 25) faced 53 balls, ZIA 73 out of which he scored 135 but his scoring balls are [6s+4s+3s+2s+1s]=(15+6+1+1+16)=39 and 34 dot balls (47% dots) where mostly he respect the bowlers for their good deliveries or didn't score singles to cover his tailender colleague.

To me most important aspect is in most cases this type of innings one could play one/two in a career, unfortunately he played it in a domestic game. Love to dream he could reproduce such sensible innings in his international career and will give us opportunity to watch such pleasantly-sensible innings from one of our batter.

btw, in Test or ODI no captain will show the magnitude of stupidity MULLAH showed today by giving ball to Ashraful and Mehrab jnr. Fortunately ZIA faced only 13 deliveries. He scored 42 runs (hit six sixes - 3 of each).

Hope ZIA will continue to show same intent and intellect that he showed today...
Abar jombay mela ...
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