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Old December 31, 2007, 07:02 PM
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Default Cricinfo's 2007 Bangladesh review - Two sides to the story

2007 in review: Bangladesh
Two sides to the story
Sidharth Monga
December 31, 2007


Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Ashraful seal Bangladesh's first heist of the 2007 World Cup, against India © AFP

Bangladesh were playing their first Test in almost a year when they took India on in Chittagong in May. To the first ball, from Mashrafe Mortaza, Wasim Jaffer shouldered arms and lost his off stump. Mortaza had the index finger of his left hand pointed towards captain Mohammad Ashraful as he went on a celebratory run. Apparently Mortaza had told Ashraful beforehand that Jaffer had a tendency of premeditating his leaves, and that, with a reputation as a predominantly outswing bowler, he was sure he would get Jaffer first up with one that came in.
In a year where they had other moments that they would cherish much more, it was this beginning at Chittagong that gave one cause to feel that Bangladesh belonged. That first day was followed up by a rearguard action with the bat by Mortaza and Shahadat Hossain to save the game. It is a different matter that they have only gone downhill in Tests since then. Overall, it was a year of two clearly demarcated parts for Bangladesh. In the first four months, with eight wins out of the 15 ODIs they played, they looked like emulating 2006, when their numbers were impressive. In 2006, Mortaza was the world's leading wicket-taker in ODIs, Abdur Razzak was third on the list, and Shahriar Nafees became the first Bangladesh batsman to make over 1000 runs in ODIs in a calendar year. They won 18 of the 28 matches they played, the third-best win percentage after Australia and New Zealand.




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rabeed imam should have written this piece...why do we get foreingers writing for us all the time?

at any rate, decent article from what i read.
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