Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Sat Mar 27, 2021 3:58 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Match Report

Date: Weds 23rd March 2021, 1:00pm
Competition: Nat One Day Division 1
Opponent: England
Pitch/Conditions: Crumbling & Overcast

Full Debutants: Arafat Kayes

After Tuesdays horror show with the bat against Zimbabwe, the side were looking to bounce back against an English side that had lost their first two matches of the tour.

Another crumbling pitch, our third of the tour, meant another game where the spinners were likely to play a vital role. With Ahuja Patankar rested, Ashish Sharma took the captain's armband and the match saw Arafat Kayes making his full international debut as part of a three man seam attack. Sharma won the toss and chose to bowl first, for the third consecutive time this week.

This decision looked to be a stroke of genius when two English wickets fell in the first two overs. Firstly, Shahrukh Taher clean bowled Francis Stimpson with the second delivery of the match and then Mashrafe Khalim trapped English captain Dinny Murphy lbw; both English openers removed for ducks. Khalim claimed a second wicket a few overs later when he had Karl Langley caught in the deep as the English number four mistimed a pull shot; leaving England wobbling at 18-3. A solid partnership between FitzChivalry Farseer and Moeen Hartley started a rebuild for England but then debutant Arafat Kayes struck twice in his fourth over to put Bangladesh back in the ascendancy. Kayes removed Hartley lbw with one that the batsmen played all around before then clean bowling Maxwell Cowmeadow for a third duck of the innings. With the score 52-5, things were looking great for the Tigers. Farseer continued his solid individual effort however and found a more than capable partner in Michael Horne, with the pair making it to drinks with the score 77-5.

The second over after the interval provided a huge turning point. Sadi Mabud produced a well flighted delivery that Horne could only edge to Taher at slip but the big fast bowler dropped the chance, the ball bursting straight through his hands. The English pair then brought up their fifty partnership in the 33rd over with Farseer completing his personal half century a few overs later. With the total now past 100, Taher saw Horne dropped off his own bowling as Khalim could not cling onto a tough chance in the gully. Enamul Mubalik then failed to cling onto a running catch at deep midwicket when Horne skied one a few overs later; the allrounder now dropped three times on scores of 12, 36 and 42. Farseer, who had played watchfully down the other end, eventually departed for 56 when he played an ill judged leave against Taher. With the score 134-6, wicketkeeper Shaun Rose quickly got to work. The finisher took 11 runs off his first over and did not slow down despite eventually losing Horne, who departed lbw to Kayes for a career best 52. Rose took on everyone, demonstrating a particular liking for the spin of Ishan Reddy, and brought up a 36 ball fifty in the final over of the innings. The keeper's late hitting propelled England to a likely, above par score of 199-8.


The Bangladesh reply, as has been the theme recently, got off to a quick start with Fedor Emelianenko hitting three boundaries in his first eight deliveries. That was unfortunately as good as it would get for the keeper as he was adjudged lbw for just 16 off the bowling of Mike Brodie. Irfan Banerjee joined captain Sharma at the crease and got a free life when he was dropped by Rose behind the stumps second ball. The pair took advantage of the chance and pushed the total towards the half-century mark, with Sharma hitting wrist spinner Josh Laylor for an exquisite maximum over extra-cover. Sharma then tried to take on fellow wristy Zed Zeppelin but his lofted drive could not clear long-on and the captain departed for 26. Sajedul Razzak then hit Zeppelin for a few boundaries but the Bangladesh chase completely fell apart in the few overs prior to the drinks break.

Razzak was clean bowled by Brodie for 16 with the total 83-3 before the same bowler then had Ambathi Binny caught behind a few overs later for just 3. Banerjee was then stumped for 19 when he tried to come down the wicket to a delivery from Horne. Josh Lalor then dismissed Sadi Mabud for 1 and Enamul Mubalik for 2 in the over before drinks. Once the dust had settled, Bangladesh had slipped from 83-2 to 96-7, and the game was all but over.

Mashrafe Khalim and Kayes were both dismissed cheaply by Lalor. Ishan Reddy enjoyed a bit of time at the crease, finishing unbeaten on 25, but when last man Taher was runout, Bangladesh had been dismissed for 135, miles short of their target.


A poor showing in the field allowed England to get way more runs than they should have, especially given that they were 52-5 at one point. The batting was again well ahead of the required run rate, but another collapse left us with no chance of even staying competitive in this game.

England 199-8/50 overs - Bangladesh 135-10/36.4 overs
Bangladesh lost by 64 runs

Key Performers:
Arafat Kayes: 10 overs, 3-32
Mashrafe Khalim: 10 overs, 2-31
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Sat Mar 27, 2021 4:31 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Match Report

Date: Thurs 23rd March 2021, 1:00pm
Competition: Nat One Day Division 1
Opponent: Kenya
Pitch/Conditions: Slow & Windy

Full Debutants: n/a

After another poor performance with the bat on Wednesday the side were looking to bounce back against a strong Kenyan outfit. This game was the first not played on a crumbling surface as a slow pitch had been prepared.

Given the woes when chasing so far this week it was clear that Ahuja Patankar, recalled as captain, was desperate to bat first but when the kipper lost the toss, Kenya gleefully opted to make Bangladesh bowl.

The seamers started out fairly costly, with the first seven overs going for 36 runs, but the introduction of Mashrafe Khalim early brought about a pair of rewards. In his second over the seamer had Nelson Ninelives caught at slip for 18 with a beautiful outswinger before then producing an inducker that Jomo Kibaki could only edge to the keeper, Fedor Emelianenko. Thabiti Wanyama continued his attacking intent and helped push Kenya beyond 50. He then hit Sanjeev Khanolkar’s first ball for a huge six but the spinner had the last laugh when Wanyama tried to smash the very next ball but resulted in only managing to find Saeed Das at mid-off. Kenyan captain and talisman Andrew Kibet set about solidifying the innings along with Zaccheus Kinyua but the latter was dismissed just before the drinks break when he was spectacularly caught on the boundary by Satish Durani. At the interval, the game was evenly poised at 86-4.

Khalim claimed his third wicket straight after the break when Justus Mwangi top edged a short ball to Razzak fielding in the circle. Kibet continued with his patient knock however and was assisted by the resilient Robert Whittaker, the pair knocking runs without any major scares. Kibet brought up his half century, and the fifty run partnership, in the 41st over. Whittaker, who had made a career best score days early against England, eventually was trapped lbw by Das for 37 but the score was now 173-6. Kibet, who had batted since the ninth over, engaged in some late hitting and propelled the Kenyans to a final total of 213-7, with the captain finishing unbeaten on 87.


Chasing had not been a Bangladesh strength this week and things did not appear to be about to change here. Ashish Sharma, who has been reliable atop the order for so long, was runout second ball of the innings thinking he could take advantage of a small fumble by Wanyama. Things went from bad to worse for the Tigers when Sajedul Razzak, promoted to opening, was clean bowled by Festus Murungi in the third over. Amit Uthappa and Enamul Mubalik started a mini rebuild and both hit some nice looking boundaries. Just when you thought the pair were getting Bangladesh back on track, the batsmen calamitously collided in the middle of the pitch attempting a quick single and Mubalik was easily runout for 17. Uthappa, who had looked solid, then mistimed a drive off the spin of Silas Juma and was caught at mid-off for 28, leaving the total 51-4. Fedor Emelianenko and captain Ahuja Patankar consolidated and, having both hit sixes off the Kenyan spinners, managed to get to the drinks break without any further loss of wickets; 92-4.

The pair brought up the fifty run stand just after the interval but then Patankar misjudged the pace of a Murungi delivery and was out, caught and bowled, for 21. Saeed Das stuck around with Emelianenko for a while but the bowler was clean bowled in the 34th over with the score 127-6. Emelianenko brought up his fifty, the first of the tour for Bangladesh, with a third maximum but he then saw Satish Durani and Mashrafe Khalim dismissed in consecutive overs. The keeper was running out of partners but continued to find timely boundaries. He was eventually out for 79 trying to turn the final delivery of a Brian Nafukho over to leg in order to keep the strike, only to miss the turning ball and be easily stumped. Sanjeev Khanolkar was removed in the next over and Bangladesh, despite the efforts of Emelianenko, were all out for 164.


An excellent innings by Andrew Kibet proved the turning point in the first innings. Fedor Emelianenko showed his talent with the bat but the supporting cast were found lacking for Bangladesh as we finished just under fifty runs short of a challenging target.

Kenya 213-7/50 overs - Bangladesh 164-10/42.3 overs
Bangladesh lost by 49 runs

Key Performers:
Mashrafe Khalim: 10 overs, 3-36
Fedor Emelianenko: 79 (89 balls)
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:03 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Match Report

Date: Fri 23rd March 2021, 1:00pm
Competition: Nat One Day Division 1
Opponent: New Zealand
Pitch/Conditions: Crumbling & Cloudy

Full Debutants: n/a

The final game of this tour was a bit of a dead rubber as Bangladesh had already been confirmed as relegated and, our unbeaten opponents, had all but been crowned as champions. We returned to a crumbling wicket for this one and, despite wanting to bat first, were found fielding again having lost the toss.


A youngish New Zealand side had dominated games all week and their batting lineup pumped 34 runs from the first six overs. Saeed Das eventually provided the breakthrough when the medium pacer had keeper Duncan Cox caught at slip by Shahrukh Taher with one that rebounded off the gloves of Suresh Gupta. Taher then dismissed the other opener, George Hayward, in the very next over to provide Bangladesh with some hope. Shayne Bulow and Motu Jellick picked up where the openers left off and when Bulow was dropped by Enamul Mubalik in the 14th over, the pair took full advantage and bludgeoned their way to drinks with the scoreboard reading an impressive 105-2.

Sadi Mabud, who was the bowler for the earlier drop, claimed the wicket of Bulow just after the interval with the batsmen edging to Mubalik, of all people, at slip and departing for 28. Jellick continued his well balanced innings and demonstrated some excellent running between the wickets but Mabud had his new partner, Jon Bones Jones, caught at slip for just 11 to leave New Zealand 137-4. Jellick brought up an 84 ball fifty and was joined by the big hitting Lyndon Luatua, with the pair reaching a quickfire fifty partnership. Jellick was eventually out lbw to Satish Durani for 79 but with the score nearing the 200 mark, the damage had already been done. Durani then produced a remarkable two overs to finish the innings. The allrounder removed Dinny Botting and Morvin Maclean with consecutive balls in the 47th over; Red De Ranger surviving the resulting hattrick ball. The seamer then removed De Ranger in his next over for just 2 and then dismissed Shane Bond, caught at fine leg, with the very next ball to bring up a five wicket haul and leave him on another hattrick. Luatua survived this delivery but number eleven Filo Fett was out one ball later as Durani had the tailender adjudged lbw to finish with a career best six wickets! Despite the solid closing of Durani, New Zealand had still managed a total of 227, way above anything that the Bangladeshi bats had been able to produce this week.

Keeper Suresh Gupta and Amit Uthappa started brightly for the Tigers but Gupta could do nothing about a jaffa from fast bowler De Ranger, edging to slip for 14. Uthappa did not last much longer, as he was chipped a simple chance to mid-off in the second over of spinner Maclean’s spell. Ambathi Binny completed a torrid individual tour when he missed a straightening ball from Maclean and was dismissed for 5 to leave Bangladesh in trouble again at 47-3. Irfan Banerjee and Enamul Mubalik looked to have gotten the Tigers back on track with some sensible batting and good running between the wickets but when Banerjee was out just before drinks, caught and bowled by De Ranger for 31, the momentum quickly shifted back to New Zealand. 95-4 at the break meant there was a lot of batting work to do and things got off to a devastating start.

Sadi Mabud pulled a rank long-hop from Botting to deep square leg just two balls after drinks and left Ahuja Patankar to try and get the run chase back on track with Mubalik. The latter batted well but, with the required rate creeping upwards, he drove a Botting delivery uppishly and was caught in the covers for 33. Durani, despite his bowling heroics, had had a poor tour with the bat and then was finalised when he was clean bowled for a two ball duck. Ishan Reddy was then dismissed for just 1 by Maclean, the captain's third wicket, and when Patankar became the New Zealanders fourth victim, trapped lbw for 26, the run chase was all but over. Last man taher was out for a third ball duck and Bangladesh were dismissed for an embarrassing 139.


A leaky performance with the ball set up a run chase that was never going to be achieved given our failures with the bat all week. Satish Durani claimed career best international figures in what was a game filled with very few highlights for the Tigers.

New Zealand 227-10/49 overs - Bangladesh 139-10/43.2 overs
Bangladesh lost by 88 runs

Key Performers:
Satish Durani: 10 overs, 6-44
Enamul Mubalik: 33 (56 balls)
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:41 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Tour Summary

Date: 22 Mar 2021 - 26 Mar 2021
Competition: Nat One Day Division 1
Results: Wins = 0, Ties = 1, Loss = 4
Points: 2

My first tour in charge could not have gone much worse as we lost four out of five games. After the thrilling nature of the first day tied match with India we then displayed some horror batting performances as we failed to chase the targets set in the final four games. We finished bottom of the table and it was a chastising debut campaign for myself as the stresses of international management came to the forefront in the most devastating of ways.

The bowling performances were something to be fairly pleased with overall but the batting was woeful. We never looked like scoring 200 runs in an innings and we were bowled out in every game we played, despite often being comfortably ahead of the required run rate when chasing. We had one batsmen hit a half century all week as most of our players got decent starts before throwing their wickets away. The fielding performance was not much better as we had a number of costly drops, especially in the England game, and seemed to have far more ‘misfields’ than ‘great fielding’ results throughout the week.

Despite the poor team performance there were a few individual players who managed a decent week:

Key Performers:

Batters:
Fedor Emelianenko (3 games; 104 runs @ 34.67 runs/game, High Score 79)
The first choice keeper was the only Bangladesh player to surpass 100 runs during the week and the only one to hit a half century, a feat he managed with a sublime 79 versus Kenya. That innings was only his second ever international half century and his highest ever score for Bangladesh.

Amit Uthappa (4 games; 85 runs @ 21.25 runs/game, High Score 34)
I was reluctant to include Uthappa here but the boundary hitter was the only specialist batsmen to average over 20 runs per innings during the recent tour. Given the spate of bowler friendly wickets played on, that is quite a decent feat. I would love to see him kick-on more following starts (scores of 34, 11, 28 and 12) and convert those into bigger scores.

Bowlers:
Mashrafe Khalim (3 games; 8 wickets @ 11.50, best 3-25, 3.29 economy)
The right arm seamer was excellent despite playing on pitches primarily suited to spinners. Khalim was the side's leading wicket taker, with eight, and contributed in each of the three games he played. He actually finished joint fourth in the wicket tables for the entire competition, highlighting just how good a tour he had.

Abdul Rashid (3 games; 6 wickets @ 14.83, best 3-20, 3.18 economy)
I could have included Satish Durani in this spot but the allrounder claimed six of his seven wickets in one game, showing a lack of consistency; a trait that has conversely made Rashid one of our most reliable assets. The left arm spinner claimed six wickets and bowled his overs at a misly economy of close to three runs per over. He also surpassed twenty career one day international wickets in this tour.

Milestones:
Ashish Sharma - 1,000 Nat One Day runs.
The assistant captain surpassed 1,000 career one day international runs during this tour, becoming just the 25th Bangladeshi batsmen in history to achieve such a feat.

Sanjeev Khanolkar - 25 Nat One Day wickets.
The wrist spinner claimed his 25th national one day wicket and is now 60th on the countries all-time leading wicket takers list.


All in all this was an extremely disappointing first tour for me in charge. We will now be playing in Division 2 following a fairly long stint in the top tier thanks, in large part, to the excellent management of Dave11 before me. Hopefully, with a solid one day tour later this year, we can look at getting back to the top division as quickly as possible but for now our attention turns to the shorter format of the game.

The next few weeks see the start of the T20 tour and we will be playing in Division 2 for this one following a promotion last year. I am hoping for much better performances, especially with the bat, in the T20s and hopefully you will all be along for the ride when they kick off in the near future.
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Dave11 » Sat Mar 27, 2021 11:40 pm

As you say, there were a few high points, individual performers like Rashid and the others you mention. I always felt we would be up against it this week and in fairness there wasn’t much you could have done about it, we punched above our weight last season at times and got a fair bit of luck, something which seems to have deserted us this week, but onwards and upwards, and look forward to the next tour, hopefully despite the results you gained some experience at National level and now have some ideas to work with going forward.
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 1:39 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Match Report

Date: Sat 27th March 2021, 8:00am
Competition: National One Day Friendly
Opponent: West Indies
Pitch/Conditions: Dry & Overcast

Full Debutants: Shukla Pal, Anwar Majumder

Having experienced a torrid time during the recent tour, the Bangladesh national side found themselves back in action against the West Indies in a friendly fixture. The game saw a few new faces join the starting eleven, with Shukla Pal and Anwar Majumder making their international debuts.

A dry pitch, coupled with overcast conditions, meant that this one looked good for the spin bowlers but Ashish Sharma led a side with a trio of seamers. Having lost the toss, West Indies opted to bowl first.


Captain Sharma decided he wanted to attack from the outset and launched the first ball of the innings for six, as he top edged a hook shot. Alongside the debutant, Shukla Pal, Sharma managed to negotiate the first ten overs without any major scares; hitting Thornton Ishmael for a second maximum and recording a total of 45-0. The introduction of spin claimed the breakthrough however as Troy Joseph got one to spin past the bat of the advancing Sharma and the Bangladesh skipper was stumped for 26. Amit Uthappa joined Pal in the middle and the pair notched six boundaries in the next seven overs, aided by some poor West Indian fielding. The medium pace of Satish Phillips proved the undoing for Uthappa though as the number three top edged a pull shot to midwicket, departing for 13. At 89-2, Pal looked to be closing in on a debut half century but the opener missed a straight one from wrist spinner Henry John just before the drinks interval and was out for 48. Tarek Rahim and Fedor Emelianenko ensured no further wickets were lost, taking Bangladesh to 114-3 at drinks.

Both batsmen started brightly after the interval as Emelianenko flayed a short Ishmael ball over backward point for a six before Rahim gave the same treatment to John an over later. The pair brought up a fifty partnership in 32nd over and looked to be building towards a challenging total before Joseph pinned Rahim lbw for 47; the batsmen falling just short of a maiden international half century. Sadi Mabud joined Emelianenko at the crease and the boundary rope continued to be found but then John claimed the wicket of Mabud in his final over before Joseph claimed his third victim, clean bowling keeper Emelianenko for a 45 run effort from just 44 balls. At 209-6, and with eight overs to go, Enamul Mubalik had a licence to play some shots and put on almost thirty runs with Saeed Das for the seventh wicket. Das and debutant Majumder were both dismissed in the closing stages of the innings but Mubalik finished unbeaten on 34 as Bangladesh ended the fifty overs on a score of 254-8.

A fairly inexperienced bowling attack had the challenge of defending said total and things looked positive when Rune Christaens trapped Clement Hutton lbw in the third over. Debutant Anwar Majumder then struck in his first international over as he clean bowled the other opener Reynold Nero for just 10 with his second ball. Vivalyn Hector and Melford Griffith then set about an excellent recovery partnership as the pair batted all the way through to drinks. The only real opportunity of note was when Emelianenko grassed a tough edged chance off the bowling of Sadi Mabud when Hector was on 26. The pair batted watchfully however and got the West Indies to drinks at 113-2.

All their hard work was let down when Hector missed the third ball after the interval and was adjudged lbw to Christaens, departing for 39. Hubern King entered the fray and hit his first five balls for 15 runs but he then lost Griffith for 74 when he top edged a sweep shot to Uthappa at fine leg. With 101 runs required from the last 19 overs, and with six wickets in hand, the game was finely balanced but Bangladesh tipped the odds in their favour two overs later when Mabud had keeper Henry Harragin caught at mid-off. King represented a slim hope for West Indies but when Abdul Rashid had him stumped for 33, and then had skipper Daren Browne caught and bowled one ball later, the run chase was very much in doubt in the 38th over. With the required run rate creeping up to 6.5 per over, the West Indies tail went in search of runs but only found lost wickets. Mabud dismissed both Henry John and Troy Joseph in consecutive overs before last man, Satish Phillips, was run out by Tarek Rahim in the 45th over to leave West Indies over fifty runs short of their target.


Considering how badly we had batted in the recent tour games it was good to see us put together a performance that saw multiple players contribute, with three players almost reaching their half centuries. With the ball the bowlers showed discipline, with none of the five going at more than five per over, whilst the spin pairing of Mabud and Rashid came through on the dry deck with six wickets between them.


Bangladesh 254-8/50 overs - West Indies 202-10/45 overs
Bangladesh won by 52 runs

Key Performers:
Shukla Pal: 48 (61 balls)
Tarek Rahim: 47 (57 balls)
Sadi Mabud: 10 overs, 4-42
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Fri Apr 02, 2021 5:22 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Match Report

Date: Weds 31st March 2021, 5:30am
Competition: National Twenty20 Friendly
Opponent: Kenya
Pitch/Conditions: Dry & Windy

Full Debutants: Shukla Pal, Rune Christaens, Anwar Majumder

The next competitive cricket for the Bangladesh national side will take place in a few weeks with the start of Twenty20 season. The senior side are currently in Division 2 of the shorter format of the game and in preparation for the upcoming T20 tour week we have a number of friendly games scheduled over the next few weeks. The first of these was against Kenya, a side who will be in our division, and it saw Shukla Pal, Rune Christaens and Anwar Majumder all make their debuts in this format.

Another dry pitch, this time coupled with windy overhead conditions, meant that this one looked a great track for the spin bowlers and when Ahuja Patankar lost the toss the Kenya captain did not hesitate in selecting to bowl first.


This decision looked to have been a questionable one as Shukla Pal got stuck into the bowling early, rocking a pair of boundaries in skipper Vasyl Lomachenko’s first over that ultimately went for thirteen runs. As was predicted at the start of this one, the spin bowlers profited early. Ananaias Wako removed Irfan Banerjee for 12 in his first over with one that turned sharply back into the batsmen and then Silas Juma clean bowled Amit Uthappa for a duck to leave Bangladesh 37-2 at the end of the seventh over. In the next over, the first of the third spinner Brian Nafukho, Pal was dropped, on 22, by the keeper having edged one down the leg side. Three balls later the same batsmen flailed a Nafuko delivery straight back over the bowlers head for six. Fedor Emelianenko, who had joined Pal at the crease, struck a pair of maximums of his own with the first being a dismissive slog sweep against fast bowler Lomachenko.

Pal drove Kwasi Mawe for his fourth boundary in the 14th over to bring up a fruitful fifty run partnership before bringing up his own half-century an over later with another boundary. That was as good as it would get for the debutant however as he edged one through to Wanyama behind the stumps a ball later, departing for a 41 ball, 50. Talha Matin was the next man in and he brought up the team 100 with a superbly timed cover drive before Emelianenko was trapped lbw by Nafukho for 36. With the score 118-4, and with just two overs to go, Matin struck Lomachenko for three consecutive boundaries before nicking off for a quick-fire 26. Sadi Mabud fell in the final over but some good late running between the wickets meant Bangladesh finished on 142-6; a decent score in bowler friendly conditions.


In reply, Kenya got off to an absolute flyer. Wicketkeeper Thabiti Wanyama and Nelson Ninelives struck 38 runs off the first five overs, including 13 from one Ishan Reddy effort. Reddy got his revenge in his next over however when he had Ninelives caught at mid-on for 26 following a 48 run opening stand. The game started to shift in Bangladesh’s favour at the start of the ninth over. With the score 63-1, Sadi Mabud picked up a pair of wickets in the tenth over, conceding just one run in the process. He first pinned Wanyama lbw when the keeper attempted to steer a straight ball through third man and then Bennedict Maina top-edged a catch to Amit Uthappa, departing for a four ball duck. Sanjeev Khanolkar then claimed a wicket with the very next ball as he bowled Kenyan talisman Andrew Kibet for a golden duck. Jeremy Matiba failed to score a run off the next five balls, giving Khanolkar a wicket maiden and leaving Kenya 64-4; needing 79 runs from just nine overs.

Khanolkar ended Matiba’s miserable innings when he had the batsmen out leg before in his next over. The wrist spinner then saw Ananaias Wako stumped on the very next ball but Brian Nafukho survived the hattrick ball attempt. Nafukho and Hakeem wa Mathai, the Kenyan number four, maintained a glimmer of hope as they scored runs freely off the Bangladesh seamers. Any hope of an unlikely victory was extinguished in the 18th over when Ishan Reddy dismissed Nafukho and Kwasi Mawe in consecutive deliveries. Hakeem wa Mathai ended the innings unbeaten on 41 but a fragile middle over, along with some superb wrist spin bowling, meant he ultimately ran out of support and Kenya ended 18 runs short.


A first T20 friendly win for the new manager and another solid batting display following the improved performance the other day against the West Indies. As always our spin bowling quality shone through and Sanjeev Khanolkar’s figures of 4-1-15-3 proved very decisive.


Bangladesh 142-6/20 overs - Kenya 125-8/20 overs
Bangladesh won by 17 runs

Key Performers:
Shukla Pal: 50 (41 balls)
Sanjeev Khanolkar: 4 overs, 3-15
Ishan Reddy: 4 overs, 3-30


We return to action against Pakistan on Saturday in what is our final friendly game prior to the announcement of the squad that will embark on the T20 tour in a week's time. Hopefully you have enjoyed the recent write ups and are looking forward to the squad announcement post at the weekend!
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Sat Apr 03, 2021 3:35 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Match Report

Date: Sat 3rd April 2021, 8:00am
Competition: National Twenty20 Friendly
Opponent: Pakistan
Pitch/Conditions: Hot & Green

Full Debutants: Tarek Rahim, Saeed Das

Our second T20 friendly this week saw us take on another opponent, Pakistan, who we will be meeting when the competitive Division 2 tour starts in a few weeks time. It was also the final game before the announcement of the squad that will be embarking on that tour and so there were plenty of places up for grabs.

This game saw us travel to Pakistan where a very green wicket had been prepared which, given the known strength of our spin bowling department, meant a good opportunity for a few of our fringe seamers to get some game time. The soaring temperatures meant this one was going to see everyone swelter and, having won the toss, Ahuja Patankar decided Pakistan should brave the heat in the field first.


Ambathi Binny, whose talents are undeniable, has failed to truly deliver on the international stage yet and is yet to make his competitive T20 debut. The youngster was trusted with opening the batting in this one and he dominated the opening exchanges, scoring 20 individual runs in the first three overs. Amit Uthappa, who had predominantly watched Binny from the non-striker's end, missed a straight one in Haji Jalal’s second over and departed for just 2. Binny was then joined by Tarek Rahim, another batsmen who looks to be in with a chance of making next week's touring squad, and the pair set about building a destructive partnership. Rahim pulled his second ball for four before launching his fourth high into the second tier of the stands for a six. The pair rotated the strike excellently, with overs six to nine producing just five dot balls, and they pushed the score to 73-1. Then came a turning point. With the first ball of the tenth over Binny skied a pull shot off Abdul Basit Abdus Samad. Keeper Imad Younis tracked the swirling high ball well enough but could not cling on to a tough diving chance. Binny struck the very next ball for a four, bringing up a 36-ball fifty partnership, with Bangladesh 89-1 at the halfway stage.

Binny brought up his half century with another boundary, his fifth of the innings, before Rahim this time benefited from some poor Pakistani fielding. The batsmen mistimed a pull shot and sent the ball high into the air. Ahmed Jam positioned himself comfortably underneath it but saw the chance go straight through his hands. Rahim then launched Jam straight down the ground for a maximum in the very next over but the bowler had the last laugh, catching Rahim out with a slower one that he chipped to long-on, departing for 47. There was still time for Binny to be dropped again, Jam again the culprit at mid-on, before the same man claimed his wicket an over later as Binny sliced one to backward point for an excellent 69. At 135-3 at the end of the 15th over the Bangladesh batsmen looked to push on. Fedor Emelianenko and Irfan Banerjee took an Abdus Samad over for 27 runs, including a pair of huge maximums, before Hashmat Habib, who was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers clean bowled Banerjee, for 15, and new man Satish Durani in the very next over. Emelianenko crunched two further boundaries in the penultimate over before bringing up a 19-ball fifty with a seventh boundary at the start of the 20th. Ahuja Patankar hooked a six off of the second to last ball and some fine late hitting resulted in Bangladesh posting a daunting total of 206-5.


In reply, Pakistan struck 10 runs off Rune Christaens first over before the new ball bowler abilities of Saeed Das kicked in. The young medium pacer trapped Jahangir Badshah lbw in his first over before clean bowling number three Qamar Gul in his second. Down two early wickets, Pakistan rebuilt steadily and reached the team fifty at the end of the eighth over but Das returned to strike once more. Shujat Masood mistimed a drive off the upper part of his bat and was caught in the circle by Amit Uthappa for 14. Fellow medium pacer Alok Haider, recalled to the squad after an absence from the national side, had keeper Imad Younis given out leg before one over later and Christaens returned from his opening spell to Pakistan opener Sajid Jan caught at slip by Das for 30. At 62-5, and the required run rate above 15 an over, this game was all but over following an inspired spell by Saeed Das.

Manzoor Ansari and Abdul Basit Abdus Samad stuck around for a while but never scored at anywhere near the required rate. Christaens picked up his second wicket when the latter edged a wide one to Banerjee at slip for just 8. Satish Durani then had Ansari caught at slip for 18 before Das picked up a deserved fourth wicket in his final over when Shuja Ul-Ghani top edged a sweep to the keeper. Christaens trapped Haji Jalal lbw before Durani ended the innings in the final over as Ahmed Jam left a straight one and was struck low on the pad. Some excellent early bowling meant Pakistan never looked like chasing down a daunting target and ultimately they were all out for a misley 100.


A second T20 friendly win this week has hopefully helped us gain some confidence going into the upcoming tour. The squad selection for said tour will be announced tomorrow and it is likely some of the key performers from this game will be making the list of 18 names. Check back tomorrow to find out who has made it in!


Bangladesh 206-5/20 overs - Kenya 100-10/19.4 overs
Bangladesh won by 106 runs

Key Performers:
Ambathi Binny: 69 (48 balls)
Fedor Emelianenko: 52* (21 balls)
Saeed Das: 4 overs, 4-18
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:25 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Squad News

This past weekend saw the announcement of the touring squad for the first Twenty20 competition of the season. Next Monday (12th April) the senior national side will be travelling to Pakistan for a five-game Division 2 tournament. The pitches for our run of games have been confirmed as three uneven, one slow and one sticky - not exactly a feast for the batsmen and not really suited to our spin bowling prowess.

However, with that in mind I would like to introduce the 18-strong squad that will be taking on some of the worlds best sides in, what is, the final chance at T20 World Cup qualification. We are close to potentially grabbing one of the final World Cup spots but will need a really good tour week and for some other results to work in our favour in order to do so.

Bangladesh Nat Twenty20 Div2 - Touring Squad (12 Apr 2021 - 16 Apr 2021):

Batsmen:
Irfan Banerjee (29y7w) - 3 T20 caps; 70 runs @ 35.00 runs/game, High Score 35
Ambathi Binny (26y7w) - DEBUT
Enamul Mubalik (28y0w) - DEBUT
Ahuja Patankar (30y2w) - 7 T20 caps; 95 runs @ 15.83 runs/game, High Score 37
Tarek Rahim (30y8w) - DEBUT
Ashish Sharma (31y2w) - 15 T20 caps; 186 runs @ 13.29 runs/game, High Score 39
Amit Uthappa (28y13w) - DEBUT

Wicket-Keepers:
Fedor Emelianenko (28y6w) - 5 T20 caps; 79 runs @ 26.33 runs/game, High Score 52; 5 catches, 3 stumpings
Suresh Gupta (28y6w) - 2 T20 caps; 4 runs @ 2.00 runs/game, High Score 3; 5 catches

All-Rounders:
Satish Durani (29y4w) - DEBUT
Sadi Mabud (30y4w) - 9 T20 caps; 36 runs @ 9.00 runs/game, High Score 18; 14 wickets @ 13.36, best 4-20
Ishan Reddy (30y5w) - 5 T20 caps; 59 runs @ 19.67 runs/game, High Score 29; 4 wickets @ 24.00, best 2-32

Bowlers:
Rune Christaens (29y2w) - DEBUT
Saeed Das (27y4w) - DEBUT
Mashrafe Khalim (30y5w) - DEBUT
Sanjeev Khanolkar (29y5w) - 2 T20 caps; 3 wickets @ 11.00, best 3-18
Abdul Rashid (30y13w) - 6 T20 caps; 8 wickets @ 18.50, best 3-23
Shahrukh Taher (29y5w) - 3 T20 caps; 1 wickets @ 72.00, best 1-26


The overarching theme to this squad? Debuts! For a variety of reasons a number of these players, some who have been regulars in the one day side, will be making their international Twenty20 debut on the upcoming tour. Two players, batsmen Tarek Rahim and left arm seam bowler Rune Christaens, will both be making their full international debuts having impressed in recent friendlies, as the management named a relatively inexperienced squad. Ashish Sharma is the only player to have appeared in more than ten international T20 games and the six bowlers only have 11 T20 caps between them.

There were a few tough selection calls. The announcement of the pitches for our games came after the squad was finalised and, given that we have three uneven wickets, we probably could have done with an extra seamer. Arafat Kayes, who made his One Day debut in the last tour, was probably the bowler who missed out. Saeed Das was selected as the medium pacer having impressed over Alok Haider in a recent friendly whilst Rahim was added ahead of the likes of Sajedul Razzak, Shukla Pal and Talha Matin. Ahuja Patankar and Sharma will again share captaincy duties throughout the tour.

It would be great if you guys could check in next week when we get into our competitive games. The squad above will partake in two friendlies, one Wednesday and one Saturday, before we get stuck into the competition next Monday as we open against Pakistan, the home nation!

As always, thanks for reading and hopefully you guys are enjoying the Bangladesh NT scene this season so far!
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Fri Apr 09, 2021 5:20 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Match Report

Date: Weds 7th April 2021, 8:00am
Competition: National Twenty20 Friendly
Opponent: Ireland
Pitch/Conditions: Windy & Slow

Full Debutants: n/a

Having won our past three friendly fixtures we went into this fixture against Ireland, another of the Div 2 opponents that we will be facing on tour next week, in high spirits. Despite the conditions clearly suiting the bowlers, Ahuja Patankar opted to bat first, having seen the side set solid totals in the last three outings. Given the conditions, this was a good chance for the spin bowlers to get some solid practice and three of them were selected in the starting eleven.


Ambathi Binny was once again selected to open the batting, this time alongside Suresh Gupta. Unfortunately for Gupta, the second choice keeper, his stay at the crease did not last very long as he dragged his first ball, a short one from Jamie Brady, into the hands of deep midwicket. Enamul Mubalik joined Binny at the crease and he hit 10 runs from his first four balls, including back to back boundaries, but he was then clean bowled at the start of the third over; Brady claiming a second wicket. Binny and Amit Uthappa guided the team to 47-2 at the end of the seventh over as they built a conservative partnership but the opener then chipped one to mid-off from the bowling of spinner Adam Buckley, departing for 14. Ahuja Patankar joined Uthappa and, at the half-way stage, things were looking brighter with the score 66-3.

Uthappa stroked a fifth boundary but his dismissal in the twelfth over changed the game. The Bangladesh number four got one that turned sharply from Buckley and could only succeed in guiding it to first slip, dismissed for 35. Irfan Banerjee then attempted an ill-advised single off the very next ball, his first, and was run-out following a direct hit from Paul Stirling. Ishan Reddy hit Andy McBrine for a huge six but he was then pinned lbw by the impressive Brady for 12. When Patankar was removed in the next over, bowled by Eion Bell for 13, Bangladesh had lost all recognised batsmen and were 94-7. Sanjeev Khanolkar lasted just seven balls as he top edged a slog sweep to mid-on and then when Sadi Mabud was caught behind off Sean Hook an over later, Bangladesh were in real danger of being bowled out for less than 100. A few late boundaries from Saeed Das and Rune Christaens ensured the Tigers batted out the full 20 overs and finished with a very modest 115-9.


Despite Bangladesh having made batting look very difficult, the Irish openers set about their work very confidently. Anderson Silva and Gerard Brody both stroked multiple boundaries in a fruitful opening stand that reached fifty runs at the end of the seventh over. The breakthrough finally arrived in the ninth over when Saeed Das clean bowled Silva for 36 but, by this stage, Ireland had already amassed over half of the required total with ease. Rune Christaens had Brody caught behind for 29 to reduce Ireland to 75-2 and when Sadi Mabud dismissed skipper Ethan O'Reilly in the next over, Irish nerves must have started to flutter. Sanjeev Khanolkar had David Knape caught at mid-off for 17, with Ireland still requiring 22 for victory but Paul Stirling and Andrew Aylward ensured no more further wickets were lost and they comfortably guided the Irish home with two overs to spare.


A poor batting performance, albeit in bowler friendly conditions, meant that the scoreboard pressure needed for our spinners to succeed never materialised. Despite some good performances batting first in recent weeks, this game was a reminder of the dangers of trying to set a target. We have one final friendly game, on Saturday versus South Africa, before the tour starts next Monday (12th April).


Bangladesh 115-9/20 overs - Ireland 119-4/18 overs
Bangladesh lost by 6 wickets

Key Performers:
Amit Uthappa: 35 (29 balls)
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:51 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Match Report

Date: Sat 10th April 2021, 8:00am
Competition: National Twenty20 Friendly
Opponent: South Africa
Pitch/Conditions: Cloudy & Green

Full Debutants: n/a

This fixture represented our final friendly before the start of the T20 tour week on Monday and, having won two out of the past three, we were looking to finish strongly against a South African side who will be playing in the division below us in this format. That is not to say they should have been underestimated as they are a quality side who have some great players including a few class all-rounders.

Ahuja Patankar, who has been keen to bat first in these recent T20 friendlies, lost the toss but South Africa elected to bowl first meaning Bangladesh would be setting a target for the fifth international game in a row.


A new opening partnership saw Tarek Rahim partner Ashish Sharma and the duo got off to a watchful start. Rahim started to open up a little in the fourth over with back to back boundaries off the bowling of Davey Dein before cutting another four from spinner Peter Boucher a few overs later. At the end of six the score was 42-0, with Rahim having scored 33 of those runs. Unfortunately that was as good as it got for the newly instated opener as his lofted drive off Vaughan Barnard was caught at long-on. Amit Uthappa only lasted five balls as he skewed a drive to backward point off Boucher and then Fedor Emelianenko was deceived by the medium pace of Klippies Hodgetts, clean bowled for 4 leaving Bangladesh 66-3 at the start of the eleventh over.

Ashish Sharma, who remained watchful at the other end, slammed Hodgetts back over his head for a maximum and showed off some good running with Ahuja Patankar to hit the last over of Tshedi Mutizwa for ten runs. This determined running was the pairs downfall a short while later however when Sharma was runout, for 35, by a direct hit from Dein whilst attempting a quick single. Satish Durani came to the crease and promptly struck his first delivery for a huge maximum before putting on 23 runs, in just seven balls, with Patankar; the latter slog sweeping Boucher for a six of his own. The spinner claimed the wicket of Durani though, with the allrounder edging behind for 10, to leave the score on 111-5 after 14 overs. Patankar demonstrated his famed hitting with another maximum off Vaughan Barnard before then striking back to back boundaries off the spinners of Boucher. The slow bowler eventually had Patankar stumped, for a game changing 19-ball 39, to claim his third wicket. Davey Dein then removed both Irfan Banerjee and Mashrafe Khalim in consecutive balls before repeating the feat in his next over, this time bowling Shahrukh Taher and having Abdul Rashid caught behind. Saeed Das remained unbeaten, contributing a useful 12 runs at the death, and leading Bangladesh to a challenging total of 149 all out.


The South African reply did not get off to the best of starts when Shahrukh Taher had opener Stephanus Kallis caught behind for a second ball duck in the first over. Mashrafe Khalim then reduced the opposition to 13-3 when he clean bowled Hashim Amla with one that nipped back into the right hander before Michael van Straaten then dragged on two balls later for a duck of his own. Gerrie Olivier and keeper Allen Seccull did their best to rebuild but the introduction of Satish Durani saw Seccull dismissed for seven, the keeper missing a full toss and losing his off-stump. Skipper Forward Mboyi helped bring some solidity to the innings and he partnered Olivier to the halfway stage, with the score 55-4.

This partnership did not last much longer however as the impressive Taher returned and smashed the middle stump of opener Olivier, who was gone for 32. All rounder Klippies Hodgetts arrived at the crease and he added some much needed aggression to the innings, striking a Khalim over for 16 runs, including a trio of boundaries. The South Africans ended the 15th over 91-5, needing 59 from the final five; an unlikely feat but possible with the captain and the big hitting Hodgetts at the wicket. Unfortunately for South Africa, the economical Abdul Rashid found some turn with his final delivery and clean bowled Mboyi for 26. Saeed Das then claimed the important wicket of Hodgetts seven balls later as the medium pacer had the allrounder trapped lbw for 33. With the required run rate now truly out of reach, Durani returned and claimed two wickets in the final over of the innings, finishing with a three wicket haul for himself. South Africa ended up batting the full twenty overs but finished 117-9, 33 runs short of victory.


Bangladesh 149-10/19.4 overs - South Africa 117-9/20 overs
Bangladesh won by 32 runs

Key Performers:
Ahuja Patankar: 39 (19 balls)
Ashish Sharma: 35 (31 balls)
Satish Durani: 10 (4 balls); 4 overs, 3-19


Another solid showing with the bat saw three batsmen pass 30 runs and meant we put up a very competitive total. The bowling, especially the first few overs from Taher and Khalim, was destructive and left the South African middle order with far too much to do.

A third victory from four T20 friendlies sets us up nicely for the first tour game on Monday, when we take on hosts Pakistan. Hopefully we will see you all for that one soon!
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Thu Apr 15, 2021 3:51 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Match Report

Date: Mon 12th April 2021, 5:00am
Competition: National Twenty20 Division 2
Opponent: Pakistan
Pitch/Conditions: Windy & Uneven

Full Debutants: Tarek Rahim, Amit Uthappa, Ambathi Binny, Mashrafe Khalim, Saeed Das

Tour week is finally upon us and we opened our T20 Division 2 campaign with a game against the host nation, Pakistan. This was the first time we had played in this division for a few seasons, following a promotion last year, and meant that we had a chance at qualifying for the T20 World Cup; which is due to take place at the end of this season.

As you can see above, we had a number of players making their competitive T20 debut for the nation and, on an uneven wicket, captain Ahjua Patankar opted to bowl first having successfully won the toss.


Saeed Das was entrusted with the new ball and the medium pacer should have had a wicket with the game's very first ball but Fedor Emelianenko dropped a tough diving chance as Ammar Cheema edged behind. The opener took advantage of his chance two overs later when he pulled Das for a huge six before then caressing Sadi Mabud through extra cover for a delightful boundary. At the end of five overs the score was 36-0 and Patankar looked to be rueing his decision to bowl first. That all changed in Mashrafe Khalim’s second over, a rare double wicket maiden, where he first had Cheema caught at slip for 28 before then removing new man Ilyas Khanum in the same fashion three balls later. The other Pakistani opener, Ahsan Waqas, was then trapped lbw by Mabud for 7 and, all of sudden, Pakistan had slipped to 36-3. Some watchful batting saw the opposition make it to the halfway stage of their innings with the score 57-3.

The final ten overs started great for Bangladesh when Shahrukh Taher clean bowled Shah Saeed through the gate for just 6 before then getting one to shape back into Manzoor Ansari and rearranging the number sixes stumps for a golden duck. Captain Mishary Al-Afasy arrived at the crease and collected a couple of boundaries before Amit Uthappa failed to hold onto a tough, leaping catch at backward point. Al-Afasy, along with number four Shujat Masood, racked up 44 runs in seven overs to push Pakistan towards a respectable total but their partnership was ended at the close of the 17th over when Das had Al-Afsay caught behind for 23. Abdul Rashid went for just six off the final over and had Nawaz Abubakar caught attempting a slog sweep to restrict the hosts to a total of 115-7, with Masood finishing unbeaten on 44.


Ashish Sharma drove the first ball of the innings for four but then, just two balls later, saw an edge fly to the right of keeper Ilyas Khanum, who could not hold on to a tough, one-handed chance. Sharma took full advantage of the lifeline and stroked a lofted drive for another boundary in the second over. Alongside debutant Tarek Rahim, Sharma accumulated runs steadily and the pair displayed some solid running between the wickets. At the end of six overs the score was 34-0 but, yet again, Pakistan gave Sharma another chance when the opener edged a delivery straight to slip, the ball bursting through the hands of Ahsan Waqas. Dropped on 6 and now again on 26, Sharma brought up the fifty partnership with a flick off his pads in the ninth over and, at the halfway stage, the Tigers were 60-0.

Skipper Mishary Al-Afasy eventually claimed the breakthrough when he had Rahim caught on the boundary for 24 but the medium pacer had the brilliance of Hasnain Ismail to thank. Rahim slashed one away into the off-side but Ismail made good ground at deep point and, running to his left, grasped a one-handed stunner; an early claim for catch of the tour, much to the disbelief of the batsmen. Unfortunately that was as good as it would get for Pakistan, as Amit Uthappa joined Sharma in the steady accumulation for runs. Sharma hit a beautiful straight drive off Nawaz Abubakar to bring up his first ever international T20 fifty before lofting a delivery, from the same bowler, a few overs later over deep midwicket for a maximum. Abubakar did eventually remove Sharma, adjudged lbw trying to work a straight one through the legside, but not before the former captain had amassed 65 runs. At this point, Bangladesh required just six runs from the final three overs and Fedor Emelianenko punched a single through the covers a few balls later to secure victory, debutant Uthappa finishing unbeaten on 22 down the other end.



Pakistan 115-7/20 overs - Bangladesh 116-2/18 overs
Bangladesh won by 8 wickets

Key Performers:
Shahrukh Taher: 4 overs, 2-18
Mashrafe Khalim: 4 overs, 2-21
Ashish Sharma: 65 (63 balls)


A great way to start the tour week, albeit against a Pakistan side that were not at their best. The bowlers performed excellently in favourable conditions with each of the five picking up a wicket. Two double wicket overs, one from Khalim and one from Taher, proved decisive in restricting Pakistan to a manageable total. Sharma was dropped twice in the chase, a fact Pakistan will no doubt be rueing, but the experience of the batsmen shone through and he recorded a career best international T20 score in the process.

This was also my first competitive victory, following the disastrous One Day tour a few weeks back, and so it was a relief to finally get in the win column! Hopefully many more to come...
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:37 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Match Report

Date: Tues 13th April 2021, 5:00am
Competition: National Twenty20 Division 2
Opponent: India
Pitch/Conditions: Overcast & Uneven

Full Debutants: Enamul Mubalik, Rune Christaens

After an empathic victory in our opening game of Division Two we were in action against a strong Indian side in our second match. Like us, India had won their opening fixture, and this game was played in conditions that were no doubt a dream for all the seamers, an uneven pitch with heavy, overcast clouds across the skyline.

A couple more debutants made the side for this one but Ashish Sharma, fresh off a career best 65 in the last game, lost the toss and India opted to bat first.


Having seen a dropped catch off the first ball of the game yesterday, Satish Durani ensured no such repeats when he steadied himself under a miscued drive on the opening ball of this one. Muralidhar Suratwala the batsmen who tried to charge fast bowler Shahrukh Taher and only managed to hit one straight in the air to Durani. Things then got even better for Bangladesh when fellow seamer Mashrafe Khalim got one to jag back into the other opener, Sandip Kuruvilla, who could only manage a small inside edge through to keeper Suresh Gupta. Gupta then displayed some lacking footwork in a drop off Durani a few overs later but it did not cost Bangladesh too much as the batsmen, Arpan Chuwaliya, tried charging Sanjeev Khanolkar and was stumped six balls later for just 12. At 24-3, skipper Parimal Shrestha crunched a cut shot off a loose Khanolkar delivery for his first boundary but he then lost partner Shiva Maneesh, who was caught at long-on for a six ball duck; the first international wicket of Rune Christaens. 35-4 became 39-5 when Khalim trapped Mihir Bardoliya leg before for 2, and then when Taher had captain Shrestha caught at third man, flashing at a wide one, India were in deep trouble at 41-6. Khalim then bowled a wicket maiden in 13th over, knocking back the off stump of Pravand Murugan to reduce India for a paltry 43-7. The Indian tail did its best to add some respectability to the score, with Akhilendra Gahlot first striking two boundaries from a Khanolkar over before he became Taher’s third wicket, clean bowled by a yorker for 18. Number 10 Sunil Waghela pulled Christaens for a boundary in the penultimate over before Manish Sorathia struck a huge six off of Durani, blasting the seamer straight back over his head. Durani did remove Sorathia next ball but not before the tailender had helped India reach 78-9 from their twenty overs.


With just 79 needed for victory, the Bangladesh batsmen had to be feeling positive when Ashish Sharma caressed a cover drive for four off the second ball of the innings. That was as good as it got for the captain as he edged a loose, back-footed poke through to the keeper from the very next delivery. Things got even worse for the Tigers when Suresh Gupta missed a full, straight one from fast bowler Sunil Waghela and was rightly adjudged lbw for a golden duck. At 5-2 after the first over, Tarek Rahim and debutant Enamul Mubalik set about a cautious rebuild, scoring at just under five runs per over and ensuring the team reached the halfway stage in the ascendancy at 46-2.

The eleventh over is where it all fell apart as the returning Waghela, who had claimed the earlier two wickets, tore through the middle order. The right arm seamer had Rahim trapped lbw for 25 with one that shaped sharply inwards before then seeing Mubalik hook a quick short delivery to the fielder at deep backward square. His next delivery was a full one, too quick for new man Irfan Banerjee, that rewarded him with a fifth wicket, another leg before victim. From 46-2, the Tigers now were 47-5 and found themselves with two new batsmen in at the crease. Ambathi Binny foolishly tried to take on the arm of Manish Sorathia and found himself run-out for just 4 a few overs later. Satish Durani stroked a few boundaries but lost another partner when Sanjeev Khanolkar was clean bowled for 2 by Pravand Murugan. With just 10 runs required from the final four overs Durani drove another boundary through the covers to put Bangladesh in the driving seat but he was then pinned leg before by Rohit Mahadevan for 20. Rune Christaens then nicked one behind, for a suck, a few balls later off the same bowler and then, despite only needing six runs from three overs, last man Mashrafe Khalim became the fifth lbw victim of the innings when he was caught in front by a full ball from Sorathia. All out for 73, with almost three overs left to bat, saw some very disheartened players at the end of the game.



India 78-9/20 overs - Bangladesh 73-10/17.2 overs
Bangladesh lost by 5 runs

Key Performers:
Shahrukh Taher: 4 overs, 3-9
Mashrafe Khalim: 4 overs, 3-15
Tarek Rahim: 25 (34 balls)


After a decisive batting display in the win against Pakistan in our previous game it was disappointing to see the utter collapse that unfolded in this one. The bowlers had, yet again, given the batsmen a very respectable target to chase down but poor contributions throughout (seven batsmen failed to get into double figures) meant that we came up just short.

This put us at one win, one loss and now meant that the next fixture, against Ireland, was going to be one that we needed a victory in if we were to keep our hopes of World Cup qualification alive!
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:20 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Match Report

Date: Weds 14th April 2021, 5:00am
Competition: National Twenty20 Division 2
Opponent: Ireland
Pitch/Conditions: Cloudy & Slow

Full Debutants: n/a

A victory in our opening game of Division Two was followed by a terrible run chasing defeat against India last time out and this saw us heading into game three against Ireland in need of a win to keep our World Cup qualification dreams alive. The Irish boasted a strength of medium-pace allrounders which, unfortunately, looked set to thrive in the cloudy weather conditions and the slow pitch.

Ahuja Patankar returned as captain and opted to bowl first at the toss, clearly not trusting the batsmen to set a challenging total after the humiliating performance yesterday.


This decision, yet again, appeared to be the right one as Ireland were reduced to 17-2 after three overs. Mashrafe Khalim, playing in his third straight game, first had David Knape caught at deep backward square following a mistmed hook shot before medium pacer Saeed Das had dangerman Paul Stirling trapped lbw with one that jagged back into the right hander. Opener Gerard Brody stroked a couple of boundaries in the next few overs but he then saw skipper Ethan O'Reilly get a thin edge trying to cut a short Sadi Mabud delivery; departing for just 2. Two balls later Brody received a lifeline when captain Patankar dropped a fairly simple, albeit high, chance in the deep off the bowling of Ishan Reddy. The batsmen took full advantage, slamming Reddy back over his head for six three balls later. With Brody really looking to settle into some attacking rhythm he tamely chipped one back to Sanjeev Khanolkar in the tenth over and was out for a well fought 39, leaving Ireland 60-4 at the halfway stage.

Andrew Aylward, the latest man in, took a real liking for the spin of Mabud as he slammed three boundaries in a row off the slow bowler, the first being a glorious slog sweep over deep midwicket. Allrounder Eoin Bell then hit Khalim for a pair of boundaries in the next over and, in the blink of an eye, Ireland had added 31 runs in just twelve balls. The impressive Sanjeev Khanolkar returned and first had Aylward caught off a leading edge, the batsmen totally confused by the leg spinners stock ball, before then clean bowling Bell, for 24, with a quicker, flatter delivery in the same over. Wicket keeper Bernard Banim and Manannán mac Lir maintained the high run rate, with the former striking a pair off boundaries from a Reddy over. The keeper was then trapped lbw, trying to flick a straight one through the legside, to become Khalim’s second wicket but, with the score 134-7 and two overs left, Ireland had their sights set on 150+. That was not to be however as Das bowled three dot balls in the 19th over and conceded just five runs before Reddy, who had been fairly expensive, bowled the final over for just two runs whilst also claiming the wicket of Adam Buckley. Ireland finished 141-8 and, after a decent final two overs, Bangladesh knew they had a difficult, yet gettable, run chase on their hands.


Ambathi Binny, another who was playing his third straight game, opened the batting and displayed some excellent early running with partner Irfan Banerjee; a welcome sight given Binny’s tendency to get run-out recently. Banerjee failed to be anything more than a solid running partner however as he picked out deep midwicket off the bowling of Jonathan Gibson in the third over. Amit Uthappa struck his first delivery for four but a tame poke against a medium paced Eoin Bell saw him edge behind and leave the Tigers 20-2. Fedor Emelianenko also hit his first delivery to the boundary but he went the same way as Uthappa and was dismissed shortly after, lbw to Manannán mac Lir. Binny remained steadfast amongst the early wicket losses and was joined by skipper Ahuja Patankar. The Bangladesh captain got a bit of luck when Sean Hook put down a tough catch at mid-on but Adam Buckley’s attempt at taking a high catch that would have removed Binny an over later was nothing short of embarrassing. Having seen both set batsmen dropped, the Tigers reached the halfway point at 54-3, still needing 88 runs to win.

Binny moved into the forties with a crisp off drive against Hook before Patankar strode down the wicket to blast a Buckley delivery through the covers. The spinner had the last word however, as he saw Patankar chip the final ball of the twelfth over straight to mid-off, departing for 16. Binny brought up an excellent half century, his first in international T20s, as he advanced down the wicket and launched spinner Hook for a straight maximum. Two balls later, apparently inspired by what he had just seen from his partner, Sadi Mabud attempted a similar shot but failed to get anywhere near the pitch of the ball and was stumped for 1. At the end of 13 overs, Bangladesh were 81-5 and needed 61 runs for victory, when Binny unbeaten on 51. The left handed opener swept a second maximum before new man Enamul Mubalik got in on the action and launched mac Lir for a six over long-on. Mubalik then drove Hook through the covers for another boundary before Buckley dropped his second chance of the match, this one in the covers off Mubalik as he failed to cling onto a two handed chance above his head. Binny brought up the quickfire fifty partnership in the 19th over and an eighth boundary from the opener saw Bangladesh needing just two runs from the final over. Singles from the first two balls ensured no dramas and the Tigers cruised home, with five wickets to spare, thanks mainly to a 61 run stand between the two not out batsmen.



Ireland 141-8/20 overs - Bangladesh 142-5/19.2 overs
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets

Key Performers:
Sanjeev Khanolkar: 4 overs, 3-19
Ambathi Binny: 80* (58 balls)
Enamul Mubalik: 31* (21 balls)


It was great to see the batsmen play well again today after yesterday's catastrophe. The bowlers were not quite on top form although I must mention the exploits of Saeed Das and Sanjeev Khanolkar who conceded just 38 runs from their eight combined overs; a superb achievement in the context of the game. Ireland’s poor catching definitely cost them but it was great to see Binny finally put his talent to good use with a strong performance.

With two wins now to our name we would head into tomorrow's game against Kenya knowing the winner would be ensured qualification for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Given the strength of their batting lineup, we would need the bowlers to be on best form to stand any chance of victory.
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

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Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Match Report

Date: Thurs 15th April 2021, 5:00am
Competition: National Twenty20 Division 2
Opponent: Kenya
Pitch/Conditions: Cloudy & Sticky

Full Debutants: n/a

Having won two of our first three games on this T20 tour so far, everything came down to this key game with Kenya. The equation was simple, a win would see us avoid relegation from Division 2 and also confirm our place at the end of season T20 World Cup.

Ashish Sharma was named as captain for this important encounter and, upon winning the toss, he opted to bat first despite the rather bowler friendly conditions. A surprising move given that we had won two games this tour chasing a total.


Ambathi Binny picked up where he left off following his unbeaten 80 in the previous fixture, striking the fourth ball of the match into the crowd over deep midwicket. The Kenyan bowlers found some early movement though and this accounted for Binny in the third over when he edged one from Kwasi Mawe to slip. Skipper Ashsish Sharma, batting at three today, entered and was duly dropped twice in the space of three overs. The first saw him get an outside edge to the very first ball of spinner Silas Juma’s spell but wicketkeeper Thabiti Wanyama failed t hold on. The keeper then could only get the tip of his glove to a more difficult, thicker edge a few overs later off the bowling of fellow spinner Achmed Lostwalleti. Tarek Rahim, who had opened in Sharma’s place, batted steadily but he was caught on the crease and given out lbw to a full ball from Robert Whittaker, departing for 17 and leaving the score 45-2. Unfortunately, that dismissal brought with it a flurry of wickets that put Kenya back in the ascendancy.

First saw Fedor Emelianenko come down the track and try to launch Lostwalleti out of the ground but only resulted in him missing the ball and giving Wanyama a simple stumping. Amit Uthappa, clearly not concerned with what he had just seen, then tried to advance down the track the very next ball, was undone by the spin and ended up also getting stumped. Enamul Mubalik completed a trio of rash decisions when he advanced against Whittaker and played all around one, losing his off-stump in the process. 45-2 had become 49-5 and things did not get much better when Sharma, whose luck finally ran out, was clean bowled by Vasyl Lomachenko a few overs later for 24. Satish Durani, who has not quite put it all together with the bat at international level, scored just 7 before he was bowled by one that shaped back into him from Mawe. 64-7 was the score, with five and a half overs left to bat, when Rune Christaens joined Ishan Reddy at the crease. Christaens shocked everyone when he elegantly lofted a drive, his first ball faced, off seamer Mawe back over the bowlers head for six. Ishan Reddy then showed his class with the bat, striking three boundaries in the next three overs and visibly frustrating the Kenyan bowling attack. Reddy finished the innings by taking the last over, bowled by Lostwalleti, for 12 runs and finished 35* and, with some valuable runs from Christaens, helped Bangladesh reach 108-7.


We seemed to have developed a tendency to create chances with the first ball of the innings and this one was no different when Thabiti Wanyama chipped Shahrukh Taher’s first ball straight to Satish Durani at mid-on. Unfortunately Durani dropped what can only be described as a sitter and gifted Wanyama a lifeline. Rune Christaens was given the second over and he ensured there was no need for fielding errors when he blasted one straight through the defences of Josephat Wangai, sending the openers stumps flying. Christaens, who was bowling with some real pace, then removed Andrew Kibet with the very next ball, a fast unplayable yorker that the experienced batsmen failed to keep out. Wanyama, who had been given the early lifeline, was joined by Jomo Kibaki and the latter struck the first six of the innings when he lifted a half volley from Taher over midwicket. The pair looked steady before Kibaki was caught out by a slower long-hop from Durani, only succeeding in chipping it lazily to cover and departing for 18. Wanyama continued to attack and struck Christaens for back to back boundaries but then, attempting a third elaborate drive, he nicked one through to Fedor Emelianenko and was gone for 18; leaving Kenya 47-4 at the halfway stage.

Durani and Ishan Reddy bowled two stingy overs which helped push the required runrate close to seven per over and this scoreboard pressure took its toll on Zaccheus Kinyua who miscued a pull off Christaens and was caught by Emelianenko, giving the seamer a fourth wicket. Taher then had Robert Whittaker caught at at fine leg as the batsmen top edged a hook shot before Abdul Rashid claimed the wicket of Achmed Lostwalleti, caught behind for 4. At 71-7, all Kenyan hopes rested on Bennedict Maina, who was unbeaten on 16. The number six hit Reddy for two boundaries in the 17th over, the second a huge maximum over deep midwicket and left Kenya needing 25 from the final three overs. Enter Satish Durani, who had had a number of personal errors in the field throughout the innings, but the seamer claimed the big wicket of Maina when he shaped one into the right hander and struck him on the pad. He then ensured no late dramatics as he had both Kwasi Mawe and captain Vasyl Lomachenko caught with back to back short balls, finishing with four wickets and wrapping up the Kenyan innings for 88 runs; 20 short of their target.



Bangladesh 108-7/20 overs - Kenya 88-10/18 overs
Bangladesh won by 20 runs

Key Performers:
Ishan Reddy: 35* (29 balls)
Satish Durani: 4 overs, 4-12
Rune Christaens: 10* (7 balls); 4 overs, 4-17


The plan to bat first involved the hope that either Durani or Reddy, with their tendancy to finish innings well, would guide us to a respectable total and that was definitely the case with Reddy’s batting. The tailender struck a career best international score and ensured that we reached a total that was out of reach of the Kenyans. It was also great to see two top performances from some of our lesser known bowlers, Durani and Christaens. The latter is on his first tour and has impressed with his left arm fast seamers.

As mentioned above, this victory ensured that we would not face relegation from Division 2 this season but, more importantly, it meant that we had qualified for the International T20 World Cup, which will take place at the end of the season. This will be the first time we have participated in a T20 World Cup for a while and I am fully looking forward to the challenge.

We still have one game to report about in this tour, our final match against Australia, and it was one that could potentially see us promoted into the T20 Division 1!
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