Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:47 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Match Report

Date: Fri 16th April 2021, 5:00am
Competition: National Twenty20 Division 2
Opponent: Australia
Pitch/Conditions: Cloudy & Uneven

Full Debutants: n/a

The final game of our T20 tour this season saw us taking on the powerhouse that is Australia. We had already secured our spot at the T20 World Cup later this year and had safely ensured our status in Division 2 for next season but a win in our final game would see us gain promotion to Division 1, and cause the Australians to relegate to Division 3; so still plenty to play for.

Ahuja Patankar returned to captain our final game which saw seam bowler friendly conditions, in the form of another uneven pitch and cloudy overhead weather. Patankar won the toss and opted to bat first.

The legendary Mitchell Starc, playing in his 50th international game for Australia, opened the bowling but saw his third ball glanced for four by Amit Uthappa. The opener ended a fairly miserable tour when he was squared up and clean bowled, for 8, by an unplayable Zak Maclean delivery in the next over. The left arm seamer found early movement with the new ball and, when he pinned Tarek Rahim lbw, Bangladesh had been reduced to 14-2. Suresh Gupta and Irfan Banerjee, two batsmen who have yet to reach their best on the international scene, rebuilt solidly. They rotated the strike nicely and, despite only hitting one boundary, got the tota to 60-2 at the halfway stage.

Unfortunately, Gupta was removed shortly after for 16 as a quick Arryn White delivery beat a defensive prod and resulted in the second bowled wicket of the innings. Captain Ahuja Patankar joined Banerjee at the crease but he failed to get any bat on a ball from Nat Whittington that shaped in and was correctly adjudged leg before for just 4. Ambathi Binny, who was playing his fifth game of the tour, entered and duly struck three quick boundaries before an overzealous uppercut landed in the hands of third man and the youngster was gone for 18. At 96-5, Australia sensed an opportunity to wrap the innings up and a triple wicket over from White set them on their way. The right handed quick had Satish Durani leg before for just 4 before then having Sadi Mabud caught at mid-on the very next ball. Saeed Das did survive the hattrick ball but was then clean bowled shortly after, by another Australian delivery that found movement off the surface. Banerjee, who had watched all the carnage unfurl at the other end, struck a boundary in the 19th over to bring up a watchful half century, his first in T20 internationals, but could only muster a final innings total of 111-8; seam bowler White finishing with outstanding figures of 4-10.

The Australians came out on the attack; Brandon Primmer punishing a loose Saeed Das full toss early and despatching it for six. The talented opener was however then deceived by an excellent Mashrafe Khalim ball that jagged off the uneven pitch and clean bowled the Australian for 16. The fifth over brought with it a bit of controversy. Callum Sewart knocked one into the off-side and set off for a quick single. Bowler Rune Christaens, who was clearly on his way to field the ball, collided with the non-striker, Crackers Breust mid pitch, causing the batsmen to stumble and ultimately fail to make his ground as Satish Durani swooped from cover and threw down the stumps with a direct hit. Breust appeared a bit aggrieved in the middle but the umpires decided that Christaens had inadvertently collided with the batsmen and replays seemed to support their decision. Still, it was a tough way to go for the Aussie number three. That wicket brought Lisle Sicily to the wicket, who struck a trio of quick boundaries before being deceived by a Das ball that was released from well behind the bowling crease, clean bowling the batsmen for 17. At the halfway point, Australia were 68-3 and well set to chase down their mediocre target.

Opener Sewart displayed some excellent attacking batting and, alongside skipper Sharrod Hay, made light work of the Bangladesh bowling attack. The pair got stuck into spinner Sadi Mabud, whose three overs went for 27 runs and it was fitting that Sewart hit the winning runs. The opener stepped back to a Durani bouncer and empathically uppercut the seamer over third man for a maximum which won the game for Australia in the 17th over; Sewart finishing unbeaten on 47.

Bangladesh 111-8/20 overs - Australia 117-3/16.1 overs
Bangladesh lost by 7 wickets

Key Performers:
Irfan Banerjee: 52* (61 balls)
Saeed Das: 3 overs, 1-18

Not too many highlights to write about in this one other than Banerjee’s first international half century. The batting performance had been going fairly well following two early wickets but a devastating spell of bowling from old ball bowler Arryn White ensured that we only managed an underwhelming total. Australia’s talented batsmen made short work of the target, with only Das and Khalim collecting wickets.

A win for Australia confirmed their place at the T20 World Cup and ensured that they avoided relegation to Division 3. Fortunately for us, results in the other two fixtures went very much in our favour and, despite a defeat here, we finished second in the group and therefore have been promoted to Division 1!
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:12 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Tour Summary

Date: 12 Apr 2021 - 16 Apr 2021
Competition: Nat Twenty20 Division 2
Results: Wins = 3, Ties = 0, Loss = 2

Having struggled in my first international tour the last time out, it is safe to say that this one went much better. We were up against some formidable opposition, including the powerhouses of Australia and India, and so to end the week with promotion to Division 1 was an excellent achievement. Add to that the fact that we also successfully qualified for the T20 World Cup, which will take place at the end of this season, and I can confidently say that this was a pleasing week for everyone involved in the national team set-up.

The bowling performances were, again, something to be fairly pleased with. Barring the final game against Australia, our bowlers constantly looked like taking wickets and it was great to see the seamers doing some damage, especially since our spin bowlers have always been seen as the department’s strength. The batting was definitely better than it was in the One Day tour but we still had some woeful performances; most embarrassing was our failure to chase 78 against eventual league champions India. We just need to try and find some batting consistency; their were some very good individual performances but we just need to try and get these to occur simultaneously to set targets and chase the totals that I know we are capable of.

Unsurprisingly, given the excellent team efforts this week there were quite a few individual players who were top performers:

Key Performers:

Ambathi Binny (5 games; 109 runs @ 36.33 runs/game, High Score 80*)
The youngster, who has come under some scrutiny from the media in recent months, was playing in his first T20 games this week and ended up appearing in all five matches. The left hander put together some excellent games but his unbeaten 80 against Ireland was nothing short of match winning. Here is to hoping that Binny has silenced some of his doubters and can become the talismanic batsmen that his talents suggest he can be.

Ashish Sharma (3 games; 93 runs @ 31.00 runs/game, High Score 65)
Sharma is the squad's most experienced player but he has failed to put that to good use in T20s prior to this tour. In the first game, against Pakistan, the veteran came out and racked up a career best score of 65. The seam specialist seems to have a knack for scoring big when we need him and has been a steady contributor since I took over as boss. Age is definitely working against him but I imagine we will see Sharma touring again this season, and possibly into next.

Mashrafe Khalim (4 games; 8 wickets @ 11.62, best 3-15, 5.81 economy)
The fact Khalim had never played an international T20 game prior to this tour seems unfathomable. The right arm seamer was excellent and a constant wicket threat; claiming at least one in every of the four games that he played. He was the sides leading wicket taker, with eight and actually finished fifth in the wicket tables for the entire competition, highlighting just how good a tour he had.

Shahrukh Taher (3 games; 6 wickets @ 8.50, best 3-9, 4.25 economy)
Taher is another who should have probably played T20 cricket prior to this tour as he too had an excellent campaign. The team's premier quick bowler, Taher, claimed six wickets at an average of just 8.5 runs and produced a devastating spell of 4 overs, 3-9 against India. He also ensured that he picked up at least one wicket in every game played.

Ashish Sharma - 250 Nat T20 runs.
The assistant captain surpassed 250 career T20 international runs during this tour and is now in the top 50 all-time highest Bangladesh run scorers in the format.

All in all this was an extremely pleasing first T20 tour for me. Gaining promotion to Division 1 was not something I thought we might achieve at the start of the week but it will be a great experience next season. Add to that the fact that we will get to play in the T20 World Cup at the end of the year, when other teams stay at home and do not get games to play, then this has been my most successful week in charge yet!
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