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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:

Batters:
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.

Bowlers:
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.

Milestones:
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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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Fri May 07, 2021 6:32 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Match Report

Date: Mon 3rd May 2021, 4:30am
Competition: National One Day Division 2
Opponent: Pakistan
Pitch/Conditions: Windy & Green

Full Debutants: Alok Haider
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Fri May 07, 2021 6:33 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Match Report

Date: Tues 4th May 2021, 4:30am
Competition: National One Day Division 2
Opponent: Canada
Pitch/Conditions: Windy & Uneven

Full Debutants: Tarek Rahim, Anwar Majumder & Rune Christaens
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Fri May 07, 2021 6:35 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Match Report

Date: Weds 5th May 2021, 4:30am
Competition: National One Day Division 2
Opponent: India
Pitch/Conditions: Cloudy & Slow

Full Debutants: n/a
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Fri May 07, 2021 6:35 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Match Report

Date: Thurs 6th May 2021, 4:30am
Competition: National One Day Division 2
Opponent: Australia
Pitch/Conditions: Windy & Slow

Full Debutants: n/a
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Fri May 07, 2021 6:36 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Match Report

Date: Fri 7th May 2021, 4:30am
Competition: National One Day Division 2
Opponent: West Indies
Pitch/Conditions: Cloudy & Uneven

Full Debutants: n/a
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Fri May 07, 2021 7:22 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Tour Summary

Date: 03 May 2021 - 07 May 2021
Competition: Nat One Day Division 2
Results: Wins = 3, Ties = 0, Loss = 2

My first One Day tour, back at the start of this season, was an absolute disaster. We failed to win a game and got relegated back down to Division 2, having been mainstays in the top tier during Dave11’s reign as manager. I saw this week as an opportunity for some redemption and the aim was to prevent another drop into the depths of Division 3 - a place Bangladesh have not been for a long while. In order to prevent that happening we were going to have to perform against some solid teams. The powerhouses of Australia and India, hosts Pakistan alongside a rejuvenated West Indies and a steadily improving Canadian squad meant it was no easy feat remaining in this division.

We got off to a great start with a dominating win against Pakistan on opening day before back to back defeats against Canada and India meant we were sitting in the relegation zone going into the final two fixtures. We pulled off a huge upset win over Australia before ending the tour with a fine win over a previously undefeated Windies side to ensure our safety. Other results worked in our favour and we actually ended up finishing 3rd in the division, a very satisfying end to the week and one that hopefully puts us a step closer to One Day World Cup qualification.

The bowling performances were, as they have been since I took over, something to be fairly happy with. The most pleasing aspect of this tour was the batting performance which, despite a poor performance against Canada, was much more consistent. Our spin bowling department is much stronger than our seam units but the pitch selections for this tour favoured the seamers and, on the whole, they delivered. The final day performance against West Indies saw a five-man seam attack bowl out the opposition for 165 and every seam bowler that tour claimed at least one wicket in the week. The batting was definitely better than it was in the first ever One Day tour. We still had the odd collapse (against Canada we went from 49-1 to 72-6) but, on the whole, the batsmen were much more consistent and we surpassed 200 runs in two of the five games.

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

Key Performers:

Batters:
Ashish Sharma (3 games; 120 runs @ 60.00 runs/game, High Score 102*)
The squad's most experienced player followed up his superb performance in the recent T20 tour with a fine showing this week. Granted, most of his runs came in the first fixture against Pakistan, but it was one of the best innings I have seen for a while and one that won us the game. Chasing a mammoth total of 242, Sharma came in at number three and marshalled an exquisite unbeaten century that saw the team home comfortably. Despite his advancing years, Sharma is determined to make himself undroppable and looks like he should have more tour games to come in the future.

Enamul Mubalik (3 games; 115 runs @ 38.33 runs/game, High Score 80)
Mubalik is a new addition to the squad this season and one of the younger batsmen who will likely be leaned on over the next few seasons. Mubalik had his best tour to date this past week, kicking things off with a maiden half century, which included four sixes, in the opener against Pakistan. He grinded out a determined 32 against India which almost saw us claim an unlikely victory and demonstrated an ability to rebuild when wickets fell around him - a trait always needed when playing for Bangladesh.

Bowlers:
Mashrafe Khalim (3 games; 8 wickets @ 12.75, best 3-26, 3.64 economy)
Khalim is quickly becoming one of the most reliable bowlers in the international set-up. The right arm seamer was, as always, excellent and a constant wicket threat; claiming at least two in each of the three games that he played. He was the sides leading wicket taker, with eight and actually finished joint second in the wicket tables for the entire competition, highlighting just how good a tour he had.

Saeed Das (3 games; 6 wickets @ 16.83, best 3-45, 3.61 economy)
Das is one of the youngest bowlers in the squad but the medium pacer has proved a hit in his first few seasons on the international scene. The youngster has a knack of collecting wickets with the new ball and in this tour he claimed six wickets, with at least one in each of his three games. His 2-33 against Australia helped stall the opposition's run chase and he claimed a trio of wickets, and career best figures, in the opening day victory against Pakistan. The reason I chose Das here ahead of fellow medium pacer Alok Haider, who had similar stats, was that Das added an unexpected secondary performance, with the bat. The youngster scored 53 runs in three innings; his 17* against Australia helped to contribute to a record setting ninth wicket partnership, and it was an unexpected part of his game that was much appreciated.

Milestones:
Shahrukh Taher - 25 Nat One Day wickets.
The right arm fast bowler surpassed 25 One Day international wickets during this tour and is now up to 29 for his career.

Mashrafe Khalim - 25 Nat One Day wickets.
The right arm seamer also claimed his 25th One Day international wicket during this tour. The 30 year old managed to achieve the feat in just his 11th game and now has 26 wickets at an average of just 14.27.

Fedor Emelianenko - 500 Nat One Day runs.
It was not the best tour for the team’s main wicket keeper but he did score his 500th international One Day run, becoming the 65th player to achieve the feat for Bangladesh.


All in all this was an extremely pleasing tour for me, especially given the travesty that was my first One Day tour. We avoided relegation, which leaves us in good standing for qualifying for the One Day World Cup next season, and managed to record more wins than losses for the second consecutive tour week/

We have a few friendly games to come over the next few weeks and then we will be setting our sights on the T20 World Cup which will take place at the end of this season!
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Kaushik » Sat May 08, 2021 4:02 am

Brunel37 wrote:
Fri May 07, 2021 7:22 pm

hosts Pakistan
:whip

Love these write-ups dude! And best of luck for the future tours :thumbsup
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Thu May 27, 2021 8:26 pm

Season 47 - Bangladesh Senior NT Squad News

This past weekend saw the announcement of the touring squad for the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup. Next Monday (31st May) the senior national side will be travelling to England for the start of the biggest T20 tournament in the world. Having successfully gained promotion to the top tier of T20 cricket in a tour earlier this season, this world cup represents the first time Bangladesh have appeared since four seasons ago, having missed out on the last T20 World Cup tournament.

The pitches for our initial group; where we take on Ireland, Bermuda, West Indies, Netherlands and India, have been decided. With a varied selection we have had to opt for a fairly diverse, 18-man squad and I would like to introduce those selected to take on the best in the world.


Bangladesh Nat Twenty20 World Cup - Touring Squad (31st May 2021):

Batsmen:
Irfan Banerjee (29y14w) - 6 T20 caps; 126 runs @ 31.50 runs/game, High Score 52
Ambathi Binny (26y14w) - 5 T20 caps; 109 runs @ 36.33 runs/game, High Score 80
Enamul Mubalik (28y7w) - 3 T20 caps; 50 runs @ 25.00 runs/game, High Score 31
Ahuja Patankar (30y9w) - 10 T20 caps; 115 runs @ 14.38 runs/game, High Score 37
Ashish Sharma (31y9w) - 18 T20 caps; 279 runs @ 16.41 runs/game, High Score 65
Amit Uthappa (29y5w) - 4 T20 caps; 34 runs @ 11.33 runs/game, High Score 22

Wicket-Keepers:
Moyna Ahmed (27y12w) - DEBUT
Fedor Emelianenko (28y13w) - 8 T20 caps; 89 runs @ 17.80 runs/game, High Score 52; 11 catches, 3 stumpings
Suresh Gupta (28y13w) - 4 T20 caps; 20 runs @ 5.00 runs/game, High Score 16; 7 catches, 1 stumping

All-Rounders:
Satish Durani (29y11w) - 3 T20 caps; 31 runs @ 10.33 runs/game, High Score 20; 5 wickets @ 9.80, best 4-12
Sadi Mabud (30y11w) - 12 T20 caps; 37 runs @ 6.17 runs/game, High Score 18; 16 wickets @ 17.06, best 4-20
Ishan Reddy (30y12w) - 7 T20 caps; 94 runs @ 31.33 runs/game, High Score 35; 5 wickets @ 28.40, best 2-32

Bowlers:
Rune Christaens (29y9w) - 3 T20 caps; 5 wickets @ 11.60, best 4-17
Saeed Das (27y11w) - 3 T20 caps; 3 wickets @ 23.33, best 1-18
Mashrafe Khalim (30y12w) - 4 T20 caps; 8 wickets @ 11.62, best 3-15
Sanjeev Khanolkar (29y12w) - 4 T20 caps; 7 wickets @ 10.57, best 3-18
Abdul Rashid (31y5w) - 8 T20 caps; 10 wickets @ 18.70, best 3-23
Shahrukh Taher (29y5w) - 6 T20 caps; 7 wickets @ 17.57, best 3-9


We decided to stick with the majority of the squad who gained us promotion to the top tier in the most recent T20 tour. The overarching theme though is a lack of experience playing at this level. Only three players in the eighteen have appeared in more than 10 T20 international games but, as they proved last time out, the lack of experience can easily be underestimated.

In terms of batsmen we stuck with the ageing Ahuja Patankar and Ashish Sharma, both of whom are coming towards the end of their international careers but we do see one debutant, in the form of wicket-keeper batsmen Moyna Ahmed, who is the third youngster player in the team. Tarek Rahim, who has played well in limited opportunities, makes way for the youngster and there was no place for the likes of Sajedul Razzak, Shukla Pal and Talha Matin. Left arm fast bowler Rune Christaens made it in ahead of fellow seamers Arafat Kayes and Anwar Majumder whist four spinners are chosen amongst the bowling attack.


It would be great if you guys could check in next week when we get into our competitive games. This will be my first ever World Cup competition and I am thoroughly looking forward to it. The squad above have played a couple of recent friendlies, which have gone fairly well, but our first match of the tournament will be on Monday when we take on a very strong Irish side!

As always, thanks for reading and hopefully you guys are enjoying the Bangladesh NT scene this season. I am very much looking forward to getting stuck into things next year but for now the focus is on competing at the T20 World Cup.
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Re: Bangladesh Senior NT - S47&48

Post by Brunel37 » Sun Jun 06, 2021 1:23 pm

Season 48 - Bangladesh Senior NT Tour Summary

Date: 31 May 2021 - 6 June 2021
Competition: Nat Twenty20 World Cup
Results: Wins = 2, Ties = 0, Loss = 3

Last seasons good performance in the Twenty20 tour saw us qualify for the bi-annual World Cup, a tournament we have not appeared at for four seasons. Whilst a number of other international teams were sitting at home awaiting the start of the domestic season we would be going up against some of the worlds best players in a bid to challenge for the T20 World Cup. We were placed in Group 2; alongside India, West Indies, Bermuda, Ireland and Netherlands.

Unfortunately, despite a winning start against Ireland, we would then lose three games in a row. This included a last ball loss to West Indies and another defeat against my nemesis side, India. We would go on to win our final game against Netherlands and, following a healthy net run-rate, would finish third place in the group. Whilst this was a satisfying end to the tournament, it was not enough to see us qualify for the semifinals and we exited after the group stages.

For a change, the batting performances were actually the area of our play that I was most pleased with. We set a number of decent totals and marshalled an excellent chase in the final game against Netherlands. We had two batsmen score 50s and a number who set career high scores through the duration of the tour. The bowling, which is arguably our main strength, was a bit lacklustre and we lacked the wicket taking prowess that we have shown in previous tours.

The tournament saw some if the usually suspects perform well and below were our four best players:

Key Performers:

Batters:
Fedor Emelianenko (4 games; 141 runs @ 141.00 runs/game, High Score 49*)
The young wicketkeeper has started to develop into a real force in the shorter format. In this World Cup he was unstoppable, only being dismissed in one of his four innings, and racking up 141 runs which was the fourth most in the entire tournament. His unbeaten 49 in the final game against Netherlands was a match winning knock and not only was he a difficult man for bowlers to remove but he also scored his runs at a healthy click, ending with a strike rate of 153.26. The boundary hitting expert will likely be a mainstay in the squad over the next few seasons.

Ashish Sharma (3 games; 109 runs @ 36.33 runs/game, High Score 62)
Sharma is still the squad's most experienced player but T20 cricket had never been his speciality prior to this season. Having scored a career best 65 in the T20 tour earlier this season, the Bangladeshi skipper showed up with a solid World Cup that included a brutal 62, from just 37 balls, against the West Indies. The ageing veteran's over two appearances came in the victories over Ireland and Netherlands, proving what many people believe - Bangladesh are a better side when Sharma is in the starting eleven.


Bowlers:
Abdul Rashid (2 games; 4 wickets @ 18.25, best 3-40, 9.12 economy)
We took four spinners to this tournament but then found the English weather conditions to be very favourable towards their seam counterparts. This unfortunately meant all of our spin bowlers only played a few games each and, the majority of them, were very underwhelming. Rashid, who is one of the most experienced bowlers in the setup, was by no means spectacular but he did manage to claim four wickets in just two appearances. This was tied for the team lead and the most of any Bangladesh spinner at the tournament. It will be interesting to see how much the 31 year old has left in the tank as the management might turn to some of the younger spin talent coming through next year.

Shahrukh Taher (4 games; 4 wickets @ 24.00, best 1-10, 6.00 economy)
It was difficult to pick bowlers who had played well in this tournament but the only one who showed any consistency throughout was right arm fast bowler Taher. The experienced seamer took a single wicket in every game he played, an achievement that no other Bangladesh bowler managed to replicate. The 29 year old was excellent in the defeat against India as he bowled four overs for just ten runs and he was solid in both victories. With a lack of seamer options coming through I would imagine that Taher will continue to be one of the main focal points of our bowling attack moving forward.



All in all this was an extremely fun way to start Season 48. The World Cup's are, in effect, extra games and it was just a joy to be a part of the process. Looking forward to next season we will have to see if some of the ageing squad members might need replacing but the national setup does look a little devoid of talent over the next few years.

We will be in Div 2 for our One Day games, the first tour for that starts in a few weeks time, and then Div 1 for our T20 matches. The aim for next year will be to successfully qualify for the One Day World Cup, which would be a fantastic way to end my two year tenure with Bangladesh.
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