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Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal is airborne and off-balance while trying to clobber a short and wide ball from West Indies captain Darren Sammy, only managing to hit it to mid-on to bring an end to his 71-ball 72 on the second day of the first Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. Photo: Firoz Ahmed
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Two very different styles of batting were on display on the second day of the first Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. At one end patient and risk-free batting from Shivnarine Chanderpaul not only took him to a second double hundred but also helped the West Indies to tighten their grip on the home team, while at the other extreme flamboyant batting from Tamim Iqbal only put the Tigers in danger.

It is a surface where only mistakes by the batsmen can make bowlers happy and the two overnight batsmen Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin, who hit his third hundred, applied themselves so brilliantly that the West Indies did not lose a single wicket yesterday as captain Darren Sammy declared their innings on 527 for 4, just twenty minutes before the tea break.

The Bangladesh top order's response however was a study in contrast. It appeared that they did not learn anything from the Test batting clinic put on by the two West Indian batsmen -- who kept their cool throughout an unbeaten 296-run fifth wicket stand -- about the desired approach on this surface, especially when they were under the burden of a pile of runs.

Tamim's swashbuckling innings may have been easy on the eyes-- some beautiful cover drives, an eye-catching straight drive and his trade-mark dancing down the wicket shots -- during his 72-run knock but in the end his stroke-filled innings hardly meant anything for his team, who finished the day on 164 for three, only halfway to the follow-on mark.

Tamim's batting approach as well as Shahriar Nafees's might have entertained the small crowd for a while but it once again brought to the fore the old problem of a lack of application in Bangladesh's batting. Both unnecessarily manufactured outrageous strokes and paid the price in the end by playing poor shots, but thankfully for the home side Naeem Islam and Shakib Al Hasan restored some sanity to prevent further damage.

Bangladesh lost their first wicket when Junaed Siddiqui had no answer to a nasty short ball from Ravi Rampaul, unlike Tamim and Nafees who both gifted away their wickets. Nafees went for a shot against a Rampaul delivery which he should have left alone; the ball got some extra bounce and took the outside edge through to the keeper to put an end to Nafees's 27-ball 31, while Tamim tried to thwack a short ball outside off from Sammy into oblivion but it only carried as far as Sunil Narine at mid-on for a simple catch. Tamim struck ten fours and two sixes during his 71-ball 72.

Earlier, it was a laborious day for the Bangladesh bowlers, especially for debutant off-spinner Shohag Gazi who took the most of the workload along with Shakib. Shohag bowled 47 overs while Shakib supported him with 34 overs. Credit, however, must go to Chanderpaul and Ramdin, who showed great reserves of patience and persistence to carry the team to an impregnable position. Veteran left-hander Chanderpaul was troubled a few times in the morning but he was in control, leaving almost all the deliveries outside off stump on way to achieve a Test best of an unbeaten 203 that came after a seven-and-a-half-hour vigil which saw 22 boundaries, while Ramdin was at the crease for five and a half hours and smote 11 fours and a six during his unbeaten 126-run innings.

If the match is to be competitive at all, Bangladesh's remaining batsmen have to follow the approach of the two Caribbean batsmen, otherwise another big defeat is only just a matter of a time for the home team.

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Chandrapaul number one test batsman said today, ''We never ask Gayle how to play in test cricket'' and that's the difference among West Indies & Bangladesh Cricket.

: Iqbal uddin

Tamim Iqbal is Tamim Iqbal! Let him play his own game. Every body knows how Gayle plays; no body asks Gayle to bat like Chanders! Please Tamim keep playing the way you play! There are 10 others in the team. One of them should play like Chanders!

: Jamst


  • Abul Karim
    Thursday, November 15, 2012 06:04 AM GMT+06:00 (281 weeks ago)

    Although Tamim played a good cricket, I wish him to play a long innings in a test match.

  • Khondkar Abdus Saleque
    Thursday, November 15, 2012 07:29 AM GMT+06:00 (281 weeks ago)

    Tamim with all his brilliance is not Chris Gayle or Virendra Shewag. Test Cricket can not be played in IPL T 20 Style. Playing aggressive strokes on deserving deliveries are okay. But once settled Tamim should have dug in and anchor the innings. His was a cameo better suitable for a late order or a tail ender. He played one too many strokes at the last session. Bangladesh should have taken a leaf out of Chandrapaul. We hope Saquib, Naeem and the rest will first play positively and make the match safe for the tigers.





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