Bangladesh Fails To Get First Win Against England
The stage was all set. Bangladesh had never beat England in a one-day cricket match. They prepared a wicket at Mirpur, Dhaka, that had no trace of grass. It was supposed to help their slow bowlers.
Bangladesh has reasonably good pacers but they depend on their spinners to win matches. This was supposed to help their attack bowlers. At the end the pitch turned docile, offering nothing to the spinners.
The Tigers began like tigers. Their opening batsman, Tamim Iqbal, was roaring right from the get go. England had no respite until the scoreboard showed 63 runs. Iqbal was merciless on all English bowlers, routinely dispatching balls all over the ground. The English bowlers tried whatever tricks they had in their bags, but it made no difference to Tamim. Bangladeshi spectators were ecstatic.
Then it all started falling down, like so many times in their short cricketing history. They lost three quick wickets in succession, and when their inform Captain Shakib Al Hasan went out to a well-taken catch behind the wicket, a vociferous crowd fell silent. 50,000 hearts quickly sank in despair. Once more the Tigers had their tails between their legs. Batsmen came and went without any purpose.
Amidst all that mayhem stood tall one man, their young prodigy Tamim Iqbal. And the nation watched in awe seeing him come into his own. As the wickets were falling steadily, Tamim shifted gear, concentrating on singles and twos and playing like a true world cricketer. He went on to score a well-deserved century, yet at the end he too gifted his wicket, and with that atrocious shot the Tigers' chances flew out the window.
England began clinically demonstrating for Bangladesh how to bat against a score of 228. Never taking any undue chances, rotating the strike, keeping ball on the ground and hitting the occasional loose ball, England cruised all along. The dependable Collingwood made merry of the toothless Bangladeshi attack with 75 not out. Captain Cook provided strong support with a solid 64. Taking advantage of dropped catches, missing stamping chances and sloppy fielding England romped home with six wickets. The only consolation for the Tigers was Tamim Iqbal picking up two awards for quick 50, and Man of the Match.
Bangladesh will have to wait for their elusive first win against England.