Captain’s Knock by a Tiger Wins Their First T20 Against West Indie
Many have heard the expression “Captain’s Knock.” On a spirited Tuesday night cricket crazy Bangladeshi’s witnessed it delivered by one of their own. The new Skipper took the strike when his team was faltering replying to West Indies, in their first and only t20 of the series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur. His team was precariously positioned at 52 for 4, and nearly half the overs had gone. The calypso band was in high tempo, the commentators were screaming “the match is totally under control of WI,” regardless, the new skipper Mushfiqur Rahim did not believe that, and that is why he made all the difference. This is Bangladesh’s first win in t20 against a full strength WI team, and this is a great start for their new Captain.
Bangladesh had done well to contain the WI to 132 for 8, since by the 14th over WI had scored in excess of 80 with the loss of only 2 wickets. M N Samuels came in to bat at the fall of the opener A B Barath and he stayed till the last over to score a well deserved 58, highest score for his team. The only other significant contribution was from the other opener LMP Simmons with 23. All Bangladeshi bowlers did their work—Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam and Shakib Al Hasan, chipped in with two wickets each. Shafiul had the best match figure of 19 for 2 which was only bettered by Samuel of WI with 14 for 2.
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Bangladesh openers began well; however, Tamim fell for 11 at the score of 23. Tamim’s partner Imrul went at 49 after scoring 22. And it became 3 for 49 when Shakib was out the very first ball he played. Then Martin caught Alok Kapali off Braithwaite, and it became 4 for 52. It looked very bleak for the Tigers. That is the time the new Captain walked in. Many wondered if Mushfiqur was going to falter with the burden of captaincy on his shoulder, nonetheless, he kept his head down, scoring briskly and yet without taking unnecessary chances like other Bangladeshi players did. Even when wickets kept falling on the other side Mushfiqur did not get panicky, and kept his poise.