Bangladesh Cricket Board Cup – Bangladesh v Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy - Match Recap
In a dominating performance, Bangladesh easily overcame Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy by six wickets in a first-class match played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium Mirpur, on September 12, 2011.
An appalling display from the Academy side saw them post only 75 in 20.4 overs, with five batsmen failing to open their accounts.
In reply, the national side lost just four wickets on their way to the target, completing the victory with 31 overs to spare.
The match began with Bangladeshi’s team skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim, winning the toss and electing to field first.
His decision was top notch as the bowlers made full use of their experience to overpower their opponents with limited difficulty.
The batting team lost their first wicket on the score of 13 as Shafiul Islam caught opener, Anamul Haque plumb in front.
Just one run later, Rubel Hossain got into the act, taking No.3 batter Mominul Haque for a duck.
This brought the team under pressure, which never really recovered as bowlers chipped in with regular wickets.
The third victim was the inning's second highest run getter, Maisuqur Rahman with 18, as Hossain cleaned through the defenses of the player and sent him packing back to the pavilion.
The inning's highest partnership came for the 5th wicket, as skipper, Mahmudul Hasan and top scorer Tanveer Haider combined to make 26.
However, when spinner, Abdur Razzak broke the stand, it left the side 5 down, with only 56 on the board.
The worst was to follow as the last five could only muster 1 run in between them with Haider left stranded on 24.
The Bangladeshi bowlers all bagged wickets with the pick being Hossain with a four-wicket haul, followed by Suhrawadi Shuvo bagging 3.
In contrast, the national team’s progress towards the total was easy, with the openers, Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes, sharing 41 in 9.5 overs.
Kayes was the first one to be dismissed off Alauddin Babu, making 13 with the help of one boundary.
On the score of 54, Tamim was the next to perish; however, he had done most of the damage in his almost run-a-ball knock of 36, which included 5 crisp fours and a six out of the park.
They lost another two on the same score but a quick fire 22 by Alok Kapali ensured the team completed the total in 19 overs.
For the opponent’s bowlers, only two bowlers could make inroads with Babu being the pick, taking a brace.
The match has raised more questions than answers for the Cricket Broad as they look to find youngsters after the team’s abysmal performance on the tour of Zimbabwe. For now, they will have to be content with the talent at their immediate disposal.