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    ICC 2009 - Bangladesh

    Basically I'm going to lead Bangladesh to the top of world cricket.
    Will whistle through the ICC World T20. Maybe include anything unusual that might happen (winning a game ) before getting onto the Test series against India at the end of the year

    Follow my progress in here.

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    India need 9 from 6 in the opening T20. Eeek.

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    I took a bit of a gamble with the selection of my side for the opening T20 against India.
    In a format that has seen the number of allrounders rise and rise, I went in with one. The talismanic Shakib Al-Hasan; one of 5 genuine bowling options for my side.
    India won the toss and put me into bat on a relatively flat surface, consistent bounce and carry for the quicks and the slightest hint of turn for the spinners but nothing to right home about.



    I managed to make 149/7, a score I was quite pleased with. Shakib the stand out player; while Naeem Islam also played his part in a 96 run partnership (Naeem hogged the strike tbh). In the pursuit of late runs the last 4 wickets fell for just 12 runs. With Irfan Pathan taking 3 wickets for just 6 runs in the final over of the innings.



    The Indian innings got off to an absolute flier and at one point the required run rate was only 6 an over but Shakib and Razzaq applied the choke in the middle overs and Shakib especially bowled exceptionally. The left arm quicks conceeded to haemorrhage runs at an alarming rate, so I opted to throw the ball to Naeem Islam in the 18th over of the innings, rather than the particularly woeful Al Zabir. With India needing 24 from 18 at this point Islam did perfectly well, conceeding just 8 from the over leaving India chasing 16 from 12. They only managed 7 from the 19th over and then only 6 from the final over handing Bangladesh a 2 run win!!


    That's just how even the game was.

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    Good luck! I remember completing the feat with Bangladesh in 2006. Had the spinning Sunny brothers take the new ball and watched them rip teams apart.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaggy Alfresco View Post
    Good luck! I remember completing the feat with Bangladesh in 2006. Had the spinning Sunny brothers take the new ball and watched them rip teams apart.
    Haha, cheers
    Quite happy with a win in my first game, even if it is a T20 game.
    5/15 of my squad haven't played T20 before in their careers so it was a bit of a punt.

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    Just chased down 162 against Ireland. Won it with a single off the final ball, needed 31 to win from 18, happy days.
    Brought in Nazimuddin for this match and he hits 43*(23)

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    Bangladire beating India in a World Cup game? Preposterous! Where's the realism?

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    Excellent start to your story, good luck for the second round!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcuss View Post
    Just chased down 162 against Ireland. Won it with a single off the final ball, needed 31 to win from 18, happy days.
    Brought in Nazimuddin for this match and he hits 43*(23)
    Will just briefly catch up on my last 2 matches.



    Was a good pitch so I was satisfied with managing to keep Ireland's total below 170, though after winning the toss I originally hoped to restrict them to much less. Shakib again showing his class.



    As already mentioned Nazimuddin played a great knock to win the match.
    So into the Super 8s I go!!

    My group = Bangladesh, Netherlands, New Zealand and Sri Lanka


    First up : Sri Lanka

    After having my top order blown away, bar a resolute innings from Tamim Iqbal, I somehow limped to 114ao. Only managing to play out 19 of my full 20 overs.


    I didn't hold much hope for my bowlers but somehow we made a game of it. Sri Lanka eventually won with 10 balls remaining but with 3 overs to go the required rate was greater than a run a ball but Islam went the distance in his 3rd over leaving Sri Lanka the simplest of tasks to knock off the winning runs in the next over.

    Next up the Netherlands.

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    Will get back on to this soon, had exams recently with Christmas and NYE in between now and the last update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somerset View Post
    Excellent start to your story, good luck for the second round!
    Managed to miss this up until now. Thankyou

    Just finished off the World T20, update to follow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcuss View Post
    Managed to miss this up until now. Thankyou

    Just finished off the World T20, update to follow.
    Typed it all out. Can't be bothered to again. Netherlands match in pictures.





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    Despite having no chance of qualification the final T20 against NZ was important in that I wanted to prove Bangladesh were more than able of competing with the big boys of International cricket. I won the toss and opted to bowl first on a wearing wicket, the bowling attack contained 3 spinners and I decided I was much more confident in my batting line up chasing rather than attempting to set a target.

    My decision was quickly rewarded but not by the spinners. Syed Rasel produced one of the finest opening spells of the competition and picked up two quick wickets and could've easily had a few more. He gave practically nothing away and as a result his opening partner Kabir benefited with a wicket as NZ attempted to score from the other end.
    Before they'd had time to figure out what had hit them NZ were 29/3.

    The introduction of the spinners didn't quite go to plan, Shakib was suberp as he has been all tournament really but Hossain and Razzaq couldn't conceed runs quick enough. For every moment of brilliance from Shakib, there were two rank half trackers from the other two tweakers. Ross Taylor played a steady innings whilst Shakib picked away at the rest of the NZ line up.
    At the end of the innings Bangladesh but can't help but feel that they've let NZ off the hook after having them reeling at 49/5.




    The Bangladesh innings started rapidly with Tamim continuing his fine form and slaughtering Oram to all parts of the ground in his opening overs, though things began to turn around quickly when O'Brien produced a fine spell to rout the Bangladesh top order. After no less than 4 quick wickets Islam joined Tamim at the crease and the pair proceeded to add 89 for the 5th wicket, Islam then departed shortly after Tamim bringing up his 50. Vetorri ousted Hasan soon after and it was left to Iqbal to see Bangladesh over the line, which he accomplished with a brilliant 72*


    Up next a Test series against India, should be fun

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    Good win over New Zealand - shame about the defeat to Holland though. Best of luck for the test series against India, I can't imagine that'll be easy.

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    Avoiding defeat in one of the Tests is the main target. Anything else would be a bonus really.
    Thanks for the good luck and your earlier post in here

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