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Freedom in the air

Ingloriously unpredictable

Al-Amin

This is mad cricket. This is an act of committing suicide. Otherwise, how can one explain a batting display from Bangladesh that defies any logic? Needing just a win against a winless Hong Kong, the self-destructive Tigers fell apart for 108. And without taking anything from what Hong Kong bowlers had done at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, the Tigers' batting can be best described as a rat race among the batsmen to depart one after another playing expansive shots.
They were in such a hurry as if they were trying to catch any available transport to avoid a tsunami that originated in the Bay of Bengal and was heading towards the port city. The dismissal of the first two batsmen might be attributed to some good bowling, but the next eight wickets that fell can best be described as s horror show where everyone wanted to be a villain. There was not a single batsman in the middle who showed some responsibility. How can a batting unit, which came out with an intention to hit every delivery out of the park, fail to understand the simple need of the hour which was to adjust to the prevailing situation. The Tigers' innings folded in 16.3 over and believe it or not Al-Amin Hossain, the number eleven batsman whose job was to just stay at the wicket and allow Nasir Hossain as much strike as possible, played a lofted on-drive only to be caught in the deep. This is the kind of batting display that is hard to imagine from any other established cricket team, especially in the context of how important the win was for them.
In world cricket, Pakistan are dubbed as an unpredictable side. But that unpredictability is associated with something positive. The Tigers are also unpredictable. But unfortunately that unpredictability is often associated with something negative. And Thursday night was a classic example.

Published: 12:00 am Friday, March 21, 2014

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