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Reverse Swing

Wasim Akram

Once again Bangladesh came out on top in the all-important game against the neighbouring country Nepal by a huge margin of eight wickets and with more than three overs to spare. This should seal Bangladesh's position as winner of Group A and see them move into the next round. It was a good toss to win by the Tigers' captain and put Nepal in to bat on a seaming wicket with grass on it; it had good bounce with good carry and of course the dew factor will come into play later in the match, Mushfiqur Rahim had no hesitation to bowl first. The Bangladesh seamers should have bowled fuller on such a wicket to exploit the conditions. Nevertheless, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and player of the match Al-Amin bowled well with the latter taking two for 17 restricting Nepal to a modest 126 for five.  I think the fielding was spot on and Bangladesh showed that they are a far superior team than Nepal in all department of the game .
Bangladesh's batting department has not been tested yet but at the top Anamul Haque once again showed his class with a top score of 42 and got himself out for a silly run which was not there and Tamim just threw his wicket with a kamikaze shot for no reason. Then came the onslaught of Shakib Al Hasan who finished the game in style with a six. Congratulations to the team who had demonstrated great cricketing ability throughout the tournament so far and would like to see them improving as the tournament progresses.

The writer is former Pakistan cricket captain and one of the finest swing bowers and currently a TV commentator and presenter

Published: 12:00 am Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Last modified: 3:27 am Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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