Posted by: tootingtrumpet | February 20, 2011

Bangladesh vs India – The Final Over of the Day

Sreesanth at the end of his opening spell

Ball One – I’ll be keeping a keen eye on the runs scored in the middle overs (16th to the 39th). That comprises half the resources available to a batting team and can often dribble away at 4 an over. India are not allowing any sustained quiet period here and, with such depth in their batting, why should they? Perhaps only Australia are as positive in the middle overs and that’s one reason why both are rated amongst the favourites.

Ball Two – Wouldn’t it be great to see Bangladesh play a full season of domestic cricket in England? There would be plenty of interest from the Bengali diaspora and bowlers would learn the nous they need to take wickets in all formats of the game. Some readers may consider that suggestion rather condescending for an established Test nation, but while Shakib’s team have made great strides in batting, the bowlers still look like they are waiting for something to happen – not a plan that wins cricket matches.

Ball Three – India are determined to get pace on to the ball through fast hands, as there is little pace in the pitch. Bat speed will be so critical in this World Cup and I’m surprised that we don’t get given figures for it, as baseball coverage provides for its fans.  I don’t much care for over-emphasising the importance of nets, but practice must improve bat speed and build muscle memory.

Ball Four – I’m sure that it will soon become orthodox practice to take the batting powerplay on the change of ball after 34 overs. India do that, but such is the carnage that it’s barely noticed.

Ball Five – Incredibly, Bangladesh are ahead of the run rate straight away. There’s no way they could pull this off is there? One of the funny things about cricket is that adversity makes the game easier – Bangladesh can have no thought other than attack for all 50 overs. It’s better to crash and burn at 170 all out in 30 overs than to overthink the match situation and finish 320-5 off 50. (Please don’t mention net run rate!)

Ball Six – At the halfway mark, Tamim appears to be channeling the spirit of Sunil Gavaskar from the opening match of the 1975 World Cup. Even if the Bangladeshis are looking to protect their net run rate – arrrghhh! – his batting is inexplicably passive. I suspect the Bangladeshis are overthinking it.

The Tooting Trumpet, whom you can often find at Testmatchsofa.com and on Twitter at @garynaylor999.

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  1. I thought Tamim looked confused by his role and I felt slightly sorry for him. He couldn’t win for losing. He knew he needed to score fast but he also knew that his team couldn’t afford him to get out. I suspected he was trying (and failing) to keep Bangla somewhere vaguely in touch with the rate before going absolutely ballistic in the batting powerplay. It was an optimistic plan if that was the case, but when you’re chasing 370, what other kind of plan is there?

    • I think chasing big scores is all about blocks of five overs (“Let’s get to 40, then 75, then 110 and so on). Bangla didn’t seem to have any milestones and let some fairly innocuous bowling dictate terms. 283 sounds a good score, but they were 24% short of target, so it was easy for India to just concede runs. I felt that Bangla let the crowd down.

      • Good thing there wasn’t as many people at the ground as the authorities wanted us to believe. I mean if I was telling everyone it was a sell out, I’d at least figure out the camera angles and stick bums on those seats.

  2. The treatment dished out to Sreesanth’s opening spell is what more and more Australian’s are voicing concern about. There is no chance of Australia getting through 3 knock out games without one being taken apart at least once. Oh well, let see how far this 29 game unbeaten run can be streched.

    • David Hussey should open the bowling – give the batsmen no pace. It won’t happen though.

  3. Gary,

    I agree with all points but the fifth. NRR might come into play in the later stages, particularly for teams like Bangladesh who have to fight for the fourth spot.

    So, how would it be better if it’s 170 rather than 320 ??

    • I take your point, but a negative mindset can take over. And the crowd deserved a show too. Playing for NRR is always dangerous, because I’m not sure that anyone really understands how it works.

      • Why do you think that no-one knows how NRR works? Australia and the Windies showed a good knowledge of it in 1999.

  4. Lots of good points as usual, Gary. And I second your opinion that batting powerplays at or around the 34th over will probably become standard practice in most games.

    But like Mayank, I too believe that a side like Bangladesh have to be very cognizant of their NRR. Of course, they still need to beat one of the major teams. But given the confidence with which they went into this game + the nature of that pitch + their recent form…I don’t think SA, England and the WI can afford to relax against the Bangla team. So NRR could very well enter the picture.

    As for India, comfortable win and a good start to the campaign…but the seam bowling up front remains a weak link. Just not penetrative enough, and conceding too many runs. Zak looks good, but Sreesanth (and Nehra) really need to tighten up. So if I were captain of SA, Aus, SL, or Eng, I’d bat first vs India believing that my batsmen could well put up ~300…and then pressure the Indian batting out.

  5. wake me up we get to the quarter finals in 6 months time


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