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Tale of nine catches and a Mashrafe waltz

Tale of nine catches and a Mashrafe waltz

Pranta Deb Emon
Published Date: 10 Nov 2015 | Update : 10 Nov 2015
The second one-day international between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh would be known for many reasons. For not only this coincided with the auspicious occasion of Shakib-al-Hasan’s baby daughter, who may one day reign the cricket world as female Bradman (God bless!), but also for the very reason of Bangladesh berthing their fifth straight series win. And add to that we also have a curious scorecard with an innings of nine catches from Zimbabweans which fails the maxim “catches win matches”. But a golden one did the trick for Mashrafe, who joins a rather exclusive club. Below are the highlights:   Nine batsmen, caught No short than nine catches fell in Bangladesh innings. Although several times, an innings saw demise of all batsmen ‘assisted’, this is a rare instance indeed. Perhaps the costliest one was that of Imrul Kayes’s. He could have carried on to a merry hundred, but he lofted one to Cremer. Wicketkeeper Chakabva took four catches.   ‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.’ If Bangladesh innings was anything special, then Zimbabwean one was even stranger. For a direct yin to the yang of similar dismissals, Zimbabweans perished in five different ways: first Chakabva was trapped lbw by the danger man Arafat Sunny, then a clean bowled by Mashrafe saw Zimbabwe at two down, Williams caught after resuscitating a partnership, and then Ervine run out by Liton Das which perhaps remains the only contribution by the latter in this series… The last variation saw Cremer stumped by Mushfiqur.   Mashrafe enters an exclusive club Mashrafe’s catch would be indeed a special one. He took Panyangara’s wicket off Mustafizur. What largely rather went unnoticed was that he enters 1000 runs/ 50 wickets/50 catches club. And mind you no other than Sir Vivian Richards was the first man to do so. Tendulkar, Jayasuria, Waugh bros., Kapil Dev, Wasim Akram… one could namedrop a long way. And so is Elton Chigumbura who is currently playing the series.   Imrul’s mystic return Imrul Kayes made a valiant return with his 76 and …six fours and four sixes. He was in a no non-sense mood, but as Mohammad Isam of Cricinfo noted his “last 50 was against Pakistan in March 2014, seven innings ago...and in between this, all his scores were single-digit scores”.   The rise, rise and rise of Bangladesh Bangladesh sealed their fifth straight series win at home. Perhaps the solace to their rising ego would be that it was at home. No big deal, perhaps? But what is, is the fact that they have the second percentage of win/loss ratio as well as a sniff at sixth ranking in ODI. Although a whitewash won’t change their rankings, but should Pakistan whitewash England in their universe, then Bangladesh may just waltz along to sixth spot.   source: tigercricket.com.bd

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