Thursday, May 6, 2010

Australia too good for Bangladesh

To start with, Bangladesh bowled well, but the inability of their batsmen to cope with pace and bounce again came to haunt the Bangladesh team as they lost the match.

It all looked different when Australia were tottering at 66 for 5 with the Bangladesh's spinners doing the track. As expected, the pitch at Barbados had pace and bounce, but it was a bit surprising to see the amount of grip the spinners got from the pitch.

Sakib Al Hassan bowled beautifully as he mixed his length well. I liked the way he just shortened his length to White, which allowed him to get more purchase from the wicket and White was bowled. Razzack gave him good support, but Murtaza again crumbled under pressure by gifting Hussey with full tosses. Huss is a very expereinced campaigner and took full advantage of it. Smith too showed excellent temperament and played some fine shots.

It was never easy to chase down 142 as the wicket at Barbados was a sporting track, but some of the shots that Bangladesh's top order attempted against Nannes were mindless slogs. Yes, The pitch was quick, but Aftab Ahmed was surely not playing cricket as he tried to slog and got out. Australia also have quick bowlers like Nannes and Tait to exploit the pace and bounce, but it looked like Bangladesh's batsmen were afraid of the short pitch stuff that was dished out by the Aussie bowlers. The consistent Sakib and the admirable Rahim tried their best, but the damage was already done by Nannes and co. Bangladesh no doubt missed their key man, Tamim as he is one payer who can handle short pitch bowling better.

Nannes again was impressive and is very much the key player in the side as he is quick, a left armer and more importantly can bowl decent line and length. Australia though would be worried about their captain Clarke continuing to play like a tortoise. He is the captain of the side and should lead from the front, but the good news is, Hussey looked in good touch. Huss isn't a powerful hitter, but can outsmart the bowlers by find the gaps in the field. He no doubt has always been a very good finisher.

In the other match, Afghanistan gave a good account of themselves in the field as Hassan and Nabi bowled well, but on a quick pitch Steyn and Morkel were too good for the amateurs. Kallis again went at his own pace, but thankfully Albie came up with a few lusty blows. Against better teams, Kallis has to take a few more risks early in the innings as Albie Morkel can't always come to their rescue. Morne looked like a demon against the Afghan team, but would be tested against better sides.

Both Bangladesh and Afghanistan did well in the field, but their batsmen came a cropper against short pitch stuff. Afghanistan are inexperienced and can't expect them to handle bowlers bowling at 90 miles per hour, but one expected Bangladesh to make a better fist of it.


Purna said...

I think it was doable. Our openers needed to see the new ball, but of course they left their brains with Tamim. I am going to scream if Kayes doesn't get his shit together soon.

greyblazer said...

I think Australia got 20 runs too many. It is a decent wicket to bat on but there is something in it for both spinners and the quicker bowlers.

Bangladesh needed Tamim on that pitch. Yes he could have tried to play too many shots and got out but if there was someone who could have taken on Nannes and co. and succeeded it was him and of course they didn't help their cause by playing mindless slogs.

Kayes? lol he can be happy that he is a touch better than the former Caribbean captain Reifer. Aftab Ahmed is no better.