Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Emphatic series win for Bangladesh

Shakib Al Hasan poses with the series trophy

It's an emphatic series win for Bangladesh. They have clinched the series by winning 2 successive Test matches. A Historical win for Bangladesh as they have beaten West Indies by 4 wickets. They chased down the target of 215 to win the series, thanks to the heroics of Captain Sakib-Al-Hasan and Rakib-Al-Hasan. They shared a thrilling 106-run partnership to take Bangladesh to their first overseas series win. Rakib set the tempo of the game for Bangladesh. When he walked out to bat, they were struggling at 29-2. He played an aggressive knock of 44. 

When Bangladesh were 67-4, their captain Sakib-Al-Hasan joined him. This pair played bravely and counter-attacked the West Indies bowlers. Rakib played a short innings but it was an innings of lifetime by him. It was one of the better innings that I have ever seen.

Rakib-Al-Hasan lost his wicket at a crucial time when Bangladesh needed 42 more runs. But their captain Sakib didn't lose his nerve and won the match for their country. It was very heartening to see a team like Bangladesh is winning a Test series overseas against West Indies. The winning moment came in style when Sakib lofted Kemar Roach over long-on. It was a collective Team performance by Bangladesh.

It's good for cricket that a team like Bangladesh is winning. This is the greatest victory of Bangladesh Cricket till date. Though West Indies playing without their main players due to some contract disputes, but a win is a win. 

Bangladesh played some superb cricket throughout the series. They deserve this. They have the class and the guts to win anywhere. They defeated West Indies in all aspects of the game and taught West Indies a great lesson that cricket is not only about the money, it's about your self-esteem and self-belief. If you don't respect the game, the game will not respect you too. 

It has a scientific point of view too, as you know according to Newton’s Third Law: For every action, there is an equal & opposite re-action.

Bangladesh celebrate their 2-0 series win, West Indies v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, 4th day, Grenada, July 20, 2009

(Images via Cricketnext)


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