Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 4th 2014 Contents KHULNA---Opener Tamim Iqbal s
restrained batting helped Bangladesh reach
193-3 on the first day of the second test
against Zimbabwe yesterday.
At stumps, Iqbal was 74 not out with
Shakib Al Hasan on 13, leaving the Zimbabwe
Mahmudullah was the other notable scorer
Iqbal made two significant partnerships
with Mominu Haque (35) and Mahmudullah
to lay a solid platform for Bangladesh after
captain Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and
elected to bat first.
The day began for Zimbabwe almost per-
fectly as they dismissed Shamsur Rahman
cheaply to leave Bangladesh 6-1.
Shamsur Rahman was the only batsman
to be dismissed in the morning session when
he was trapped lbw for 2 by Elton Chigum-
The umpire s decision was not out but
Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor called for
Mominul Haque and Iqbal helped the side
back on track as the pitch gradually slowed
and Zimbabwe bowled in controlled aggres-
sion. Their 72-run partnership rescued
Bangladesh from the early trouble.
Haque was undone by the extra bounce
off Panyangara to offer a return catch.
Iqbal, however, stayed solid. Relying mostly
on singles, he brought up his first 50 against
Zimbabwe in the last over of the lunch ses-
sion when he took a single off Natsai
M Shangwe. It was his 17th 50 overall for
which he had to concede 169 balls, making
it easily his slowest 50 ever in International
Zimbabwe bowlers maintained a disci-
plined effort throughout the day but could
not distract his concentration.
Iqbal formed another important partner-
ship with Mahmdullah who was trapped
lbw by Panyangra just after the new ball
Along with Shakib Al Hasan, he then saw
off the day without further trouble.
Tinshae Panyangara claimed 2-29 while
Elton Chigumbura returned figures with 1-
32 for Zimbabwe. (AP)
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Twenty years of Pakistan defeats at Aus-
tralian hands were erased in little more than
20 minutes, yesterday. The last five wickets
belonging to Michael Clarke s befuddled team
tumbled for eight runs in 46 balls after lunch,
rather summing up the gulf between the two
sides in a series Australia had expected to
Instead it was Misbah-ul-Haq s team that
was triumphant, not just beating Australia
but totally obliterating them. The Abu Dhabi
result was Pakistan s biggest ever victory mar-
gin by runs. In terms of average differential
(batting average minus bowling average) this
was Australia s worst series of all time. Australia
have the Ashes, but that s all.
The final spoils were rightly shared by Zul-
fiqar Babar and Yasir Shah, the little-known
spin duo which did not merely cover for Saeed
Ajmal s absence but took advantage of it. Aus-
tralia spent most of the preceding six months
preparing for mystery offspin and doosras,
even hiring Muttiah Muralitharan. Instead
they were flummoxed by classical left-arm
orthodox and legspin.
Other garlands were rightfully saved for
Younis Khan, the prolific and cultured run-
maker who built the wall Australia s bowlers
were never anywhere near tearing down. Then
there was the captain Misbah, who showed
total composure throughout the series before
giving free rein to his skills with the equal-
fastest Test century of all time.
Above all else, Australia s display demon-
strated how they will be illegitimate contenders
for the title of best team in the world until
they can find a way to thrive on the slow, low
and turning pitches set-up to blunt their
speedy brand of the game in Asia and else-
where. Clarke in particular must wear a share
of blame for the result, as he failed completely
to set a batting example for less experienced
For most of the morning Steven Smith and
Mitchell Marsh at least showed some evidence
of learning how to cope with these climes,
too late to change the series but perhaps an
attempt to salvage some vestige of self-respect.
Smith used his feet smartly and also defend-
ed stoutly in a fine display, but he lost the
assistance of Marsh when the allrounder
glanced Mohammad Hafeez straight to leg
slip. Marsh had played doggedly and well, but
he will regret not either leaving or hitting out
harder at a delivery that was short and down
the leg side.
That ended a stand of 107 over more than
two hours, and brought the pained Brad Haddin
to the middle, still favouring his right shoulder
after jarring and bruising it heavily on the first
day of the Test. Haddin winced repeatedly
when playing the ball but showed great deter-
mination in doing so, and Smith cuffed a pair
of boundaries in the final over of the morning
to reach the cusp of a fighting century.
But two balls into the afternoon he became
yet another batsman to play presumptuously
for spin where none existed, pinned in front
by a Yasir delivery that skidded on. Haddin,
Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Nathan
Lyon melted away within minutes, allowing
Pakistan to celebrate. It s been a while. (ESP-
Pakistan 1st Innings 570-6 dec.
Australia 1st Innings 261
Pakistan 2nd Innings 293-3 dec.
Australia 2nd Innings
MMarshcShafiqbHafeez. . . . . . . . . . . .47
Extras:(b-5,lb-1nb-3,pen-5) . . . . . . . . .14
TOTAL: (all out. Overs: 88.3) . . . . . . .246
Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-31, 3-43, 4-101, 5-
208, 6-238, 7-238, 8-238, 9-245, 10-246.
Bowling: Rahat Ali 8-6-3-0, Imran Khan
8-1-29-0, Mohammad Hafeez 17-4-38-2,
Zulfiqar Babar 32.3-2-120-5 (1nb), Yasir
Shah 22-4-44-3 (2nb), Azhar Ali 1-0-1-0.
To s s : Pakistan. Result: Pakistan won by
356 runs. Series: Pakistan wins two-
match series 2-0.
Umpires: Nigel Llong, England, and
Richard Kettleborough, England.
TV umpire: Marais Erasmus, South
Africa. Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle,
Bangladesh 1st Innings
TOTAL:(For3wickets,Overs:90) . . . . . . . . .193
Still to bat: Mushfiqur Rahim, Shuvagata Hom,
Shahadat Hossain, Taijul Islam, Jubair Hossain,
Fall of Wickets: 1-6, 2-78, 3-173.
Bowling: Tinashe Panyangara 19-5-29-2 (1nb),
Elton Chigumbura 16-5-32-1 (2w), Tendai Chatara
15-3-30-0 (1nb), Natsai M'Shangwe 24-4-60-0,
Malcolm Waller 9-1-22-0, Sikandar Raza 7-2-11-0.
To ss : Won by Bangladesh
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, Billy Bowden, New
Zealand. TV umpire: Sundaram Ravi, India. Match
referee: Chris Broad, England.
Pakistan soars to their biggest win
NEW DELHI---Former India coach Greg
Chappell asked Sachin Tendulkar to
replace Rahul Dravid as captain ahead of
the 2007 World Cup, the retired cricket
great wrote in his upcoming autobiogra-
Tendulkar explained how the Australian
made the proposal in his book "Playing it
My Way," according to extracts released
"Together, we could control Indian cricket
for years," the 41-year-old former batsman
quotes Chappell as saying.
Tendulkar writes that he was surprised
at Chappell s attitude and by his plans to
drop all the senior India players for the
"Just months before the World Cup,
Chappell had come to see me at home, and
to my dismay, suggested that I should take
over the captaincy from Rahul Dravid. I
was surprised to hear the coach not showing
the slightest amount of respect for the cap-
tain, with cricket s biggest tournament just
months away," Tendulkar has written.
"He stayed for a couple of hours, trying
to convince me before finally leaving," writes
Tendulkar, adding that his wife Anjali was
shocked to hear Chappell suggest they could
control Indian cricket for years.
Tendulkar also writes that Chappell was
"intent on dropping all the older players"
and even spoke to the Board of Control for
Cricket in India about his plans to have a
Chappell was not liked by senior India
players and resigned after the team failed
to get past the preliminary league stage of
the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.
India had made the final of the 2003
World Cup with Sourav Ganguly as captain
and won the tournament in 2011 under
Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Tendulkar, who was part of all three World
Cup sides, retired from international cricket
last year with a record 15,921 runs and 51
centuries in 200 Tests and 18,426 runs with
49 centuries in 463 one-dayers.
Tendulkar led Indian test and one-day
teams between 1996 and 2000 but was
never captain of a World Cup squad. (AP)
Pakistan's players pose with the trophy after completing a 2-0 whitewash over Australia on the
fifth day of the second Test in Abu Dhabi, 5th day, yesterday. PHOTO: ESPNCRICINFO
Tamim helps Bangladesh to 193-3
Tendulkar: Chappell wanted him as India captain
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