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Bangladesh vs West Indies

Match info: Bangladesh v West Indies Test Series 2012 at Shere Bangla National Stadium - 1st Test

Date: 17th Nov 2012 Status: Day 5 of 5 Umpires: R K Illingworth and B N J Oxenford

Home team and score Away team score

Bangladesh

556 All out (148.3 Overs)
167 All out (54.3 Overs)

Result

West Indies

527/4 Dec (144.0 Overs)
273 All out (74.2 Overs)

West Indies win by 77 runs

  • Last Updated: November 12 2012, 9:05 GMT

We run the rule over the venue for the first Test between Bangladesh and the West Indies in Dhaka, where the hosts have never won.

Mirpur's finest in all her dusty glory.
Mirpur's finest in all her dusty glory.

Established: 2006
Capacity: 50,000
Floodlights: Yes
Ends: Ispahani End, Aqua Paints End
Test History: 8 matches (7 away wins, 1 draw)
Tosses: 5 batted first (3 wins, 2 losses), 3 bowled first (1 win, 1 loss, 1 draw)

Overview
The stadium, which gets its name from the 'Tiger of Bengal' Abul Kashem Fazlul Huq, a renowned Bengal leader and freedom fighter from the 1940s, is the official home of Bangladesh cricket. It is situated in Mirpur, roughly 10 kilometres from the centre of Dhaka.

In a move which stirred up a fair bit of resistance, the BCB shifted its headquarters in 2005 from the Bangabandhu National Stadium, a multi-sports complex in the heart of the city, to the Shere Bangla Stadium, in order to have their own facility exclusively for cricket.

And the move would appear to have been validated by the 20 or so simultaneous games of tape-tennis ball cricket matches which take place every morning and every evening on the grassless plot adjacent to the stadium.

The ground boasts probably the best drainage facility on the whole of the sub-continent, with an even slope of 29 inches from wicket to boundary. The stadium was recently upgraded, with the football floodlights replaced and the capacity increased to 50,000 ahead of the 2011 World Cup.

Last Time Out
Pakistan bucked the norm somewhat, fielding first, and copped a formidable first-innings total from Bangladesh for their questionably incorrect decision.

The visiting seamers enjoyed the glut of the wickets initially, with host spinner Shakib Al Hasan later taking a first-innings six-for. Plenty of Pakistan batsman got in, only to get out to their own impatience, with opener Taufeeq Umal's patient century outlasting his compatriots.

Bangladesh largely folded to spin in their second turn at the crease, with a nominal chase easily lopped off by the visitors - for a seven-wicket win late on day five.

Happy Hunting Ground
On a bowling front, Shakib Al Hasan leads the pack with 26 Test scalps at 35.65 a pop here. Shahadat Hossain is next in line with 13 scalps, though his average of 46.84 goes to show the tough conditions on offer for the seam bowlers.

Batting-wise, it's Shakib Al Hasan, again, and Tamim Iqbal that weigh in with averages of 47.53 from 15 knocks and 39.23 in 13 respectively. Mushfiqur Rahim and Imrul Kayes file in with lesser contributions down the line.

For the Windies, Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo will remember fondly the big centuries they scored here in 2009, while Fidel Edwards and Devendra Bishoo fetched a five-for each.

They Said
"The surface is different here from the one in Chittagong, two totally different pitches. They are good wickets." - former Bangladesh coach Stuart Law.

"The batsmen may expect more runs from this wicket. The wicket of Dhaka is made of black clay, while the Chittagong wicket is made of red clay." - Curator Shafiul Alam Belal

"I wouldn't say the wicket here isn't meant for fast bowling. We stuck to our plans and bowled accordingly. - West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards.

"The pitch looks about the same as it was yesterday but I do think it will get drier and we'll have to play spin well. The pitch was a bit faster this morning. Yesterday when the seamer was bowling the balls stood up and got tennis-ball bounce. Today it was faster and it skid through." - West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards.

"This wicket especially hasn't spun much, we expected the ball to turn more but it didn't happen. You need to work hard for your wickets." - West Indies coach Ottis Gibson.

Weather Forecast
Sunny throughout the five days, with not a drop of rain predicted - the epitome of a Bangladesh forecast in November, really. A touch cooler than usual, though, with temperatures set to hang around 28 degrees Celsius.

Conclusion
The Dhaka deck is rather atypical of a sub-continent wicket - faster, rather than slow and low - and was once described by South Africa captain Graeme Smith as "the strangest colour pitch he'd ever seen" due to its straw-like complexion.

There is a bit of bounce available and a solid contest on offer between bat and ball. The slower bowlers, however, may be able to make best use of the conditions, though not to discount the seamers, especially with the extra lift off the surface. 23 of the 35 wickets to fall were taken by the spinners last time around. Expect plenty of close-in fielders.

It's general practice for sides winning the toss to make the most of the batsmen-friendly conditions on the first two days, thus avoid batting fourth across some potential deterioration.

Initial patience to get used to the different nature of the wicket will reap reward - the batsmen willing to do the hard work should be able to cash in. The hosts, however, lack enough disciplined batsmen eager to dig in for the long haul. The Tigers indiscipline, coupled with Pakistan's in-form bowling line-up, suggests a finish in under five days.

Eight Tests here have brought just one draw.


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