Bangladeshis vs. Sussex: First day report
I had a bad day today! Each cup of tea cost ?1 and it was a bloody cold
day. I needed many refills. And, oh, Bangladesh had a leather chasing day !!
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Thanks to the Brighton festival and what seemed like a Morris Mini car rally,
I was delayed. When I finally made it to ground, about half an hour before lunch
Sussex were on 102/1 and Talha had already got the dangerous Montgomerie.
For me, that was the best moment of the day! It got progressively worse.
I honestly did not see the batsman playing and missing more than half a dozen
times. As my best position was third man-ish, I have to admit I was not best
placed to see how many of those balls were due to good bowling. To give you
an idea, I did not hear an appeal for at least two hours !
When I walked in Rajib was bowling at quite a pace. And occasionally, hurrying
the batsmen. Other than that, at no time did I find any of the batsmen made
to play a false stroke other than when Prior played uppishly to Aftab.
To sum up our bowling performance, I would have to mention that Aftab was the
pick of the bowlers. He certainly got edges [not catches - but on a daylike
this edges count as small victories]. And he bowled tidily. Yound Rahim looked
good in an undemonstrative way.
I would not want to dwell too long about this day. We are all entitled to a
bad one and I hope this will be the worst day of the tour. However, I would
like to bring to the notice of the knowledgeable aficionado of banglacricket.com
something I noticed.
Young Rajib is fast , quite fast. He was a good yard or two faster than Mashrafe
who was slower than his normal self. But, Rajib has a run-up longer than Holding's
at his prime. About 40 yards ! As long as Shoaib's. So much so that in his last
ten yards he actually does not accelerate. If he is not well advised I fear
he will break down soon. He needs to cut down his run-up by almost ten yards.
What of our spin prodigy you ask? Watching through binoculars it appeared that
Enamul was bowling virtually medium pace. This was disappointing considering
I have been a great supporter of his ever since I saw him against England at
Dhaka. I agree no one likes to get belted around but on this wicket, you as
match report pointed out he is not likely to get any wickets by bowling
Many have wondered if it was the wicket. Well, at lunchtime I walked out to
the middle. The wicket looked a beauty but there was enough green on it for
any seamer to trouble our lot.
At any rate, a flat pitch is normal for Hove. While on the topic of pitch,
I do not how many of you are familiar about this ground but the Cromwell Road
end has a big slope right to the bowling crease. Of course, until mid-afternoon
our faster bowlers , of course, used this end. Enamul using the other end. That
was understandable. However, a strong breeze was blowing at the pace bowler's
face. So it was a no-win situation. Enamul also did not get much help from the
breeze as he could not bowl into it as normally a spinner would prefer.
Tomorrow is going to be interesting. Remember Sussex has Lewry. If you do not
know how he bowls, think of, Vaas, Collins, Pathan, Franklin. Need I say more...
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