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Dhaka to London: Bangladesh Roared with a Message

Bangladesh defeated England for the very first time

Winning is really special for any side against any bunch; it doesn’t arrive to you within a second. Blood, sweat, tears become the part and parcel of your life in the process of a special victory with so much stress. But achieving success against the top of the ladder countries in any occasion mail a message to everyone around the globe to wave about their competitive character. Just like the moment when India defeated the Mount Everest of Cricket, West Indies, to win the 1983-World Cup to wave their approach. 

The of-late Burning fire between the two sides:

Of late, one of the sides that has come along in tough situations in the biggest stages is Bangladesh. When they progressed into the finals after knocking the England Lions in the quarter-final during the 2015-World Cup on that Adelaide night, itself the performance had driven themselves to another level in front the Cricketing world. But the boundary was limited only to the white ball games; for Test Cricket, the road was still a long one.

Till 2016, before their home series against the English side, they had five of seven victories were when the opposition was Zimbabwe, not even at their strongest but an underperformed, undervalued and zero-trust team that sink further and further in the ocean almost being out of the red-ball format. The only other wins for the Tigers were appeared in the Caribbean back in 2009; most funnily the players who played for the West Indies in that series have never turned up for them again.

Bangladesh rarely plays Test against England:

For any team, to have the first test win under their belt takes a little bit of time; some of the reports tell me that New Zealand took 45-games to taste a red-ball victory and look at where they stand now; the current World Test Champions winning against India who themselves have taken 35-matches. So, it’s not only about early success but also about taking a bigger step.

Another part of the problem is that those debut test sides, don’t get regular chances to play the format. Since, Bangladesh played their 1st test in 2000 to 2016, they have taken field in just 95- test matches, whereas England and Australia have gone on to play 205 and 185-games. I just can’t remember when was the last time, Bangladesh toured England for a test series? May be 11-years ago!!

If you don’t play, how can you improve?

Bangladesh lost the first Test by a narrow margin:

The England series somehow could had been haulted just like the Australia series due to security concerns. But there is always light at the end of the cave. The first test in Chattogram was a heartbreak for the home side when they came second by just 30-odd runs. and the pic of one of their players sitting on their knees in the next day’s newspaper just painted out the fact of how emotional the side was.

In the 2nd test, Bangladesh winning the toss elected to bat but couldn’t help themselves with the stick in hand. Even with shouldering on Tamim’s fantastic century and Mominul’s half century, the Tigers finished on just 220. The Asian bunch did bowl but the lack of experience appeared to be flashed out when they let off 100-runs for the last 2-oppostion wickets in the absence of any top-order batsman.

England destroyed in a session:

The home side batted decently in their 2nd innings to post 296 to throw a target of 275-runs which was gonna be so much tough specially in those conditions on spinning tracks. But the openers made a fabulous start playing with patience and technique. The dangerous point was only about a breakthrough and it did arrive on the first ball of the 24th over. Then the English ship all on a sudden just got off track in its way forward.

Losing all of your wickets for just 64-runs in 23-odd overs was so insulting for the side which certainly have all the big names in the batting department. That in a way figured out the fact of how embarrassing this country could perform in sub-continent conditions.

The winning moment:

The moment Steven Finn, the last man was adjusted LBW, he turned up for a decision which was already burnt out by the rest of the group. Who cares what if they had, Bangladesh getting the smell of the victory almost half an hour earlier went blizzare in the ground. The 19-year-old Mehedi Hasan Miraz had bagged up 19-wickets besides which the rock-stars of the side, the experienced characters Shakib, Tamim and others, all had their share in the victory.

“It is really a great moment for Bangladesh cricket.” Expressed Rahim, the leader of how essential the win would be for the next generation and the current lads to look ahead in this format. There were some noises of how the home sides would try to give spinning tracks to the overseas groups. “I have no complaints about it.” The English skipper, Alastair Cook, although backed his bunch to be prepare for these pitches. “We get green wickets and why shouldn’t these guys get the wickets they grow up playing on.”

When will they again play:

The win sent a very powerful message to all the sides around the globe of how tough Cricket the Asian side would be playing in the near future. The fans will be more driven towards the format which in a way will be beneficial for the financial structure of the Board.

But The question lies, if from now, they begin to win against the top rank sides, WILL THEY (TOP SIDES) LOVE TO TOUR THE COUNTRY AGAIN? LESS LIKELY!!

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