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Asia Cup Super Four: Bangladesh vs Pakistan Player Ratings: Sept 28 was the big game?

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I go about my Thursday so happy for Bangladesh, and incredibly annoyed at Pakistan. My predictions before the series have now officially gone to dirt, but seriously, how Pakistan were just one game off an appearance in the Asia Cup Final is beyond everyone.

While India and Bangladesh fans rejoice, there needs to be somewhat of a review by Pakistan into this abomination of a tournament. This Pakistan side, as everyone knows, has plenty of talent, but their performances against higher ranked sides often elicit the confidence of teenagers on their first date.

Without smartphones.

Yes! The big game is indeed on the 28th!

Now, September 28 will be a big day for a different reason. According to reports, the team will be heading to Sarfraz Ahmed’s house to watch the Final, with plenty of snacks to nibble on. They will then come back to the UAE for the Australia Tests.

For the Tigers, I’m thrilled. As an ardent follower of Bangladesh Cricket (as my lack of sleep suggests), this is a magnificent moment for them. A win in a high stakes game without linchpins Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan, after being reduced to 12/3, is a fine result. Mushfiqur Rahim continues to prove his worth as a quality batsman, and Mustafizur Rahman has the potential to finish his career as the finest ever Bangladesh seamer. Whether they can challenge India remains to be seen, but this is a moment to savour.

It’s time for the infamous CricBlog microscope to be placed on each player. I’ll try to be as nice as I can for Pakistan, given they have made me look like a fool!

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Bangladesh

Liton Das: No runs and one shocker of a dropped catch with the gloves. No one wants to see another Mohammad Ashraful, but Das surely reminds many of one hell of an unfulfilled talent in Bangladesh. Hope he doesn’t end up as another. 2

Soumya Sarkar: Got taken for 13 off his infamous last over in the Nidahas Trophy Final earlier this year. Pakistan did well to take 19 off him here. Only problem for them is that was it was off five overs, with a wicket. Brought back into the side for his batting, and his shot would not have been out of place in a horror movie. His five good overs gives him a decent rating. 5

Mominul Haque: Bowled by an in-moving delivery, but a player with such a nice, compact technique would be disappointed. Has to be given an extended run in the side. 0

Mushfiqur Rahim: What a classy knock under pressure from the little dynamo, with his career ODI average now over 34. He has thrived though since the beginning of 2014, scoring 2,676 runs at 47, with a strike rate of 89. Five of his six centuries have come since then, and boy was he unlucky to miss out on another in this game. Also a fantastic catch to dismiss Sarfraz Ahmed. 10

Mohammad Mithun: Plenty of promise. Both his significant scores in this series have been when Bangladesh have been under huge pressure. 8.5

Imrul Kayes: Was keen to swing at everything, Shahid Afridi style. Could not follow up his Afghanistan effort, but he will be in the side for the Final, surely. 2

Mahmudullah: Threatened to get going but couldn’t. Team didn’t rely on him this time to get them out of a hole, but who knows if he’s needed to in the Final with the top order looking as confident as those teenagers. But, what a magnificent spell of bowling when Bangladesh needed him. 1/38 is some return. 7.5

Mehidy Hasan Miraz: I consider Mehidy as the next quality all-rounder for Bangladesh. His batting needs improving (which I believe he will), but he is Mr. Consistent with the ball. Economy of 2.80 and two wickets as the main, specialist spinner. A fine outing. 8

Mashrafe Mortaza: WHAT A CATCH from Mr. Inspirational to see the back of Shoaib Malik. A wonderful captain and leader, Mashrafe led his troops to victory again. I am going to be swimming in my own tears when this man retires. 7

Rubel Hossain: A controversial inclusion in the Bangladesh side, but did his job. A wicket at below five an over in his eight overs and an awesome catch to see the back of Donald Bradman Fakhar Zaman. 7

Mustafizur Rahman: BREAKING: Mustafizur smacked Liton Das in the head after the game for his dropped catches. In all serious, the “Fizz” is a massive factor in whether Bangladesh can lift the Asia Cup. Can he find the movement he found in Abu Dhabi against Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan? I am looking forward to that battle. This kid is winning games for Bangladesh. What a performance. 9


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Pakistan


Fakhar Zaman: It’s not often cricketers can make you look like an idiot but Fakhar has succeeded after yours truly picked him to be leading run scorer! Remember when Dennis called him the best in the world? Was I silly enough to get caught in the hype too soon? Probably. One point each for his catches. 2

Imam-ul-Haq: Three half centuries for Imam represents a decent Asia Cup despite nothing of significance against India. Held the key to Pakistan’s chances, but couldn’t see it through. Plenty to be encouraged about, though. 8

Babar Azam: When I see a beautiful plum fruit, I’ll think of Babar. Plumb LBW to the Fizz. Entered the tournament as the highest rank batsman. Didn’t live up to it. 0

Sarfraz Ahmed: If Sarfraz scored fifties and hundreds as often as he shouts at people, especially his teammates, he’d be the best batsman of all time. His captaincy, to me, seemed to create chaos among the team, and he was far too conservative when Bangladesh were three down for zilch. A review needed of his status as captain? 2

Shoaib Malik: Victim of a ripper catch. As long as he was there, Pakistan could truly believe. Wasn’t to be. 5

Shadab Khan: Lots of loose balls and a poor knock with the bat. One to forget, but Shadab is young and has potential. Hope he is persisted with properly. 4

Asif Ali: The big hitter got in but Bangladesh got him just as he threatened. Promised more, delivered not much. 5

Mohammad Nawaz: Like against India, not much impact. Couldn’t bowl enough dots to build pressure in the middle order. 4

Hasan Ali: Hasan Ali after his huge ten wicket haul against India took five wickets for the tournament, half the amount he wanted to take in one innings. Talk about not reaching your goals. Boom. 5

Shaheen Afridi: A very impressive prospect for Pakistan. Bowled with intent, and could have had more wickets. 8

Junaid Khan: What a performance from Junaid. Replaced the wicketless Mohammad Amir and absolutely ripped through Bangladesh. He was a hot knife. The Bangladesh side was the butter. Incredibly, his effort wasn’t enough for victory. 9.5

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So, September 28, aye?


Not for Pakistan. The favourites are gone, and they didn’t deserve to be even with a chance at reaching the Final.

For Bangladesh, can they be third time lucky in Asia Cup Finals? We shall wait and see.

Thanks for reading!

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Charbel Coorey
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Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has also been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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