As Bangladesh wrapped around their series opener in style against New Zealand, a lot of questions were asked surrounding the surface. The Blackcaps were bundled out for a paltry 60 which is their joint-lowest score in the format.
Mustafizur Rahman spearheaded the Bangladeshi bowling unit with a haul of three wickets, while Shakib, Nasum Ahmed and Mohammad Saifuddin claimed a brace each.
Bangladesh’s latest victory against New Zealand
New Zealand was off to a stunning start with the ball in the hand that gave Bangladesh early jitters, with the team losing two wickets within 7 runs. However, a controlled knock from Shakib Al Hasan helped the hosts to reach their target without much damage. Bangladesh won the opener by 7 wickets with 30 balls to spare.
They were also sublime against the formidable Australians, imposing a 4-1 defeat on the visitors. The last match of the series saw Australia crumbling for a humiliating 62 in response to Bangladesh’s 122.
The fuss about the surfaces in Bangladesh
Despite the home advantage of Bangladesh, the world has been left stunned at the new development that brought down two formidable cricketing forces to its knees.
Several questions have been asked about the surface on which it was made possible for the Bangladeshis to witness the downfall of the reckoning forces.
In a tweet by Grant Eliott, the last ball of the 10th over of the Bangladesh innings was shown and it exhibited a sharp turn and an extraordinary bounce that tended to drift away from Mahmudullah.
After the fall of Shakib in the preceding delivery, the new batsman had no intentions of hitting big and just wanted to block the delivery. However, he had no clue of what was unfolding ahead of him and the ball left the slip fielder and the keeper stunned.
Twitter has expressed unhappiness about the pitches in Bangladesh that they claim to be doctored in wake of Australia’s and New Zealand’s downfall.
Bangladesh is intelligent. Mustafizur will pick most wickets, so opposition can't cry as spin pitch.Advertisement
— Krishna Kumar (@KrishnaKRM) September 1, 2021
— India Fantasy (@india_fantasy) September 1, 2021Advertisement
There is slow
There is slower
There is slowest
And then comes pitches in Bangladesh !!Advertisement
— ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ ganesh (@_monkinthecity_) September 1, 2021
I hope Bangladesh aren't replicating these kind of pitches in their first class circuit. If this continues, they will struggle to produce fast bowlers, just like how NZ, and to an extent England, have struggled to produce spinners.
— Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) September 1, 2021Advertisement
Bangladesh pitch curators are op https://t.co/WwNWA1foZ5Advertisement
— Rhythm rai (@Respiratevirat) September 1, 2021
— Jahanzaib tahir (@Jahanza65919959) September 1, 2021Advertisement
Not seen a ball of the Bangladesh vs Australia T20 series and neither did I watch today's first t20 vs NZ, but the recent scores suggest that the Sher E Bangla pitch and batsmen batting on it seem like star crossed lovers at the moment. #BANvNZAdvertisement
— Nitin Naik (@toi_nitinnayak) September 1, 2021
Bangladesh players aren't playing here, their pitches are!Advertisement
PS: Hats off to New Zealand for sending their C team after witnessing what had happened to Australia earlier this month.#NzvsBan
— Shivani Shukla (@iShivani_Shukla) September 1, 2021Advertisement
Bangladesh @BCBtigers please shift your venue for t20i series to sylhet stadium cant bear this type of third class pitches prepared in dhaka stadium t20 will die thousand deaths if muggy pitches like this are prepared continouslyAdvertisement
— CRICKET GEEK (@CRICKETGEEK88) September 1, 2021
Atleast Bangladesh should be aware that they won't get same pitches in UAE
Atleast for themselves they could prepare some similiar pitches to UAE if they can
— Raj Nathwani🇮🇳 (@rajnatuu) September 1, 2021Advertisement