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BAN vs PAK 2021 – Mahmudullah ‘trusted’ umpire’s call during last-over drama

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Nawaz pulled out of his stance really late after a Mahmudullah delivery that hit the stumps

Mahmudullah “trusted” umpire Tanvir Ahmed’s decision to signal a dead ball when Mohammad Nawaz pulled out from his stance at during the tense concluding moments of the third T20I. The passage was part of a dramatic last over in which Mahmudullah took three wickets, but still conceded a four and a six as Pakistan pulled off a thriller.

Pakistan needed eight to win, but Mahmudullah took two wickets in the first three balls. Then Iftikhar Ahmed struck a 90-metre six before getting caught at point, leaving Pakistan needing two of the final ball. After both sides took their time before the last ball, Mahmudullah surprised Nawaz by bowling the last ball behind the umpire.

Nawaz pulled out of the stance, as the ball struck the stumps. Bangladesh appealed, but umpire Ahmed declared it a dead ball. At the press conference, when asked about it, Mahmudullah termed it a “close call.”

“He moved at the very last moment. I just asked the umpire if it was a fair ball,” he explained. “Nothing more than that. We respect the umpire’s call. It is the final call.”

Mahmudullah was seen asking Nawaz if he was ready, and when convinced of his answer, went back to his bowling mark. There was more drama in store, however, when Mahmudullah stopped short of bowling the delivery again, probably to serve a warning of sorts to Khushdil Shah at the non-striker’s end.

Finally when the Bangladesh captain did bowl, Nawaz deposited him to the extra-cover boundary for the match-winning four. Afterwards, Nawaz and Mahmudullah seemed to have a cordial word in the end and there was no malice from either side.

“It is somewhat heartbreaking,” Mahmudullah said of the result. “We went close. But it didn’t happen unfortunately. I think if we could have won one or two matches, which would have made us feel better.”

Mahmudullah said that it was a different environment in the dressing room when Bangladesh beat Australia and New Zealand in the build-up to the T20 World Cup, back in August and September.

“It was a vibrant dressing room during the Australia and New Zealand series, but that’s what happens when you are winning. It is different when you are losing. Players are down. They have doubts. But they tried hard in this series. It just didn’t happen.”

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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Recent Match Report – Renegades vs Strikers 3rd Match 2021/22

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Good hands with the bat from Nielsen and Short kept the Strikers in the hunt before they were pipped to the post

Melbourne Renegades 9 for 153 (Harvey 56, Siddle 3-42, Garton 2-23, Worrall 2-26) beat Adelaide Strikers 8 for 151 (Nielsen 30, Zahir 3-24, Sutherland 2-13) by 2 runs

Melbourne Renegades banished the ghosts of their wooden-spoon finish last season with a stirring two-run victory over Adelaide Strikers, a triumph marked by eye-catching performances from their youngsters.

However, it was veteran quick James Pattinson who stood up when it counted, with a superb final over in which he conceded just six runs as the Renegades defended their seemingly modest 9 for 153 under the roof at Marvel Stadium.
The Renegades reined in a weakened Strikers batting order and were sparked by a spectacular catch from teenager Jake Fraser-McGurk. It capped an impressive all-round effort from an inexperienced side, which was led with the bat by the new opening pair of Mackenzie Harvey and Sam Harper, while young gun Will Sutherland had an impact with the ball.
Fraser-McGurk does his best Maxwell impression
The highly touted Fraser-McGurk, who missed out with the bat, has been likened as a fielder to Glenn Maxwell – a lofty comparison he well justified with an incredible acrobatic one-handed catch on the boundary to dismiss Jake Weatherald. Quite fittingly, he was wearing No. 23 because his high-flying heroics were reminiscent of NBA greats Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
It inspired the Renegades, who put the clamps on in the middle overs through the accuracy of Zahir Khan. Ryan Gibson had to retire hurt in the 14th over after injuring his hamstring completing a single as the Strikers lost steam.
The Strikers finally took the power surge in the 18th over and it paid dividends with 24 runs coming in two overs. But Pattinson held his nerve in a nerve-jangling final over with Daniel Drew unable to hit a six off the last ball to win the match.

Renegades’ young openers stand up
Without new skipper Nic Maddinson, Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh, the Renegades’ batting line-up looked fragile and they needed a good start after electing to bat. Harper and Harvey obliged with a 65-run partnership.

It wasn’t necessarily pretty, with the pair mustering just 22 runs in the four-over powerplay. Harper, who has struggled in the Sheffield Shield this season, was out of sync and his innings was a bit frenzied, marked by a slew of swings and misses.

He was fortunate to have survived on 8 when bamboozled by a Rashid Khan googly only to be reprieved by a missed stumping from wicketkeeper Harry Nielsen, who replaced Ashes bound Alex Carey. It seemed to relax Harper, who took a liking to quicks Peter Siddle and Wes Agar with a six off the latter bringing up a 50-run stand.
Harper fell shortly after to a sharp return catch by Matthew Short, but Harvey, who mostly played orthodox shots, calmly reached his maiden BBL half-century before being cleaned up by Rashid. The Renegades would have been satisfied with their new-look opening combination.

Strikers’ quicks dominate at the death
The Strikers, as per the norm, have been mostly overlooked in the lead-up to the season marked by the expected lengthy absences of Carey and Travis Head. Concern also revolves around an unfancied attack reliant on the brilliance of Rashid, but they limited the Renegades to a total under the average score of 165 batting first at Marvel Stadium.

The Strikers appeared under pressure when debutant James Seymour decided to go for broke and the in-form 29-year-old, who scored a ton in the Sheffield Shield last month, smashed a six off his first ball. But his dismissal for 23 off 14 balls triggered a collapse as the Renegades lost six wickets for nine runs to fall short of a big total.
Stand-in skipper Siddle, veteran Daniel Worrall, and English import George Garton got the better of the flustered Renegades batters with a succession of slower balls. They would have pleased coach Jason Gillespie, one of the most astute tacticians in the business, with the way they executed their plans.
Short goes on the offensive
Short has teased for some time but underachieved with an average of less than 15 across 34 innings, but here, the 26-year-old torched English quick Reece Topley and Pattinson with two massive sixes sailing into the second tier.
He had a life on 26 when dropped by Pattinson and fell shortly later to Zahir with the spinner thrown the ball by stand-in skipper Kane Richardson in the fifth over. Still, Short did enough in 18 balls to suggest he could finally realise his potential.

But, in a close game, the Strikers will be left pondering whether they utilised the power surge too late.

Tristan Lavalette is a journalist based in Perth and writes on sports for the Guardian and mailerreport



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Shan Masood to reunite with Mickey Arthur at Derbyshire

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Opener was high on Arthur’s wish list in new role as club’s head of cricket

Shan Masood will join Derbyshire as an overseas player after being recruited by former Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur for the 2022 county season.

Left-handed opener Masood played under Arthur during the latter’s three-year tenure as Pakistan head coach from 2016-19 and was a key target for Arthur upon being appointed as Derbyshire head of cricket last month following a stint as Sri Lanka head coach which started in early 2020.

“Playing county cricket in England is something I’ve always wanted to do, so when Mickey approached me to join Derbyshire, I jumped at the chance,” the 32-year-old Masood said. “He’s perhaps been the greatest influence in my career and I’m looking forward to working with him again at Derbyshire.

“It’s an exciting time for the club and hopefully I can contribute at the top of the order and use my experience to help the younger players in their development.”

Masood has made 25 Test appearances for Pakistan, scoring four centuries – including 156 against England at Emirates Old Trafford in 2020 – and has six Test fifties to his name. Despite an impressive record in List A matches in Pakistan, Masood has played only five ODIs.

In T20s, he captained the Multan Sultans side which topped the PSL table before being knocked out during the play-off stages in 2020 and was part of the team which won the 2021 PSL title last June.

Masood first played in England early in his career, scoring a Stamford School-record 1,237 runs at an average of 103 in 2009, and he played three first-class matches for Durham University.

He will be available for all formats throughout Derbyshire’s 2022 campaign, starting with their first LV= County Championship fixture in April.

Ryan Duckett, Derbyshire’s chief executive, said: “Shan is an immensely talented batter and was a key target for head of cricket, Mickey Arthur, in his plans to develop the Derbyshire squad.

“He knows Mickey’s standards and what is expected both in training and out in the middle and I’m looking forward to seeing what his experience brings to Derbyshire.”



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Recent Match Report – Pakistan vs Bangladesh 2nd Test 2021/22

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Bangladesh go to tea on the fourth day on a precarious 22 for 3 after Pakistan declared on 300 for 4

Tea Bangladesh 22 for 3 (Shanto 13*, Sajid 2-10) trail Pakistan 300 for 4 dec (Babar 76, Azhar 56, Rizwan 53*, Fawad 50*, Taijul 2-73) by 278 runs

Sajid Khan struck two early blows while Mominul Haque was run-out at the stroke of tea to put Bangladesh in early trouble in the Dhaka Test after play finally resumed following three rain-hit days.

Sajid removed both Bangladesh openers as Pakistan dominated proceedings in the second session after declaring on 300 for 4.

While Sajid took two of the three wickets, Hasan Ali busied himself with a catch and the direct hit from point to run-out the Bangladesh captain. As such, though Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled the first over of the Bangladesh innings, spinners have been in operation since with the umpires not allowing fast bowling because of the poor light at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

Debutant Mahmudul Hasan Joy went for a seven-ball duck, edging a Sajid delivery – he ran down to the ball, but only managed a nick which was taken smartly by Babar Azam at slip. The other opener, Shadman Islam, didn’t really look comfortable in his 27 deliveries, and when Sajid got one to pop slightly outside off, he tapped an attempted cut to point, where Hasan took a simple catch. Hasan then ran out Mominul with a pinpoint throw from point to put Pakistan in an even stronger position.
Earlier in the session, Pakistan waited for Fawad Alam to reach his second Test fifty – he has five centuries – before declaring the innings. Fawad needed 96 balls, having struck seven fours. He added 103 runs for the unbroken fifth-wicket stand with Mohammad Rizwan, who chanced his arm a number of times to end unbeaten on 53 off 94 balls, with four fours and a six.
But he was dropped on 30, Taijul Islam spilling a straightforward chance at the square-leg boundary. Rizwan also survived two lbw shouts – he was given out on both occasions but reviewed, and got the decisions reversed.

Fawad was the slightly more aggressive of the pair to start with, but he slowed down as he approached the landmark.

In the first session, Bangladesh were quite impressive with the ball. Ebadot Hossain and Khaled Ahmed shared the two wickets to fall, but they bowled better than the numbers suggest.
Azhar Ali was the first to ball, top-edging Ebadot to be caught by wicketkeeper Liton Das. He made 56 off 144 balls with eight fours.

Khaled trapped Babar lbw after he had made 76. It was a delivery that nipped back on to his pads. Babar struck nine fours and a six in this polished knock that lasted 129 deliveries.

It was also Khaled’s first Test wicket, after having bowled 69.4 overs over three Tests since his debut in November 2018 without getting lucky.

Ebadot created a few more chances from the other end. Fawad edged him while trying to leave the ball but the noise went unnoticed. Rizwan was first given lbw off Ebadot, but he had edged it, which fell short of the wicketkeeper. Rizwan was also beaten by a Taijul delivery, on the sweep, but the umpire’s decision was reversed when replays showed the ball spinning away from the off stump.

The start of play was delayed by 80 minutes because of light rain.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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