A defeat against Afghanistan in the last ODI of the 3 match series would mean Bangladesh would lose ranking points thus getting demoted to the 8th spot of ICC ODI rankings. But in the end an easy win against Afghanistan not only signifies the 100th ODI win for Bangladesh but also displays the capabilities and experience earned over those 18 years since the first one. This win of 141 runs also sends a message to the arriving England Team that the Tigers haven’t lost their touch, they were just a bit rusty waiting for a long time.
100th win is a big milestone but this win also marks the 6th consecutive ODI series win for Bangladesh. The Tigers started this in 1998 with the first win against Kenya. Since then they had lots of ups and downs, a long and harrowing 5 years period when we never managed to scrape a win. It took 18 years for the Tigers to get to their 100th win but looking at their current status and progression, surely the 200th win will be just around the corner.
There was also the question of proving their potential. The shakiness of the first match and the abysmal batting disaster in the second was passed over as ‘rustiness’ of not playing international matches for almost a year. But the last ODI had no excuses. The opponent is a non Test Playing nation and new in this arena while we spent many many long years in this stage. This was a series decider, our captain Mashrafe promised us a win and they delivered in style.
SOme individual achievements in this match are worth noting too. With a ton in this match Tamim now owns all batting records surpassing the ever present Shakib Al Hasan. We also got back Taskin Ahmed, the find of the series Mosaddek and the surprise package in returning veteran Mosharrof Rubel. Mashrafe had a spill in the match which is now the only source of concern alongside Soumya Sarkar’s loss of form.
England Team should be more concerned we think.