Bangladesh 2017 : A year to shine in Tests

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    2017 was a memorable year for Bangladesh team as the Tigers achieved some historic successes throughout the year. Playing semi-final in an ICC event for the first time was the highlight of the year for Bangladesh. It was also the year where Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka, Australia for the first time in Test. Earlier of the year, Bangladesh leveled all three formats in a tour for the first time against Sri Lanka.

    On the individual level, Mushfiqur Rahim had a memorable time with the bat in Test. Mushfiqur scored 766 runs from matches including 2 century and 3 half-centuries. In ODI, it was Tamim Iqbal who dominated for Bangladesh. Tamim scored 646 from 12 matches including 2 centuries and 4 half-centuries. Soumya Sarkar was the most successful for Bangladesh in T20, scoring 235 runs from 7 matches.

    Shakib Al Hasan scored 217 runs against New Zealand which was highest for any Bangladesh batsman in Test.

    Shakib was also successful with the bowl as he bagged highest wickets in Test and T20. Mustafizur Rahman picked up highest 14 wickets from 11 matches in ODI.

    Bangladesh in 2017 :

    Test : 9 matches (2 win, 7 defeat)

    ODI : 14 matches (4 win, 3 abandoned, 7 defeat)

    T20 : 7 matches (7 defeat)

    New Zealand tour :

    Bangladesh started 2017 with the New Zealand tour where they already lost the 3-match ODI series in the later part of 2016. The disappointing tour continued as Bangladesh lost both of the T20 and Test series 3-0 and 2-0. After the one sided T20 series, Tigers put some fightback in the first Test at Wellington thanks to Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. Shakib’s double hundred (224, highest individual score by a Bangladeshi) and Mushfiqur’s hundred in the first innings gave Bangladesh a hope to draw the Test. But a Batting collapse in the second innings cost the match for Bangladesh. The tour ended with the dismissal defeat at Christchurch in the second Test.

    India tour (One off Test series) :

    In February, Bangladesh played their first ever Test in India in the one off Test series. Despite skipper Mushfiqur Rahim’s hundred, Bangladesh fell too short of India’s first innings and lost the match by 208 runs in the fifth day.

    Sri Lanka tour :

    After a bad start to the year, Bangladesh had a memorable Sri Lanka tour where they shared the all three formats of the series by 1-1. Bangladesh secured a memorable 4-wicket victory in the second Test at Colombo to level the series and marked the occasion of 100th Test . It was also Bangladesh’s first ever Test win over Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka leveled the ODI series in the third match after Bangladesh won the first match. Second ODI was abandoned.

    Then T20 captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza bid farewell to international T20 as Bangladesh shared the T20 series with the win in the final match.

    Tri-Nation series (Ireland-Bangladesh-New Zealand) :

    Before the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at England, Bangladesh played in the Tri-Nation series against New Zealand and Ireland at Ireland. With two win from four matches, Bangladesh finished the tournament as runner-up.

    ICC Champions Trophy 2017 :

    Bangladesh started the ICC Champions Trophy with a defeat against   host England in the opening match of the tournament. After rain washed out the match against Australia, Bangladesh needed a win against New Zealand to qualify to the semi-final. Chasing 266, Bangladesh had a nightmare start after losing 4 wickets for just 33. But centuries from Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah powered Bangladesh a historic 5-wicket victory and helped Bangladesh to play semi-final for the first time in an ICC event. Shakib-Mahmudullah added record 224 runs in the fifth wicket partnership (highest partnership for Bangladesh in any wicket in ODI). Bangladesh’s impressive journey was ended with a 9-wicket defeat against India in the semi-final.

    Australia series (2-match Test series) :

    After a break, Australia visited Bangladesh to play a 2-match Test series. Tigers sealed a dramatic 20-run victory in the first Test at Mirpur and lead the series 1-0. Shakib Al Hasan was named man of the match for his heroics with the bat and bowl. Then Australia fought back in the second Test to level the series.

    South Africa tour :

    In September, Bangladesh toured South Africa to play Test, ODI and T20 series. South Africa dominated the three formats as Bangladesh lost all the matches in the tour.