Umesh’s spell the best I have faced – Shakib

Umesh's spell the best I have faced - Shakib

India – 687/6d
Bangladesh – 322/6 104 ov CRR: 3.09

Shakib said Umesh’s late movement both ways on an unresponsive deck made it hard to lay bat on ball. Although he scored 30 off the 34 balls he faced from Umesh – five boundaries included – just how he made Shakib grope and feel for the ball that he yo-yoed away at pace and got it to reverse, added to the intrigue. He also mixed up his deliveries with cutters. There were bouncers too, mostly accurate.

“Obviously he was bowling really well,” Shakib said. “It was probably the best spell I have faced in my career. The way he was moving the ball both ways, it was tremendous. All credit goes to him. I was thinking I need to be positive at that time. If there is a ball to hit, I will obviously hit it and the rest I will play with soft hands, and make sure that I don’t nick it.

“There was nothing much on the pitch. Because we play at Kolkata Knight Riders, I know him very well. Probably this was the best spell I have faced in my Test career. The way he was moving the ball both ways, some balls were unplayable. I am lucky that I survived his spell.”

Bangladesh 1st Innings

End Of Day: Bangladesh – 41/1 in 14 overs (Tamim Iqbal 24, Mominul Haque 1)
Bangladesh: 50 runs in 19.2 overs
Bangladesh: 100 runs in 33.2 overs
Lunch: Bangladesh – 125/4 in 43 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 29, Mushfiqur Rahim 6)
Bangladesh: 150 runs in 47.4 overs
Shakib Al Hasan: 50 off 69 balls (10 x fours)
5th Wicket: 50 runs in 88 balls (Shakib Al Hasan 28, Mushfiqur Rahim 18)
Bangladesh: 200 runs in 57.1 overs
5th Wicket: 100 runs in 148 balls (Shakib Al Hasan 57, Mushfiqur Rahim 40)
Tea: Bangladesh – 246/6 in 74 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 47, Mehedi Hasan Miraz 9)
Bangladesh: 250 runs in 74.5 overs
Mushfiqur Rahim: 50 off 133 balls (6 x fours)
7th Wicket: 50 runs in 133 balls (Mushfiqur Rahim 23, Mehedi Hasan 29)
Bangladesh: 300 runs in 96.2 overs
Mehedi Hasan: 50 off 102 balls (10 x fours)
End Of Day: Bangladesh – 322/6 in 104 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 81, Mehedi Hasan 51)

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