Kriterion_BD wrote:I agree Jaybro, until we win at least 2-3 tests (or absolutely annhilate by 200 runs/7+ wickets if a single win) we can't make a legit claim at not being a minnow.
It's obvious we're not ODI minnows any more with 4 series wins in the last 5 years, 2 of them 5 match series. Also 3 consecutive top 8 level performances in the last 3 world cups: 2007 (super 8), 2011 (missed QF on net run rate), 2015 (quarterfinals).
The current side is good enough to win Tests at home especially against sides like WI, NZ and possibly even SL and PAK. But we will need pitches that actually favor spin. And we will Taskin to take the cherry and not guys like Rubel.
If it wasn't monsoon season I'd expect a win here vs Pak. Maybe in October when the Aussies come if we have rank turners...we have a shot.
Exactly 23 months since this post of mine...but we've finally managed to win a 2nd Test match. As weak as Sri Lanka might be now, this same team brutalized Australia 3-0 less than a year ago. In the end it was a relatively close game - not quite a nail-biter, but nervous nonetheless. At 130-2 we should have won by a commanding 6-7 wickets, but lost a few more wickets due to some recklessly complacent batting.
Against England we won the toss and defended a sizeable total (273), and fought back 4-5 times after England kept seizing control of the match - most notably when we cut the jugular by taking all 10 wickets for 64 runs.
Here against Sri Lanka it was similar but different. We lost the toss and had to chase in the 4th innings this time. But, from the first session we had the authority in the match, and though Sri Lanka put up resistance on at least 3 occaisions, Bangladesh was always ahead in Colombo.
We won our 100th ODI (vs India), our 150th ODI (vs India in the 2007 World Cup), and now we've won our 100th Test.
Two Test wins in the last 6 months really puts us in a good position overall. As I stated 2 years back, we have officially stepped out of the minnow zone.
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