Disaster in the Forest: Tigers’ Most Disastrous Matches on Home Soil

On the 10th anniversary of Bangladesh Cricket Team’s infamous 58 all-out against West Indies in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, let us take a look back at 5 of the most shocking and disastrous matches played by the Tigers, starting with the 58 all-out match itself. 

1)Bangladesh vs. West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Dhaka: 

West Indies (59/1) beat Bangladesh (58) by 9 wickets 

Whole Bangladesh was hyped to the max when they hosted the multi-million dollar Cricket World Cup on their home soil in 2011. 

Having whitewashed NewZealand just months before the World Cup, the Tigers were on a high coming into the flagship tournament of ICC. 

Bangladesh lost their first match of the tourney against India but bounced back immediately by defeating Ireland.

All the cricket fans and pundits expected Bangladesh to win against a Windies side that was a shadow of their glorious past and had many inexperienced campaigners. However, the massacre that took place in Mirpur was beyond the imaginations of everyone.

 Bangladesh was bundled out for just 58 runs in front of a packed audience. It was their lowest ever team total in ODIs. West Indies required just 18.5 overs and three bowlers to bowl Bangladesh out. 

The fans were so damn disappointed that they threw stones at the Windies team bus, mistaking it to be the Bangladesh team bus. 

It was a very dark day for Bangladesh cricket.

2) Bangladesh vs. Hong Kong, ICC T20 World Cup 2014, Chattogram : 

Hong Kong (114/8) beat Bangladesh (108/10) by 2 wickets 

3 years later, a similar scenario took place. Bangladesh whitewashed NewZealand just months before hosting a multi-million dollar global event at home, and as usual, the whole nation was hyped to the max like never before. 

Bangladesh was a formidable side in world cricket by then, having taken giant leaps in the previous years. 

In their 3rd match of the first round of the tournament, Bangladesh was up against an ultra-minnow Hong Kong side who weren’t even fully a professional unit. However, nobody knew that Bangladesh was up for humiliation in the Port City like never before.

Bangladeshi batsmen paid the price of taking Hong Kong way too lightly. The middle-order shamelessly collapsed from 85-3 to 108-10. The Tigers couldn’t even play out 100 balls.

As a result, despite a heroic effort from Shakib Al Hasan with the ball, Bangladesh handed out a 2 wicket win to Hong Kong, with the winning shot being a six that pierced through every Bangladeshi’s heart.

3) Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan, Asia Cup 2014, Narayanganj : 

Afghanistan (254/6) beat Bangladesh (222) by 33 runs

It was the first-ever encounter between the Tigers and the Blue Tigers in any format of international cricket. It was also the first time Afghanistan was taking part in an Asia Cup. And it was a time when Afghanistan wasn’t a star-studded side like present days because Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman were years away from their debut.

On the other hand, for Bangladesh, it was the second Asia Cup that they hosted at home and it came on the back of a very successful two-year period where they became one of the heavyweights in ODI cricket and beat teams home and abroad.

Batting first, Afghanistan found themselves in tatters at 90-5 in 26.5 overs. In an ideal situation, they would’ve found it very hard to cross even 200. However, Bangladesh simply choked at the death and Afghanistan scored 164/1 in the last 23.1 overs. 

Chasing the total, Bangladesh never recovered from their horrendous start of 1 for 2 and were bowled out for 222 runs despite a late onslaught from Ziaur Rahman.

4) Bangladesh vs. Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe (282 & 181) beat Bangladesh (143 & 169) by 151 runs  

1st Test, Zimbabwe Tour of Bangladesh 2018-19, Sylhet .

It was the first test match held at the beautiful Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. Bangladesh was on a high coming to this match having absolutely demolished Zimbabwe in the ODI series prior to the game.

And despite their general weakness in tests and the absence of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, everybody expected an easy win for Bangladesh. However, a below-par batting performance in both innings saw Bangladesh hand out a massive 151-run defeat to the visiting Zimbabwe side. 

5) Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan

Afghanistan (342 & 260) beat Bangladesh (205 & 173) by 224 runs 

Only Test, Afghanistan Tour of Bangladesh 2019/20, Chattogram :

Bangladesh was absolutely stunned by Afghanistan who was playing only their third test match in this massively one-sided encounter.

Bangladesh had no clue to Afghanistan’s brand new test captain Rashid Khan as he toyed with the Tigers en route to his 11 wicket match haul and important 51 runs off just 61 balls in the first innings.

Bangladesh team management and leadership featuring captain Shakib Al Hasan received a lot of scrutiny for their negative and all-out spin approach against a spin-heavy and spin-loving Afghanistan team. 

Wordsmith: Subhani Mahbub Alfi


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