Bangladesh is yet to win a trophy in the significant ICC league, but the team has improved by leaps and bounds since they first burst onto the cricket scene. From being recognized as a team to producing some cricketing gems, they have uplifted the entire cricket fraternity of Bangladesh. Despite their brief cricketing history, they have had some glorious moments on the field, so we present to you the top 10 worth remembering moments of Bangladesh Cricket.
1. Beating Pakistan in 1999
I’m sure that every Bangladesh cricket fan remembers this match, where Bangladesh stunned a formidable Pakistani Team by beating them by 62 runs. Bangladesh managed to put 223 on the scoreboard while batting against the top-class bowling attack of that time; in return, Pakistan’s batting collapsed on the score of 161. Bangla Tigers not only knocked the favourites out of the tournament but also made their mark as a distinguished team.
2. Beating Australia in NatWest Tri-Series in 2005
One of the most glorious moments of Bangladesh Cricket would be beating Australia at Cardiff in 2005. Australia set a score of 295, which seemed enough against the meek Bangladeshi side; but little did they know that Ashraful would smash a match-winning century, and the team would chase it down. Bangladesh’s complete team performance left Australia shell-shocked.
3. Attaining Test Status in 2000
It was on 26th June 2000 that Bangladesh attained the test status. They hosted the inaugural game against India but could not win it. Regardless of their loss, this momentous occasion was celebrated by cricket enthusiasts. It was also believed that the Tigers were too fresh for the red-ball cricket, and Kenya deserved to step onto the elites’ stone.
4. Knocking India Out of the 2007 World Cup
India was among the favourites to win the World Cup, although Bangladesh acted as a stumbling block. From bowling India all out on 191 to youngsters chasing down the target like a piece of cake, the Tigers were on a roll that day. They gave India a nightmare for life; Indian cricketers had to face the wrath of the hugely disappointed fans and bear the heat of the media. However, the Tigers had a tough time in the forthcoming matches.
5. Dauntless Performance in 2012 ASIA CUP
Bangladesh was one of the underrated teams of the tournament that went on displaying a heroic performance. They were consistent throughout the tournament; after losing the first game against Pakistan, they revealed a stunner performance in the rest of the tournament and were among the top contenders for the trophy. But they fell short of 2 runs in the final against Pakistan, and their misfortune of losing the games at the crucial moments continued.
6. The Banglawash
New Zealand, considered as the stronger side, was swept by Bangladesh in 2010. With the likes of Vettori, Ross Taylor, and McCullum, New Zealand was expected to win the series; however, Bangladesh’s solid performance turned the game on its head, and went on winning all the matches, giving the guests a tough time. Bangladesh also discovered a gem of a bowler, Rubell Hossain, in this match.
7. Whitewashing Pakistan in 2015
Bangladesh swept away woeful Pakistan in ODIs for the first time in 2015. They won the first match by a margin of 79 runs, second by seven wickets, and third by eight wickets. Bangladesh, led by Mortaza, completely outplayed the hosts in the three-match series, with Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal firing runs from their bat, bowlers being economical, and controlling the batsman from the very start.
8. Entering the SEMI-FINAL of Champions Trophy 2017
After having a successful cricket season in 2015, the stage was set for Bangladesh. They were among the least favourites. After losing their first game against the English side, Bangladesh won some nail-biting games. With Shakib Al Hassan and Mahmudullah’s formidable partnership, Bangladesh got New Zealand on its knees and qualified for their first ever Champions Trophy Final. Although they lost against India in the semi-finals, it is still regarded as one of the most glorious moments as they have come a long way since then.
9. Winning Asia Cup in 2018
The women’s team took charge of ending the trophy drought in Bangladesh’s Trophy Cabinet and won the Asia Cup against India in 2018. After beating Sri Lanka and Pakistan, which seemed more substantial than Bangladesh, they lost against India. In the final, their bowling kept the Indian Team under tight control and only conceded 112 runs. However, Bangladesh lost some early wickets, and the mercurial nature of the match made it more enthralling. In the end, Jahnaa Alam scored the winning runs and scripted an apocalyptic victory.
10. Beating the English Side in a Test in 2016
2016 was quite a year for the Bangladesh Cricket Team. After losing a couple of series, they set off for their home series against England. They lost the first match by a close margin, but in the second match, they made sure to give it back to England. Bangladesh put up a score of 220 and got England all out on 244. In their second innings, the batsmen somewhat contributed and set up a target of 273 runs for the guests. In return, England’s batsmen dropped their sword and collapsed on 164. Bangladesh’s Mehedi Hasan was awarded as the man of the match for his deadly spell.