Before the 1st ODI of this series, Bangladesh hadn't beaten Pakistan for 16 years. Bangladesh's first and only win against Pakistan had been in the 1999 World Cup. It was also Bangladesh's only win against one of the 'Big 8' sides in cricket. After that win against one of the strongest ODI teams in history there was some expectation that Bangladesh would start to win against the other Big 8 teams too. The ICC's desire to increase the cricketing family led to Bangladesh being given Test Status at a time that many felt they weren't ready for it. Over the next 9 years, up until late 2008, Bangladesh only managed to win another 6 ODI games against the top 8 teams. Including the win against Pakistan that was less than one win per year. Pre 2009 was a very tough period for Bangladesh Cricket but post 2009 they've really begun to emerge as a real contender to depose one of the Top 8 sides and take their place in the ODI aristocracy. In the last 6-odd years since the start of 2009 Bangladesh have won 23 matches against the 'Big 8' out of 69 results. They only lost 46 of those games which means that they now win 1 out of every 3 games against a Top 8 side. Before today Bangladesh had 8 ODI series wins against Zimbabwe, 2 ODI series wins against West Indies and 2 ODI series wins against New Zealand. After today they can add a series win against Pakistan too. So that's 5 series wins against 'Big 8' teams. In total they have 30 wins against the 'Big 8' teams... 8 v New Zealand 7 v West Indies 4 v Sri Lanka 3 v England, India and Pakistan 1 v Southa Africa and Australia So are Bangladesh ready to be part of the top 8? Actually Bangladesh are already one of the top 8 teams. If you look at ODI results against ONLY the top 8 teams since 2009, Bangladesh are 8th based on their win/loss record with West Indies at 9... But if you look at the win loss record against the 'Big 8' since the start of 2012 then Bangladesh are actually 7th with Pakistan 9th... Bangladesh have been winning a bigger percentage of their matches against the Big 8 than both Pakistan and West Indies since the start of 2012. Bangladesh has arrived as a Big 8 team and we paid the price for taking them too lightly and sending what was effectively a 'Pakistan A' squad to play a team which is two spots above us on the ODI win/loss percentage.