Tigers positive ahead of vital clash

The Bangladesh team turned up for training yesterday after a day’s break at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, coming back in a united mood. The sentiment, as top-order batsman Junaed Siddiqui and vice-captain Tamim Iqbal said, was that normalcy has returned to the team after the shocker against West Indies and the off-field controversies that followed. The left-handers also informed that the team has recovered fully from the loss and are ready to play their best cricket in the crucial Group B match against England on March 11 in the port city.
Only a win against England can keep Bangladesh’s hopes alive for a quarterfinal berth. After the disaster last Friday, there had been a lot of controversies centring on skipper Shakib Al Hasan, so everybody will be keen to see how Shakib’s young brigade handles adversity when they take on England in the vital game.
But the main question centres on the team’s preparations to get back into rhythm with the bat in hand. Bangladesh hit their lowest ODI score of 58 against West Indies and while one might bracket it as an “abnormal day”, the fact is that Bangladesh’s batting is a real concern in the tournament. The Tigers have so far played three games and alarmingly, some of their batting seemed out of track. What was also evident was that some of the batsmen failed to carry on their innings after a good start. Junaed Siddiqui, the No 3, was among them. It seemed that the batsmen simply forgot how to build an innings by milking singles rather than looking to be too positive in their batting like Junaed had in the three games so far.
“We had a lack of partnerships in the last three games and the team didn’t get any big innings. So the batting should click and one or two of the batsmen from there must carry the innings. We are totally focused on this matter and working hard so that we can do something in the next game,” said Junaed, who scored 37, 3 and 25 thus far.
To find a solution, it is likely that the Bangladesh think-tank will make some changes in the batting order as Rokibul Hasan may be brought up to his customary No 4 position instead of wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim who has had an ordinary time in that position. There is hardly any chance to see any change in the top-order but the brains trust are considering one or two changes in the team from the last game’s eleven. There is a good chance that all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad may be back into the side in place of Mohammad Ashraful while left-arm spinner Sohrawardi Shuvo is also under consideration. In that case, Bangladesh may play with one pace bowler but nothing has been confirmed yet.
“I don’t think there was any technical problem in our batting. The whole scenario will be changed if we can build a good partnership like 100-odd runs at the top-order. What happened has happened but we believe this team is capable of showing much better performances,” observed Tamim Iqbal, the local hero who is eagerly waiting to hit a hundred in his home town.
According to sources, it will not be an easy task for the batsmen to score runs on the track of the port city as batsmen have to apply themselves to take singles by rotating the strike and Tamim also said that they have to build up the innings first before hitting the ball hard.
“I have a particular role in the team which is to give a good start and I believe in the next match we will be able to put up a good score on the board if Imrul [Kayes] and I can give a platform for the middle-order batsmen. But we must focus on the partnership,” observed Tamim.
In the last few months, Shakib has been marshalling the middle-order almost single-handedly but the left-hander was not at his usual best in the last three innings (55, 16 and 8), making the Tigers middle-order look vulnerable.
So, the team will desperately need something from the world’s No 1 all-rounder, who is under pressure not only because of his own form and the team’s, but also for some of the off-field controversies. “He [Shakib] is okay,” said a smiling Tamim about his captain.
Junaed also said that the team is united and the team spirit is also fine and everybody is looking forward to the battle on Friday.


Courtesy of The Daily Star

Related News

Bangladesh wins final-over thriller in Brisbane

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh got back on track in the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday when they beat Zimbabwe in a thrilling last-ball win. Opener Najmul Shanto’s first half-century and Taskin Ahmed’s three wickets helped them win. Shanto’s 71 helped Bangladesh get to 150-7 at Brisbane Gabba ground in a game that came down ... Read more

Tigers can become very good T20 side in future: Sriram

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Despite their mixed fortunes in the ongoing T20 World Cup, Bangladesh’s technical consultant, Sridharan Sriram, believes the Tigers have the potential to become a very good T20 side in the future. The Tigers entered the tournament with their only win in the main draw of the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup against ... Read more

Tigers suffer their worst-ever loss in T20Is to SA

Batters surrender against their opponent Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh’s batting was no match for their counterpart South Africa, which led to a massive loss for the Tigers by 104 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground today in the two teams’ second Super 12 fixture of the T20 World Cup. Chasing a daunting 206, Bangladesh ... Read more

Taskin leads Bangladesh to 9-run win over Netherlands

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh began their T20 World Cup campaign on a high note today, defeating the Netherlands by 9 runs at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. The Dutch were all out for 135 after 20 overs, in reply to Bangladesh’s 144 for eight after 20 overs. The result is historic from Bangladesh’s perspective ... Read more

Tamim to attend Brazil’s match against Serbia at FIFA WC

Sports Desk: dhakamirror.com Tamim Iqbal, captain of the Bangladesh ODI team, will attend the FIFA World Cup match between Brazil and Serbia. Tamim told The Daily Star he was gifted the tickets. Brazil plays Serbia on November 24 at Qatar’s Lusail Stadium. The FIFA World Cup attracts interest from around the world, and seeing Neymar ... Read more

Netherlands become Tigers’ first opponent

Sports Desk: dhakamirror.com Bangladesh may start analyzing the Netherlands after Group A qualification ended yesterday. The Tigers will face the Dutch on October 24 in Hobart. Despite losing by 16 runs against Sri Lanka, the Dutch are in the Super 12s as runners-up behind the Lankans after UAE beat Namibia by seven runs on Thursday. ... Read more

West Indies ousted, Ireland reaches Super 12

Sports Desk: dhakamirror.com Veteran opener Paul Stirling smashed an unbeaten 66 to propel Ireland into the Twenty20 World Cup Super 12 and eliminate two-time champions West Indies in a shocking upset on Friday. Gareth Delany took a career-best 3-16 to reduce the Caribbeans to 146-5 before the Irish reached their goal with 15 balls to ... Read more

Shakib reclaims the top all-rounder ranking

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan will enter the ICC T20 World Cup on top of the world after he was elevated to the No.1 spot for all-rounders on the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings. Shakib claimed top billing on the back of an excellent tri-series against New Zealand ... Read more

No more opening slot experiments: chief selector

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh national cricket team chief selector Minhajul Abedin reassured that the team management wouldn’t experiment further with the opening slot during the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia. Bangladesh are scheduled to start their campaign in the Super 12 round on October 24 in Hobart against the Group A runners-up from ... Read more

Pakistan win tri-series final, sends T20 World Cup warning

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Mohammad Nawaz, an all-rounder, helped Pakistan defeat New Zealand by five wickets on Friday to win the tri-series Twenty20 final in Christchurch with three balls remaining. After the hosts finished on 163-7 at Hagley Oval, spinner Michael Bracewell checked Pakistan’s early momentum in the tourists’ reply, before Nawaz stepped up with ... Read more

Rain ends Bangladesh’s title defence

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Rain ended hosts Bangladesh’s chance of qualifying for the semi-final of the eighth Asia Cup as their match against the UAE was washed out in Sylhet on Tuesday. The wash-out meant Thailand moved to the semi-final for the first time in history with six points collected from as many matches earlier ... Read more

Bangladesh defeated by SL in thriller

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com India and Sri Lanka advanced to the eighth Women’s Asia Cup semi-finals after defeating Thailand and the host Bangladesh, on a rain-hampered day in Sylhet on Monday. Pakistan joined them in the semi-final as well because both teams have eight points and are tied for second position with Sri Lanka. Bangladesh ... Read more

Conway leads New Zealand to victory against Bangladesh

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com In the third game of the tri-nation series, played on Sunday in Christchurch, opening batsman Devon Conway led New Zealand to an eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh. The left-handed batter smashed six fours and a six as the hosts chased down Bangladesh’s total of 137 with 13 balls to spare, in the ... Read more

Bangladesh utterly defeated by India

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com India recovered from a shocking loss to Pakistan to defeat hosts Bangladesh by 59 runs on Saturday in Sylhet, effectively securing a spot in the semifinals of the eighth Women’s Asia Cup. India has eight points after winning four of its last five games, with one more match to play in ... Read more

Tigers hope to improve against Kiwis

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com When Bangladesh plays New Zealand in today’s second game of the ongoing tri-nation series in Christchurch, they will be trying to get back on track. The game will start at noon (12:00pm). The match will be broadcast live on T Sports and in Bangladesh Standard Time. Bangladesh, which lost to Pakistan ... Read more

Dona Ganguly diagnosed with chikungunya

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Dona Ganguly, wife of Sourav Ganguly, President of The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata on Tuesday after being diagnosed with chikungunya. As per reports, she was rushed to Woodlands hospital after showing symptoms of the virus. The acclaimed Indian Odissi ... Read more

Nepalese cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane is in custody for rape

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Sandeep Lamichhane, a former captain for Nepal, returned home on Thursday (October 6) to defend himself against rape allegations made against him about a month ago. Lamichhane, who has denied all the allegations, was immediately arrested, according to Dinesh Raj Mainali, a spokeswoman for Kathmandu District Police, spoke to AFP news ... Read more

Bangla Wash T20I tri-nation series logo unveiled

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com The official logo of the Bangla Wash Twenty20 International tri-nation cricket series was unveiled in a ceremony held at a city hotel on Wednesday. Bangladesh, Pakistan and hosts New Zealand will compete in the series to be held at Christchurch from October 7 to 14. The title sponsor of the series ... Read more

Women’s team look to make turnaround

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh national women’s team will be looking to move up in the order when they take on their Malaysian counterparts during their third match of the ongoing Women’s T20 Asia Cup at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium today. The match is scheduled to start at 1:30pm and will be telecast live ... Read more

We are not thinking of results: Nurul

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh vice-captain Nurul Hasan said that he was not concerned about the results, rather he was focusing on the process in the approaching tri-nation series starting in Christchurch on Friday. Bangladesh will take on Pakistan in the series opener at 8:00am Bangladesh Standard Time and T Sports will telecast the game ... Read more