Friday, September 22, 2023

Tigers toil on Tamim

Morally-shattered Bangladesh side promised to be positive in the crucial World Twenty20 encounter against India at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore today despite unsure about the inclusion of their in-form opener Tamim Iqbal. Tigers’ received a great shock as two of their premier bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny were banned in the midst of the tournament due to suspect bowling action.
It became bad to worse when Tamim was also ruled out in their last game against Australia due to a viral fever.
Tigers were still unsure on Tuesday night whether Tamim may take the field today though he was recovering at a good pace, informed BCB officials.
Tigers looked a totally different side in the Super 10s phase after their impressive showdown in the qualifiers that prompted many to raise the question of their ability in the shortest format against the Test playing nations.
During the last edition of the ICC World Twenty20 at their own soil they reached Super10s phase but failed to win any match in that stage.
Bangladesh’s vice-captain Sakib al Hasan feels they need to change their fortune in the shortest format of the game against big side.
‘We failed to perform particularly in Twenty20 in big events and there are lots of talks regarding this for quite some time,’ Sakib told reporters in the pre-match press conference on Tuesday.
‘This is an opportunity to prove ourselves as we failed to do well in the last two matches,’
‘We will try to do something that can be remembered,’ said Sakib.
Bangladesh lost to Pakistan by 55 runs in their opening game of the Super10s phase while Australia defeated them by three wickets in their second game.
Though Bangladesh have to face the mighty batting side of India but they may get some solace as recently Chinnaswamy pitches are not producing enough runs that may raise their hopes.
With the wickets helping the spinner, if Tigers can hold on to their nerve and pressurise the oppositions they have got every chance to come out as triumph.
‘I don’t think we need to think a lot because we have made some small mistakes,’ said Sakib.
‘We need to rectify those mistakes to do well in the coming games,’
‘The top-order need to blast while others need to contribute and stay there till the end.
‘The ball is gripping and it can be encouraging for us,’ he said.
While Bangladesh is trying to revive their fortune India remain guarded against any kind of complacency.
‘We cannot take them lightly considering their improvement in the last couple of years,’ said Indian pacer Ashish Nehra.

-With New Age input

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