Tigers falter at the start

Bangladesh’s batting frailties were exposed against a sublime bowling attack as Pakistan’s tour got off to a flying start with a comfortable 50-run victory in the one-off T20 International at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
The home side’s spinners, led by Shakib Al Hasan, did an excellent job to create a chance as

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Demon in the pitch or minds?

The Tigers’ 50-run defeat to Pakistan in yesterday’s Twenty20 could be a recurring theme (nightmare, whatever you want to call it) for the next three weeks but the nature of capitulation must be less frustrating if the home side are to end 2011 with a smile on their face.
To be on top of the most successful Twenty20 team in the world for one and a half hours could

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Cautious favourites

There would be nothing wrong if Pakistan declared themselves clear favourites against hosts Bangladesh in all three formats of the game in the series which will kick off with the one-off T20 International at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur today.
But things do not always unfold as expected. In their approach Bangladesh have understandably

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Tigers’ first attempt at Goliath

Though he considers the opponents as favourites, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim deemed that the country’s cricket has passed the phase where a respectable defeat is good enough.
Notwithstanding the difference of Twenty20 experience with Pakistan, the 23-year-old didn’t rule out a positive Tuesday for the home side who, last month, beat West Indies in a nail-biting contest

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