Tuesday, December 5, 2023

One step forward & going two back

Another meek surrender by the Bangladeshi batsmen to versatile Pakistan bowling attack in the first one-dayer of the three-match series simply compelled home team skipper Mushfiqur Rahim to bring up the same old question regarding Bangladesh’s progress in the highest level of the game. Following Bangladesh’s dismissal below hundred runs and Pakistan top order batsmen’s

Not at home at home!

Mushfiqur Rahim remarked after the five-wicket loss to Pakistan yesterday that he hadn’t seen much “home advantage” since October. But the more telling comment was that the Tigers are not entirely sure what score is good on the surfaces they are being served at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. The Bangladesh captain’s confusion on what is ... Read more

If you can’t win, then compete

There has been something missing in the Tigers’ tent this time. It may be a lack of self-belief. Prior to all their previous home series, regardless of the opposition’s strength, Bangladesh have never looked as submerged as they do now in the early exchanges of the home challenge against an in-form Pakistan team. It seems ... Read more

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

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more