Bangladesh high on confidence but wary of Indias superiority

Bangladesh high on confidence but wary of India\s superiority
Mahmudullah Wants To Create A Bangladesh Brand Of Cricket
Its a shift in trend as far Bangladeshs thought process is concerned. Never have they in the past been so conscious about the need to stay grounded after a win as huge as the one they gained over hosts Sri Lanka. Following their highest successful run-chase in T20Is, Tamim Iqbal, who was one of the architects in that win, touched upon the fact that this win was one they were in dire need of, having won only one of their last 14 T20Is. Breaking into a jig was probably restricted to the Naagin dance that Mushfiqur Rahim pulled off after the winning runs, but the whole unit sat down immediately to highlight the need of not losing their head over it.

There were a lot of positives to take heart from in their previous game. The move to promote Liton Das as the opener worked wonders in negating Akila Dananjayas effectiveness in the powerplay overs, and it is expected that he will be entrusted with the same role against an in-form Washington Sundar too. Tamim played a fine hand, as did Soumya Sarkar. Although Mahmudullah departed with 21 needing to be scored, Rahim ensured that he stayed till the end to guide his side across the line. However, as much as chasing 214 is a landmark moment, it is important to reflect on how they were conceded in the first place. The skipper, though, backed his bowlers to come good on the big day against India, and felt it were his bowlers who gave them their first bit of confidence on the tour through their disciplined performance in the series opener.

Mahmudullah Wants To Create A Bangladesh Brand Of Cricket

“It would be hard on the bowlers if I make some comments here. They had bowled well in the opening game and we had derived some confidence from there. They werent too good in the next game. On a wicket like this where batting has come easy, damage control is the most important thing,” Mahmudullah said on Tuesday (March 13). While the skipper felt that stopping the flow of runs will be a big ask in conditions that have favoured batting, one of his strike bowlers, Taskin Ahmeds indifferent form hasnt helped them sustain momentum at crucial stages of the game.

Although Bangladesh failed to train owing to persistent drizzle in Colombo for the past two days, the skipper thought that being mentally prepared was more crucial to their plans of countering Indias sharp display of varying pace. He also felt that his bowlers can take a cue from the same. When Bangladesh played India last, there was a passage of play where India went without boundaries for 14 balls. Although Nazmul Islam was underbowled in that game, the skipper believed that his spinners too are capable of stemming the flow of runs as Indias.

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“The Indian bowlers have done well, theres no doubt about it but I guess our spinners too had done well in the game against them. There was a spell of about 20-odd balls where they couldnt score a boundary with Mehidy Hasan and Nazmul Islam bowling. If the bowling department can step up a little more, we will be able to do even better,” he added.

It can be looked at as a positive sign that Bangladesh termed their five-wicket win as just a new beginning. To acknowledge the fact that the lack of power-hitters in their line-up doesnt allow them to play the kind of cricket a West Indies or an England do, is an honest assumption. However, theres a constant call to create a Bangladeshi brand of cricket, one where they evaluate risks and play accordingly. “We need to be smart, the skills are there but we need to be smart to take those calculated risks – from taking on a particular bowler and whoever thinks can take him on, should go for it. There needs to be good communication between every batsman. This will lead us to create our own brand. We dont have those kind of power-hitters and we acknowledge that fact. When we started this tour, we planned of creating this Bangladeshi brand of cricket,” Mahmudullah said.

If the win against Sri Lanka is a product of such a brand, Bangladesh have thought of the right path. If they can stick with it amid their familiar eccentricities, their T20 cricket could get a facelift.

Colombo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 13th Mar, 2018 ):Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah said Tuesday the underdogs, fresh from upsetting Sri Lanka, plan to hone their “brand” of Twenty20 cricket against India in a key tri-series showdown.

The visitors staged a 215-run chase to defeat hosts Sri Lanka in their second match of the tournament, rebounding from a loss in their opener against India. Bangladesh, 10th in the world T20 rankings behind Afghanistan, will be in strong contention for the tri-series final if they beat table-toppers India on Wednesday.

Mahmudullah, who was named captain after Shakib Al Hasan was ruled out of the tri-series due to injury, said the minnows entered the series wanting “to create a Bangladesh brand of cricket”. “I think the skills are there.

We need to be smart to take that calculated risk,” he told reporters in Colombo, saying his side had to compensate for its lack of power hitters. “Taking on a particular bowler who we think can be targeted, these sort of things we need to apply when we are playing.

” The Tigers have beaten top sides in Test and one-day internationals, but struggled to find consistency in the shortest format of the sport, having lost nine of their last 11 T20s.

Mahmudullah urged his bowlers to learn from their Indian counterparts, who have utilised the batting-friendly conditions at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Rising Indian pacemen like Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur have been instrumental in elevating India to the top of the table in the series.

Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar have also chipped in with disciplined bowling and crucial strikes. Bangladeshs left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman has picked up five wickets in two matches but leaked close to 10 runs an over.

Mahmudullah backed his strike paceman to come good in the remaining matches in conditions he believes are tough for bowlers. “I think he is a great bowler for our team, he has been doing really well.

Its just the wicket that suits the batsman most,” said Mahmudullah. “Mustafiz is in great shape and is our strike bowler and I will always back him up.” Bangladesh have never won a T20 tournament since they started playing the format in 2006.

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