The Bangladesh pace bowling unit was criticised for leaking runs in the opening game as the fast bowling trio of Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam and Taskin Ahmed conceded 137 runs in their combined 12 overs, ending up with a collective economy of 11.41. Zimbabwe ended up posting a record total of 205 and drew first blood in the series by winning the game by 17 runs.
Taskin did not play the second T20I while Mustafizur and Shoriful had a combined economy of 8.38 in the game which Bangladesh won by 7 wickets to level the series.
Allan Donald, the Bangladesh bowling coach, said the bowlers need to be street smart to do well in T20 format, calling it a 24-ball puzzle for the bowlers.
“South Africa were all out for only 90 runs against England the other day. So, T20 is such a game that teaches you harsh lessons. And in this game, I see a 24-ball puzzle that you need to solve and that’s being street smart,” said Donald.
“That is something we are teaching and giving a lot of emphasis on. I think it's the small steps that matter as I don’t care what type of team you are on. Yesterday, we had a good start.
We have got to do that tomorrow [Tuesday] as well as we showed how smart we can be and we are expecting to bounce back as we did in the last game on Sunday.
Look, it’s the final tomorrow and it will be played on the pitch of the first game and it should be a cracker of a game and I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
Donald said he is impressed with the calmness of pace bowler Hasan Mahmud. The right-arm quick made his international debut against Zimbabwe in 2020 but was left on the sidelines due to an injury. He spent nearly a year in rehabilitation before making a comeback in domestic cricket through the Dhaka Premier League, Bangladesh's list A tournament, and made a comeback in international cricket in the second T20I against Zimbabwe, picking 1-26 in his four overs.
“I was particularly impressed with Hasan Mahmud as I heard so much about this young kid. He showed great skill and what I like about him is his overall character and his calm demeanor. I have been here for a year and half now and he is a lovely kid. He is a big strong boy and it's nice to work with him,” Donald said.