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Tigers yet to have an ideal T-20 squad for World Cup

Published : 12 Oct 2022 09:28 PM

It was another dismal performance of the Tigers from both the bowling and batting department when they bundled out for 160 runs chasing to a mammoth 208 runs target against New Zealand.

It was consecutive third defeat in the ongoing Tri-nation series at Hagley Oval Stadium, Christchurch.

The tournament is counted as the preparation matches for all three participants and the results is a clear message how they are prepared for their upcoming World Cup mission.

On the day Bangladesh played with eight established batters, who could manage 160 runs replying to a huge total of 208 of New Zealand.

It was third match for Bangladesh to try out the players and one match left for final experiment to take place today against Pakistan.

However, Bangladesh winning the toss decided to bowl first and this time Shakib sent New Zealand into bat obviously to watch how the bowlers react to restrict the opponents on a reasonable total.

But none of the bowlers could throw any challenge to the New Zealand’s batters when the hosts looked comfortable to play big shots to set a massive winning target of 209 runs but the Tigers’ batters in their successive matched cut a sorry figure failing to prove their mettle.

Might be they scored 160 runs, better than of their previous matches, they scored 146 and 137 runs in the first and the second match respectively. But if we have a look to the scorecard, it is not at all an enthusiastic or ideal batting approaches for T-20 format when besides captain Shakib Al Hassan, all were just tedious in their tactics.

Shakib Al Hassan, the lone performers to show some power with aggressive batting to score 70 off 44 with hitting a six and eight fours.

But making some changes in the batting line-up including in the opening but expected result did not come out, as the opening pair yet to cross 25 runs partnership, they scored in the first match.

In the first match against Pakistan, Mehidy Miraz and Sabbir Rahman opened the innings and they scored 25, in the second match against New Zealand Mehidy and Shanto came to open the innings, departed for 12 runs and on Wednesday (yesterday) against New Zealand Liton Das joined Shanto as opening partner but their innings was only for 24 runs from 3.3 overs.

Tigers are far behind to the opponents when New Zealand scored 45 from 26 (4.2 overs) balls, they (Tigers) struggled for 24 runs from 21 balls.

After the experiment, Bangladesh no genuine openers and even hard-hitting batting line-up is confirmed, as the scorecard shows how dubious batting performances displayed by the Tigers’ batters.

It is simply very much unusual in T-20 cricket when from the middle order to tale enders five batters could not score a double digit when Afif Hossain (4 off 4 balls), Nurul Hassan (2 off 6 balls), Yasir Ali (6 off 6), Mosaddek Hossain (9 off 10), M Saifuddin (not out 3 off five balls) got out.

The top orders were also more than ordinary in respect of T-20 match, when openers Litton and Shanto were out for 11 and 23 runs after playing 12 and 16 balls respectively and Soumya Sarker scored 23 off 17 balls. 

But the New Zealand’s openers Finn Allen scored 32 off 19 balls with three fours and two sixes and Devon Conway cracked 64 off 40 balls hitting five boundaries and three over the ropes when at the middle Glenn Phillips hammered two fours and five sixes to score 60 off 24 balls.

Now, Tigers have one match in hands to take place today against Pakistan to make their final experiment to have an ideal T-20 squad for the World Cup.