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Four findings from tri-series

  • Published at 10:45 pm September 25th, 2019
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Bangladesh's Afif Hossain in action during their first T20I against Zimbabwe in Mirpur Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The tri-series was supposed to be a good test for new coach Russell Domingo and Bangladesh were expected to lift the trophy on home turf and lift the gloom a little bit

The tri-nation T20I series final ended in disappointment for the spectators as rain marred all the excitement of a much-anticipated final between host Bangladesh and visiting Afghanistan. 

The Tigers had a point to prove after a disappointing eighth-placed finish in the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales, a 3-0 ODI series loss away to Sri Lanka and a shocking defeat in the lone Test match against Afghanistan at home.

The tri-series was supposed to be a good test for new coach Russell Domingo and Bangladesh were expected to lift the trophy on home turf and lift the gloom a little bit.

Here are some findings from the series:  

Afif shows promise 

Young all-rounder Afif Hossain played a superb innings of 52 in the first match of the series and formed a crucial partnership with Mosaddek Hossain to ensure a narrow win for the Tigers in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Although Aiff failed to score big in his next three outings, making 16, seven and two, his calm and composed batting in the first game provided hope of a bright future. And with the ball, the youngster shone in the last match of the group stage against Afghanistan. Afghanistan were cruising in the early stages but Afif took a double wicket maiden and changed the momentum of the game. Afif’s performance with bat and ball showcased promise for the Tigers with the World T20I slated for next year.

Biplob, a leg-spinner on the cards? 

Bangladesh team management is searching for a leg-spinner, particularly in the shorter formats, as leggies these days offer plenty of options for the captain, chiefly wicket-taking. Selectors selected young spinner Mahedi Hasan initially for the first two matches before dropping him and picking Aminul Islam Biplob for the rest of the tournament. Biplob is a batsman cum leg-spinner and was impressive on his debut against Zimbabwe as he took two wickets conceding 18 runs in Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. He bowled good line and length but unfortunately injured himself in the first match and was later ruled out for the remaining games. That being said, his bowling looked splendid and Bangladesh might have unearthed a leg-spinning option.

Fitting Masakadza farewell

Hamilton Masakadza, one of Zimbabwe’s longest serving players, played his last game for Zimbabwe as the right-hander bid adieu to international cricket, against Afghanistan in the port city. The top-order batsmen chose this series as his last and waved an emotional goodbye after the game. He played a captain’s knock, scoring 71 off 45 deliveries, and guided his team to a consolation win over the Afghans. Masakadza later informed that Bangladesh always holds a special place in his heart as he has played so many matches here, and even played club cricket in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League. Masakadza was delighted with the good wishes he received from the Bangladesh fans, and thanked everyone who helped him as a player and person in his long career. Farewell Hami! 

A win against Afghanistan, at last 

Bangladesh’s record against Afghanistan in the shortest format was frustrating as, last year, the Tigers lost all three games against the Afghans in Dehradun, India. The fourth meeting between these two teams took place in Mirpur last week and Afghanistan again came out as the winner, by a margin of 25 runs. That made it four wins in a row for the Afghans against the Tigers. But Bangladesh finally ended the losing streak as, in the fifth meeting, they defeated Afghanistan in Chittagong. Afghanistan made an aggressive start but later Bangladesh bowled well and Shakib al Hasan led from the front with an unbeaten 70 to steer his side to victory. And thus, the drought finally came to an end.