Tuesday March 20, 2018 04:02 AM

Five things Bangladesh must do against New Zealand

Five things Bangladesh must do against New Zealand
Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim and Sanjamul Islam share a light moment during training at Sophia Gardens on Thursday as Sabbir Rahman waits for his turn to batDHAKA TRIBUNE/Md Manik

Good fielding can motivate the Bangladesh bowlers while the batters need to realise the situation and not go for personal glory

Go for a proper team combination

The Bangladesh think tank have been quite experimental right from the start of the 2017 Champions Trophy. In the first game against England, the team management went for eight batsman in the playing XI, trying to load the batting line-up, which did not work out well at the end as they were eventually a bowler short. In the second game against Australia, there was a change in the form of Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who came to the side replacing Mosaddek Hossain, but then again, both the players are quite similar so nothing really changed in that aspect.

Top order needs to start well

Apart from the in-form Tamim Iqbal, none of the top-order batsman were able to give support, which hurt the Tigers badly. Soumya Sarkar did get a good start against England but failed to convert his knock into a big one while Imrul Kayes struggled in both the games, making things difficult for the middle-order. So the top-order and the openers need to provide a solid start if the Tigers are to post a big total or chase down the Kiwis’ target successfully.

Utilise the conditions

Although there has been a lack of support for the bowlers in the tournament, thanks to the pitches tailor-made for the batsmen, overcast conditions in Cardiff could well prove to be helpful for the seamers. It has been raining for the past two days in Wales and the pitch was covered for most of the time, which will definitely add some moisture to the wicket and give a lot of purchase to the fast bowlers. It will be important for the Tigers pacers in the form of Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain and Mashrafe bin Mortaza to cash in on the opportunity and put the opponent under some pressure.

Seniors need to step up

With the exception of Tamim, none of the senior members of the side were able to put up their hands when the going got tough. Mushfiqur Rahim did play a solid knock against England but his dismissal just after Tamim’s departure proved to be costly. Shakib al Hasan meanwhile, has been going through a rough patch both with bat and ball and needs to fire, along with Mahmudullah, who is also yet to prove his worth in the tournament.

Bank on the strengths

Team effort has been the main strength for the Tigers in recent times but things haven’t looked that good for Bangladesh so far. Apart from individual heroics, there is nothing much to write home about. It will be crucial to work as a unit in all three departments on Friday. Fielding can motivate the bowlers while the batters need to realise the situation and not go for personal glory. Rather, they should play according to the situation.

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