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Tigers need to be sharp on fielding

  • Published at 11:57 pm June 20th, 2019
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Bangladesh's Mashrafe bin Mortaza looks on during their World Cup match against Australia in Nottingham Thursday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Nottingham

A better effort could have saved 20-25 runs for the Tigers, which could change the momentum of this game

Bangladesh were up against a tough task against Australia when they came out to chase 382 runs in their group stage match of the 2109 World Cup at Trent Bridge in Nottingham Thursday.

Australia batted well against the Bangladeshi bowlers and posted a big total after electing to bat first. 

Bangladesh’s bowling wasn’t all that bad as the Trent Bridge pitches usually offer plenty of runs in the recent years.

This is the ground where England scored a world record 481 in 50 overs a year ago against Australia. 

Even in this World Cup, Pakistan made 348 at this ground and in reply, England fell just 14 short.

What though could have been better from the Bangladesh players in the first innings was the fielding. 

The ground fielding of the side was certainly not up to the mark against a strong side like Australia. 

 A better effort could have saved 20-25 runs for the Tigers, which could change the momentum of this game.

In Bangladesh’s previous match, the West Indies were in a situation as they were cruising towards a huge total with plenty of big-hitters yet to come.

But all through the match, Bangladesh’s fielding was exceptional. 

The Tigers fielders probably saved 30-odd runs due to sharp fielding and that helped a lot in the end.

When the opposition is batting well and building a good platform for a commanding total, then the body language of the fielders often make a crucial impact. 

It keeps the bowlers motivated to bounce back hard even though the runs are flowing. 

That’s exactly what happened against the Windies and in the end, they were restricted for a chaseable total in Bristol.

Such performance should have been repeated against Australia as well when the Aussies chose to bat first after winning the toss.  

If Bangladesh want to qualify for the semi-final, or even go further in the tournament, then they need to get sharp in fielding in every situation, converting half-chances and making it count.

The fielding against South Africa was good in the first match, and Bangladesh eventually won, while in the second game, fielding was good against New Zealand, despite a missed run-out chance, as the Tigers lost the match. 

Against England, the fielding was poor in Cardiff and Bangladesh lost by a big margin.

And against the Windies, the fielding was sharp and Bangladesh chased down the total in commanding fashion.

Just an example from yesterday’s match, David Warner was dropped by Sabbir Rahman at backward point in the last ball of the fifth over. 

Warner cut the ball hard and it was travelling fast.

Sabbir managed to reach to the ball but probably a slightly late reaction caused the ball to go past after touching his hand. 

Commentators Ian Bishop and Mike Hussey said it was a very tough chance, but Bangladesh need to convert those half-chances. 

Warner was on 10 when he was dropped against pacer Mashrafe bin Mortaza, and in the end, the left-hander scored 166 off just 147 deliveries.

The former Australian vice-captain did not give any other chances later as he batted flawlessly to score his 16th ODI hundred. 

In a stage like the World Cup, and in a crucial moment of the game, the fielding performance must be top notch, which Tigers need to be more consistent with in the coming matches.

MATCH 26

AUSTRALIA INNINGS        R    B

Warner c Rubel b Soumya     166    147

Finch c Rubel b Soumya     53    51

Khawaja c Mushfiq b Soumya 89    72

Maxwell run out (Rubel)    32    10

Stoinis not out            17    11

Smith lbw b Mustafizur     1    2

Carey not out            11    8

Extras (b 1, lb 5, nb 1, w 5)    12 

Total (50 Overs)        381/5 

Fall Of Wickets

1-121 (Finch), 2-313 (Warner), 3-352 (Maxwell), 4-353 (Khawaja), 5-354 (Smith)

Bowling

Mashrafe 8-0-56-0, Mustafizur 9-0-69-1, Shakib 6-0-50-0, Rubel 9-0-83-0, Miraz 10-0-59-0, Soumya 8-0-58-3

BANGLADESH INNINGS            R    B

Tamim b Starc                    62    74

Soumya run out (Finch)            10    8

Shakib c Warner b Stoinis            41    41

Mushfiq not out                102    97

Liton b Zampa                    20    17

Mahmudullah c Cummins b Coulter-Nile     69    50

Sabbir b Coulter-Nile                0    1

Miraz c Warner b Starc            6    7

Mashrafe c Maxwell b Stoinis            6    5

Extras (b4, lb4, w9)                17

Total (50 overs)                333/8

Fall Of Wickets

 1-23 (Soumya), 2-102 (Shakib), 3-144 (Tamim), 4-175 (Liton), 5-302 (Mahmudullah), 6-302 (Sabbir), 7-323 (Miraz), 8-333 (Mashrafe)

Bowling

Starc 10-0-55-2; Cummins 10-1-65-0 (3w); Maxwell 3-0-25-0; Coulter-Nile 10-0-58-2 (1w); Stoinis 8-0-54-2; Zampa 9-0-68-1 (1w)

Australia won by 48 runs

MoM: David Warner