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Run of 300-plus scores glaring positive for Tigers

  • Published at 09:47 pm June 21st, 2019
Mahmudullah
Bangladesh's Mahmudullah plays a shot during their World Cup match against Australia in Nottingham Thursday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Nottingham

Three 320-plus scores in the last five games for the Tigers in this World Cup; Surely that’s a good sign for the team, and obviously a confident booster for the batting unit as well

Bangladesh’s match against Australia at Trent Bridge in Nottingham turned out to be a high-scoring encounter, which was expected to be honest, considering the nature of the pitch and record in Trent Bridge in recent years.

The Tigers eventually lost the match by 48 runs Thursday while chasing a massive target of 382. 

But the positive thing that Bangladesh could take from the match is that they scored 330-odd while chasing such a big total in a pressure situation.

Just before Thursday’s game, Bangladesh chased down 322 against the West Indies with as many as 51 deliveries to spare. 

So scoring 322 and 333 in the last two matches is giving Bangladesh batsmen the confidence that they can chase down 300-plus scores on a consistent basis. 

Bangladesh had also scored 330 against South Africa in their opening World Cup game. 

So three 320-plus scores in the last five games for the Tigers in this World Cup; Surely that’s a good sign for the team, and obviously a confident booster for the batting unit as well.

While chasing a huge total of 382, Bangladesh batsmen looked confident and showed intent. 

Their target was to build partnerships within 30 overs and then playing attacking cricket, just like T20 style, to win the match.

Although Bangladesh lost the match by quite a few runs, the way the Tigers batted, particularly Mahmudullah and Mushfqur Rahim in the late period, showcased positive approach in a must-win situation.

“Considering our batting performance in the last few matches, I believe that we can chase around 320-330. I am not too experienced in chasing a big score, so I stopped looking at the scoreboard. I was trying to get my team to 180-200 at the 30-over mark. It would give us a chance in the last 20 overs chasing the remaining runs. We wouldn’t have made 330-odd if we had gone hard early. I think Shakib [al Hasan] and I got out at the wrong time,” Tamim Iqbal said after the match at Trent Bridge where he scored 62.

Perhaps the fielding department could have been better in the last match as a couple of tough chances were missed against Australia. 

But they need to be sharp in every match when they face world-class sides like Australia or England.

Also, Bangladesh need to be more clinical in slog overs bowling.

The death overs bowling was good against the Windies and thus they were restricted to 321. 

But the slog overs bowling against Australia was less effective and hence they manage to score 381.

Our batsmen are certainly in good form and can chase down targets around 330. 

But if the target goes past 380 or even 400, then it would be really difficult, not only for Bangladesh batsmen, but also for every other batting line-up in the world.

The Tigers started the tournament on a high note, defeating South Africa in their opening game.  

In hindsight, the narrow defeat against New Zealand in the second game now seems to be a missed chance for the Tigers. 

Also, the washed out match against Sri Lanka could be considered another loss of points, but all those things are in the past now.

Bangladesh now have three games in hand, against Afghanistan, India and Pakistan in the remainder of the World Cup. 

The Tigers need to win all three matches to seal a spot in the last four. 

The task is tough no doubt, but not impossible. 

To win all these three game, Bangladesh need to utilize all confidence gathered in the last two months while playing in the UK conditions. 

And also, Bangladesh need to be more clinical, not only in batting but also in fielding and bowling.