Here are five things Bangladesh need to do to ensure the series victory
The T20I series is all square at 1-1 with the third and final match scheduled for Sunday. Ahead of the crunch game against India, Bangladesh need to fix the mistakes from their previous games, and play positive cricket to seal the series. Here are five things Bangladesh need to do to ensure the series victory:
Big scores needed from top-order
Someone from the top-order needs to score a 50-plus innings and carry the innings into the deep end so that Bangladesh can post a challenging total on the board. Even while chasing, partnerships are required and someone needs to stay there till the end. Mushfiqur Rahim did it in the first match and Bangladesh managed to win that game. Four batsmen scored around 30 in the second match but no one carried on and eventually, Bangladesh fell short. It is not necessary to attack every ball. A batsman should at least anchor the innings and lay a proper foundation for the others.
Tackling Chahal intelligently
India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been impressive in the series, and is the primary weapon in the Indian bowling attack. Bangladesh batsmen need to play him more technically and try to focus on scoring singles and twos against him. That does not mean Chahal would bowl a bad ball and get away with it. The thing is, batsmen need to play him in accordance with the merit of the ball. He holds the key for India. Chahal’s impressive bowling was the main reason behind Bangladesh losing the momentum in the second game. But the Tigers batsmen fell prey to the trap as Mushfiq tried to slog sweep him in the very first ball, despite fielders being stationed at deep mid wicket and deep square leg. Soumya Sarkar meanwhile, got stumped while charging down the ground, only to miss the line of the ball completely. Those mistakes should not be repeated.
Proper slog-over batting
Slog-over batting has been a concern for Bangladesh in this format in recent years. Currently, Afif Hossain and Mosaddek Hossain bat at Nos 6 and 7 position and these two spots are very crucial in T20 cricket. Often batsmen get very few deliveries to get set as scoring boundaries and quick runs are priorities in the shortest format. Bangladesh scored only 17 runs in the last three overs in the second match where the pitch was a genuine batting track. That created a huge impact in the game. If similar situation arises again, Bangladesh’s lower middle-order needs to step up.
Interim Indian skipper @ImRo45 has said his side are not clear favorite against @BCBtigers, and will need to perform at their best to clinch the T20I series in the final match Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium Sunday.https://t.co/g7UtWvHgYc#BCBTIGERS #BCB #TIGERS #BANGLADESH— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) November 9, 2019
Dismiss Rohit early
Rohit Sharma was in marauding mood in the second match as the stand-in India skipper played an outstanding innings of 85 runs off just 43 deliveries with half a dozen fours and as many sixes. Bangladesh’s bowling attack must remove Rohit early as generally, if he gets set, he scores big with an impressive strike rate. Shafiul Islam got the wicket of Rohit in the first game and that was crucial for Bangladesh in controlling the momentum. Bangladesh need to pick up Rohit’s wicket as he is in brilliant form across all formats this year.
Mustafizur needs to step up
It has been a quiet series for Mustafizur Rahman as he has remained wicketless in the series so far in two games, and also conceded quite a few runs. In the first match, Mustafizur bowled only two overs and conceded 15 runs although the pitch was ideal for a bowler like him. Later, interim skipper Mahmudullah surprisingly did not gave him any more overs. And in the second game, Mustafizur gave away 35 runs in 3.5 overs without getting a wicket. The left-arm pacer is the main weapon in the Tigers’ bowling attack, considering his success in the shorter formats and having played so many Indian Premier League T20 games in India. But he has not shown his best yet in the first two games. The Tigers need him to perform in Sunday's game as his bowling variation could make the difference on the Nagpur pitch.