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Tigers look to salvage pride in last T20I

  • Published at 09:08 pm January 26th, 2020
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Bangladesh players celebrate AFP

Bangladesh have already conceded the series after losing the first two matches on the back of dismal batting performances, with questions raised over a lack of intent from the batsmen

Visitor Bangladesh will look to avoid a series whitewash when they take on No 1 ranked T20I side Pakistan in the third and final T20I of the series at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore Monday.

Bangladesh have already conceded the series after losing the first two matches on the back of dismal batting performances, with questions raised over a lack of intent from the batsmen.

In the first two matches, Bangladesh managed to post totals of 141 for 5 and 136 for 6, respectively, and were handed comprehensive defeats by host Pakistan.

A sluggish approach by the batsmen both at the top of the order and in the death overs has been an area of concern. 

In the first game, the first six overs saw the openers put only 35 runs on the board, while in the second game Saturday the side could add only 33 for the loss of two wickets.

Bangladesh pacer Shafiul Islam admitted that the team made mistakes in the first two matches of the series. 

However, the right-arm bowler is optimistic of the tourist making a comeback in the final game of the series.

“Obviously, we have the ability, but at the same time we also played a very young team apart from Mahmudullah and Tamim Iqbal. Yes, we have come here after playing the BPL (Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League Twenty) and had the chance to play well. We were 10-15 runs short in the first game while Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez played well in the second game. They played good cricket, which is the reason the results went in their favor. We had the chance to do well,” Shafiul told reporters Sunday.

It is highly likely that the Bangladesh team management will make several changes to the side in the last T20I, to give some match time to the players who have been on the bench in the series, so far. 

Left-handed batsman Nazmul Hossain Shanto and pacers Rubel Hossain and Hasan Mahmud are expected to be in the middle for the last game, with right-arm pacer Hasan making his international debut.