In the two official practice games ahead of the T20 World Cup – against Sri Lanka and Ireland – Bangladesh lost both
Bangladesh's preparation for the T20 World Cup has not been according to expectation.
In the two official practice games ahead of the world event – against Sri Lanka and Ireland – Bangladesh lost both.
The team put up a fight against Sri Lanka defending 147 but ultimately went on to lose the game by four wickets.
Against Ireland however, they lost pretty convincingly – by 33 runs chasing 178.
Bangladesh were all out for 144.
In the official warm-up games Bangladesh missed key players in captain Mahmudullah to back pain and Shakib al Hasan for his participation in the Indian Premier League.
Left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman was rested for the first game but played the second and gave away 40 runs in four overs to the opponents.
The defeats are being considered as wake-up call to a team who have been flying on the back of three consecutive series wins against Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand.
The manner of the series wins though was a point of argument, particularly against Australia and New Zealand in Dhaka under home conditions.
The tracks at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium were spin friendly, giving the edge to Bangladesh bowlers to dominate the opponents.
Concerns were raised over the under-performance of the batting unit, bearing in mind the batting friendly conditions that will be in place in the middle-eastern countries.
But members of the Bangladesh team had claimed that they would be up for it once their preparations began for the world event through the warm up matches, a notion they failed to back up.
The top-order particularly is the area to worry for Bangladesh.
The mix of Mohammad Naim, Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar are not generating up to the mark performances and an off-color Mushfiqur Rahim is adding worry to that.
Mushfiq was in patchy form in the five-match T20 series against New Zealand at home scoring just 39 runs, involving two ducks, and was out for 13 and four against Sri Lanka and Ireland respectively.
The failure from the top-order is not helping him in his pursuit of overcoming his struggles.
Naim in the two practice games scored 14 runs while Liton totalled 17.
Soumya was below par at home but has showed signs of recovery scoring 34 and 37 against Sri Lanka and Ireland respectively.
In terms of bowling, Bangladesh missed contributions from Shakib and Mustafizur [in the second game] thus that will cut off a bit of the worry when these two join the force and bowl the eight overs, hoping to make it difficult for the opponent.
Bangladesh team returned to Muscat Thursday night following the practice matches in Abu Dhabi and rested Friday in the pool and the gym at the team hotel that has been shut to public to create a Covid-19 bio safety bubble.
Bangladesh are sharing the hotel with the other teams set to play at Al Amerat Cricket Stadium.
Bangladesh are set to train at the venue Saturday evening before beginning their T20 World Cup campaign taking on Scotland in their first qualifier Sunday.
Bangladesh will then face Oman and Papua New Guinea on Tuesday and Thursday respectively at the same venue in the qualifying stage of the T20 World Cup.