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Tigers: From flying high to crash-landing hard

  • Published at 11:17 am October 18th, 2021
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Shakib al Hasan makes his way to the dressing room following his dismissal against Scotland in the T20 World Cup first round in Muscat Sunday photo:courtesy:ESPNcricinfo

This loss has to be considered as one of the lowest points for Bangladesh cricket in recent years

Nine wins out of 13 T20Is, and the opponents were big names like Australia and New Zealand.

These were the T20I stats for Bangladesh cricket team, and such a winning rate within just a few months prior to the T20 World Cup created much hype among the fans.

Although Bangladesh are playing the qualifiers with associate nations in order to qualify for the super 12 stage, most of the fans in the cricket crazy nation hoped that this bunch of players, who are playing together for a few series, will bring joy to the nation in the world stage.

But, there was some issues raised after the back-to-back series wins against mighty Australia and second-string New Zealand, like playing T20 cricket in those kind of slow and low pitches will create false confidence for the Tigers, which can hinder their progress in the T20 World Cup.

But the team management, and even the senior players, echoed time and time again that these wins will create confidence among players and give them a big boost to shine in the mega event.

Two series wins gave Bangladesh ranking points as they rose to sixth in the T20 ranking, and it created more expectations that the Tigers will be flying high from the beginning of the qualifying round.

But the reality hit hard for Bangladesh as the high-flying Tigers crash landed in their very first match of the qualifier round.

With this loss, the whole equation of an easy passage through to the super 12 stage now looks a bit more complicated. 

Bangladesh really struggled against the Scottish bowling lineup on a sporting wicket and it appeared that the batsmen were hesitate to play big shots, and instead batted too slowly when boundaries were required.

It is true that Scotland bowlers bowled well, but it was not like an unplayable spell of bowling or some stunning wicket-taking deliveries.

Bangladesh batsmen all got out while trying to play scoring shots, and even struggled to clear the boundary ropes on a relatively smaller field at Al Amerat Cricket Stadium in Muscat.

It was evident that playing on low and slow pitches months before the T20 World Cup made an impact in the batting during the first game.

Just look at the strike rate of our top five batsmen against Scotland - Liton Das scored five off seven deliveries, Soumya five off five, Shakib al Hasan 20 off 28, Mushfiqur Rahim 38 off 36 and Mahmudullah 23 off 22.

These are big names in the batting line-up and have loads of experience over the years.

But all of them struggled to produce scoring shots.

These five experienced players, who have plenty of shots in their repertoire, only managed to hit four boundaries and three sixes from a combined 98 deliveries.

Moreover, the way Scotland bounced back from a tricky situation to put up a challenging total on the scoreboard and eventually held their nerve with the ball along with sharp fielding, it seemed like Scotland were a big team and Bangladesh the minnows who crumbled in pressure situations.

Bangladesh have had quite a few shock losses in their World Cup history in the last two decades and this humiliating defeat against the Scots is just another addition to that unwanted list.

Loss in the first match is not the end of the world for the Tigers as they still have a good chance to qualify for the Super 12 stage with two wins by good margin against hosts Oman and Papua New Guinea.

But for that to happen, they need to fix their problems with batting and bowling, and there should be no margin for "silly mistakes" any more.

Even if Bangladesh qualify for the super 12 stage and produce some good results there, this loss has to be considered as one of the lowest points for Bangladesh cricket in recent years.

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