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Shocked Bangladesh look to level series

  • Published at 10:27 pm October 8th, 2016
  • Last updated at 03:20 am October 9th, 2016
Shocked Bangladesh look to level series
Bangladesh will look to recover their mental strength just 24 hours after their heartbreaking 21-run defeat against England when the two sides take on each other in the second and penultimate ODI in Mirpur on Sunday. There was disbelief in the Tigers dressing room following the loss on Friday but the cricketers have only themselves to blame as they had all the opportunities to win the game until England snatched it away from their grasp in the last hour. Mushfiqur Rahim will have to make an impact with the bat as the wicketkeeper-batsman has been going through a rough patch lately. And it has to be mentioned that the right-hander needs to execute the slog-sweep with perfection after he was dismissed playing the shot more than three times recently. What's more, the diminutive batsman is 12 runs shy from joining the 4000-club in ODIs. Tamim Iqbal, who had a disappointing outing in the first game where he struggled right from the start before being dismissed for 17, also has something to look forward to as the left hander is 52 runs away from becoming the first Bangladesh batsman to score 5000 runs in ODIs. First ODI centurion Imrul Kayes will eye a continuation of his recent form and the home side would want him to deliver once again. Meanwhile, there will be a few changes in the Tigers line-up as it was learned that Al Amin Hossain is likely to make a comeback in the side, replacing left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain, who was bite-less with the ball. Mosharraf also dropped two simple catches in the field which eventually proved to be costly. [caption id="attachment_20845" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Bangladesh left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption] There is also a possibility of Nasir Hossain finally getting an opportunity to play after spending most of the recent past in the dug-out. In that case, youngster Mosaddek Hossain will make way. On the other hand, visiting England have some injury concerns as Jason Roy suffered a shoulder injury while trying to save a boundary on Friday. Jonny Bairstow has a hip flexor strain. Jake Ball, who had a dream debut picking up a five-for, will yet again look to create the difference with the leather while the two Bens - Stokes and Duckett - will be vital for their side with the willow. Jos Buttler was impressive in his debut match as captain as he was quite effective with the bat and also able to marshal his troop brilliantly. The pitch at the home of cricket is expected to remain the same, offering runs as well as assistance to the spinners. However, weather forecasts suggest the game might be hampered by rain. Head-to-head Matches: 17 Bangladesh wins: 3 England wins: 14 Bangladesh win percentage: 17.64 England win percentage: 82.35 Most runs: Imrul Kayes (363) and Andrew Strauss (610) Highest score: Tamim Iqbal (125) and Andrew Strauss (154) Most wickets: Shakib al Hasan (13) and Andrew Flintoff (12) Best bowling: Rubel Hossain (4/53) and Paul Collingwood (6/31) * Tamim is 52 runs away from becoming the first Bangladesh batsman to score 5,000 runs in ODIs; Mushfiq needs 12 runs for 4000. * Stokes needs 13 runs to reach 1000 in ODIs. * Ball became the first England bowler to take a five-wicket haul on ODI debut. PLAYERS TO WATCH Shakib al Hasan: The home side will once again rely on the world’s number one ODI all-rounder Shakib al Hasan after their heartbreaking defeat against England in the first game. The champion cricketer was instrumental both with bat and ball and almost took Bangladesh to the winning line before the late batting collapse denied the Tigers from a memorable win. He picked up two wickets and scored a quick-fire 79 off just 55 balls and will once again eye a productive performance if the Tigers are to level the series. Jos Buttler: Buttler, who was given the role of the captain for the very first time, played a vital role to help his side win the first ODI against Bangladesh. He came in to bat at No 6 as his side required some fire power at the end and the right-hander duly delivered. The wicketkeeper-batsman struck a blistering 38-ball 63, featuring four sixes and three fours, and enabled his side to score 89 runs in their last 10 overs which eventually made the difference in the game. Buttler will once again shuffle his batting-order according to the demand of the game but one thing is for sure – his side would look to him for inspiration.